Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review of Material Witness 

by Vannetta Chapman

Tragedy strikes on the opening night of the Fall Crafters Fair when a woman is 
killed in the parking lot of Daisy's Quilt Shop, and the only material witness is one of Melinda Byer's boys. The investigation takes a more bizarre turn when detective Shane Black becomes convinced the killer was actually after Callie.
This time it's a madman loose in the largest crowd of the year, and he's looking for something or someone. If they can't figure out what, one of Deborah and Callie's close circle of friends may be next.
Masked identities, antique quilts with hidden messages, an Amish boy whose handicap makes him stronger, one brave dog, and a possible hidden treasure ... this time it's nonstop action, danger, and a dash of romance.

My thoughts on Material Witness:
Wow!  I love a good mystery and throw in a little romance and Amish life, and I am in reader's heaven!!!   Vannetta Chapman has once again written a real winner of a novel.  This book was so exciting.  I was thrilled to learn even  more about characters who have now become like old friends.    This is the third installment in her Shipsewana Amish Mystery series and I feel like Callie, Deborah, Melinda, Esther, Gavin, Shane, Max, and the others are my best friends now. 
   I love the way the Amish community has accepted Callie, an Englischer, into their family circle.    I love the way "the girls" work together to solve mysteries and quilt!   I totally love that quilts are included in the series.   I am learning to quilt myself and am learning many new things about quilting from the series.  Vannetta has definitely put a great deal of time and effort into researching for her books.   
   Please read Material Witness.  You can start with Falling to Pieces, then on to A Perfect Square,  and end with Material Witness.   I think you will also fall in love with the funny, sweet, endearing characters, and feel a true appreciation for the Amish and quilting when you finish reading these books.   

About the Author:
Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. She published a novel with Abingdon Press called A Simple Amish Christmas in October of 2010. Her first Quilt Shop Murder Mystery, Falling to Pieces (Zondervan), released in September 2011.Falling to Pieces is the first book in Vannetta's Amish mystery three-book series. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.
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I received a free copy of this book from and Zondervan publishing in exchange for my honest review.   


  1. Thank you so much, Rhonda. As you could probably tell, I enjoyed writing this book!

  2. Vannetta, I can imagine that it was quite enjoyable to write as it was extremely enjoyable to read!!! thanks!


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