What the Bishop Saw

What the Bishop Saw

by Vannetta Chapman

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Overview

Somewhere in the Embers Lies the Truth

A fire blazes out of control in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, leaving an elderly Amish bachelor dead. Bishop Henry Lapp rushes to the scene, and he learns the fire was no accident. Someone intended to kill Vernon Frey. But who would want to kill Vernon? Well, practically everyone—Amish and Englisch alike.

When the police point the finger at a suspect Henry knows is innocent, the bishop must decide whether or not to use his mysterious, God-given gift—one he's tried desperately to ignore all these years—to try and set the record straight. His close friend and neighbor, Emma, encourages Henry to follow God's leading.

Could the clue to solving the case be locked somewhere deep in his memory? Will Henry find the courage to move forward in faith and put the right person behind bars? Is his friendship with Emma becoming something more?

What the Bishop Saw is a story of extraordinary talents, the bonds of love and friendship, and the unfailing grace of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736966474
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Series: Amish Bishop Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 280,640
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full-time. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband, pets, and a herd of deer.

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What the Bishop Saw 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Henry Lapp had a gift, or was it a curse? He’d suffered a brain injury as a child and spent weeks in a medically induced coma. The “gift” seemed to be a result of his injury. He and his family discovered it a few days after his return from the hospital. Henry was pestering his mother to let him go outside and play with his siblings. Of course, he couldn’t. She suggested he draw a picture for his grandmother. He drew a picture of the church picnic they had had. His parents couldn’t believe what they were seeing when they looked at the picture he had drawn. Henry didn’t draw again. That is, until he was much older and was asked to draw a picture to help solve crimes going on in his church district. Even then he hesitated. This book will grab your attention from the start. What in the world did young Henry draw in that picture of the picnic? Why did he stop drawing? What is Henry’s “gift”? Pick up a copy of this well-written book and read Henry’s story. You’ll be glad you did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An human interest detective story that is well written with great character development. I recommend it.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
What a twist for an Amish story, Vanetta never lets up, she just keeps pulling you along so you don't want to put the book down. The Amish and the Englisch have to work together, some of the Amish disagree, will it all work out, what happens when the 'youngee' try to take things into their own hands? I can recommend this book as a great read.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
What a twist for an Amish story, Vanetta never lets up, she just keeps pulling you along so you don't want to put the book down. The Amish and the Englisch have to work together, some of the Amish disagree, will it all work out, what happens when the 'youngee' try to take things into their own hands? I can recommend this book as a great read.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Fires, blazes, mysteries, lost buildings, lost lives, lost livelihoods, and the main question and major concern: Who is Doing It???? The small Amish community of San Luis Valley, Colorado, already struggles to maintain the farms and allow families to feel the move was a good one, and now fear may drive some of the families to leave. Bishop Henry Lapp is anxious to calm the fears of the families he loves. He is a good leader and the Amish under his leadership have great respect for him, but he is stumped and just wants the perpetrator caught and stopped. The local police are involved and the Amish often choose to handle matters without allowing the police to interfere, but this time they have little choice if they want the guilty party apprehended. Vannetta Chapman is one of my all-time favorite authors and this book is no disappointment for me. I feel sure readers will be excited about her new Amish mystery. Even those who do not typically read this genre will likely find themselves unable to stop reading til they reach the very last page. Those who enjoy mysteries and thrillers will want to try to figure out who is causing havoc for Bishop Lapp and the Amish community. Henry has much support and eager helpers, including the widow Emma, a dear friend of many years who shares meals and smiles with him. He is a widower and they are close in age and neither has looked for a new spouse even though the Amish encourage remarriage when a spouse dies. Check out this exciting mystery and join the many readers who are joining me in recommending this book, the first in The Amish Bishop Mysteries Series. Books are rated on a scale of 1-5 among reviewers with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent or I would rate this book a 10, but I am confined to give it an excellent rating of 5. Thank you, Vannetta Chapman, for giving me some delightful summer reading. The lake is fun, but this book made it even more so. I received an ebook of this selection from netgalley and the publishers, Harvest House, and while I was encouraged to publish a review, it was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
ConR More than 1 year ago
