Separate from the World (Amish-Country Mystery Series #6)

Separate from the World (Amish-Country Mystery Series #6)

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by P. L. Gaus
     
 

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Book 6 of the Amish-Country Mysteries

Enos Erb, an Amish man, claims that his brother,-benny,-a dwarf like himself- has been murdered. Upon investigation, links to a controversial genetics study examining the effects of inbreeding within the Amish community are uncovered-a study in which both Enos and benny had participated.

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Book 6 of the Amish-Country Mysteries

Enos Erb, an Amish man, claims that his brother,-benny,-a dwarf like himself- has been murdered. Upon investigation, links to a controversial genetics study examining the effects of inbreeding within the Amish community are uncovered-a study in which both Enos and benny had participated.

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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

Marilyn Stasio
Although Gaus's characterizations of the outsiders the Amish call "English" are stiff and simplistic, he has great admiration for the Amish themselves, writing with quiet gravity about aspects of their lives rarely shown to strangers.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

In Gaus's excellent sixth Ohio Amish mystery (after 2006's A Prayer for the Night), Enos Erb, an Amish farmer, makes an unusual request of Michael Branden, burned-out history professor and amateur sleuth, given that the Amish practice nonviolence and have no use for the justice system of the outside "English" world. Erb wants the professor's help finding his brother's murderer. People's unwillingness to confront evil hampers Branden's investigation, which gets interrupted by the apparent suicide of a coed, campus unrest and the kidnapping of an Amish child. Between helping Pastor Cal Troyer cope with a personal crisis and keeping Sheriff Bruce Robertson from blundering impulsively, Brandon realizes that a clever, murderous sociopath is exploiting the preconceptions of Amish and English. While Gaus may not be an elegant stylist, a convincing plot and credible, sympathetic characters make another winner in this fine regional series. (Aug.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Two unexplained deaths bring home to history professor Michael Branden (A Prayer for the Night, 2006, etc.) the powers and limitations of modern science. Change comes even to the Amish. Some of Bishop Andy Miller's flock out in Calmoutier are helping Professor Lobrelli with her genetic research. Enos Erb, a dwarf, is a "Modern" who believes in gene therapy. Though Enos's brother Benny, another dwarf, is eager to talk to Lobrelli, he lives with his brother Israel, of normal height and a staunch "Anti." When Israel finds Benny dead in their store, Enos is perturbed; Benny's short legs are too stiff to have climbed the ladder he seems to have fallen from. So Enos goes to Lobrelli's colleague Michael Branden. Before Branden can decide whether to help, he witnesses another death closer to home. In the middle of an antiwar rally led by psychology professor Aidan Newhouse, graduating senior Cathy Billett plunges from the college bell tower. Her boyfriend Eddie Hunt-Myers calls her death suicide, the result of their abrupt breakup. But when Branden realizes that Cathy was Lobrelli's research assistant, he suspects there's more to the story. His search for the truth teaches Branden and his friends, Pastor Cal Troyer and Sheriff Bruce Robertson, a lesson in what the Amish call "the most beautiful virtue," humility. A perceptive look at problems that have no easy solutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452296718
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Series:
Amish-Country Mystery Series , #6
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
514,642
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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

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Separate from the World (Ohio Amish Mystery Series #6) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
markpsadler More than 1 year ago
If you switched Agatha Christie over a century and placed her in the middle of Amish country you would have "Separate from the World", it is that type of a cozy. Here you have Professor Michael Branden, teacher at a small town college and a native of the area, who has been best friends with the local sheriff, Bruce Robertson, since grade school. Along with another grade school buddy, Caleb Troyer, the local pastor, the trio becomes this group of investigators in a series of books that Gaus gives us, solving mysteries that involve the complexity of the Amish. In "Separate from the World", we meet the Erb family, and it's descendants, that through apparent cross breeding with the families, has developed an unusual number of dwarf's in the gene pool. The study of the genetics, blood studies and inbreeding becomes a study subject for a number of the students at neighboring at Millersburg College, and surprisingly the Erb family provides them with family history until the split in the Amish way of life is discovered and the elder forbids any further discussion with the students. At the same time an apparent suicide of a female student opens an investigation into improprieties from another professor which opens the lead for Gaus to link her death with the controversial genetics study into the Erb family. He leads us a circuitous route, unraveling clues until the very last moment, leading to a very satisfying ending.
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JoeBolin More than 1 year ago
Tgis mystery, sixth in the Amish Country series, is much better thsn the first, being that the reader is actually able to solve the mystery. There is also a bit of Amish history and culture included, but strictly as background to the main murder mystery. Recommended as a quick read (200 pages).