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Rachel Brand You're welcome to join us in reading Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman this month! I do believe the lovely Vannetta will be stopping by to answer any questions we may have :)

Murder Simply Brewed (Amish Village Mystery #1) by Vannetta Chapman

Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright can see profits in sight for her collection of Amish artisan shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a single hole in the front window and Mr. Gray dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register. Hannah Troyer takes over the shop’s duties, and she and Amber become fast friends as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death to be a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t so easily convinced.

Old Testament clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to solve a mystery and bring peace to the Amish community.


Participation in group reads is not mandatory, but we'd love to hear your thoughts if you have read this book! If you think you may be revealing a major part of the book for those who haven't read or finished it yet, please use spoiler tags as found under the (some html is ok) link above the comment box.


Natalie (creativecountry0407gmailcom) | 1077 comments Finished Murder Simply Brewed (Amish Village Mystery #1) by Vannetta Chapman on my Kindle. So good. Will definitely be reading Murder Tightly Knit (Amish Village Mystery #2) by Vannetta Chapman .


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Vannetta Chapman (vannettachapman) | 102 comments I'm glad you enjoyed the book, Natalie. If you have any questions (w/o giving away the ending) let me know! :)


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Rachel Brand I'm afraid I won't be able to join in with this group read, but I did just finish up A Perfect Square, which was a really fun read! I haven't read a lot of cozy mysteries, although I was a big fan of mysteries when I was a child (especially Nancy Drew). Does anyone else read much of this genre, or have any thoughts on it?


Tina I enjoyed the book very much. Thank you Vannetta for writing such captivating books!
Blessings,Tina


Melissa | 127 comments I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one. My question to Vannetta, is the setting based on Das Dutchman Essenhaus? I just stopped there briefly to get a pie from the bakery, but the layout seemed similar to the Amish village as described in the book.

Typically we send the day in Shipshewana when we visit the area, but I want to spend more time at Das Dutchman next time I go.


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Brittany | 340 comments Mod
Rachel, I really enjoyed the Southern Sisters mystery series by Anne George. They're definitely worth a read. :)


Melissa | 127 comments Rachel wrote: "I'm afraid I won't be able to join in with this group read, but I did just finish up A Perfect Square, which was a really fun read! I haven't read a lot of cozy mysteries, although ..."

I probably read more cozy mysteries than anything else. There are some other Amish cozy series as well that are really good.


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Vannetta Chapman (vannettachapman) | 102 comments Hi Melissa. I love that story. I was thinking of it recently, as the old guy in the story is modeled after my f-i-l who I miss terribly. Thanks for reading!

Rachel wrote: "I'm afraid I won't be able to join in with this group read, but I did just finish up A Perfect Square, which was a really fun read! I haven't read a lot of cozy mysteries, although ..."


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Vannetta Chapman (vannettachapman) | 102 comments I'll have to try this one. I love cozies!

Brittany wrote: "Rachel, I really enjoyed the Southern Sisters mystery series by Anne George. They're definitely worth a read. :)"


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Vannetta Chapman (vannettachapman) | 102 comments Hi Melissa. Yes, the setting is the Essenhaus. It's such a nice facility and the workers and manager were very helpful when we were doing our research. I love the covered bridge there!

Melissa wrote: "I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one. My question to Vannetta, is the setting based on Das Dutchman Essenhaus? I just stopped there briefly to get a pie from the bakery, but..."


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Vannetta Chapman (vannettachapman) | 102 comments Thank you for reading, Tina! Authors need readers ...

Tina wrote: "I enjoyed the book very much. Thank you Vannetta for writing such captivating books!
Blessings,Tina"



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Vannetta Chapman (vannettachapman) | 102 comments I read Nancy Drew too, Rachel. I also read the Cherry Ames books. Does anyone remember those? She was a nurse ... in each book she was a different type of nurse. Those books really captivated me as young girl.

Rachel wrote: "I'm afraid I won't be able to join in with this group read, but I did just finish up A Perfect Square, which was a really fun read! I haven't read a lot of cozy mysteries, although ..."


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Brittany | 340 comments Mod
I really wish I could've read this with you guys. Unfortunately, since it's still a pretty new release, it wasn't available at the library yet. :(


message 15: by Natalie (last edited May 22, 2014 07:35AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Natalie (creativecountry0407gmailcom) | 1077 comments @Brittany: Don't you have a Kindle? If so, Murder Simply Brewed (Amish Village Mystery #1) by Vannetta Chapman is still half off for Kindle.


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Ruth Reid | 17 comments I really enjoyed this book!


Natalie (creativecountry0407gmailcom) | 1077 comments @Ruth: Glad you are somewhat active in this group. I really enjoyed The Promise of an Angel (Heaven On Earth, #1) by Ruth Reid and Brush of Angel's Wings (Heaven On Earth #2) by Ruth Reid , but I still haved to read An Angel by Her Side (Heaven On Earth #3) by Ruth Reid at some point. I also really enjoyed A Miracle of Hope (The Amish Wonders, #1) by Ruth Reid and Always His Providence An Amish Miracle Novella by Ruth Reid . Cannot wait to read A Woodland Miracle by Ruth Reid once it's on Kindle.


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Vannetta Chapman (vannettachapman) | 102 comments Thank you, Ruth.
It was a fun book to write.
We're just this week going over final edits of Murder Tightly Knit. Hopefully everyone will enjoy the return to the Amish Village.

Ruth wrote: "I really enjoyed this book!"


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Vannetta Chapman (vannettachapman) | 102 comments Natalie, those are some great books you've listed. All wonderful gals writing them too.

Natalie wrote: "@Ruth: Glad you are somewhat active in this group. I really enjoyed The Promise of an Angel (Heaven On Earth, #1) by Ruth Reid and Brush of Angel's Wings (Heaven On Earth #2) by Ruth Reid, but I still haved to read [bookcove..."


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Jeanne | 17 comments I just finished this book. Excellent!


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Vannetta Chapman (vannettachapman) | 102 comments Thank you, Jeanne. So what did you think about the surprise scene at the end? You know, the one where Amber is about to clean up the dinner dishes and gets interrupted. (I don't want to be too specific and spoil it for anyone still reading.) :)


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