Anyone who might possibly think that a book about the Amish is "fluffy" or just a quick superficial read NEEDS to read this book. While I have always enjoyed Vannetta's books, this book delivered everything! Amish, mystery, a bit of romance, and the complexity of the characters and the plot of the book........seriously, if you've not tried Amish fiction and you like mysteries and a "clean" read, this is the book to start with. And leave your preconceptions of the Amish behind. Every community is different in their strictness. I'd give this book six stars if I could.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
Wow. I can't imagine the plotting that must've gone into this book. WHAT THE BISHOP SAW was engaging, about a bishop with a brain injury I'd never even heard of, that gifted him with an amazing gift--or curse--depending on how you look at it. Did the bishop actually see anything to save the suspect Henry knows is innocent? If so, what... and will the police detectives be able to figure it out before there are any more fires? I loved Henry. A dear, sweet older gentleman. There is a hint of a relationship developing, wonderfully developed secondary characters--not to mention a sweet beagle pup who turned into a better watchdog than Henry had ever imagined. I love Vannetta Chapman's Amish mysteries -- can't get enough of them. She's a very talented author. If you love Amish mysteries or either of the two by themself, you will want to read WHAT THE BISHOP SAW. It will keep you engaged until the last page is turned and the book is closed.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I'm not even sure where to begin. It's no mystery that you can win my heart by giving me a mystery. Given a choice I'll always go mystery, it's just my niche. However I have other preferred (please, you know I'll read 'anything' except technical manuals people) genres and when you mix any other genre with a mystery it's going to be right up my alley. Add to that an author that creates characters and setting that embraces you like a best friend and it can't go wrong! Henry Lapp suffered an accident as a child that resulted in a savant gift. That gift, later in life, brought him into the English world in a way most English never get involved with. After this encounter Lapp and many of his friends chose to relocate from their home to join a fledgling community in Colorado. There was so much to this story to like and I'm going to tell you about some of it, some you'll have to discover for yourself. I'm gonna touch on a couple of things I struggled with though. I have to admit though, I'm not certain it's a problem with the book so much as a problem with my reading schedule. There are quite a few characters, I mean an entire community plus a couple of law enforcement and a few English as well. Now follow along because I'm totally going off the beaten path here and share stuff that is completely irrelevant to the book but completely relevant to my reading experience. I'm exhausted. Sleep deficit exhausted. Tired when I wake up and tired when I go to bed exhausted. But reading. Reading is how I relax, how I unwind and something that has been a part of my life as since before I have memories. But exhaustion and reading are not the best of friends. And reading with lots of characters when you are a person who only remembers their own name because they've had it so long when you are only able to read a few chapters at a time makes it hard to keep everyone straight and their relationships. I mean good gravy, there was a character who was sorta important halfway through the book that I don't even remember having been there. I felt lost..a lot. Now to the good stuff about the book, not me. Bishop Lapp makes this book and I hope that future books are involved with him as well. His faith in God, his patience for truth, and his willingness to use his gift (that has caused him problems in the past) to right a wrong are just part of what I love about him. The mystery is intertwined to the story from the beginning and despite it being too obvious who actually did it the back and forth of the characters and the way it all played out do not stand as a deterrent for me. Outside of the central story line and the level that Henry brings to the book I think the ending sealed the deal for me that I love this book. 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.
CollieRescueMom More than 1 year ago
What the Bishop Saw by Vannetta Chapman This first book in a new series by Vannetta Chapman grips you from the start. Ms. Chapman has a tremendous talent at writing both Amish and Mystery novels. When she combines the two…..you are in for a very entertaining read! When fires begin to plague the quiet Amish community, fear soon follows. No one can understand why they are being targeted. With no rhyme or reason to the incidents, everyone begins to fear their homes and loved ones might be next. Bishop Henry Lapp does his best to spread peace and calm through the community but it isn’t enough. The Bishop’s God-given and very unique talent needs to be used to help catch the arsonist but he is reluctant to brush off this seldom used skill. Will the Bishop be able to help his people before more lives and properties are destroyed? You won’t want to miss the first of The Amish Bishop Mysteries!!
LJShuck More than 1 year ago
Bishop Henry Lapp has a special gift, a gift he discovered after a traumatic brain injury as a boy. Now Henry must decide if he will use the same gift that he was discouraged from using as a boy, to help in an arson investigation and the death of cantankerous old Vernon Frey. Following the arrest of a young Amish man, whom everyone knows is not guilty, Bishop Henry decides it is time to help local law enforcement find the real arsonist and murderer. With his good friend Emma’s encouragement, he sets out to do what he hasn't done in years, draw. Sitting at his kitchen table, Henry renders an amazingly detailed drawing of Vernon Frey’s home, giving it to the special arson investigator who is not just a little skeptic. Learning that Bishop Henry Frey had visited the deceased’s home, on a pastoral call, the investigator accepts the drawing but sets it aside for more proper investigative tools. Will the drawing become useful? Will the arsonist be stopped before some else dies? And just what is going on between Bishop Henry and his friend Emma?
