Falling to Pieces
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Series: Shipshewana Amish Mystery, Bk 1
Pages: 318 + Group Discussion Questions
Obtained: Library copy
I heard good things about this series, and it looked appealing; I just had to find the time to sit down and read it. Once I did I found myself absorbed in an interesting mystery in an intriguing and appealing setting with very likable characters.
Oh, the characters. I do like them so. I've since read the second book in the series as well (I'll get to that in it's own post), and I still can't get enough of the characters. They're just so admirable and inspiring - Amish and English alike (except for the bad guy and such of course). This is the first print book I read after listening to The Casual Vacancy and the difference in characters between the two books is remarkable. It's amazing what context of your overall reading can do for your impressions of a book. But beyond that...
Callie has just come to Shipshewana after the death of her aunt, and she's lost. Not physically lost, but emotionally. She's floundering. Confused and without direction. But a trio of local Amish women need her to reopen her aunt's quilt shop, and suddenly she finds friends and at least temporary purpose... Then she becomes a suspect in a murder, and it's a good thing she's started developing friendships because she needs all the help she can get.
As with most cozy mystery series, this first book is setting the scene for the rest of the books. This means we get to see an overall image of what Shipsewana is like. And I would love to visit. Ideally coming during one of the market days (I wonder if they really have those?), and maybe staying to see/feel the place after the rest of the tourists have gone.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this book, and (as I've already said) I already finished the second book.