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Preview — Harmless as Doves by P.L. Gaus
Harmless as Doves: An Amish-Country Mystery (Ohio Amish Mystery #7)
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. “I just killed Glenn Spiegle.”
“An Amish murderer?”...more
Another solid entry into this series.
I haven’t read P.L.Gaus before and the last time I read a book about the Amish community it was Jodi Picault’s “Plain Truth”. Gaus’s writing style is slow and meticulous; he describes people, their surroundings and their thoughts in great detail, which helps one steep in the atmosphere. I do appreciate this kind of languorous writing because it gets me, as a reader, firmly ensconced in the story and the lives of the characters, and once you are in and hooked, y...more
Bishop Shetler begins his morning chores with a small daydream of taking his beloved wife down to the Pinecraft Amish community in Florida for a vacation to escape the Ohio winter. Buses run down there every week. But that daydream is interrupted when young...more
Title: Harmless as Doves
Description: An Amish convert turns up dead, and a young Amish man hurries to confess the murder to his Bishop. Questions remain, however: how did one punch (from a pacifist) kill an adult man? What happened between the time the confessed killer fled the scene and law enforcement’s arrival? And where is the dead man’s best friend?
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Plot: The plot grabbed me right away. I have to admit that I’m not a fan of those Amish romances that...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. Some parts I was gripping the next page trying to unravel the mystery and learn what was going to happen next next, but at other times I was lost in (what seemed like) superfluous characters and life details. Don't get me wrong, I love a descriptive book so I can fully immerse myself in it b...more
The progression of the story was both laid back and rushed, as seen from each perspective...Amish or English. It was filled a message that has made me think about things in my own life. That is a good book that can do that...more
Another interesting mystery set in Holmes County OH's Amish Country. One of the most authentic Amish series that I have found.
An interesting tidbit was learning about the Amish winter colony of Pinecraft FL. Yes, it is real.
This was an okay book for me. I think it would have been better if I had read the books that came before this one in the series. There were a lot of characters to keep up with and I am assuming that I would have been familiar with some of them if I started the series from the beginning. The book was well-written and I did enjoy the story.