First Line Friday // Featuring Murder Simply Brewed by Vanetta Chapman

Boo! It’s been a few minutes since I joined in on a First Line Friday. I’m looking forward to hopping to all the other participating blogs, and to talking about Murder Simply Brewed, which I enjoyed more than I expected.

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First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Hoarding Books. To participate, share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link to the linkup on the host’s page, and check out what others are reading and sharing!     

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The First Line:

Amber Wright had the perfect job.

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Murder Simply Brewed CoverAbout the Book

Title: Murder Simply Brewed (Amish Village Mystery #1)

Author: Vanetta Chapman

Genre: Christian Mystery (might even count as a cozy mystery)

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright can see profits in sight for her collection of Amish artisan shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a single hole in the front window and Mr. Gray dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register. Hannah Troyer takes over the shop’s duties, and she and Amber become fast friends as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death to be a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t so easily convinced.

Old Testament clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to solve a mystery and bring peace to the Amish community. 

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I have to ask…can it really be a perfect job if it doesn’t involve a library? To each their own, I suppose! I actually came across the second book in this series before the first, but I didn’t want to read them out of order, and I am so glad that I picked this one up! Although I have skipped over a few of the romance passages, I’ve enjoyed seeing life through these character’s eyes. The Amish Village sounds like it would be a very nice place to visit, work, or live. Aside from the vandalism and violence, that is…but I trust that will be cleared up by the end of the book.

What are you reading today? If you aren’t currently actively reading anything, what genre are you thinking about picking up next?

Until the next chapter,


6 thoughts on “First Line Friday // Featuring Murder Simply Brewed by Vanetta Chapman

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  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from “When I’m with You” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Michael Reed’s text alert chirped, disturbing the light sleep he’d been drifting in and out of since his alarm had gone off earlier.”

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  2. My first line is from HER SECRET SONG by Mary Connealy:
    “March 1874. Hope Mountain
    Near Bucksnort, Colorado near Grizzly Peak, Colorado
    Wax Mosley was living a life that was going to kill him.”

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  3. Happy Friday! 😀
    On my blog, I’m sharing from Forgiven Again by Gina Holder. I’m currently reading The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Even, so I’ll share the first line from there.
    “Hollis Darby learned two things at the knee of his not-so-dear, long-departed, low-life, scoundrel of a father: how to gamble beyond what was advisable and how to be an utter disappointment to his family.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚

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