Any book you cannot lay down deservea a rating of 5. I thought this book was going one way showing a dark side of the Amish. But it didn't. You like murder, suspense, mystery, then you will want to read this book.
This book covers murder of an Amish person who has left the community. Like all parents, Eli, the Bishop, wants his son to return to the Community and prays he does. The grandson - son of Jonah - has been living with his grandfather. But one day the grandson is kidnapped and there is more to the story than you suspect at first. I won't spoil it by giving any away.
Jonah has been gone 10 years. He is returning home when he is murdered. The investigation will keep you on your seats. Not what you think. Way more.
Ranson, kidnapping, murder, and investigation will keep you reading way into the night. The person who done the murder will be a mystery until clear toward the end. Great read.
I don't normally read books based in the Amish community, however when someone asked me to read this I was amazed. It's not your usual Amish book. I thought the characters were very well written and the plot was so well done that it caught me off guard when the end was revealed. A very good book. I can't wait to read the rest.
The book world is inundated with Amish stories galore, but this book stood out to me for a couple of reasons. One the cover and title caught my attention and the credentials of the author. I was thankful to receive a review copy of a book that captured my attention and made me want to read what was inside. This is not your typical Amish story and I liked that!
"Say little..Listen A lot!" These are the simple watch words that Pastor Caleb and Professor Michael Branden stand by in dealing with the Amish community.
Bishop Eli Miller reluctantly seeks the help of an outsider when tragedy strikes. The Bishop must trust an outsider to discover the whereabouts of his teenage grandson. Pastor Caleb Troyer and Professor Michael Brayden, are boyhood friends who've helped the Amish community before. They both understand their ways, how private a people they are, and they both know the Bishop. Both Caleb and Micahel realize the situation must be serious for the Bishop to seek their help.
I liked how the books point of view is from an outsider looking into the Amish community. The reader gets a peek into the Amish Community world, that's all. The author never takes you fully inside. I liked that.
This author lets the reader get to know Pastor Caleb and Professor Michael very well. They are a great team who respect the Amish community and earnestly want to help the Bishop find Josh. This is a different spin on a who-done-it kind of story. I didn't figure out who did it until the author revealed it to the reader. This was an intriguing, fun, heart-felt story I really enjoyed. This is the first book I've read by this author and it definitely won't be the last.
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Blood of the Prodigal by P.L. Gaus is the latest book in the Amish Country mystery series featuring Professor Michael Branden, Pastor Cal Troyer and Sheriff Bruce Robertson. These three childhood friends have remained close in their lives in Millersburg, Ohio, within Amish country. They have used their friendship and various skills in the past to solve mysteries within the area, but they area all tested to their limits when Bishop Eli Miller requests that Cal and Branden locate his grandson Jeremiah who has been taken away by his father Jonah who was put under the ban over ten years ago. The bishop puts several restrictions on their investigation, especially that they not include the police in their search. But when Jonah turns up dead, the investigation is stopped dead, yet Bishop Miller wants them to continue to search for Jeremiah, again without the police. This nearly impossible task is hindered further by the lack of cooperation from the Amish community. Gaus has written a tightly paced mystery that keeps both the readers and the characters guessing. He uses the seclusion of the Amish to good effect, giving their reaction to an FBI agent a touch of humor while keeping it very real. Branden, Cal, and Robertson are all very real characters with fully fleshed personalities and backgrounds. I wish that I had read the previous books in the series, not because they are necessary to enjoy Blood of the Prodigal, but because I want to know the characters better. When the truth behind the mystery is finally exposed, it reveals a terrible tragedy that made my heart ache. This is a terrific series I fully intend to revisit soon.
I am reading the whole series - in order. This series,
I am at book three, I like.
(Most of the current crop of supposedly Amish stories are not at all appealing. They seem somewhat fake and produced 'on demand' like a fad? I have started and just given up on some titles.)
The story about this missing boy had me guessing to the - unsuspected - end. I would not recommend starting it without having sufficient time to finish, unless you don't mind the interruption. I stayed up way too late to finish each of the first two books.