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Broken English: An Amish Country Mystery Hardcover – 25 April 2000
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- Publisher : Ohio University Press; 1st edition (25 April 2000)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 214 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0821413252
- ISBN-13 : 978-0821413258
- Dimensions : 14.63 x 2.03 x 22.23 cm
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A mystery man, rumored to have been trained by the U.S. military to kill, has settled in the Amish community and attempts to find peace there. When his only daughter is killed and the suspect is arrested, a wave of violence descends on the peaceful community and threatens to test the limits of friendship between the sheriff, Pastor Troyer, and Professor Branden. Another excellent addition to this series.--River Reader (Lexington, MO)
"Gaus weaves his extensive knowledge of Amish ways into this fascinating, suspenseful tale. There is a 'show-in-plain-sight' clue that will escape all but the most astute readers. The characters are differentiated and believable, from Sands, who feels 'no imposing moral dilemma' to Hawkins' Amish fiancée, who insists on Hawkins' innocence. This is a deeply felt, insightful book."--Ohioana Quarterly
"If you prefer your Amish on the quaint and colorful side, Broken English is not the book for you. For in this, the second Ohio Amish mystery by P. L. Gaus, they are human beings, not picture postcards in a souvenir shop.... Here's hoping this series will be around for a long time."--The Strand Magazine
About the Author
P. L. Gaus is the author of seven books in the Amish-Country Mystery series. He lives in Wooster, Ohio, an area that is close to the world's largest settlement of Amish and Mennonite people. Gaus lectures widely about the lifestyles, culture, and religion of the Amish.
Visit his website at P. L. Gaus
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We know from the outset who the murderer is but the plot revolves around whether or not, a convert to the Amish is seeking to avenge the death if his daughter, or will remain true to his faith.
Like the first book it is a slow burn and sadly I found myself getting impatient - despite this being a short book.
The Amish society is a very patriarchal one and the status of women does disturb.
I was going to buy the series but because of their cost, and the fact I was not engaged enough, is making me think again.
Professor Branden was asked again to solve the mystery. An Amish man's daughter was murdered in what was considered a break & entering gone wrong. The murderer was captured and put behind bars, apprehended by a man who just happened to be there down the street from the murder scene. Then within a few days, another person was murdered which threw the first murder case out of whack since the suspect is behind bars. Now instead of just one murderer, there's two and the second one is roaming free.
This one is not as intense as the first book was but it is very well-done and intriguing enough to keep me turning the pages till the end. This one shows the author's knowledge of firearms and it is rather interesting to read about it.
All in all, while this one doesn't have a personal feel of the characters to it like the last one did, it did have a suspense-feel to it and in my opinion, it is written much better than Grisham's books.