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A Prayer for the Night: An Amish-Country Mystery (Amish-Country Mysteries #5)
by P.L. Gaus (Goodreads Author)
Three young friends disappear while traveling on their Amish rite of passage, Rumschpringe, or wild days. In a race against the clock, the sheriff must find a murderer and break a ruthless drug ring operating within the heart of Ohio's Amish Country.
ebook, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Plume Books
(first published 2006)
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Mar 17, 2012 Mayda rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Temptations and choices. We face them every day. Should I eat that second slice of pie? What will happen if I call in sick and go to the ball game instead? Should I marry for money or remain single? Some are not important decisions; others are life changing. For young Amish people, perhaps the most important decision of their lives is whether to become baptized Amish or join the English and embrace their worldly temptations. In this tale, P. L. Gaus illustrates what can happen when formerly obed ...more
Mystery novels are my go-to choice for mindless reading. Problem is, often there is more language, sex and gore than I really care to read about. Given this is a mystery book about the Amish community, I figured it would be a better bet for lazy summer reading than some of the others I have tried. This book succeeded for me in being interesting without being too bawdy with a satisfying mystery-solved conclusion.
Apr 19, 2009 Joe A rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Mysteries
A Prayer for the Night is an Ohio Amish mystery story written by Paul Gaus. A Prayer for the Night is about an Amish community whose teenage members struggle to resist the temptations of the modern world. Among such temptations are technology, drugs, and teenage relationships. Secret meetings and uncustomary practices by some teenagers in the community present possible trouble. The disobedient group soon find themselves in more trouble than they ever could have imagined when a person is murdered ...more
P.L. Gaus's "A Prayer for the Night" is another entry in his Amish Country mystery series set in Holmes County, Ohio. In this installation, the Amish rite of passage known as Rumschpringe is explored when Amish youths are given a chance to throw off their way of life briefly in order to experience life as an English person would. The story follows Sara Yoder who is embarking on this rite of passage & her discovery of the body of fellow teen John Schlabaugh things get a bit interesting. When ...more
I don’t think the publisher gives enough marketing support to this author which is a shame. This is the second book in the Amish series by this author and I find him a really good writer. I also like how he looks at Amish life in Ohio with respect and factual information rather than just making it up. He portrays their life with sensitivity. If you like reading fiction based around the Amish, I recommend this series. Most of the Amish fiction I’ve seen revolves around a love story or takes place ...more
Sarah rushes in her Amish buggy to a deserted barn where her teen gang meets, to find the gang leader missing and she suspects trouble. Has her friend been kidnapped or been caught by drug dealers? This fast-paced mystery takes sudden twists and turns, as facts on Amish culture intertwine with unexpected events. Readers meet realistic Amish teens and non-Amish characters, who attempt to help unravel the disappearance. The teen issues that appear throughout the story are ones that both Amish and ...more
The plot was OK, the main characters are cardboard cutouts just like previous books. There are also plausibility issues in the relationship of the three main characters and the Old Order Amish. I keep hoping for real development in the characters because I like the concept.
Rumspringa is the Amish word for when their teenagers go to explore the "English" world of alcohol, cars, technology, sex, and parties. Will they come back and join the church? Or will they be lost to the world? This book is about Rumspringa gone bad, even tragic.
Paul L. Gaus writes The Amish-Country Mysteries, set authentically in the Amish settlements of Holmes County, Ohio. Three life-long friends - Professor Michael Branden, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, and Pastor Caleb Troyer - work sometimes together and other times at crossed purposes to solve mysteries involving the often inscrutable Amish sects of the region. The rich cast of English characters includ ...moreMore about P.L. Gaus...
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