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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (218 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: 9780449009215
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The peaceful town of Millersburg, Ohio, in the heart of Ohio's Amish country, is rocked by the vicious murder of one of its citizens at the hands of an ex-convict. When a local reporter covering the story ends up dead as well, with the convict already behind bars, suspicion falls on David Hawkins, father of the first victim. But Hawkins is nowhere to be found, not even among the protective Amish colony that had taken him in as one of its own regardless of his shadowy past.

Following on the critical and popular success of his first book, mystery writer P. L. Gaus again brings us a moral and legal conundrum as Professor Michael Branden, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, and Pastor Cal Troyer set out to uncover the truth that seems so elusive in their otherwise quiet corner of the world.

Along the way, Gaus paints a unique portrait of the relationship between the Amish and the English cultures as seen from the inside. Against this backdrop, Broken English is a tale of honor, deception, and revenge, where circumstances and the search for justice test the mettle of the closest of friends and reveal the desperate measures of the strongest of foes.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha Moyer | 2/7/2014

    " I'm really enjoying this series. I think the 2nd book was even better than the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 2/6/2014

    " This is a very quick read. Because it is so short, it kind of wraps up in a simple way and I think that is why it's ratings are lower. I was reminded while reading this, that I do really enjoy mysteries and should seek more of those out on occasion to read. I get really caught up in fantasy and forget a little mystery can be really enjoyable. This wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible. The ending just wimped out for me. All this buildup and the answers just didn't deliver. Propably more of a 2 1/2 star. I wish the middle star on these ratings was "ok" instead of liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 2/6/2014

    " Learned more about Amish which is always interesting... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 2/3/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a good mystery with minimal language and maximum suspense! Had me fooled to the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 1/30/2014

    " Entertaining listening for a drive over the mountain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Thompson | 1/30/2014

    " After a long wait for this to clear the waiting list at the library, I was finally able to read this 2nd book in the Ohio Amish mystery series br P. L. Gaus. It was worth the wait and I could not put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rena | 1/12/2014

    " I'm not going to finish this book. I have too many others that are better to read. A former military special agent, turned Amish, maybe back to murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara Roberts | 1/9/2014

    " Again, another murder mystery set in Amish country with wonderful descriptions. The writer's byline would lead the reader to think he knows a lot about the Amish. That is not evident when you read his books. "

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

    " I liked this better than the first book that I read in this series. Maybe because I didn't have to figure out the characters and their relationships. It was an OK mystery. . . but not terrific. The descriptions of Amish life were interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 12/12/2013

    " Bit of a light weight compared to his first book. Very draggy at first; The Amish connection is contrived at best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/12/2013

    " I was disappointed the Amish culture wasn't as prevalent in this one as in the first one. This had an interesting character, though - an "Englishman" who converted to the Amish religion/way of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/11/2013

    " Not the first in the series but the first one that I've read. Enjoyable but I'm not ready to read another right away. The information about the Amish seemed redundant through the book. The mystery was good w an interesting conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 11/27/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this murder mystery about the Amish community in Pennsylvania. I need to read more books by this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 10/15/2013

    " This is an interesting look at the Amish with a bit more grit to it than a cozy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celia Barry | 8/27/2013

    " An OK mystery but the setting was interesting. I may read more of these. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbarawiley | 7/2/2013

    " I was hoping for a good read that would let me peep into the world of the Amish. It did the later but not the former. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthisa | 5/7/2013

    " His plots are always a bit thin, but this one's thinner than most. A nothing of a 'mystery' redeemed by the fascinating setting. Wondering how long Gaus can keep this prmise running.... We'll have to see how book 3 goes.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/30/2013

    " Very violent in the beginning. Became more interesting once the investigation began. Another nice entry in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 4/25/2013

    " Murder mystery in Ohio - learn a little about the Amish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 4/3/2013

    " Not as good as his first but a fast read and enjoyable for the Amish way of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Wagner | 1/12/2013

    " Another enjoyable mystery on the theme of human revenge and divine justice. More interesting information about the Amish of Ohio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kona | 10/13/2012

    " THe writing was a little choppy in the beginning. Overall, a good read and quick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 9/23/2012

    " I liked it. It definitely kept my interest and I didn't figure out the mystery until the bitter end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 3/30/2012

    " Quick read. Amish country setting is a nice touch, but mystery is just OK (don't expect the literary equivalent of Harrison Ford & Kelly McGillis in "Witness"). But I would read another in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bradley | 1/1/2012

    " Better than the first because the killer is introduced earlier in the book so he is among the list of suspects. I had suspected him early on, but Gaus surprised me with the way in which the killer was linked. "

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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 holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.