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Review: Who the Bishop Knows

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Review: Who the Bishop Knows

Who the Bishop Knows by Vannetta Chapman
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Amish Mystery
Publisher: Harvest House
Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Bishop Henry Lapp, as characterized by author Vannetta Chapman, is everyone’s wise pastor rolled into their favorite grandfather. Usually, when I picture an Amish Bishop, I picture a disciplinarian, knowledgeable about the scripture, but serious and sober most of the time. Henry Lapp breaks that mold. His gentleness with his flock drew me in, and his willingness to listen to the counsel of his deacons before passing judgement was a breath of fresh air. I also loved how willingly he showed his love for Emma Fisher – holding her hand and hugging her, even though others were present to see. It was so sweet!

Book 3 in the Amish Bishop Mysteries series, Who the Bishop Knows, focuses this time, not on what Henry saw, but on what he didn’t see. Henry is a savant, of sorts. Due to a childhood accident with a baseball, Henry can draw pictures that are better than photographs, of things he has seen. His drawings were used in the first two books to solve at least two murders. This time, when Jeremiah Schwartz gets shot out of the saddle at the Ski High Rodeo, Henry was outside the arena in the food line. What could he have possibly seen there? Nothing! Unfortunately, Jeremiah’s killer doesn’t know that, and comes after Henry to prevent him from drawing.

Determined to “stay out of it”, Henry and Emma are nevertheless drawn into the investigation. As the amateur sleuths pursue leads the police haven’t seen, can they keep their families safe from a killer? What happens when Emma’s granddaughter, Katie Ann and her friend get caught up in the action as well?

Chapman’s writing style takes me back to my Trixie Belden mysteries days. Each step in the mystery is meticulously plotted to lead to the next one, and each character has a key role in the story. I also loved all the “Amish Proverbs” scattered throughout. Henry and Emma’s strong love for each other and their equally strong faith in the God who loves them, came through loud and clear.

While this book can be read as a stand-alone novel, I urge readers to also read the first two. I’m going to have to go back and pick up the first one myself, since I started on book 2. Meeting the characters and getting to know them is half the fun in this one. Some of them, including Henry, jump off the page and into your heart. This was a highly enjoyable series to read! I definitely recommend!

Rated G: I didn’t see any issues with this one.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by Publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!

 

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