Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta ChapmanMurder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman

Murder Freshly Baked

byVannetta Chapman

Paperback | June 9, 2015

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When delicious baked goods become lethal, a trail of poetry leads to a sweet-toothed killer.

Don’t taste it / Don’t share it /Just throw it away / If you try my bakery pie / You won’t live to see another day.

The Amish Artisan Village of Middlebury, Indiana, might be the last place you would ever expect to find a murderer. But Amber has been managing the Village for decades and there’s nothing she hasn’t seen. Or so she thought.

When poetic notes begin appearing around the bakery, warning that some of the pies have been poisoned, Amber is as confused as she is concerned. Who poisons pies? And more to the point, who leaves poems of warning after they’ve done it? When Amber decides to help the police track down the sweet-toothed saboteur, she enlists Hannah Troyer for another round of Amish-style detective work.

Can Amber and Hannah help the police before the Poison Poet strikes? Both women will need to draw on their faith to preserve the peaceful community they’ve built in Middlebury . . . and to protect the girls who work in the Amish Artisan Village.

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of sixteen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and has also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of Ame...
Title:Murder Freshly BakedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:June 9, 2015Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310322170

ISBN - 13:9780310322177


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Murder Freshly Baked was Lethal Murder Freshly Baked Vanetta Chapman Book Summary: When delicious baked goods become lethal, it's time to find a killer. Kindness is a virtue Meanness is a sin Better watch your bakery pies For poison I've slipped in The Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana, has been decorated with every color of balloon and flower for the Race for a Cure. As manager of the Village, Amber Bowman is thrilled to see the turnout—and relieved to have something to distract her from the “Poison Poet”—an individual who has been sending notes containing bad poetry to warn of poisoned baked goods. Then Ryan Duvall crosses the finish line of the race—and falls down dead, murdered in broad daylight. But who did it? And why? The police suspect Preston Johnston, but Amber refuses to believe her employee could do such a thing. Amber once again looks to her young Amish friend Hannah Troyer to help her find the killer—and to determine if it's the same person leaving the cryptic poems and pies. Can they help the police before the Poison Poet strikes again? Both Amber and Hannah will need to draw on their faith as they fight to preserve the peaceful community they've built at the Amish Artisan Village. Review: Fantastic end to a great series!!! I will miss Amber & Hannah! What a fun combo along with Pam, Preston, Tate and all the other characters that makes this a fantastic series!!!! The suspense of from the start made me rush to get to the grand finale! It was not surprise that Ryan was the victim since the book starts with that event. The rewind made for a puzzling that was fun to put together. I Loved how the series ended with all strings tied up. The transformation from the first to last book was great. I especially like that despite it being part of a series it was a stand alone book. Yes, much had changed, but it does not ruin the mysteries that take place in the previous books. It is almost sad to say goodbye to these characters. I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondervan for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Murder Freshly Baked Murder Freshly Baked is the third book in Vannetta Chapman’s Amish Village Mystery series, coming after Murder Simply Brewed and Murder Tightly Knit, both of which I read and reviewed just a couple of months ago. I enjoyed all three of them pretty equally since I love mysteries, and the way Vannetta tied the Amish and Englisch worlds together. As was the case with Murder Simply Brewed, I wasn’t sure of the murderer’s identity until the very end, although I did have my suspicions. The rest of the book, however, left me completely puzzled, because the “poison poet” made for an absolutely baffling mystery. