Review: Who the Bishop Knows by Vannetta Chapman, The Amish Bishop Mysteries Book 3

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." (205)

Title:  Who the Bishop Knows
Series: The Amish Bishop Mysteries, Book 3
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Release Date:  March 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Amish Fiction / Mystery
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What You Don’t See Might Hurt You

Every year, residents of the small Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado, look forward to the Ski Hi Stampede, the state’s oldest professional rodeo. The rodeo is always good, clean entertainment for the hardworking farmers of the San Luis Valley. But this year, the Stampede turns deadly for one Amish man. Did rodeo fans see an unfortunate accident? Or something more sinister?

Amish bishop Henry Lapp is known far and wide for his uncanny ability to draw and remember the smallest details of anything he’s seen, skills that have served him well in past investigations. He was at the rodeo that day. The problem? He didn’t see Jeremiah Schwartz’s death.

With a murderer on the loose and members of his community being threatened, Henry must act fast. But can he solve a crime he didn’t see? This time around, Henry will have to rely on his keen sense of human character and observation, skills he’s honed in his role as bishop, if he hopes to crack the case.

Who the Bishop Knows is a story of accepting our talents, putting one another first, and trusting that God will care for His children.


I've been a fan of Vannetta Chapman's Amish stories since Joshua's Mission, the very first book of hers I've read. From then on, you can count on me to follow her writing journey. Afterwards, I've been wanting to check out her Amish mysteries from all the buzz I've heard, and I was quite excited when the first book of The Amish Bishop Mysteries, What the Bishop Saw released. Two books later, and we're at the end of the road for this beloved series. Who the Bishop Knows, the third book closes out the series perfectly. Even though each book can be read as a standalone, some of the basic themes throughout continue to make its presence among the mystery of the day.

Who the Bishop Knows starts out with a bang...quite literally and at a rodeo! Who knew you can associate Amish with "rodeo"? And it's quite interesting to see how the Amish integrates with the Englisch when it comes to community experiences. Add in the fact that this was my very first novel that featured the activity, I'm glad to have come away learning a thing or two. That's another thing I love about the author's writing. It's refreshing in many ways, but it also teaches me something new. 

There's a mystery to be solved, yet unlike the first two books in the series, Who the Bishop Knows did not center on Bishop Henry's unique ability. He and his fiance, Emma were not caught in the middle of the mystery of the book as the others have. Yet, it's only through this, can we see the growth in other characters as they accept Henry and God's gift to him. I love how it goes full circle in learning to trust God, but also reinforcing the camaraderie of the community.  In all, Who the Bishop Knows combines faith, love, and a bit of a mystery that rallies for readers to take heart in life, and in those around us. I'm going to miss this series and the characters, including the cute little beagle, Lexi!

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." (205)

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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OTHER BOOKS in THE AMISH BISHOP MYSTERIES (click on the cover to take you to my review)


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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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