An Amish Country Mystery, No 1
P L Gaus
September 28th, 2010 / 0452296463
by Susan Johnson
Professor Michael Braden and his dear friend Pastor Caleb Troyer
are prepared to enjoy a summer reminiscent of their childhood days
growing up in the small town of Millersburg, Pennsylvania. Millersburg
is in Holmes County, Ohio, home to the largest settlement of the
Amish and Mennonite peoples in the world.
Michael and Caleb are friendly with the Amish and trusted by them,
something that is not always easy as the Amish keep well to themselves.
The trouble starts when Bishop Miller, a local leader asks for
their help in locating his ten-year-old grandson. Bishop Miller
has been raising the boy since his father, Jonah was banned many
Bishop Miller’s son Jonah is soon found dead, dressed in
the Amish clothes that he has been forbidden from wearing since
his grand Rumschpringe led him to a decade of drugs and whiskey
and keeping company with people his family would never approve of.
His ten-year-old son is still missing.
After the murder is discovered Braden and Troyer must work with
the local sheriff to solve the boy’s disappearance but they
soon discover that not everyone is being truthful and there are
secrets that have been hidden for many years.
Gaus well describes and depicts both the area and the Amish people
as he has lived in the area and studied and befriended the people
for many years.
As a reader I love the Amish culture and read anything I can that
refers to them. PL Gaus shows the people in a humanized light that
makes the book very hard to put down. I will gladly go in search
of the other books in this series.
Reviews of other titles in series
Broken English, No 2 [review]
Clouds without Rain, No3 [review]