Murder Simply Brewed begins with murder in a coffee shop, in Middlebury's Amish Artisan Village. Two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery. Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops. 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. Thus, beginning the mystery and romance, in a realistic setting with themes of loss, trust, and of course love.
This is the first book I have read by Vannetta Chapman, and I thoroughly loved it. Murder Simply Brewed is an engaging and entertaining tale. Chapman has created an enjoyable blend of mystery, friendship, and romance. The murder and acts of vandalism had me interested to discover the mystery and I delighted in the friendships and romances that blossomed. The glossary of Amish terms and the map of the Amish Artisan Village that were included in the front of the book was a nice touch.
I loved Murder Simply Brewed and will check out the next book in the series to see Chapman is cooking up next in the Amish Village. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves mystery with a little romance. A good story for book clubs too.
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