Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish Country Mystery - Amish Country Mysteries (Paperback)P. L. Gaus (author)
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P. L. Gaus's Blood of the Prodigal, a mystery in the tradition of Tony Hillerman, is back in a new edition, including an exclusive interview with the author, discussion questions for reading groups, and a detailed map and driving guide to Holmes County, Ohio, with everything one needs to visit the iconic scenes depicted in the story.
In Holmes County, Ohio-home to the largest Amish and Mennonite settlements in the world-mystery and foreboding lurk in the quiet Old Order Amish community led by Bishop Eli Miller.The illusion of peace is shattered one early morning when a young Amish boy goes missing-abducted from his home and from Bishop Miller's care. At first, the bishop suspects the child's father, who was exiled from the Old Order ten years ago, but a murder soon casts doubt on the bishop's theory. With a strong distrust of law enforcement and the modern "English" ways, the bishop must put his faith in an unlikely partnership with Professor Michael Branden before it's too late.
With the help of the peaceful pastor Cal Troyer and the reckless Sheriff Bruce Robertson, Branden plunges headlong into the closed culture to unravel the mystery of the missing child and uncover truths many would prefer to leave undisturbed.
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Number of pages: 235
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
"A pleasure to read."
"Gaus writes with authority and warmth about the mysterious Amish.... This well-written, insightful first novel bodes well for Gaus' planned Professor Branden series."
"The charm of Gaus's first novel lies in its gently penetrating portrait of conflicts within the deceptively quiet contemporary Amish community."
"No one who enjoys a fresh approach to the mystery novel, plus an insider's look at Ohio's Old Order Amish culture, should miss Blood of the Prodigal. P. L. Gaus gives us a kind, gentle, and intriguing look at crime inside Ohio's famous Amish colony." -- Tony Hillerman
"Gaus has done successfully what would seem nearly impossible: to meld a mystery novel with a description of Amish life in Holmes county without scanting either one.... (A)n impressive debut novel."
"P. L. Gaus's voice in his first mystery is so assured and polished, it's hard to believe this is his first book.... (T)he strength of the descriptions of the Amish ... is such that as a reader you almost resent being away from it for a moment."
"This story is written in the tradition of Tony Hillerman: Gaus presents a deeper understanding of an American subculture and why-though it interacts with mainstream American society-it stubbornly chooses to remain separate and follow its own unique doctrines. Enthusiasts of mysteries, American sub-cultures, or those interested in learning more about Amish ways will find much to glean from Gaus' work."
"In addition to the very interesting portrayal of Amish culture, I most enjoyed the characters and relationships at the heart of the book.... The small-town flavor revealed through the interplay among this cast of characters is both believable and endearing."
"The characters are full-bodied and finely wrought.... The plot is solid and well paced. And Gaus informs us about the life and practice of the Old Order Amish without instructing or lecturing."
"The Amish setting is as strange and intriguing as that of any foreign country, and the strong-willed characters challenge the reader's prejudices and values. This novel, the first in a series, opens the door for further exploration of the nature of these characters and their culture." -- Wendy Foster Leigh
"(Broken English)...was nearly impossible to put down."
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