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Broken English
An Amish Country Mystery

By P. L. Gaus

A Mystery Guild Book Club selection

“If you prefer your Amish on the quaint and colorful side, Broken English is not the book for you. For in this, the second Ohio Amish mystery by P. L. Gaus, they are human beings, not picture postcards in a souvenir shop…. Here’s hoping this series will be around for a long time.”

The Strand Magazine

"Broken English is a well-developed, tightly plotted, keep-you-guessing mystery filled with the cultural richness of Holmes County.“

The Columbus Dispatch

“Gaus weaves his extensive knowledge of Amish ways into this fascinating, suspenseful tale. There is a ‘show-in-plain-sight’ clue that will escape all but the most astute readers. The characters are differentiated and believable, from Sands, who feels ‘no imposing moral dilemma’ to Hawkins’ Amish fiancée, who insists on Hawkins’ innocence. This is a deeply felt, insightful book.”

Ohioana Quarterly

"A mystery man, rumored to have been trained by the U.S. military to kill, has settled in the Amish community and attempts to find peace there. When his only daughter is killed and the suspect is arrested, a wave of violence descends on the peaceful community and threatens to test the limits of friendship between the sheriff, Pastor Troyer, and Professor Branden. Another excellent addition to this series."

River Reader (Lexington, MO)

Broken English  is a tale of honor, deception, and revenge, one in which circumstances and the search for justice test the mettle of the closest of friends and reveal the desperate measures of the strongest of foes. Following on the critical and popular success of P. L. Gaus’ acclaimed Amish mystery series, this new edition of Broken English includes an exclusive interview with the author, discussion questions for reading groups, and a detailed map and driving guide to Holmes County, Ohio, with everything one needs to visit the iconic scenes depicted in the story.

The peaceful town of Millersburg, Ohio, in the heart of Amish country, is rocked by the vicious murder of a woman at the hands of an ex-convict. When a local reporter covering the story turns up dead, while the convict is already behind bars, suspicion falls on David Hawkins, the first victim’s father. With Hawkins nowhere to be found among the protective Amish community that had taken him in as one of its own, Professor Michael Branden, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, and Pastor Cal Troyer set out to uncover the elusive truth in this otherwise quiet corner of the world.

P. L. Gaus is the author of seven books in the Amish-Country Mystery series. He lives in Wooster, Ohio, an area that is close to the world’s largest settlement of Amish and Mennonite people. Gaus lectures widely about the lifestyles, culture, and religion of the Amish.

Visit his website at P. L. Gaus

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Retail price: $16.95, T.
Release date: February 2020
214 pages · 5½ × 8½ in.
Rights:  World

Retail price: $26.95, T.
Release date: April 2000
214 pages
Rights:  World

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