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A Perfect Square (Shipshewana Amish Mystery #2)

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In her signature style, Vannetta Chapman is back with another cozy Amish mystery with a twist! In A Perfect Square, Amish-English sleuthing duo Deborah Yoder and Callie Harper set out to solve a murder. But more than an innocent man's future is at stake. In book two of the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, God's grace touches the long-lost past as well as lives shaken by c ...more
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Published March 20th 2012 by Zondervan (first published March 6th 2012)
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Jodie
When a girl is found dead floating in a local Amish man's pond, the small town of Shipshewana is turned upside down. The main suspect? An Amish man, Reuben Fisher who refuses to give any information to the police, his attorney, or his friends. Deborah is certain Reuben didn't commit murder, but how can she convince everyone else when Reuben won't divulge even the smallest bit of information.

I have to say, I enjoyed this one much more than the first one. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the first o
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Susan
Nov 17, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author is new to me. This is the second book of hers I've read. She does a wonderful job of painting pictures with her words. I also love the characters in this series and am looking forward to the next one, Material Witness. Praying there's many more in this series. I especially love the relationship between the 4 women, 3 are Amish and one is English. I also like how they respectfully and joyfully learn about each other's worlds. Blessings.
Tina Rice
Aug 25, 2015 Tina Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman****

It is nearing time for Esther and Tobias' wedding and there is much is to be done. But wedding plans are interrupted when a young Amish girl is found floating in the pond on cousins Tobias and Reuben's farm. Who is the young girl and how did she get there? They are shocked when Detective Shane Black arrests Reuben Fisher for her murder. Reuben is a quite, gentle man and could not have committed this murder his friends insist. Reuben does not help his case
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Vera Godley
Nov 25, 2013 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Vannetta Chapman writes, she brings her characters vividly to life for the reader and weaves a story of mystery, family, commitment, devotion, devastation, and faith filled lives. Her cozy mysteries depict the Amish in their communities and their relationships with the outside world in a believable way, and I think she truly writes as faithfully about the true side of the Amish as any author published.

In A Perfect Square, which is book 2 in the series, a body is found on an Amish farm and t
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Loraine
SUMMARY: There's more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben Fisher is in jail as the suspect! Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn't commit. So, with her English friend, Callie---fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop---Deborah sets out to ...more
Tammy
Jan 16, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An young Amish woman was found dead on the property of cousins Tobias and Reuben Fisher. After an investigation of the area, Reuben became the prime suspect in her murder. Reuben refused to talk to anyone about anything, which didn’t help the case against him. Deborah Yoder, a friend of Reuben, was convinced he was innocent. She set out to prove this, putting together clues that lead to the truth of the young woman’s death. Her friend, Englisher, Callie Harper also got involved.

Callie had her ow
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Brenda
May 15, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After devouring the first book in this series I was anxious to find out where the author would take us with the next book, and I must say this Amish mystery series is second to none!


This book easily pulled me right back to Shipshewana Indiana. Deborah Yoder and her friend Esther are headed to Daisy's Quilt Shop which is run by their friend Callie Harper, and contemplating the wedding that is going to take place between Esther and Tobias in a few weeks when the find a body floating in a local pon
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Judy
Mar 23, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amish Mystery At Its Best!

Will Callie and Deborah solve another Amish mystery? The adventures begin once again in the small town of Shipshewana, Indiana.

Esther and Deborah are on their way to take food to Reuben and Tobias. While driving down the lane Esther spots some wildflowers growing near the pond and asked Deborah to stop the buggy so she can pick some. They are meeting Callie at Daisy’s Quilt Shop in an hour and Esther wants to take some flowers to her. As Esther nears the wildflowers she
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Ibjoy1953
Jul 29, 2012 Ibjoy1953 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman

I was excited to revisit my friends in Shipshewana again in Vannetta Chapman’s second book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. I really grew to love Deborah and Callie, Esther and Melinda and couldn’t wait to see what this book has in store for readers. And I can say that I love this book as much as I did the first, and was hooked from the very first pages.

When a young Amish girl is found dead in Ruben’s pond, he ends up being the only suspect, especiall
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Sandra Stiles


My Thoughts:
I love a murder mystery, especially if it has been taken up a notch by placing it in an Amish setting. Callie and her friends are once again trying to solve a mystery. Reuben has been locked up in jail as a suspect in the death of an Amish girl. No one in the community believes Reuben could or would have done such a thing. While Callie has her hands full with one mystery, an old Amish gentleman comes to her seeking her help. His daughter had disappeared during the 1965 Palm Sunday to
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Anna
Aug 16, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
When a young Amish girl is found dead, floating in the pond of a local Shipshewana Amish man, Reuben, the ladies are once again faced with a mystery to solve. When Reuben is arrested and refuses to defend himself, Callie, Deborah and Ester set out to prove his innocence. How did the girl end up dead? That is what Detective Shane Black and Reuben's lawyer Adalyn would like to know. Is Reuben protecting someone? How did he know the girl? Slowly the answers are revealed. Some unexpectedly when Call ...more
Linda
Feb 06, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series Book Two "A Perfect Square" is a stand-alone read. Vannetta Chapman does an excellent job of continuity with her characters from Book One so the reader can keep up. In A Perfect Square Callie faces 'an old man who has lost his past and a young man who may lose his future.' Full of suspense and a continuation of a special friendship, this is a must-read!
Andrea
Jun 24, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Callie once again ends up helping her friends and neighbors. Murder in a small Amish town! Even better an Amish man's the main suspect! Good twists and turns as I read along! Kept me guessing til the end!
Lisa
Oct 09, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the author's Amish quilting mystery series is better than the first, which was quite enjoyable. It continues the story of Callie and her Amish and non-Amish friends and acquaintances in the small community of Shipshewana, Indiana, where she and her friends become involved in a mystery when an Amish man is arrested for murder and will say nothing in his own defense. The descriptions of the Amish way of life are interesting, as are the contrast between the Englisch justice syst ...more
Karen
Jan 09, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book. It is part of a series and I will read more books. I could not stop reading this book!
Cindy
Dec 06, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this author's style and stories.
Jenark
Apr 23, 2015 Jenark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sonja
Sep 27, 2014 Sonja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman

