Clouds Without Rain

An Ohio Amish Mystery

By Paul L. Gaus; P. L. Gaus
(Ohio University Press, Hardcover, 9780821413791, 203pp.)

Publication Date: June 2001

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the December 2010 Indie Next List
“Once again there is trouble in the Amish Community, as a series of robberies have been committed, perhaps by some of the young men of the community. When a buggy is hit by a truck, killing both drivers and severely injuring the sheriff, Professor Michael Branden is called in to help. The mystery unravels slowly, with a good many surprises along the way. Another excellent entry in this series!”
-- Betty Barnes, River Reader LLC, Lexington, MO


Description
In the wake of a fatal accident involving an Amish horse-and-buggy and an eighteen-wheeler, Professor Michael Branden, working with the Holmes County Sheriff's Department, becomes suspicious about the true nature of the crash. His suspicions grow when the trustee of the dead man's estate disappears a few days later, and Branden knows he has more on his hands than a buggy crash on a sleepy country road.
Faced with Amish teenagers robbing buggies on dusty lanes, land swindles involving out-of-town developers, several people dead, and a bank official missing, Branden struggles to understand the connections that will eventually link all of the pieces together.
"Clouds without Rain" is a well-plotted story 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. Once again, P. L. Gaus provides compelling intrigue along with an insight into a culture making its way side by side with contemporary American life.
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