UPDATE Sep 2012; This author WINS the ACFW Mystery Carol Award for her book in this series: "FALLING TO PIECES" (link provided at the end of this review.)
Shipshewana, IN, is real. Vannetta Chapman writes Amish mystery convincingly. It reads real. I like that. She does mystery to Amish Shipshe, what J. Karon did cozy quaint to Mitford. Chapman adds suspense to a horse-n-buggy village, like P. Gulley added humor to his Harmony, IN series. All good reading. I hope the "Shipshewana Amish Mystery" series continues forever. Like the others, it is Christian fiction.
Individual books are stand-alone by plot and events, but there is a core carry-through group of Amish and Englischers endearing to the series' readers. After two previous Amish murder mysteries, there is another Shipshe murder 50 feet from Callie's quilt shop. Having helped clear herself as a murder suspect 15 months earlier, it would not be long before her quilting needles were replaced by sleuthing tools. Her Amish quilting friends, Deborah, Melinda, and Esther, return equally involved. It's not exactly the Amish way, nor appreciated by Shipshe police.
Unfortunately Melinda's young Amish handicapped boy saw the attack. Worse, the attacker saw that he had witnessed. He's a 7-yr-old material witness of murder from the shadows of quilt material. The victim's shop competed feverishly with Callie's. Is she a suspect, again?
Another attack. The perp's intent needs rethought. For the 3rd time, will local cops need Callie's Agatha Christie sleuthing instincts? Of course the plot(s) get much, much more complex.
Men will like this heavy mystery, light on romance. Suspense adventure strongly includes several youth. It may also appeal to younger readers. Series previous: Falling to Pieces (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery), A Perfect Square (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery). Book includes a glossary, family groups, and discussion questions.