Harmless as Doves (Amish-Country Mystery Series #7)

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"A sensitive account of the impact on this community when outsiders (that is, the cops) descend to deal with an Amish youth who has confessed to the murder of his fiancée's older, richer, and very persistent admirer.” —The New York Times Book Review

The chill of autumn is just settling into Holmes County, Ohio, when Bishop Leon Shetler is startled out of his morning reverie by the words, “I just killed Glenn...

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Overview


"A sensitive account of the impact on this community when outsiders (that is, the cops) descend to deal with an Amish youth who has confessed to the murder of his fiancée's older, richer, and very persistent admirer.” —The New York Times Book Review

The chill of autumn is just settling into Holmes County, Ohio, when Bishop Leon Shetler is startled out of his morning reverie by the words, “I just killed Glenn Spiegle.” No one—least of all Sherriff Bruce Robertson—believes that Crist Burkholder could actually be a murderer. But the young Amish man is adamant that he killed his romantic rival in order to win Vesta Miller. So when Robertson’s investigation reveals two potentially related murders in Florida’s Pinecraft Amish community, Professor Mike Branden and detective Ricky Niell head south to unravel the connection between the dead man and a far-flung Amish outpost on the shores of Sarasota Bay

Praise for P. L. Gaus and his Amish-Country mysteries:

“Gaus spins a fine mystery.” –Booklist

“Tony Hillerman of the Amish.” –The Christian Science Monitor

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
Spellbinding.”
-Marilyn Stasio
“Spellbinding.”
Kirkus Reviews
A rural Ohio community is rocked when one Amish confesses to killing another. The case seems as simple as it is astounding. Young Crist Burkholder tells his Bishop, Leon Shetler, that he's just killed Glenn Spiegle in a fight over who'll marry Vesta Miller. But Shetler, who cautions his flock to be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves," can't believe gentle Crist capable of murder. Soon Shetler is joined by Coroner Missy Taggert, who finds that Spiegel was killed by a savage beating, not the one blow Crist admits to. Crist's pro bono lawyer gets his confession bounced on the grounds that it's virtually impossible to Mirandize the Amish, and Sheriff Bruce Robertson finds his case unraveling even quicker than Darba Winters, a mentally fragile ex-teacher who owns the barn where Spiegel's body was found. Darba's husband, Billy, drives a truck that delivers Amish cheese all the way to Florida, where he and Spiegle once lived. But when Vesta's father, Jacob Miller, is found dead in Sarasota near the Pinecraft resort community where Amish travel to enjoy the beach, Robertson has no choice but to call professor Mike Branden (Separate From the World, 2008, etc.) away from his sabbatical at Duke. When Mike gets to Sarasota, he finds a trail of crime years old that leads him to a murderer who's more serpent than dove. A look at the Amish world that's both piercing and sensitive.
Marilyn Stasio
…Gaus offers a sensitive account of the impact on this community when outsiders (that is, the cops) descend to deal with an Amish youth who has confessed to the murder of his fiancée's older, richer and very persistent admirer.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
A violent crime disrupts a peace-loving Amish community as well as the "English" (non-Amish) population of Ohio's Holmes County in Gaus's well-constructed seventh Amish-Country mystery (after 2008's Separate from the World). When a member of Bishop Leon D. Shetler's church, Crist Burkholder, who wishes to marry beautiful 17-year-old Vesta Miller, confesses to killing rival Glenn Spiegle, who's twice Vesta's age and favored by her authoritarian father, sorting out the twisted truths takes not only the wisdom and counsel of Shetler but also the investigative skills of Sheriff Bruce Robertson. The seeds of the killing lead Sgt. Ricky Niell and Professor Michael Branden to Pinecraft, Fla., an Amish winter vacation spot. Multidimensional characters on both sides of the cultural divide give depth to the narrative. While Gaus provides a serviceable plot, it's the complex interactions of these two very different cultures that make this such an enjoyable and enlightening read. (July)
From the Publisher

“Gaus spins a fine mystery with a strong background of Amish faith and plenty of detail on the difficulties the Amish face in the modern age.”

— Booklist

"A sensitive account of the impact on this community when outsiders (that is, the cops) descend to deal with an Amish youth who has confessed to the murder of his fiancée's older, richer, and very persistent admirer.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Can the professor and pastor come to the rescue of their friends, the Amish, and help unravel this mystery and save an Amish man from a hard life in prison for a crime he couldn’t possibly have committed? Will Vesta and Crist finally be able to be together as they want and have a happy life together? You will be hanging on until the last page to find out. . . . I really love this series.”

— Night Owl Reviews

Library Journal
Professor Branden (Separate from the World) sets aside his sabbatical research and flies to a Florida Amish vacation spot in this engaging series entry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452297869
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Amish-Country Mystery Series , #7
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 266,812
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul L. Gaus was born and raised in Ohio, and has lived with his wife, Madonna, in Wooster, Ohio, for over thirty years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    I enjoyed Mr. Gaus' writing as I always do. This had a differen

    I enjoyed Mr. Gaus' writing as I always do. This had a different twist to the setting which made it different but quite interesting .

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Highly recommnmded!!!!!

    He does not write fast enough! Seems like I waited forever, but it was worth it!!!
    highly recommend this book!!!!

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