The Amish-Country Mysteries
Paul’s first six novels were originally published as the Ohio Amish Mysteries by Ohio University Press, in both hard-cover first editions and trade paperback editions. The stories have now been revised and updated, and they have been republished as the Amish-Country Mysteries by Plume, a division of Penguin Group USA. The seventh novel, Harmless as Doves, An Amish-Country Mystery, was published as a hardcover edition in July of 2011 by Ohio University Press, and a trade paperback edition was published by Plume in 2012. The eighth novel in the series, The Names of Our Tears was published by Plume in 2013, and future novels in the series will be published by Plume. The ninth book in the series, Whiskers of the Lion, will be published on March 31, 2015, by Plume.
Three life-long friends in rural Millersburg, Ohio – Professor Michael Branden, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, and Pastor Caleb Troyer – work sometimes together and other times at crossed purposes, to solve mysteries involving the often inscrutable Amish sects of Holmes County, where the world’s largest Amish settlement sprawls across the hills and pastoral valleys of northeast Ohio. The rich cast of English characters in the novels includes the professor’s insightful wife Caroline, Holmes County’s tenacious Medical Examiner Melissa Taggert, and young Ellie Troyer, the sheriff’s resolute dispatcher/secretary. Each of the stories brings out a new and unique set of Amish characters.
Murder mysteries about Amish people may seem counter-intuitive, but in his Amish-Country Mysteries, P.L. Gaus illuminates Amish culture in stories that are as unique as the Amish themselves. Who are the Amish, and why do they hold themselves apart from the rest of us? What is the unique spiritual vision of this people set apart, their lives governed by steadfast adherence both to tradition and to scripture? What is it like to live Amish, think Amish, and pray Amish? Why do they eschew the conveniences of the modern world and live as simple peasant farmers, dressing always the same, farming the old ways, traveling only by horse and buggy, and worshiping privately? Why, if their lives are so plain and old-fashioned, are their numbers ever growing? In the Amish-Country Mysteries, Gaus examines culture in the context of a murder investigation, set convincingly and authentically among the most peaceful peoples of the world.
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