I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman
Series: The Amish Bishop Mysteries #2
Published by Harvest House Publishers on September 1st 2017
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
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.
Before we talk book let’s talk bigger picture. I’ve had this book sitting on my Kindle app for more than a minute. Since before it was released if you must know. But then things happened, like launching a whole new website, like forgetting I had a book due with only days to spare, and during this time release day came and went. I didn’t completely panic, just a little. I like to post on release day but it was going to be OK. Then it was October and my computer decided that it was time, and there I was with no computer for about 10 days. And reading slacked off. And then…it was November and I was drowning. And then a thing happened. I could breath again first but also realized I start a LOT of sentences with the word and. However, if I scheduled things just right this book could be the ONE. The one that sealed the deal to be the 130th book I read this year, the one that would officially complete my Goodreads challenge. Not, by any stretch of imagination, my last book of the year. I’d just reached the point where I wasn’t going to up the total anymore, I’d done more than enough of that. So, ‘When the Bishop Needs an Alibi’ is officially my 130th book of 2017, it is officially the book that closes out this year’s reading goal, and it’s officially one of my top favorite books of the year.
All of that being said, I actually loved this book more than I did the first in the series ‘What the Bishop Saw‘. I struggled with the cast last time around, and I figured out the whodunit very early into the book. This book however fell into place like perfection. This is the book I mentioned on Facebook a while back that Ma had stayed up into the night to finish reading. She was hooked. This is the book I called her at the 75% mark and complained because I still hadn’t figured it out. OK, perhaps complain is too strong a word but ya know. I usually can unravel a mystery long before it’s even setup. Usually. This one kept be fighting along, dragging me through the grit of the story without my ever becoming the wiser. I have to applaud Vannetta on this as it’s hard to do. It’s hard to keep me in the dark. There’s still a few loose ends I didn’t quite ‘get’ but that could be due to my losing track of who exactly a couple of the law enforcement people were. That’s a me thing.
Putting this book off like I ended up doing is a double edge sword. I missed out on all of this so much earlier in the year. I missed out on the release day hype that I tend to find myself in. However, it also means I’m reading it that much closer to the next book coming out. (March people!) Mind you I might already have it sitting on my Kindle app. There’s a stack of books between us. December to March. This book has easily landed itself on my top 10 list for this year. The author has been there for more than a minute. This book was worth the wait but don’t wait to read it like I did. Jump in feet first and enjoy the journey!