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out his-her motives or plans, possibly because I had no idea who he-she was! Since Hannah and Amber were the main sleuths in both of the previous novels, I already knew and loved them before I opened this book. Preston, however, was another story. He had been introduced as a minor character earlier, so I was well aware of him and his role in Amber’s life, but I hadn’t been able to fully grasp what a great man he is. Believe me when I say I became well aware of it after I had read just a few chapters. Despite all the hardships and pain he faced leading up to his job at Amber’s Amish Village—and even what he faced while he worked there—he remained strong and proved himself to be worthy of all of my admiration. And his dog Mocha, oh my goodness, must be the smartest dog on the whole entire planet. I already love dogs anyway, so I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. Why can’t my dog be that smart? Anyway, I absolutely loved how, despite the differences in their ways of life—and ages—Amber, Tate, Hannah, Jesse, Pam, and Preston all were the closest of friends, and how they rallied together to try to catch the poet. I couldn’t help but be captivated by the story, since it was so completely mysterious and I never knew what would happen next. I really had no idea who the culprit was or where they would strike next, and many events had me gasping in surprise. Although, now that I’ve had time to dwell on it, the whole plot was genius, really. Both the culprit’s plot and Vannetta’s. Since I really enjoyed this novel, I gave it all five bookshelves, and I highly recommend it as a wonderful mystery to cozy up with on a rainy day (or any day).
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Back In The Amish Village We are back at the Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana, and the unthinkable happens as you turn the first few pages, yes another murder. This is the third one that I have experienced along with Amber, and no one would expect all of these in this picturesque Amish setting. We are back with old and new friends, and become reacquainted with those we have come to know in the past books. Loved one of the new characters, Mocha, yes sounds like a drink? Nope! While we witness the murder right up front, we back up and come forward as to why and run the gamut as to who is the culprit. There are a bakers dozen on the list as it gets whittled down. There is the murder and then there are the threats of poisoning, why? Answers are going to really surprise you and I didn’t guess whom the culprit was. Good luck! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Murder Freshly Baked is a charming novel! Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman is the third book in the Amish Village Mystery series. Amber Bowman is the manager of The Amish Village in Middlebury, Indiana. Things have been going well for the last few months and Amber is looking forward to the weddings of her friends, Hannah and Mary. Then she starts receiving strange emails. The emails are bad poetry stating that pies and other pastries are poisoned. Then someone starts leaving pies with poetry around town. Then the Poison Poet (as they have dubbed him) starts making it personal and attacking Amber. Hannah, Tate, Amber, Jesse, Pam and friends set out to find who is behind the notes and pies. Who is the Poison Poet? Preston Johnstone is still having PTSD episodes (he was the homeless man in the first book and now works and lives in the Amish Village). He is dating Zoey Quinn who is a nurse who works at the nursing home where Preston’s father lives. Zoey has found out about a special program that pairs dogs with people with PTSD. Zoey has convinced Preston to fill out an application for a dog. Preston is not sure how a dog will help him, but he is willing to give it a chance (with a lot of encouragement from Amber, Tate, and Zoey). Preston would like to get over his past so he can have a future. Hopefully, Mocha (his new PTSD dog) will help him so Preston can go after the girl of his dreams. Hannah (manager of coffee shop) and Mary (The Cat’s Meow) are busy planning their weddings. They are having a double wedding. Their finance’s are finishing up their rooms. They will be living at the Miller’s home (the boy’s parents). Hannah, Mary, Pam (assistant manager at The Village), and Amber are worried about their friends. Martha Gingerich, Letha Keim, and Georgia Small are all dating Ryan Duvall. Ryan is something of a playboy. He is Englisch and two of the girls are Amish. No one wants to see them hurt, but it is destined to happen. Ryan would never convert to the Amish faith and Martha and Letha would not want to leave the Amish. Then after Ryan finishes The Race for the Cure he is shot dead. Who killed him? Was he shot because of philandering ways or because of his gambling problem? Murder Freshly Baked is a charming novel. The book contained great, likeable characters, a little romance, a beautiful setting, and good mysteries. However, I did not enjoy this book as much as the first two in the series. I liked that Preston was getting help for his PTSD, but I did not enjoy all the scenes of his time in Afghanistan. They did not seem to go with the book (maybe if there had been only one or two scenes). I liked hearing about how dogs can help people with PTSD. What a great program. I give Murder Freshly Baked 4 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Murder Freshly Baked from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
Date published: 2015-06-08

Editorial Reviews

'Chapman's series offers a satisfying blend of diverse characters, intriguing mystery, Amish life, and nonintrusive inspirational messages. Thiswell-conceived series has definite crossover appeal to fans of Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books.'