The second in the series of murder mysteries set in Holmes County, Ohio and the wonders of Amish Country was a true joy to read. Broken English by P.L. Gaus fit the tone of the first novel with a gripping and believable plot, intertwined with local charm and developing characters that are easy to relate to, and care about.
I suspect many people like to have several books going at the same time. For me I have a history book or biography underway while also a work of fiction is sitting along the bed for late-night reading. The charm of the works by Gaus is they paint such detail and depth to everything from clothes to home furnishings. There is a mental image conveyed through words that make the book visual in ways that most authors have no ability to achieve. By the time the action is set to play out the reader has a very good sense of the how everything looks as the characters make the pages turn.
If you have not read one of these books yet, please do yourself a favor and pick one up soon.
The peaceful town of Millersburg, Ohio, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, is rocked by the vicious murder of one of its citizens at the hands of an ex-convict. When a local reporter covering the story ends up dead as well, with the convict already behind bars, suspicion falls on David Hawkins, father of the first victim. But Hawkins is nowhere to be found, not even among the protective Amish colony that had taken him in as one of its own regardless of his shadowy past.
Following on the critical and popular success of his first book, mystery writer P. L. Gaus again brings us a moral and legal conundrum as Professor Michael Branden, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, and Pastor Cal Troyer set out to uncover the truth that seems so elusive in their otherwise quiet corner of the world.
Along the way, Gaus paints a unique portrait of the relationship between the Amish and the “English” cultures as seen from the inside. Against this backdrop, Broken English is a tale of honor, deception, and revenge, where circumstances and the search for justice test the mettle of the closest of friends and reveal the desperate measures of the strongest of foes.