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What the Bishop Saw

(The Amish Bishop Mysteries #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  489 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Somewhere in the Embers Lies the Truth

A fire blazes out of control in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, leaving an elderly Amish bachelor dead. Bishop Henry Lapp rushes to the scene, and he learns the fire was no accident. Someone intended to kill Vernon Frey. But who would want to kill Vernon? Well, practically everyone—Amish and Englischalike.

When the police point the
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Harvest House Publishers
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Maureen Timerman
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I’m not Amish but I sure wish I could attend Henry Lapps services, what a kind loving man, and yet he has had to deal with his own daemons.
The setting for this story is the breath taking valley of San Luis Colorado, and a quaint and closely-knit Amish community. What happens here is about to tear apart this group of plain people, and in the end leave some hurt and worse dead.
Now in his sixties Henry has a blessing, or a curse, depending on how you look at it, and now he needs to make a decision
Just Commonly
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Think before you speak, but don't speak all you think" (56)

What the Bishop Saw is the first of the Amish Bishop Mysteries series by Vannetta Chapman. If you've been following my blog, you know I love Vannetta's books. The subtle messages and profound wisdom in her books are so spot on, the story continues to leave a mark in your mind, even days after. What the Bishop Saw is that kind of book.

What the Bishop Saw is different than majority of the books you read, I surmise. Most stories tend to
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Woohoo -- a stellar new Amish mystery series and I'm late to the gate because I believe book two has just released. There is soooooo much to recommend What the Bishop Saw that I'm not quite sure where to start. Maybe with Henry himself.

Hello! You've gotta love a man who names his horse Oreo! And fusses over a mother kitten in the barn. And adopts a beagle pup. Definitely ticks all my critter lovin' boxes! Then there's his unusual talent which is both a blessing and a curse. I'll leave you to
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I can't imagine the plotting that must've gone into this book. WHAT THE BISHOP SAW was engaging, about a bishop with a brain injury I'd never even heard of, that gifted him with an amazing gift--or curse--depending on how you look at it.

Did the bishop actually see anything to save the suspect Henry knows is innocent? If so, what... and will the police detectives be able to figure it out before there are any more fires?

I loved Henry. A dear, sweet older gentleman. There is a hint of a
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amish, cozy-mystery
While I enjoyed the character of Henry Lapp and was glad to see an author show appreciation for a seasoned lead man I didn't enjoy this read as much as I had hoped. The Amish people read like little snippets of a Hallmark movie. They just didn't come across as Amish people in the story to me. There was one time the Amish Bishop is sitting at his kitchen table telling the woman arsonist investigator (a stranger) about his love life. I just found that ludicrous and one other time Emma tells her ...more
Vera Godley
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author has begun a new series - The Amish Bishop Mysteries - with a delightful story about a group of Amish who settled in the San luis Valley area of Colorado. I don't know if the series will feature Bishop Henry Lapp in all of the books, but I just love his gentle guidance that carries a bit of humor and a lot of strength for the members of his community. I hope to read more about him in future stories.

As a peaceful, pacifist group they find themselves embroiled in and the target of murder
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Somewhere in the Embers Lies the Truth
A fire blazes out of control in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, leaving an elderly Amish bachelor dead. Bishop Henry Lapp rushes to the scene, and he learns the fire was no accident. Someone intended to kill Vernon Frey. But who would want to kill Vernon? Well, practically everyone—Amish and Englisch alike.
When the police point the finger at a suspect Henry knows is innocent, the bishop must decide whether or not to use his mysterious,
Kathleen Kleinert
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What the Bishop Saw by Vannetta Chapman
This first book in a new series by Vannetta Chapman grips you from the start. Ms. Chapman has a tremendous talent at writing both Amish and Mystery novels. When she combines the two… are in for a very entertaining read!

When fires begin to plague the quiet Amish community, fear soon follows. No one can understand why they are being targeted. With no rhyme or reason to the incidents, everyone begins to fear their homes and loved ones might be next.

May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Amish Bishop, Henry Lapp, has a incredible gift that has been useful in investigating an arsonist in their community. As a member of the community is suspect for setting these fires, Bishop Lapp is not convinced of his guilt.

