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A Prayer for the Night (Amish-Country Mystery Series #5)

A Prayer for the Night (Amish-Country Mystery Series #5)

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by P. L. Gaus

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Book 5 of the Amish-Country Mysteries

Three young friends disappear while traveling on their Amish rite of passage, Rumschpringe, or wild days. In a race against the clock, the sheriff must find a murderer and break a ruthless drug ring operating within the heart of Ohio's Amish Country.


Book 5 of the Amish-Country Mysteries

Three young friends disappear while traveling on their Amish rite of passage, Rumschpringe, or wild days. In a race against the clock, the sheriff must find a murderer and break a ruthless drug ring operating within the heart of Ohio's Amish Country.

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Praise for P.L. Gaus' Amish-Country Mysteries

"A sensitively observed series."-Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

"Gaus's Amish-Country Mysteries examine the ethical, moral and scriptural nuances of the Amish, and the challenges their community faces co-existing with technology and temptations of the modern world."-Sharon Short, Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Praise for Clouds without Rain

"Of all the dastardly crimes that might spark a good whodunit, a buggy robbery doesn't seem very promising-unless the author is-P. L. Gaus, who writes a discerning series set among the Old Order Amish sects of Holmes County, Ohio... Gaus is a sensitive storyteller who matches his cadences to the measured pace of Amish life, catching the tensions among the village's religious factions."-Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

Praise for Cast a Blue Shadow

"An interesting who-dunit read, keeping me guessing in addition to providing insight into a unique way of life... This insightful novel will satisfy your hunger for a good murder mystery while it subtly educates you on the beliefs and values of a facet of society most know little about."-Bonnie Papenfuss, The Sahuarita Sun (Arizona)

Praise for Harmless as Doves

"For more than a decade,-P. L. Gaus-has been writing quietly spellbinding mysteries about one such group, the conservative Old Order Amish of Holmes County, Ohio...-[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 fiancee's older, richer and very persistent admirer."-Marilyn Stasio, New-York Times

"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."-Michele Leber, Booklist

"What makes this book stand out as exceptional is the method in which Gaus describes events. There is intrigue, tenderness, religion, and much conflict... Blending of old-world culture with modern detective work makes this continuation of the same characters in key roles with different murders a true mystery series... If you like good mysteries, without salacious sex or mayhem, and adash of religion mixed in, you will want to read this book...-A four star book and is highly recommended."-Clark Isaacs, Reviewer's Bookwatch

Praise for The Names of Our Tears

"Series regulars Professor Michael Branden, in Pinecraft, and Pastor Cal Troyer provide comfort and continuity in this eighth Amish-country mystery. Loose ends in the murder case lend realism and augur well for the next installment."-Michele Leber, Booklist

Praise for Separate from the World

"With each new mystery,-P. L. Gaus-treats us to yet another view of life among the Old Order Amish in Wayne County, Ohio... [H]e has great admiration for the Amish themselves, writing with quiet gravity about aspects of their lives rarely shown to strangers."-Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

"The latest in this too-little-known series again combines a fascinating, realistic look at an Amish community in Ohio with a gently satiric take on academic life."-Barbara Bibel, Booklist

Publishers Weekly
Amish teenagers run wild during Rumschpringe, their time of testing in the outside "English" world, in Gaus's absorbing fifth entry in this powerful series (after 2003's Cast a Blue Shadow). Eighteen-year-old Sara Yoder is torn between a modern culture of drugs, sex, iPods and cell phones and the strict values of her rural Ohio religious community. Tragedy strikes when two fellow teens, distant cousin Abe Yoder and his renegade friend and rival, John Schlabaugh, fail to appear for a secret gathering. Soon after, ruthless drug dealers who prey on na ve Amish youths kidnap Sara. Series regulars Rev. Cal Troyer and Prof. Michael Branden assist Sheriff Bruce Robinson in an intensive search of Holmes County bars, trailer parks, farms and hospitals that highlights the irreparable harm these young people suffer. Detailed Amish funeral and wedding rites conclude an otherwise taut tale, offering fascinating insights into this closed society's struggle to maintain traditions amid a rapidly changing world. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this fifth "Ohio Amish" mystery (after Cast a Blue Shadow), two young Amish men involved in the traditional Amish rite of Rumschpringe, when adolescents are allowed to experience the modern, "English," world, have been missing for a week. The group of teenagers they headed have been seen with some heavy-hitting drug dealers known to prey on Amish kids. Then John Schlabaugh, the group's leader, is found dead in a shallow grave, Sara Yoder is kidnapped, and Abe Yoder is found shot. Gaus usually writes quiet novels, but this one is harsher than his others, full of suspense, the immediacy of a hostage situation, and in-depth Amish funeral rites. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Amish teens lose control, even Professor Michael Branden (Cast a Blue Shadow, 2003, etc.) fears he can't save them. Rumschpringe-when Amish youth experience first-hand the temptations of the English world-has long been a mainstay of the community, ensuring that those who commit to Amish life do so willingly and knowingly. But Bishop Irvin Raber wonders whether the tradition has become too dangerous, especially now that young John Schlabaugh's body has been found in an abandoned barn out past Saltillo, near Spits Wallace's ramshackle place, and Sara Yoder, who ran with Schlabaugh's gang, has disappeared. Sheriff Bruce Robertson lets deputy Ricky Niell, Branden, and preacher Cal Troyer, all trusted friends of the Amish, take the lead. But Tony Arnetto of the DEA has other ideas. His agency has been looking for Samuel White's Ecstasy lab to nail down his case against traffickers who may have been using the Amish kids as part of their distribution network, and he won't let a premature raid ruin a case that took months to build-even if the price is Sara's life. Sober and authentic, Gaus's well-paced fifth takes a hard look at the risks the community must take and the compromises it makes to preserve itself in an ever-more-complex world.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Amish-Country Mystery Series , #5
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Retired college professor P. L. GAUS lives with his wife, Madonna, in Wooster, Ohio.

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A Prayer for the Night (Ohio Amish Mystery Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
OurBookAddiction More than 1 year ago
I don't think the publisher gives enough marketing support to this author which is a shame. This is the second book in the Amish series by this author and I find him a really good writer. I also like how he looks at Amish life in Ohio with respect and factual information rather than just making it up. He portrays their life with sensitivity. If you like reading fiction based around the Amish, I recommend this series. Most of the Amish fiction I've seen revolves around a love story or takes place in the past. These are mysteries in which the main character is not Amish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent author. Good mystery without sickening in depth details of murders like other authors I won't mention. Kept me glued to the book. All of P.L. Gaus books have been good and looking forward to reading more.
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