P. L. Gaus

P. L. Gaus is the author of seven books in the Amish-Country Mystery series. He lives in Wooster, Ohio, an area that is close to the world’s largest settlement of Amish and Mennonite people. Gaus lectures widely about the lifestyles, culture, and religion of the Amish..

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Harmless as Doves · An Amish–Country Mystery
By P. L. Gaus

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

“Paul Gaus: Tony Hillerman of the Amish.”

Christian Science Monitor




Separate from the World · An Ohio Amish Mystery
By P. L. Gaus

As another college year draws to an end, Professor Michael Branden is weary after nearly thirty years of teaching. Sitting in his office on a warm spring day, he receives an unexpected visit from an Amish man who claims his brother, a dwarf like himself, has been murdered. Their discussion of the odd details of the case is interrupted by a commotion on campus, which turns out to be the apparent suicide of a young woman, who, it seems, has leapt to her death from the college bell tower.

“In Gaus’s excellent sixth Ohio Amish mystery … a convincing plot and credible, sympathetic characters make another winner in this fine regional series.”

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly




A Prayer for the Night · An Ohio Amish Mystery
By P. L. Gaus

Amid a whirlwind of drugs, sex, and other temptations of the “English” world, a group of Amish teenagers on their Rumschpringe test the limits of their parents' religion to the breaking point. The murder of one and the abduction of another challenge Professor Michael Branden as he confronts the communal fear that the young people can never be brought home safely.

“Gaus usually writes quiet novels, but this one is harsher than his others, full of suspense, the immediacy of a hostage situation, and in-depth Amish funeral rites.”

Library Journal




Cast a Blue Shadow · An Ohio Amish Mystery
By P. L. Gaus

What is the relationship between history and fiction in a place with a contentious past? And of what concern is gender in the telling of stories about that past? After the first blizzard of an early winter, a Mennonite college girl with a troubled past appears curled up and bloodied outside the offce of her childhood psychiatrist. Mute for many years as a child, Martha Lehman is again not talking.

“Gaus is a sensitive storyteller who matches his cadences to the measured pace of Amish life, catching the tensions among the village's religious factions.”

The New York Times




Clouds Without Rain · An Ohio Amish Mystery
By P. L. Gaus

Clouds without Rain is a well-plotted, suspenseful tale about the core of the human condition, as illustrated by the thought and faith of the Amish, and by their stewardship of the land they hold sacred.

“Gaus is a sensitive storyteller who matches his cadences to the measured pace of Amish life, catching the tensions among the village’s religious factions.”

New York Times Book Review




Broken English · An Ohio Amish Mystery
By P. L. Gaus

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.

“Gaus weaves his extensive knowledge of Amish ways into this fascinating, suspenseful tale. There is a ‘show-in-plain-sight’ clue that will escape all but the most astute readers. The characters are differentiated and believable, from Sands, who feels ‘no imposing moral dilemma’ to Hawkins’ Amish fiancée, who insists on Hawkins’ innocence. This is a deeply felt, insightful book.”

Ohioana Quarterly




Blood of the Prodigal · An Ohio Amish Mystery
By P. L. Gaus

Faced with an apparent abduction, the bishop of an Old Order Amish community reluctantly turns for help to an outsider in the deceptively tranquil countryside of Ohio’s Holmes County.

“The charm of Gaus's first novel lies in its gently penetrating portrait of conflicts within the deceptively quiet contemporary Amish community.”

Kirkus Reviews