When the Bishop Needs an Alibi

  • Author: Vannetta Chapman
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Release Date: August 29, 2017
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  • GenreChristian
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Book Summary

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.

<h2><span class="wrap"><span class="inner">About The Author</span></span></h2>

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published more than one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Anna's Healing was a 2015 Carol Award finalist. Chapman writes Amish romance, Amish cozy mysteries, and Christian dystopian (suspense). Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

I adore Henry. For an Amish character not only is he kind and gentle but his sleuthing abilities are beyond those that a reader would expect. Henry’s knack is what keeps readers coming back for more. This mystery was one that kept me guessing, and envisioning beauty all at the same time.


Henry is an Amish bishop and sleuth. I know an image that is unique to conjure up but let me say that it really works for this character. Ms. Chapman gives him faith and the ability to know how to solve a mystery. God’s hand is with Henry many times in this book and I like to think that God knows how much to give the character, and author.

Enjoyable Moments

I have to say the suspense leading to the capture of the murderer is always my favorite with this author. The suspense is built so well that you are holding your breath and then gasping in the end! It could be that Henry has a way of helping to build the suspense and his demeanor makes a reader feel calm till we hit the capture, I never expect  to feel so invested in this mystery, but the end made me sad to feel it finished. Well, it’s only finished till the next mystery.


Another mystery solved by my favorite Bishop. This is a series that any reader can enjoy, and you can hop in at any time. I highly recommend reading this book as Henry is a character that you will root for and feel connected to. He is kind, quiet but a bold character by following his path. I can’t wait to see what is in store for him next.

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**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

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1 Comment

  1. Lucy Reynolds

    I love Amish characters and this sounds great.


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