Broken English (Ohio Amish Mystery Series #2)

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The peaceful town of Millersburg, Ohio, in the heart of Ohio's Amish country, is rocked by the vicious murder of one of its citizens at the hands of an ex-convict. When a local reporter covering the story ends up dead as well, with the convict already behind bars, suspicion falls on David Hawkins, father of the first victim. But Hawkins is nowhere to be found, not even among the protective Amish colony that had taken him in as one of its own regardless of his shadowy past.

Following on the critical and popular success of his first book, mystery writer P. L. Gaus again brings us a moral and legal conundrum as Professor Michael Branden, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, and Pastor Cal Troyer set out to uncover the truth that seems so elusive in their otherwise quiet corner of the world.

Along the way, Gaus paints a unique portrait of the relationship between the Amish and the “English” cultures as seen from the inside. Against this backdrop, Broken English is a tale of honor, deception, and revenge, where circumstances and the search for justice test the mettle of the closest of friends and reveal the desperate measures of the strongest of foes.

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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.

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Readers who loved Blood of the Prodigal , the acclaimed debut in Gaus' Amish mystery series, may be a bit disappointed with this successor. One of the charms of the earlier book was the way Gaus incorporated characteristics of Amish life into his plot. The Amish setting still provides wonderful ambience, but the plot this time is more violent and less reflective of the setting. When amoral convict Jesse Sands is released from prison, he meanders his murderous way to Millersburg, Ohio, where he kills a Millersburg woman before he is caught. David Hawkins, the victim's father, an "Englisher" who has adopted Amish ways, attacks Sands in jail and then disappears. Sheriff Bruce Robertson believes Hawkins plans to assassinate Sands, Pastor Caleb Troyer staunchly defends Hawkins, and Professor Michael Brandon is caught in the middle, leaving the three childhood friends (all series regulars) in conflict. Though a less-satisfying novel than its predecessor, this is definitely a series worth reading. Jenny McLarin
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