Harmless as Doves

Harmless as Doves : An Amish-Country Mystery

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As he goes about his milking chores on a cold October morning, Bishop Leon Shetler daydreams of escaping the Ohio winter and taking a bus to the Pinecraft Amish community in Florida for a vacation. His reverie is suddenly interrupted when young Crist Burkholder enters the barn, head down, hat in hand, to make a confession. \u201cI just killed Glenn Spiegle.\u201d

\u201cAn Amish murderer?\u201d Sheriff Robertson asks when he arrives on the scene. \u201cWho will believe that?\u201d But Burkholder is adamant about his guilt, fueled by the passion of his love for Vesta Miller, the young woman both he and Spiegle so desperately wanted to marry.

No sooner does the sheriff start his investigation than he learns of two more murders in the Pinecraft community, and a startling connection is made. There's no way around it-Professor Mike Branden will have to put his research trip on hold and, along with detective Ricky Niell, travel south to investigate. There they discover the disturbing truth about Spiegle's conversion to the Amish faith and the reason for the long-smoldering hatred that has reached into the secluded pastoral valleys of Holmes County.

In Harmless as Doves, P. L. Gaus takes the action to Florida in one of the most exciting mysteries in the series. This is Gaus at his best.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 19.3mm | 403.7g
  • Athens, United States
  • English
  • 0821419676
  • 9780821419670

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"Paul Gaus: Tony Hillerman of the Amish."
- Christian Science Monitor "Wise and foolish, timid and courageous, warm and human, each of Gaus's characters is true to his or her distinct background, but escapes the limitations of religious and ethnic stereotypes.... Harmless as Doves is a gentle, intriguing story, sometimes funny, often sad, and always loving. I enjoyed it all the way to the end."
- ...what reenie reads blog "Can the professor and pastor come to the rescue of their friends, the Amish, and help unravel this mystery and save an Amish man from a hard life in prison for a crime he couldn't possibly have committed? Will Vesta and Crist finally be able to be together as they want and have a happy life together? You will be hanging on until the last page to find out. . . . I really love this series."
- Night Owl Reviews "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."
-The New York Times Book Review "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."
- Booklist
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About P. L. Gaus

P. L. Gauslives in Wooster, Ohio, an area that is home to the world's largest settlement of Amish and Mennonite people. Gaus lectures widely about the lifestyles, culture, and religion of the Amish. Read more about his unique experiences at http://blogs.ohioswallow.com/gaus/ or http://www.plgaus.com.
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301 ratings
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4 34% (103)
3 32% (97)
2 8% (24)
1 5% (14)
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