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
WHAT BISHOP SAW by Vannetta Chapman. We meet Henry, home from the hospital, 12 years old, wanting to go out and play ball. All he can do is draw, pencil cramped his fingers, he had put so much detailed into it. Father sees picture, like a photograph, the detail. You shouldn't be able to do this. The sadness, anger and love, he had drawn. Was this from him being in a coma. Years later, a fire, at Vernon home all gone, Henry now a bishop, would tend to his flock, to help them thru this. Glass on the inside, fire was started, why kill him, even if not well liked. Would Henry use "his gift" after all these years, he hesitant, opening Bible. Verse "saying to use the gifts he was given". He saw Vernon the night before. A compelling story of a mystery with the touch of Amish. The story captures you from the first, to the last, what did the Bishop see. Great story for a light easy mystery to read. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
A new series by Vannetta Chapman! This was such a captivating book and it's even better knowing this was book 1 in The Amish Bishop Mystery Series. The story starts out with a deadly fire that kills an Amish community member, Vernon. But it doesn't stop there, there's lots more action going on in this once peaceful Amish community. People are getting pretty worried about what will happen next. This book was a great read and was another of those books that are impossible to put down, until you get to the end. It's a great combination of Amish and mystery and won't disappoint. Loved this book! I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I’m not Amish but I sure wish I could attend Henry Lapps services, what a kind loving man, and yet he has had to deal with his own daemons. The setting for this story is the breath taking valley of San Luis Colorado, and a quaint and closely-knit Amish community. What happens here is about to tear apart this group of plain people, and in the end leave some hurt and worse dead. Now in his sixties Henry has a blessing, or a curse, depending on how you look at it, and now he needs to make a decision to use this for the greater good. As a youngster he was hit in the head with a baseball, a brain injury and that turned on a switch that gave him a rare ability. As we travel this story to find the person responsible for the terror that these people are facing. Will they find the arsonist before they loose any more, or will be more be hurt and force some to make a hard decision to leave for their peace of mind. These are pacifists and they are surely put to the test by the perpetrator, but why are these peaceful people being targeted? When you discover who is responsible, I had a feeling that he had been let down by society, and yet he is so wrong. You won’t want to leave here and found myself doing so extra reading about being savant, very interesting. I hope we will be visiting with Henry and his community again; I wanted to immerse myself with the people. I received this book through Net Galley and Harvest House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review
sgreene01 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book centered around a Bishop of an Amish community. This was different being centered around a male leader of the community, rather than the female aspect which we normally read in the Amish genre. Bishop Henry is a very devoted man who has a real heart for his people. He also has a special talent that resulted from a head injury he received as a child. He is able to recreate scenes of happenings that he consciously doesn’t remember, but once starts drawing, his mind takes over and “remembers” and creates those scenes with extreme detail. He has always felt this was a curse and when a fire takes place and kills one of his Amish members, he has to decide whether or not to use this talent, which he hasn’t used for years. Would it really help in finding the arsonist, who seems to be targeting the Amish community? His neighbor, Emma, encourages him to help the English investigator to find out who is setting fires and has killed their Amish friend. Since the Amish strive to remain separated from the Englisher world, this is a hard thing for the Amish community to accept, however, they know this person must be caught. The interaction between the Amish and English is very well written. I highly recommend this book to anyone who like reading the Amish genre. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Harvest House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
SimpsonsPB More than 1 year ago
WHAT THE BISHOP SAW (The Amish Bishop Mysteries) Are you looking for a good book to read at is full of suspense, mystery and a bit of romance. I suggest that you read Vannetta Chapman's new mystery, What The Bishop Saw. This is the first book in the Amish Bishop Mystery Series. Henry Lapp is the bishop of the Amish community in San Luis Valley in Colorado. Henry awakened by the smell of smoke and when he arrives at the scene, he finds the home of Vernon Frye, an elderly Amish man, on fire. Henry also finds out the fire was arson and they wanted Vernon Frye dead, which they accomplished. The finger is pointed to Sam Beiler, an Amish volunteer firefighter, as the arsonist and murderer. With Henry's help and the use of a mysterious God given gift, of Henry's, Sam is proven innocent. However the fires continue. The arson investigator want's Henry to assist her in solving this case of arson and murder. It is only a matter of time, when the real arsonist will slip up and reveal himself. This was a book that had you turning the pages and was very hard to put down. The story had you wondering what Henry's mysterious gift was and what it was that Henry saw. I really enjoyed reading What The Bishop Saw and I am looking forward to reading the next book in The Amish Bishop Series. I highly recommend reading What the Bishop Saw. It is a great book...................it's a page turner!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
