I hope the recent Christmas festivities have left you feeling blessed, not stressed. The week between the holidays is a perfect opportunity to slow down, take time for yourself, and get absorbed in an engaging book. Of course, I would never make such a suggestion without having a title in mind. I recently received a complimentary copy of “Murder Tightly Knit,” from Zondervan. The publisher’s only expectation is that I write down my sincere reactions to the second volume in Vannetta Chapman’s “Amish Village Mystery” series. That’s why everyone gets to see this post.
Hannah Troyer is puzzled by her friend Mary’s odd absences from the yarn store she manages, but the woman in charge of the coffee shop doesn’t become truly concerned until Mary is linked to the murder of Owen Esch. It seems that the federal agent brought in by local law enforcement to investigate is determined to pin the gruesome death on someone from the Plain community. Will Hannah and her pal, Village supervisor Amber Bowman, be able to gather enough evidence to get him to remove his blinders before it’s too late, or will more innocent people get hurt?
If you like a solid traditional amateur detective tale that keeps a lid on the violence while weaving in important biblical principles, this one should be added to your list. There’s even a hefty dose of romance sure to keep love story fans turning pages. No objectionable material to worry about, so it can be shared with everyone. Those twelve years and older are likely to appreciate it the most, though. I wholeheartedly recommend this novel to people who enjoy Nancy Mehl, Beverly Lewis, or Terri Blackstock. This work can certainly be savored in its own right, but for full understanding of the characters, I would encourage you to pick up the first installment of this sequence, “Murder Simply Brewed.” My rating for both of these pieces is five out of five stars. They are available right this minute, so search them out today! Until we meet again…