Amid a whirlwind of drugs, sex, and other temptations of the “English” world, a group of Amish teenagers on the Rumschpringe test the limits of their parent’s religion to the breaking point. The murder of one teenager and the abduction of another challenge Professor Michael Branden as he confronts the communal fear that the young people can never be brought home safely.
Along with Holmes County Sheriff Bruce Robertson and Pastor Cal Troyer, Professor Branden works against the clock to find a murderer and a kidnapper, and to break a drug ring operating in the county, determined, wherever the trail may lead him, to restore the shattered community.
In A Prayer for the Night, his fifth Ohio Amish Mystery, P. L. Gaus deftly balances the pace and practices of Amish life in northern Ohio against the unfolding urgency of a hostage situation. As Gaus has proven before, the mystery gains from its exploration of the ever-widening chasm between the traditional life of the Amish people and their interaction with the outside world.
Excerpts from Reviews of A Prayer for the Night
“Detailed Amish funeral and wedding rites conclude an otherwise taut tale, offering fascinating insights into this closed society’s struggle to maintain traditions amid a rapidly changing world.”
The Budget (Sugarcreek, Ohio)
“The author treats his Amish characters with respect, explaining customs, tradition and belief with crystal clarity and deep understanding. There are no stereotypes here, and the plot is simple, yet well constructed, so readers of various ages can enjoy the book.”
“. . . by taking the readers into the farms, homes and front porches of the understandably suspicious Amish, he brings alive a complex society that is generally depicted in picture-book stereotypes.”