Wednesday, October 18, 2017

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #2)

Title:  When the Bishop Needs an Alibi (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #2)

Author:  Vannetta Chapman

Pages:  352

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers

My rating is 4 stars out of 5.

Henry Lapp, the bishop for the local Amish community, is a widower.  As a result, he eats at a local diner often.  He develops a friendship with one of the young waitresses.  He notices that she always seems wary and looking over her shoulder to see if someone is watching her.  He asks what is wrong and she eventually confides a little of her suspicions to Henry.  Henry once again uses his amazing drawing talents to recreate scenes from the diner and others to help discover commonalities and perhaps what this young waitress was afraid of.

Henry is also an avid birdwatcher and goes to a federal nature refuge to watch cranes.  On one of his treks, he discovers a dead body.  Since the body was discovered on federal land, the FBI is involved.  Henry is the number one suspect in the crime from the get-go according to the agent in charge.  Of course, anyone who knows Henry finds the idea of him as a murderer ludicrous, but he has no alibi for the time of the murder.  He was at home alone.  His good friend, Emma, teams up with the decedent’s sister to clear Henry’s name and bring justice to the victim’s killer.  However, the closer they get to unraveling the mystery, the more danger to Emma.  Henry realizes he feels more than friendship for Emma and is going to protect her.  Does Emma feel the same for him? 

Henry Lapp is an example for all believers.  In the midst of his own personal trials, he kneels to pray.  His prayer includes supplication for his friends, community, even an ambitious FBI agent who is trying to hurry up and close the case to spur on his career.  He doesn’t pray, “Lord, get me out of this!  Amen.”  He encourages others to depend on God no matter what and he lives out that example.  He reminds his flock of appropriate Scripture at times when they need it most.  He is not afraid to share his faith with others outside the Amish community.  It was nice to read about a romance for Henry, a man in his mid-sixties.  I thought the mystery portion of the story was very original.  I hope there are many more mysteries to come in this series!

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