Murder Freshly Baked – BookLook Bloggers Review

_140_245_Book.1608.coverVannetta Chapman is the author of Murder Simply Brewed and Murder Tightly Knit and now this gem, Murder Freshly Baked. Hannah, a young and capable Amish woman, once again teams up with Amber to solve the mysterious goings on at The Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana.

In this installment of the series, there is a poison-pen writer who uses their poetry to warn of poisoned baked goods. Are these warnings a true threat to the village or is there something else going on in this normally peaceful town?

As always, I enjoyed this mystery immensely. Ms. Chapman weaves an engrossing mystery that makes you work to discover the culprit. Murder Freshly Baked proved to be the same. There were so many things going on — the weddings, the poisoned pen letters, Ryan the philander and more. The poison pen writer’s motives are unclear for much of the story.  The writer of the threatening letters definitely has something against Amber, but it takes a while to piece everything together and discover what is really going on.

I enjoy the side stories of the supporting characters as well.  In this book, we learn more about the power of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it affects Preston, a formerly homeless member of the community after returning from service overseas. He’s found a wonderful woman that he’d like to spend his life with, but because of his frequent night terrors and slipping into the horrors of war, he is afraid to move forward with his life.

My heart was truly touched by the portrayal of Preston and the different ways that his friends worked to support and encourage him to use a service dog to help him cope with his trauma.  I have read about the syndrome, but don’t personally know anyone who suffers from it. Ms. Chapman’s portrayal of Preston really helped me to emphasize with those who have it. And that is one of the reasons that I love her books — her characters become real people for me and their struggles feel authentic.

I’m sure that this will come as a big surprise, but I absolutely loved the book and recommend it without reservation. A 5 star out of 5 for me.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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