Action packed and at times disheartening, the fires continue. Characterization is very well defined, as well as visual portrayals of this Colorado community.

Consumed by the events in this creative novel, I am once again impressed by the author's talent to bring her
*I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I've always been a fan of Vannetta Chapman, and especially love her Amish mystery series.

What The Bishop Saw was well-written, suspenseful and full of interesting characters. I especially liked the subtle romance of the older bishop Henry and the widow Emma. They were such sweet characters.

It's not too hard to figure out the whodunnit in this story, but I enjoyed the path the characters took in finding out for
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not an Amish Fiction fan. That said, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It had insightful and deep characters with a wonderful thread of suspense woven throughout the story. I enjoyed the unique plot line and all of the characters. If you love Amish Fiction, you will love this book. If you are not a typical Amish Fiction fan, you will STILL love this book! Highly reccommended.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
What the Bishop saw is on an amazing Amish novel and yes I did say novel not just a plain ole story. Ms. Chapman outdid herself in this novel. This is about Bishop Henry who guides the close knit Amish community. He is a very kind, wise, compassionate man. He does run things with a strong hand but everyone from the very young to the very old love him and turn to him for guidance, so when there is a string of arson in the Amish community (targeting them) he of course gets involved. A longtime ...more
Review: What the Bishop Saw What the Bishops Saw is a really good mystery in itself. You are guessing from the time you open the book and the last page you turn. Who killed Veron Fry? Did someone murder Vernon Fry on purpose? Is it Amish and English.I am still surprised with the ending. The Englisher needs help as she does not get to bottom of the case or any closes. Will the bishop help save an innocent man and catch the culprit? What is Henry talent and is it good or is bad. To find out this ...more
Ellen White
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
WHAT BISHOP SAW by Vannetta Chapman. We meet Henry, home from the hospital, 12 years old, wanting to go out and play ball. All he can do is draw, pencil cramped his fingers, he had put so much detailed into it. Father sees picture, like a photograph, the detail. You shouldn't be able to do this. The sadness, anger and love, he had drawn. Was this from him being in a coma. Years later, a fire, at Vernon home all gone, Henry now a bishop, would tend to his flock, to help them thru this. Glass on ...more
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
A mix of mystery, suspense, romance and faith. Great characters! Short chapters. Easy to read. Very enjoyable and I cannot wait for more!
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was really looking forward to reading this one and I was definitely not disappointed!
A suspenful novel waiting to keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what would happen next!
This a darker Amish novel and I felt I could connect with the characters much better.
I like that the author shows us that Amish people are much the same as us. Only difference is they don't believe in striking back.
Emma is a wonderful lady whom In can definitely relate to because she has migraines.(I suffer
Lisa Johnson
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: What the Bishop Saw (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #1)
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Pages: 348
Year: 2017
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Henry Lapp is a widower in his mid-sixties who is the Bishop of a small Amish community in Colorado. When he was a boy of 12, he was hit in the head with a baseball. After being in a coma for a while, he had the ability to draw from memory a picture-perfect drawing of a scene he had encountered. He used this talent once as a boy
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fire breaks out and a Amish man Vernon Frey is found dead. The fire department tells Bishop Henry Lapp that the fire was not a accident but it was set. When a man is accused of the fire Bishop Henry Lapp knows that the man is innocent and uses his gift from God to prove it. Bishop Lapp has the power that he can draw and see the accident. As more fires happen the Amish is afraid and some choice to move. This books keeps you wondering who is starting the fires and why are they doing it. A story ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I instantly fell in love with the male and female of protagonists in this story. I love how she introduced a beagle puppy into the plot line. I liked how there was enough intrigue to keep me engaged, but not so much that it plagued me when I was away from the book. With a relaxing read such as this one, you have to expect a somewhat predictable plot line, and the resolutions to fall too nicely into place. That is part of the beauty of this genre. Vannetta Chapman delivered a delightful read, and ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What the Bishop Saw is a terrific Amish Suspense. This book was very well written with a great cast of characters. The plot is excellent and I enjoyed the Colorado setting. This is not your typical Amish read.
I received an ARC from Netgalley and this is my unbiased review
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What the Bishop Saw is one of the most powerful engaging mystery I’ve read. Vannetta Chapman never fails to create an astonishing story in her writing, but this one is over the top. I had to stay up to finish the day I started reading—it was that captivating. Chapman has the setting in San Luis Valley of Colorado, which I could picture in my mind with her descriptive words. Bishop Henry Lapp had an unusual gift, which he was hesitate to use. But he agreed to use it after a Vernon Frey died as a ...more
Susan F
Excellent Entertainment, Thought Provoking Too

