Falling to Pieces, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series #1   -     By: Vannetta Chapman
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When two women-one Amish, one English-each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310330432
ISBN-13: 9780310330431
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Series: Shipshewana Amish Mystery

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In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books---faith, community, simplicity, family---with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt. When two women---one Amish, one English---each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer. Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.

Author Bio

Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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A quilting shop is the setting for this mystery with an Amish woman as amateur detective. Deborah Yoder solves a series of crimes that have embroiled her non-Amish friend, Callie. Unfortunately, Chapman (A Simple Amish Christmas) strains credulity with plot and characters: the villains lack subtlety; a county coroner has usurped the duties of police and district attorney; journalists blithely engage in behavior that would get real ones fired, sued, or boycotted. Although this novel is published by an evangelical Christian publisher, law-abiding characters cheerfully engage in unethical practices, such as a cop seeking to date a murder suspect. Yoder is generally well drawn, but there’s a moral disconnect when she devises a plan to have a newspaper print lies in order to catch the bad guy. Lying is a far more serious offense for the Amish than the novel’s chosen problem of doing business over the Internet. The Amish also don’t use weapons to attack others, even if the weapons are quilting implements. This is the first book of a planned trilogy that could be vastly improved with better research. (Oct.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Sunnie
    USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Falling to Pieces
    May 21, 2014
    Sunnie
    USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This is a fun whodunit mystery taking place in the Amish town of Shipshewana. After Callie's aunt passes, she arrives from Texas with the intent of selling her aunt's quilt shop. After a little coaxing the Amish ladies that provided quilts for the shop, convince her to re-open the now forlorn looking shop. Deborah's family comes to help Callie restore the shop and clean the grounds.

    Deborah, one of the Amish women quilters and Callie work together to sell some of the quilts on EBay. The editor of the local newspaper finds this as a good story to sell a few more of his papers and embellishes the story with incorrect information which gives Callie a bad start in her new business.

    Callie becomes friends with the Amish women and gains their trust.

    The editor is found dead in his office and Callie finds him and somehow becomes entangled legally with this apparent crime. More incidents happen in town and the police are looking to capture the person responsible. Callie and Deborah play detectives, plotting together to figure out how to find the person responsible for the crimes and find themselves in a scary situation.

    The story is one of trust and friendship among women of different backgrounds and how they can bond together and work together even though they have many differences. I enjoyed the story very much and it was a fun read
  2. MrsTina
    Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Falling To Pieces by Vannetta Chapman
    April 30, 2014
    MrsTina
    Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Falling To Pieces by Vannetta Chapman, A Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, book 1*****

    by Vannetta Chapman

    Callie Harper is in Shipshewana staying in her Aunt Daisy's apartment above the Daisy's Quilt Shop her aunt owned and loved. Callie had not seen her aunt in years but when she unexpectedly dies Callie finds she has inherited the shop. Since she doesn't know anything about running a quilt shop, she plans to sell it as quickly as possible and return to Texas. She also inherited Max, Aunt Daisy's Labrador. When Callie takes Max out to do his "morning business", she sees an Amish women getting out of a buggy parked by the shop. The woman approaches Callie with her arms full of beautiful quilts and introduces herself. She learns that Deborah Yoder was not only a friend of her aunt's but brought Amish quilts for her to sell. Callie informs Deborah that she plans to sell the shop. Callie soon learns she may sell the quilt shop quicker if she would re-open it. With Deborah and her family's help, along with Melinda and Esther, two Amish women who sew with Deborah, the shop is soon clean, orderly and ready to open again.

    One day Deborah comes into the shop and shows Callie an article in the Shipshewana Gazette about Daisy's Quilt Shop's new owner, Callie Harper. The article was written by the editor, Mr. Steakhorn and was anything but truthful—"New Shop Owner Robs Amish". Barely containing her anger she storms out to see the editor. But Mr. Steakhorn has left for the day so Callie must wait til the next day to confront him and demand a retraction to the article. She doesn't know that it is Mr. Steakhorn's policy to never retract an article. Her first meeting with him does not go well. Later while waiting for her usual to-go order at the deli she hears Mr. Steakhorn's name called for his order. They end up arguing and Callie says he will regret making her an enemy. That same night Mr. Steakhorn is found dead in his office by—Callie. When it is determined that it was not a heart attack but murder, Callie is top on the list of suspects.

    After the murder of Mr. Steakhorn someone looks through his office apparently looking for something. Other shops are broken into and searched, even injuring the deli's owner. Callie's shop is broken into and Max is shot. Callie and her new Amish friends decide to find who is responsible for the murder and break-ins. They enlist the help of the new Gazette owner, Mr. Trent McCallister and some of the police officers offer to assist too. They come up with a plan to trap the burglaries/murderer.

    I love the way Vannetta weaves a story stitching the threads of the characters lives together to make a lovely quilt of friendship along with: hope, forgiveness, family, love and faith. Added to this is a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end. I am looking forward to reading book 2 in the series:

    Perfect Square.

    ~I received a copy of the book from the author for my review~
  3. DonnasBookshelf
    Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Read it. You'll be glad you did.
    March 28, 2014
    DonnasBookshelf
    Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I began reading this story, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed reading Vannetta's other series. One of my very favorite books is Vanetta's first novel about the Amish, A Simple Amish Christmas.

    No, it wasn't really anything like A Simple Amish Christmas, but the interaction between Callie Harper and the Amish women she befriends — Deborah, Esther and Melinda, is entertaining and wholesome.

    If I were Callie, I would never have the nerve to do some of the things she does_ yet it is very believable. Getting involved in the lives of her friends is just what she needs.

    Most series are written so that you can pick up any of the books and catch up easily with what's happened before. You can probably do this with the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, but you will miss so much if you do. Get all three books in the series and begin at book one - Falling to Pieces. You'll be glad you did.
  4. Britney Adams
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delightful Amish mystery!
    January 13, 2014
    Britney Adams
    Falling to Pieces is the first book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. I was delighted by its unique storyline and loved the suspense!

    Vannetta Chapman has written an Amish mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. With well-developed characters, both Amish and English, and a great plot, Falling to Pieces is sure to entertain. I enjoyed this fresh, engaging story and look forward to reading the next book in the series, A Perfect Square!
  5. Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not your typical "Amish fiction"
    January 12, 2014
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This was the first book I read by Vannetta Chapman, and I have to warn you, it's a gateway drug that may lead you to hand over a good chunk of your free time and book budget! One of the things I really liked about this book is that not everyone is Amish, or trying to be. The growing relationships between characters, both Amish and "Englisch, " feel authentic, and made me look forward to the future books in this series (which I have since devoured). And best of all, the ending was unpredictable. Plenty of reviews will give you an outline of this book's plot; the purpose of my review is to convince you to open this book, and let yourself get to know the down-to-earth folks in Shipshe as they come together to solve a murder in their small town. You just may find yourself thinking of "Amish fiction" in a whole new way.
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