Blood of the Prodigal by P. L. Gaus

By P. L. Gaus

Book 1 of the Amish-Country Mysteries

"For greater than a decade, P. L. Gaus has been writing quietly spellbinding mysteries about... the conservative previous Order Amish of Holmes County, Ohio."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

within the wooded Amish hill kingdom, a professor at a small collage, a neighborhood pastor, and the county sheriff are the single ones one of the mainstream, or "English," who own the instincts and abilities to paintings the instances that influence all county citizens, regardless of their code of behavior or spiritual creed.

whilst an Amish boy is abducted, a bishop, anxious for the security of his fans, plunges 3 outsiders into the usually closed society of the "Plain Ones."

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They rolled slowly past both luxuriant farms and ramshackle affairs, what the bishop called kutslich, sloppy, ill-tended. There were tall, splendid farmhouses, with no electric service. Immense bank barns and long runs of wooden fence. Pastures and fields of barley, oats, and corn. Small bridges over rain-swollen streams. Manure spreaders with their distinctive aromas. Children at play under clotheslines, with their fluttering splashes of rich Amish blues, greens, and rose. And everywhere tall windmills, Belgians hitched to slow and ponderous wagons, and light buggies pulled by spirited horses.

But the land had been the start of it. The pressing need for money to buy new land. And the boys who worked in the sawmills and the wheel shops had become, inexorably, ever more accustomed to the world. No less the girls who worked in the restaurants. And in the quilt shops. Worldly enticements at every turn. That was where the liberals had gone astray. Today had confirmed it for him as nothing else could have. What greater proof might a bishop need than a single trip into town? The bishop could see, with perfect clarity, what threatened his people.

Branden thought about that while toying absently with the line on his pole. Cal explained a little further. “Look, Mike. We’ve known it was like this with the Old Order since we were kids. It’s just the Amish, that’s all. He came to me, but he’ll accept you. And you know it’s flat-out amazing that he’s come into town to ask for anyone’s help. So I imagine there’s more to this case than he’s told me. It’ll take time before he trusts us enough to bring us all the way in. For now, we’re going to have to handle this the Amish way.

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