The Shipshewana series of cozy mysteries by Vannetta Chapman is a wonderful set of books that will enthrall any mystery readers. The books are set in the charming Amish community of Shipshewana. I read this book last, although it was actually book 2 of the series. It read well as a stand-alone book, as well. It continues with some of the main characters of the previous book, but engages you right away and if you didn't know anything about them, you would still
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Elizabeth
May 20, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Perfect Square ) A Shipshewana Amish Mystery Book 2)
By: Vannetta Chapman
This is the second book, A Perfect Square, in this series and it was really good. Vannetta Chapman has did it again. She has weaved a story of mystery and love that when you start reading you do not want to put it down. If you read book one Falling To Pieces you will again meet up with the same characters. The story starts off really fast and it grabs you till the end. In Shipshewana , Indiana a dead girl was found floatin
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Drebbles
Sep 18, 2013 Drebbles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
The Amish living in the town of Shipshewana are shocked when the body of a young woman is found floating in a local pond. They are devastated when Reuben Fisher is arrested as a suspect in her death. Deborah Yoder is convinced he did nothing wrong and she, with the help of her English friend Callie Harper, sets out to try to prove his innocence. Their task won't be easy as Reuben refuses to speak about the case. When not trying to help Deborah, Callie is trying to help an elderly Amish man find ...more
Mercedes Cordero
I read "A Perfect Square" as I normally eat a piece of delicious chocolate cake: slowly but steadily, savoring each sentence, each paragraph, enjoying author Vannetta Chapman’s use of words, descriptions, emotions and sensations. The way Mrs. Chapman tells a story is similar to how a fine quilter stitches patterns together: every detail fitting in perfectly so that in the end, what looked like a scarf at first, turns out to be a beautiful, intricate and lovely quilt. Here, what looked like nice, ...more
Maureen Timerman
Feb 12, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I have just finished my second visit with these great people, the second book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series. Felt myself traveling in the buggy with Callie and Deborah.
This book opens with the discovery of the body of a young Amish woman, floating in Tobias and Rubben's pond. How could this horrible thing have happened in this peaceful setting.
Callie is still running her late Aunt Daisy's Quilt shop, which inherited along with Max, her loveable Lab. We revisit with Esther and Deborah
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Shipshewana, Indiana is about to be involved once more in a mystery that will rock the entire town and change people's lives forever. When Deborah and Esther along with their younger children, stop just outside of the Fisher farm to pick some flowers, they find a body of a young girl floating face down in the pond. Not knowing who she is, Deborah runs to call for help. As they wait for the police to show up, Reuben Fisher and Deborah wonder just who the girl is. It seems as though she isn't from ...more
Robin
Aug 01, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Perfect Square
Vannetta Chapman

Book Summary: There's more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms, and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben Fisher is in jail as the suspect! Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn't commit. So, with her English friend Callie-fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy'
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Carol
Nov 03, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, amish-fiction
I really loved "A Perfect Square" by Vannetta Chapman. It is a perfect Amish mystery! There are two mysteries and once the second mystery is solved, it led to the answer for the first one. The two mysteries together form a perfect square. You will understand that better after reading the book.

I was immediately drawn to this story. The setting is Shipshewana, Indiana and I am from Indiana. Also, I love both Amish fiction and mysteries. The writing by Vanessa Chapman captured me immediately and wo
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Louise
Dec 15, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story Description:

There's more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms, and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben Fisher is in jail as the suspect!

Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn't commit. So, with her English friend Callie-fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop-Deborah sets out
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Iola
A Perfect Square brings us back to Shipshewana, to Callie and her Amish friends, and to what looks like another murder, when the Amish women find a teenage girl drowned in Reuben’s pond. Their discovery is observed by a hidden stranger, who escapes unseen and narrates his portion of the story through a series of flashbacks.

As the story unfolds, we find out that the victim is newly-wed Katie, and the reader is left to uncover the mystery that links her with the mysterious stranger, Reuben and the
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Michelle
May 06, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book I knew I would not be disappointed. I was immediately pulled back to Shipshewana, Indiana, where I was greeted by my favorite characters Callie, Deborah, Esther and Melinda. This time around the ladies are faced with a murder mystery involving their dear friend Reuben Fisher. Ester is engaged to marry Tobias, Reuben’s cousin. A young Amish girl is found dead on Reuben and Tobias’s land. Reuben is implicated in the girl’s death and hauled off to jail. They are determined ...more
Twyla
Mar 31, 2012 Twyla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know how most "victims" get the pass over in books? Once they are dead they are gone from the story line; or else they are treated all maudlin throughout the story. THis book is a little different. WHile you don't get to see things from the victims perspective, you get to know the victim through flashbacks. ANd in this case, it works.
The moments of simple hand touching between a couple of the main characters is as electric as the most torrid public kiss in any other book and leaves you want
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book was interesting and kept me turning the pages, not just for the mysteries, but also to see the relationships grow and foster.

Callie Harper, the owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop is embroiled in a mystery from 1965 as an older Amish Grandfather wanders into her store. Grossdaddi Ira is seeking, through the fog of dementia, his daughter that was 'lost' during the infamous Palm Sunday Tornadoes that swept the midwest. He came to Callie for help because he saw the newspaper article with her and
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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of many novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish m ...more
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