I enjoy well written books about the Amish community. This is an excellent read. I really like the characters which are well defined and 'fleshed out'. The mystery is interesting and the author had me wondering who the criminal was, then questioning myself if I had chosen the correct person. The bishop is a wise man who still seems surprised to have been chosen for that important position. His ability is fascinating and realistic as I have heard of
Cathy Daniel
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely amazing book! I loved the characters so much! I can't wait to spend time with The Bishop and Emma again. I found myself so terribly sad for the "bad guy" in the end. Only Vannetta can make me feel sad and sorry for a killer!
I loved this book!! Great story!! Can't wait to read the next book in the series!! Have read several books of her will read more of her books!!
Kelly Tyree
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What the Bishop Saw was a great book that kept me engaged from page one right up until the very end. The book is suspenseful and has a touch of romance that is endearing. I love how Chapman writes about the Amish community. She captures their deep faith as it impacts how they live each day of their life.

In a quiet Amish community in Colorado, a fire occurs that kills an Amish man, Vernon Frey. The fire chief determines the fire was intentionally set. The Bishop, Henry Lapp, visited Vernon the
Honestly, I'm not even sure where to begin. It's no mystery that you can win my heart by giving me a mystery. Given a choice I'll always go mystery, it's just my niche. However I have other preferred (please, you know I'll read 'anything' except technical manuals people) genres and when you mix any other genre with a mystery it's going to be right up my alley. Add to that an author that creates characters and setting that embraces you like a best friend and it can't go wrong! Henry Lapp suffered ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
What the Bishop Saw by Vannetta Chapman is the first book in The Amish Bishop Mysteries. Bishop Henry Lapp lives in San Luis Valley, Colorado. Henry is awakened with news of a fire at nearby Vernon Frey’s house. When Henry arrives at the scene, he finds out that Vernon did not survive. It is disturbing to find out that the fire was set deliberately. Henry is asked to write a list of people who might have wished to harm Vernon. Within days a second fire breaks out at a construction site in town. ...more
Debbie Epperson
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A fire blazes out of control in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, leaving an elderly Amish bachelor dead. Bishop Henry Lapp rushes to the scene, and he learns the fire was no accident. Someone intended to kill Vernon Frey. But who would want to kill Vernon? Well, practically everyone—Amish and Englisch alike.

When the police point the finger at a suspect Henry knows is innocent, the bishop must decide whether or not to use his mysterious, God-given gift—one he's tried desperately
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
There are three things that I love reading about: Amish, love, and mystery. This book had all three! I do not recall reading an Amish mystery/suspense story recently, and I loved his Vannetta included that in this book. It had me on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out exactly who it was that was wreaking havoc in this poor community! I would come to a point where I thought I knew the answer, and then I was thrown a curveball so I had to try again. No joke, I had probably blamed three or ...more
Shirley Chapel
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sandra Maynard
Recommended to Shirley by: The author
Shelves: amish-fiction
What the Bishop Saw is a murder mystery written by Vannetta Chapman. The story is Christian Fiction that takes place in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. The Amish have settled in the town of Monte Vista. Years earlier ,wishing to escape the tourist in Lancaster they had moved to this area to start a new life.
Chapman wasted no time in getting to the mystery part of the story. A fire is reported at the home of an Amish man. Firemen discover Vernon Frey dead inside his blazing house . Bishop Henry
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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of over twenty novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner, a Christy finalist, and she also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian ...more

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