What the Bishop Saw by Vannetta Chapman is the first book in The Amish Bishop Mysteries. Bishop Henry Lapp lives in San Luis Valley, Colorado. Henry is awakened with news of a fire at nearby Vernon Frey’s house. When Henry arrives at the scene, he finds out that Vernon did not survive. It is disturbing to find out that the fire was set deliberately. Henry is asked to write a list of people who might have wished to harm Vernon. Within days a second fire breaks out at a construction site in town. Sam Beiler spots the fire and calls 911. Turns out that Sam also called in Vernon’s fire. Sam is soon arrested for arson and the murder of Vernon. Henry visited Vernon the day before the fire, and he has a gift that could assist the investigators. Henry has not used his talent in fifteen years. But it seems the time has come to use his God given gift once again. It could provide a helpful clue that will lead to the arsonist. Unfortunately, the fire bug is not finished and Henry’s workshop becomes the next target. Meg Allen, the arson investigator, works with Henry and the Amish community to ferret out clues. Will they be able to identify the arsonists before he claims more victims? What the Bishop Saw is well-written and is easy to read. The book has a good pace. The story has engaging characters. My favorite are Henry Lapp and Emma Fisher. They are adorable and nicely complement each other. They both have loving hearts and you can tell how much Henry cares for the people in his community. It was good to see growth in the characters by the end of the book. I loved the subtle, slow paced romance between Henry and Emma. I appreciated the author’s unique setting. I have not read an Amish novel set in Colorado previously. I found the scripture and prayer quotient to be medium level (it goes well with the book). I give What the Bishop Saw 4 out of 5 stars. The mystery was interesting, though, readers can easily identify the culprit based on the clues. There is a little suspense near the end that will have readers on the edge of their seats. I did feel that the book was a little long and some information was repeated. I liked the epilogue. It was a good ending to the story. What the Bishop Saw is the beginning of a delightful series.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
When a much disliked Amish man dies in a fire set by an arsonist, Bishop Henry Lapp must guide his people to safety and the truth. It doesn't help that the Englischer they have to communicate with most is a young, brash,red-haired female investigator. As the arsonist ramps up his attacks, Henry has to watch the People lose life, property, and even desire to remain in this Colorado community. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice that almost cost him dearly years ago in Goshen, In? I truly love Vanetta Chapman's Amish mysteries, and this is the best one yet. So often the bishop of the People is portrayed as being strict, stiff, and power-hungry. Henry is none of these. He truly seeks God's will in all things, puts others before himself, and sees people with "the Father's Eyes." It would be a blessing to be a friend of Henry's. We also get to know Emma's family. They are as complex as Henry, and are woven into the story along with others of the church to make a tightly woven,multi-dimensional tale. One quote true for Amish and Englischers alike: "They would all be remembered by their deeds, their kindnesses to one another,and the roots of love they left behind." What The Bishop Saw motivates me to ask God for vision to see people as incredibly compassionately as Henry and ultimately God our Father see them. I gratefully received this book from the publisher and NetGalley. I am freely leaving a review. I am solely responsible for the opinions therein.
pattiagal More than 1 year ago
What The Bishop Saw is a brand new mystery series by Vannetta Chapman. It is set in the seemingly peaceful San Luis Valley of Colorado. Unfortunately, peace is something that is hard to find for the small Amish community residing there. Bishop Henry Lapp, a widower, leads his group of Amish friends and neighbors with a gentle spirit and strong commitment to Biblical principles. He takes his job very seriously and makes sure he keeps his flock close and involved. Henry soon finds his hands are full when a murdering arsonist targets the Plain people. Frightened, the community is struggling to trust one another. Some decide to pack up and move to another community. How can Bishop Lapp stop the exodus? Henry has a special gift that he rarely uses, but could it possibly help find the criminal? Will he draw upon it or allow it to lie dormant? You must read the story to find out...what the bishop saw! I must admit, I have developed a crush over the protagonist, Bishop Henry Lapp! He has a heart for God and for people. He tries not to judge but to lead for the good of the community. I loved the way the story allowed the reader to learn about Henry's past and how it paved the way for his future. It is a must read novel and I honestly can't wait to see what happens in the next book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, author, and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. Buy and enjoy!