Book Review: When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman, Book 2 of The Amish Bishop Mysteries

"Some people you have to watch out for, but never forget every community has good people too." (33)

Title:  When the Bishop Needs an Alibi
Series: The Amish Bishop Mysteries, Book 2
Authors: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Release Date:  September 1, 2017 
Genre: Amish Mystery



A Terrible Secret Hides in the Bulrushes

Amish bishop Henry Lapp eagerly awaits the annual arrival of 20,000 sandhill cranes to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. But his visit to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge reveals more than just a miracle of God's creation. Hidden among the bulrushes and cattails is the deceased body of a young woman.


As the local authorities attempt to unravel the mystery, Henry feels God's calling to use his extraordinary talent to aid in the investigation. His ability to draw from memory in photographic detail could help solve this puzzling case.

Henry's closest friend, Emma Fisher, has always urged him to embrace his gift. As their relationship deepens, Henry realizes his involvement could put him and those he loves in the direct path of a killer, one who is willing to do anything to cover up a brutal crime, including framing the bishop.

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is a compelling story of faith, friendship, and finding courage only God can provide. 

If you love suspense, Amish fiction or just a good story, you must read When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman. You know what? Start with the first book in this Amish Bishop Mysteries series, What the Bishop Saw, even though each of these can be read as a standalone, but they are each so good. And with this second installment, it quickly became my favorite of the author's for sure! 

As with other books of the author's, When the Bishop Needs an Alibi filled its pages with intrigue, mystery, great characters, and a message of hope and grace. Then add in the little tidbits of Amish and life's wisdom, readers are in for a treat. 

"When you're older, you'll learn to accept who and what you are. You'll be more comfortable with yourself. That's one of the best things about growing older." (53)
"Sometimes when you're in the trouble so deep, you don't see a way out, you feel as if you can't share it with anyone. You feel as if you have to deal with it yourself. And yet those times are when you need help the most." (57)

Henry Lapp's special gift had gotten him in some trouble in the past, but as others have reminded him, it's a gift from God, and using that gift can be a blessing. And as readers, we journey with Henry and friends how such a gift can be a blessing. I truly enjoyed the friendship that's built around faith and love. We can see how devoted this community is to each other, and the message through these interactions. 

"Sometimes Gotte calms the storm, but sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child." (185)
"Courage is simply feat that has said its prayers." (288)

With a line like that, doesn't it just reminds you of God's grace? That's what we can expect in When the Bishop Needs an Alibi, messages that speaks to each of us individually. In all, this book reads smoothly, from beginning to end, and is perfect for book lovers, filled with an entertaining plot, wonderful characters and encouraging messages.

"Gotte's ways are not our ways . . . but we can trust Him nonetheless." (282)


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. She is the author of seventeen 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 also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. 

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