P. L. Gaus
Paul L. Gaus was born in Athens, Ohio, in 1949, and he has lived in Ohio for most of his life. He has lived in Wooster, Ohio, for the past 33 years with his wife Madonna. Paulâ€™s extensive knowledge of the culture and lifestyle of the Ohio Amish comes from over thirty years of travel throughout Holmes and surrounding counties in Ohio, where the worldâ€™s largest Amish and Mennonite population sprawls out over the countryside near Millersburg, Wooster, and Sugarcreek.
Paul took an interest in writing fiction in 1993, and with the advice and encouragement of author Tony Hillerman, he began writing mystery novels set among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio. The first of Gausâ€™s mysteries, Blood of the Prodigal, An Ohio Amish Mystery, was published by Ohio University Press in June of 1999, and a total of six novels have appeared in this series: Broken English, 2000, Clouds without Rain, 2001, Cast a Blue Shadow, 2003, A Prayer for the Night, 2006, and Separate from the World, 2008. A seventh novel in the series is in preparation.
Paul retired recently as the Benjamin S. Brown Professor of Chemistry at The College of Wooster, where he was Chairperson of the Chemistry Department. He was educated at Miami University (B.S.) and Duke University (Ph.D.), and he has held positions as Visiting Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Texas A&M University, University of Wisconsin (Madison), and The Ohio State University.
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Books:Harmless as Doves, June 2012
Paperback / e-Book
Separate From The World, March 2011
Amish Country Mystery #6
Paperback / e-Book
A Prayer For The Night, February 2011
Ohio Amish Mystery #5
Broken English, November 2010
Ohio-Amish Mystery #2
Blood Of The Prodigal, October 2010
Ohio-Country Mystery #1
Clouds Without Rain, October 2010
Ohio Amish Mystery #3
Cast A Blue Shadow, November 2003
Ohio Amish Mystery #4