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Separate from the World: An Amish Country Mystery Series

Penguin Books / 2011 / Paperback

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A professor, a pastor, and a policeman walk into . . . a mystery! Friends Dr. Michael Branden, Rev. Cal Troyer, and Sheriff Bruce Robertson join forces to uncover truth in the midst of evil. What will they discover when the odd details surrounding the death of an Amish man and the suicide of a college student become entwined?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0452296714
ISBN-13: 9780452296718
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Series: Amish-Country Mystery

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Publisher's Description

Book 6 of the Amish-Country Mysteries

Enos Erb, an Amish man, claims that his brother,-benny,-a dwarf like himself- has been murdered. Upon investigation, links to a controversial genetics study examining the effects of inbreeding within the Amish community are uncovered-a study in which both Enos and benny had participated.

Author Bio

Retired college professor P. L. GAUS lives with his wife, Madonna, in Wooster, Ohio.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for P.L. Gaus' Amish-Country Mysteries

"A sensitively observed series."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

"Gaus's Amish-Country Mysteries examine the ethical, moral and scriptural nuances of the Amish, and the challenges their community faces co-existing with technology and temptations of the modern world."—Sharon Short, Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Praise for Clouds without Rain

"Of all the dastardly crimes that might spark a good whodunit, a buggy robbery doesn't seem very promising—unless the author is P. L. Gaus, who writes a discerning series set among the Old Order Amish sects of Holmes County, Ohio... 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."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

Praise for Cast a Blue Shadow

"An interesting who-dunit read, keeping me guessing in addition to providing insight into a unique way of life... This insightful novel will satisfy your hunger for a good murder mystery while it subtly educates you on the beliefs and values of a facet of society most know little about."—Bonnie Papenfuss, The Sahuarita Sun (Arizona)

Praise for Harmless as Doves

"For more than a decade, P. L. Gaus has been writing quietly spellbinding mysteries about one such group, the conservative Old Order Amish of Holmes County, Ohio... [A] sensitive account of the impact on this community when outsiders (that is, the cops) descend to deal with an Amish youth who has confessed to the murder of his fiancee's older, richer and very persistent admirer."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

"Gaus spins a fine mystery with a strong background of Amish faith and plenty of detail on the difficulties the Amish face in the modern age."—Michele Leber, Booklist

"What makes this book stand out as exceptional is the method in which Gaus describes events. There is intrigue, tenderness, religion, and much conflict... Blending of old-world culture with modern detective work makes this continuation of the same characters in key roles with different murders a true mystery series... If you like good mysteries, without salacious sex or mayhem, and adash of religion mixed in, you will want to read this book... A four star book and is highly recommended."—Clark Isaacs, Reviewer's Bookwatch

Praise for The Names of Our Tears

"Series regulars Professor Michael Branden, in Pinecraft, and Pastor Cal Troyer provide comfort and continuity in this eighth Amish-country mystery. Loose ends in the murder case lend realism and augur well for the next installment."—Michele Leber, Booklist

Praise for Separate from the World

"With each new mystery, P. L. Gaus treats us to yet another view of life among the Old Order Amish in Wayne County, Ohio... [H]e has great admiration for the Amish themselves, writing with quiet gravity about aspects of their lives rarely shown to strangers."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

"The latest in this too-little-known series again combines a fascinating, realistic look at an Amish community in Ohio with a gently satiric take on academic life."—Barbara Bibel, Booklist

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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not your average Amish book
    July 25, 2015
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When Benny Erb is found lying dead on the floor of his general store, it is presumed that he had accidently fallen off a ladder, but his brother Enos knows that this is not possible so he turns to Professor Michael Branden at the local university for help, but the professor is involved in a tragedy of his own. One of his top students has fallen from the Universitys bell tower while her boyfriend watches. As the professor and his long-time friends Pastor Caleb Troyer and Sheriff Bruce Robertson work to solve the young womans death, they begin to understand that Bennys death is tied to hers.

    This is not your typical light hearted Amish book. The author works both the Amish and the English into a truly compelling but not overly complicated story, one that the author dives into the darker side on humanity and the Amish world. Its not a very long book, only 224 pages, but those pages are definitely worth reading.

    If you are looking for something different, this might be it.
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    It was just okay but really not about the Amish.
    April 15, 2011
    ncf9532
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    I could tell it was a man writting this and I now realize that makes a difference to me. Amish setting but not entirely about them which was disappointing.
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