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Clouds without Rain (Ohio Amish Mystery Series #3)

by P. L. Gaus

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The scene of the accident was a mess, an Amish horse and buggy hit by a jack-knifed semi, with several other vehicles involved. The Holmes county sheriff was badly burned while attempting to rescue the driver of a car. Questions remain as to why the horse appeared to falter while turning into the driveway of the farm.

Separately, Professor Mike Branden has been acting as a decoy to catch the goat-masked men who have been robbing some of the Amish farmers as they are driving around in their buggies. And his friend, Pastor Cal Troyer, has been lending a ear to the new Amish bishop who wants to get his people back into stricter adherence to the Ordnung, the unwritten rules and regulations that guide Amish life.

While I enjoyed this book, I will say that I liked the two previous books by the author better. Following the thread of the plot was a bit more confusing. However, it has not stopped me from ordering the fourth book in the series from my library.
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  punxsygal | Jan 16, 2016 |
Professor Michael Branden, who works on the side with the sheriff's department, is trying to catch a couple of Amish youth who are robbing Amish buggies while wearing masks. As he is returning the borrowed buggy, he hears a call to the scene of an accident involving a truck and a buggy. The accident leaves more questions than answers, including the question of whether it could have been murder. Real estate developers have been less than honest in their dealings with many Amish and will soon foreclose on a number of Amish farms. A new bishop is concerned about the effects on his flock. All the angles of the story work together to create a satisfying read (or listen). The audio version is narrated by George Newbern who does a commendable job. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 29, 2015 |
The title of this book comes from the Bible. It is from Jude who refers to people who are self-involved. These shepherd to feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn tree's, without food and uprooted – twice dead.

Specifically it refers to JR Weaver who has been killed in an buggy accident. He had become a very liberal member of the Amish faith and had become a real estate developer. He used electricity, telephones and fax machines but still drove a simple horse and buggy.

There has been a new more conservative Bishop elected who wanted to change back to the old ways and there was some dissention about who of the group would chose to stay. There were also rumblings about shady land deals which were costing many families their farms and Weaver was behind this. Was there more to the fatal accident?

Professor Michael Braden, Pastor Cal Troyer and Sheriff Robinson work together to find the answers. It is a difficult path that the Amish must follow as farms become too expensive to own and keeping the faith becomes increasingly difficult when these folk must pursue jobs in towns or in doing work that is tourist oriented.

This is an excellent series and I learn a bit from each book. In one scene a woman scrubs her floor with a strip of 2x2 wood covered with cloth wrapped around it so that a new area of cloth is available when an area becomes soiled. I might just try that. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
The scene of the accident was a mess, an Amish horse and buggy hit by a jack-knifed semi, with several other vehicles involved. The Holmes county sheriff was badly burned while attempting to rescue the driver of a car. Questions remain as to why the horse appeared to falter while turning into the driveway of the farm.

Separately, Professor Mike Branden has been acting as a decoy to catch the goat-masked men who have been robbing some of the Amish farmers as they are driving around in their buggies. And his friend, Pastor Cal Troyer, has been lending a ear to the new Amish bishop who wants to get his people back into stricter adherence to the Ordnung, the unwritten rules and regulations that guide Amish life.

While I enjoyed this book, I will say that I liked the two previous books by the author better. Following the thread of the plot was a bit more confusing. However, it has not stopped me from ordering the fourth book in the series from my library. ( )
  punxsygal | Jun 20, 2012 |
In "Clouds without Rain," P. L. Gaus has again written a superb mystery wrapped around a social concern. Land is important to the Amish for farming, for food and a modest living; it is important to developers to generate money and for a profit, the bigger the better. In this mystery, the two worlds collide, and the result is disastrous. The Amish cannot believe one of their own would treat them unfairly in his lust for money. But seems to be the case, or is it? When the ownership rights to eight farms are threatened, the Amish feel they have little recourse. Add to this mix an unstable Amish man, an English woman intent on turning a huge profit on some not-quite-legal land development, and an unscrupulous businessman threatened with the loss of his business, you the makings for one fine tale. ( )
  Maydacat | Mar 10, 2012 |
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While helping to investigate a fatal accident involving an eighteen-wheeler and an Amish horse-and-buggy, Professor Michael Branden becomes suspicious about the so-called "accident" as he uncovers a gang of teenage Amish robbers, land swindles, a missing bank official, and murder.… (more)

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