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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (490 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. L. Gaus Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amish-Country Mystery Series Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9780449009185
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The Amish, or “plain people,” and English, or “vain ones,” share a home county in the pastoral hills of Ohio. As summer approaches, boyhood friends and lifelong residents Pastor Caleb Troyer and Professor Michael Branden anticipate a season of fishing for bass, until a ten-year-old boy disappears from the home of the Amish bishop who had exiled the boy’s father a decade earlier.
 
“Say little. Listen a lot” are Troyer and Branden’s simple watchwords as they begin, at the behest of Bishop Eli Miller, to work the case. Following the bishop’s mysterious strictures, the pair is plunged into the traditionally closed Amish society whose followers, innately suspicious of English ways, have been suddenly made vulnerable to the dangers of the world. When the man suspected of seizing the boy turns up dead, Sheriff Bruce Robertson takes up the investigation—only to uncover truths that many, especially the bishop, would prefer to leave undisturbed. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 2/19/2014

    " This was a so so book. Because I'm from Ohio it was fun knowing all the areas and remembering the Amish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthisa | 2/12/2014

    " A so-so mystery/crime is redeemed by the buccolic and fascinating setting: Ohio's Amish country. The characters also make these books worth reading -- real, relatable and foulable human beings fully fleshed and likeable as well. A lite read, but satisfying nonetheless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenni Buckley | 2/8/2014

    " Oh, just awful. Couldn't get past the 3rd chapter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 2/8/2014

    " I had high hopes for this book, but it just turned out to be okay. At first it just seemed like a really mellow mystery, but I felt it was a little flat and the storyline could have been a little better. The kidnappers didn't even show up until the end of the book, which then had a sort of dramatic Nicolas Cage ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/30/2014

    " This mystery is set in Holmes County in Ohio and involves the kidnapping of an Amish boy and the murder of his father, Jonah Miller, who had been shunned as a teenager and had recently learned that he had a son. The boy's grandfather wanting to avoid the police hires a local professor to find the boy. Overall, I would say the story was just okay. What I didn't like was the descriptive writing that slowed the pace of the plot and having the chapters switch between the perspective of multiple characters. Also, the kidnappers are not revealed until the very end of the book. The author had given no clues, and the reader never really understands the motive (money from the ransom yes, but why? They lied and murdered a friend.). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Elfring | 1/17/2014

    " I have enjoyed this series because we often visit Amish country and it's interesting to see the interaction between the "English" and Amish in these mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rene | 1/11/2014

    " This was a quick mystery set in Amish country Ohio. The details in the style of writing in this book give immense description to the Amish ways so if you aren't familiar you will be by the end. The first in an Amish mystery series, I'm hooked and will probably read more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diane | 1/7/2014

    " Disappeared from kindle "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/6/2014

    " Ok book will probably read a few more in this series before making a final decision "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pksoper | 12/24/2013

    " This book was just fine. There were no problems because, well, there really wasn't much to it. It was a great book to listen to the last week of the semester - a no-brainer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Hertzberg | 12/23/2013

    " This is our book club choice this month. I thought it was hard to get through. I'm familiar with the setting but I felt as though I was being punished the entire time I was reading. Glad to be done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daphne | 12/23/2013

    " The book gives an insight to the Amish lifestyle. I enjoyed the quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nidhiram Sardar | 12/12/2013

    " Just okay. The mystery wasn't much and the depiction of Amish life and the Amish country left a lot to be desired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 11/7/2013

    " Interesting look into the Amish culture, but the characters lacked development and the plot was weak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merle | 11/7/2013

    " A nice story, even with the centerpiece act of violence. The writing is quiet and calm. The author paints a word picture of the Ohio countryside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 10/24/2013

    " Generally liked this book--first one I was able to download on my Kindle from a library. So glad Kindle now has that feature. Anyway, better than some Amish mysteries in that it wasn't so "religious" plus especially nice for me as I will shortly be visiting the Amish area of Ohio being described. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff Brown | 8/24/2013

    " This book was interesting because of its location in Ohio's Amish country and a decent plot, however the writing was not very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 5/24/2013

    " Not the most exciting mystery book to read but if you're at all interested in the amish you'll find it interesting. I'll definitely try the next book in the series. Interested in mystery/thriller books involving the amish? Linda Castillo - she did it perfectly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 5/21/2013

    " This was a good book, but not a good mystery. There were no clues and it just fell into place within the last pages of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa Clare | 5/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this mystery. Normally I am not a mystery reader. Am interested in reading the rest of his books in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 2/28/2013

    " This was a nice read. I learned some more about the Amish as I read it. The ending was a bit disappointing as two characters appeared who hadn't been mentioned earlier in the book. It was just okay! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 12/10/2012

    " I'd been avoiding this series because I thought it would be more cutsy and less mystery. This is the first of the series and it is excellent. There is a mystery unique to the Amish community, but it also gives a fair amount of time to the relationship between the Amish and the English (i.e.NonAmish) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 10/22/2012

    " I heard the author speak at a library conference. He was interesting. He's a local college professor. He works hard to incorporate cultural information in his novels. I always love to learn stuff when I have no idea that I'm actually learning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 7/4/2012

    " I'm always pleased to find a mystery set in an interesting place or community, but the characters didn't really come to life for me and I was looking for more details on life within Ohio's old order Amish communities. Perhaps the next installment will be better? "

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About the Author

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

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.