P.L. Gaus
Author of the Amish-Country Mysteries
The Eight Novels of The Amish-Country Mysteries
Three life-long friends in rural Millersburg, Ohio - Professor Michael Branden, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, and Pastor Caleb Troyer - work sometimes together and other times at crossed purposes, to solve mysteries involving the often inscrutable Amish sects of Holmes County, where the world's largest Amish settlement sprawls across the hills and pastoral valleys of northeast Ohio.  The rich cast of English characters in the novels includes the professor's insightful wife Caroline, Holmes County's tenacious Medical Examiner Melissa Taggert, and young Ellie Troyer, the sheriff's resolute dispatcher/secretary.  Each of the stories brings out a new and unique set of Amish characters.
P.L. Gaus's eight Amish-Country Mysteries are available
in all popular formats, including:

Plume paperbacks
, audio books, ebooks, and large print editions.

Several foreign translations are also in print.  The novels are sold at all bookstores, and internet outlets, and a list of some of these outlets is provided in the left-margin tab "BUY the BOOKS."


Murder mysteries about Amish people may seem counter-intuitive, but in his Amish-Country Mysteries, P.L. Gaus illuminates Amish culture in stories that are as unique as the Amish themselves.  Who are the Amish, and why do they hold themselves apart from the rest of us?  What is the unique spiritual vision of this people set apart, their lives governed by steadfast adherence both to tradition and to scripture?  What is it like to live Amish, think Amish, and pray Amish?  Why do they eschew the conveniences of the modern world and live as simple peasant farmers, dressing always the same, farming the old ways, traveling only by horse and buggy, and worshiping privately?  Why, if their lives are so plain and old-fashioned, are their numbers ever growing?  In the Amish-Country Mysteries, Gaus examines culture in the context of a murder investigation, set convincingly and authentically among the most peaceful peoples of the world. 

Start with the first novel in the series, Blood of the Prodigal, or go straight to the latest one, The Names of Our Tears.
THE EIGHTH AMISH-COUNTRY MYSTERY:
The Names of Our Tears

For a Description and Synopsis,
See About the Books
among the left-column tabs.

"Once again, Gaus probes the tension between the self-reliance of the Amish World and the urgencies of the English world with depth and insight." - Kirkus Reviews

"With the deceptive simplicity of an Amish quilt, P. L. Gaus's series pulls you in thread by thread." - Craig Johnson, author of The Cold Dish and As the Crow Flies

"The originator of the Amish mystery, P. L. Gaus will thrill fans with his latest novel, The Names of Our Tears, as it leads them from the Amish farms of Ohio to the Gulf Coast of Florida.  A compelling read." - Amanda Flower, author of A Plain Scandal.

 "Gaus brings Amish country to life." - Linda Castillo, author of Sworn to Silence

Now Also Available:

Penguin/Plume Editions
of the first seven
Amish-Country Mysteries
in trade paperback, audiobooks,
and electronic versions:

1. Blood of the Prodigal
2. Broken English
3. Clouds without Rain
4. Cast A Blue Shadow
5. A Prayer for the Night
6. Separate from the World
and
7. Harmless as Doves
 



Harmless as Doves

An Amish-Country Mystery

Hard-Cover First Edition

Published by

Ohio University Press

2011

                                                                                                      
Separate from the World

An Ohio Amish Mystery

Hard-Cover First Edition

Published by

Ohio University Press

2008


A Prayer for the Night

An Ohio Amish Mystery

Hard-Cover First Edition

Published by

Ohio University Press

2006


Cast a Blue Shadow

An Ohio Amish Mystery

Hard-Cover First Edition

Published by

Ohio University Press

2003


Clouds without Rain

An Ohio Amish Mystery

Hard-Cover First Edition

Published by

Ohio University Press

2001 


Broken English

An Ohio Amish Mystery

Hard-Cover First Edition

Published by

 Ohio University Press

2000


Blood of the Prodigal

An Ohio Amish Mystery

Hard-Cover First Edition

Published by

Ohio University Press

1999


Booklist
"This is definitely a series worth reading."

New York Times Book Review
"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."

Library Journal
"Precise, detailed descriptions of Amish practices and full-bodied, unhurried, well-measured prose.  A pleasure to read."

Christian Science Monitor
"Gaus captures the steady cadence of Amish life and offers a vivid depiction of both the world they live in and their particular vision of human experience."
Harmless as Doves

An Amish-Country Mystery

Trade Paperback

Published by Plume

(Penguin Group USA)

2012

                                                                                                       
Separate from the World
An Amish-Country Mystery

Trade Paperback

Published by Plume

(Penguin Group USA)

2.22.2011


A Prayer for the Night

An Amish-Country Mystery

Trade Paperback

Published by Plume

(Penguin Group USA)

1.25.2011


Cast a Blue Shadow

An Amish-Country Mystery

Trade Paperback

Published by Plume

(Penguin Group USA)

12.28.2010


Clouds without Rain

An Amish-Country Mystery

Trade Paperback

Published by Plume

(Penguin Group USA)

11.30.2010


Broken English

An Amish-Country Mystery

Trade Paperback

Published by Plume

(Penguin Group USA)

10.26.2010


Blood of the Prodigal

An Amish-Country Mystery

Trade Paperback

Published by Plume

(Penguin Group USA)

9.28.2010


The Advocate
"The author, who is himself a college professor, knows the Amish people so well, and writes of their daily lives so convincingly, that the dignity in their lives and his gift of words in describing it join together to produce an intelligent series of novels set among people who strive to remain so plain that they seem exotic."

Ohioana Quarterly
"Gaus has done successfully what would seem nearly impossible: to meld a mystery novel with a description of Amish life in Holmes County without scanting either one."