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Broken English (Ohio Amish Mystery Series #2) Paperback – June 1, 2000

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Readers who loved Blood of the Prodigal , the acclaimed debut in Gaus' Amish mystery series, may be a bit disappointed with this successor. One of the charms of the earlier book was the way Gaus incorporated characteristics of Amish life into his plot. The Amish setting still provides wonderful ambience, but the plot this time is more violent and less reflective of the setting. When amoral convict Jesse Sands is released from prison, he meanders his murderous way to Millersburg, Ohio, where he kills a Millersburg woman before he is caught. David Hawkins, the victim's father, an "Englisher" who has adopted Amish ways, attacks Sands in jail and then disappears. Sheriff Bruce Robertson believes Hawkins plans to assassinate Sands, Pastor Caleb Troyer staunchly defends Hawkins, and Professor Michael Brandon is caught in the middle, leaving the three childhood friends (all series regulars) in conflict. Though a less-satisfying novel than its predecessor, this is definitely a series worth reading. Jenny McLarin
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“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


"A mystery man, rumored to have been trained by the U.S. military to kill, has settled in the Amish community and attempts to find peace there. When his only daughter is killed and the suspect is arrested, a wave of violence descends on the peaceful community and threatens to test the limits of friendship between the sheriff, Pastor Troyer, and Professor Branden. Another excellent addition to this series."
— Betty Barnes, River Reader, Lexington, MO

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821413260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821413265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,141,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin C. Kropf on August 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Okay, I am biased. I grew up 20 minutes from where most of the story takes place and I like to read about home. However there is still a good mystery here. Even better is the fact that the ending is not entirely predictable. Gaus throws in enough twists that you might have to re-read the last 10 pages just to be sure that you figured it out correctly.
The characters are likable, believable and Gaus works at developing them. No one is going to confuse Gaus with Agatha Christie, but this series is certainly as well written as Grisham.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
I hope Paul Gaus continues on with his Amish work. I am a fan of Amish Lit. and mystery. I have read many books before about the Amish and "their ways" by people who claim to be experts. They are not, but Mr. Gaus is. Right from the begining to the last page, his detail and knowledge, entangled with suspense and intrigue will make you too, a Gaus reader for life. His story lines and characters are easy to follow, and you will not put it down until you are finished.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arizona Reader on December 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have read all his books except the latest one and love them. The newest one is on my Christmas list. I lived about 90 minutes from where most of these took place and spent a lot of time in Wooster. Reading his books makes me feel like I'm back home. I have learned a lot about the Amish from him. Will keep buying his books. My thanks to the author.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I gave up on this one about half-way through it, a rare occurrence for me. I just decided I didn't really care who did it or why. To me, it reads more like a potential made-for-TV script. No background or motivational stuff going on here, just some characters with some thin dialogue. Honestly thought I would really enjoy it for the Amish setting.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By FlyingDream on August 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I wasn't too crazy about this book.Maybe it's becaouse I've read so many books about the Amish. That this wasn't really all that great.I felt like the writter could have told us more about the characters then he was letting us know.
Not a favorite but good for some one who has just started to read Amish Fiction books.
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