The eighth Amish-Country Mystery, The Names of Our Tears, has now been published by Plume, a Division of Penguin Group USA. This is the first Plume paperback original in the series.
As in the other novels, Sergeant Ricky Niell, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, Medical Examiner Melissa Taggert, and Pastor Cal Troyer play important roles in Holmes County, Ohio, where most of the story is set. But Professor Mike Branden and his wife Caroline, who are vacationing on Longboat Key west of Sarasota, join the action in the normally tranquil Pinecraft Amish community. In addition to the Plume soft-cover first edition, there are electronic versions and large print editions now available, and audio editions will be forthcoming.
When Ruth Zook returned home to Holmes County, Ohio, she was carrying a heavy suitcase and a heavier burden. Coerced into transporting drugs on the bus, Ruth retaliated by destroying her illicit burden, and she paid for it with her life. When Fannie Helmuth learns of Ruth’s murder, she goes immediately to Sheriff Bruce Robertson to confess that she was similarly coerced while working in a restaurant in Sarasota. Robertson realizes that the drug dealer’s operations reach all the way to Florida, and he quickly moves the investigation South, where more innocent lives are in jeopardy. The theme of the story is taken from Psalms 34:17-18.