Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Review: The Names of Our Tears by P.L. Gaus

 Title: The Names of our Tears
Author: P.L. Gaus
Publisher: Plume (2013)
Genre: Mystery- police procedural
Subject: Drug running
Setting: Amish village in Ohio
Series: Ohio Amish Mysteries
Source: egalley from publisher via Net Galley

I got an early e-galley of this by mistake (wrong file downloaded from Net Galley).  I was unfamiliar with this series, and had I believed the gooshey blurbs, would probably not have picked this up.  I usually avoid anything labeled Christian lit, not because I'm anti-Christian (quite the contrary) but because the genre tends to be too gooey sweet for me.

However, curiosity got the cat, and I dove in. This is a first rate murder mystery, evidently part of a series.  The religious connection comes from its setting and its characters.  The victim is a young Amish girl who appears to have become somehow involved in drug-running between Florida and Ohio.  How the local sheriff goes about solving the who and why makes for a riveting story.  Gaus holds the reader's interest, adds plots twists and new elements, all the while weaving in a respectful description of Amish mores and precepts.

It's not the first in the series, but can easily stand alone. It's due for publication May 28th.  In the meantime,   I'm already looking for others in the series.


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