A compulsively readable new series that explores a fascinating culture set purposely apart.
In the wooded Amish hill country, a professor at a small college, a local pastor, and the county sheriff are the only ones among the mainstream, or "English", who possess the instincts and skills to work the cases that impact all county residents, no matter their code of conduct or religious creed.
When an Amish boy is kidnapped, a bishop, fearful for the safety of his followers, plunges three outsiders into the traditionally closed society of the "Plain Ones".
Listen to another Amish-Country Mystery.
©2000 P.L. Gaus (P)2011 Random House
I don't know if the author intended this series for kids but it should work well for murder mystery (without explicit violence) buffs up to the age of 15, give or take a year. Adults may want to pass as characters are thinly drawn and procedural details in all disciplines are lacking.
I was interested to read a story set in Holmes County, Ohio, a beautiful part of the country. Unfortunately, it is poorly written.
The narration seems rapid and flat. The occasional dramatic moments are overplayed.
I won't choose more in this series. The plot is thin. The treatment of the Amish is respectful, but seems superficial, repetitious, and preachy. The author's favorite narrative device -- one or another character suddenly feels that he or she is missing something -- is overused.
LIfe-long reader, fond of mysteries, scifi, fantasy. Prefer good story-tellers, with interesting premises. Road warrior-so listen a lot!
Most of us know something of the Amish - that they try to live separate from the technological world, that they are pacifists, and maintain old crafts - that there is deep faith, but also a mandated conformity to the norms of the community, that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. A child is taken by his father, who had been banned from the community for wildness, and the Bishop is reluctant to do more than verify the child is OK - but lacking the resources, he asks two outsiders who understand the community to locate the child.
This story is complex, but the twists and turns are logical and "character-driven", based on the characters as shaped by the needs of the culture. The end is satisfying,
This book was So slow, that my kids grew up and moved out while I was listening to it!
I really liked the way the author incorporated cultural bits of Amish beliefs into how the main characters went about solving the crime. The two main characters, "English", were likeable and sympathetic to the Amish points of view. The sherrif was a bit more jaded in his view than they, but he was smart enough to work in the background with his knowledge of crimes and Amish to ensure that the crime was solved. Unfortunately, the plot was not riveting for me. If you want to learn more about Amish life and views, I think you will find this story very interesting, if you are looking for an action type book, it will probably be too slow for you. I definitely liked the book enough to check if there are more to the series because the main characters seem like they be fun to observe as they evolve.
You should find George Newbern a good narrator. I enjoyed his style and was able to easily distinquish between the characters. If you aren't too picky and like Amish, give P.L. Gaus a chance.
I am legally blind and talking books are the way I survive.
I found the story captivating and demanding of my full attention. As with every good read (even a detective novel) there is more to the book than the story. The social discussion as to the role of religion in and the challenges it presents to our society I found interesting.
Newberns' reading was excellent.
I enjoyed this mystery and found the subject matter new and refreshing. It never got preachy or religious, but showed an understanding and respect of the Amish people. It was an easy, light listen that kept my interest, and I finished it in two days.
I am thinking a 3 1/2 star rating, close to a 4.
I thought I would be enthralled in the world or the Amish, but it didn't provide the detail and engulfment I was hoping for. An interesting story, but not one that hooks you in. Take it or leave it
Either Storm of Swords or the last Sookie Stackhouse book.
The narrator was decent,but the voices were not capturing
I am an avid reader! Now I guess an avid Listener. I am addicted to Audible, and love how it keeps me focused when I am trying to get my work done. I am also a really fun kids entertainer... some Adults too!
This book is a grat murder mystery, and has some great twists that you don't usually see in Amish fiction.
Audiobook was very good. First I have listened to by this author. The narrator was very good also, he kept your attention throughout the story....would listen to another by this author!
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