Title: MURDER SIMPLY BREWED
Author: Vanetta Chapman
Genre: Amish/cozy mystery
When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury's
, two women from
different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery. Amish Artisan
Spring has arrived in
, and Amber Wright is optimistic
about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops---until she
receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she
finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to
the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is
still in his register. Middlebury, Indiana
When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shop's duties, the two women become fast friends---as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray's death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren't convinced.
Clues that don't add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romance---all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to reveal answers to the mysteries around them.
Ms. Chapman is a stellar mystery writer, and MURDER SIMPLY BREWED is one of her best ones yet. I did enjoy her previous series set in Shipshewana, based around the quilt shop, but what could be better than one set around a coffee shop! Combining Ms. Chapman’s classic writing style, Amish, murder, mystery and a touch of romance, this first book in An Amish Village Mystery is not to be missed. I can’t wait for the next one to release. $15.99. 368 pages. 4.5 stars.