Harmless as Doves: An Amish-Country Mystery (Amish-Country Mysteries #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
The title of this book is also the grand subject of the book, so gracefully explained in enjoyable fashion! Truthfully, I'm glad this book wasn't longer, because if it was, I would've had to get a cave to hide in so as to finish this book (I was awfully glued to this book, so much so I didn't want to do much other else). My interest in this book was actually unhealt ...more
Another solid entry into this series.
This mystery is a refreshing change from the traditional Amish stories which tend to focus on Amish female characters. Harmless to Doves main characters are male and secondary characters include non-Amish as well as Amish characters. My favorite part of this book are the sections that focus on the spiritual advice given by Pastor Cal and reflections of the Bishop.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.