From the Publisher
“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.”
The New York Times
“[Gaus’s] writing is crisp and fast-paced, his depiction of the Amish sympathetic yet realistic
. [An] enjoyable, interesting novel. Only one caveat: It’s too short!”
“Two unexplained deaths bring home to history professor Michael Branden (A Prayer for the Night, 2006, etc.) the powers and limitations of modern science.
A perceptive look at problems that have no easy solutions.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“The pro-medicine/anti-medicine debate that splits the Amish community literally pits brother against brother and the clash of cultures, and of ideals within a culture, adds complex depth to Gaus’ story.”
Mystery Scene Magazine
“In Gaus’s excellent sixth Ohio Amish mystery
a convincing plot and credible, sympathetic characters make another winner in this fine regional series.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
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
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.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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.