THE CAROLINE CREEK SERIES
BOOK ONE - SHADOWS WE REMAIN - 2021
Private investigator Bruce Ellsworth is familiar with the Amish. In his previous job as Sheriff in Castleton, Illinois, he was occasionally summoned to the nearby Amish community of Caroline Creek to solve a minor disagreement. But when an Amish family arrives at his office seeking help in finding their missing son, Bruce quickly finds himself caught up in a tangled web of FBI informants, Mafiosos, and secret societies that threaten to upend his whole world - and possibly get him killed.
At seventeen, Maria Reader is destined to follow in the footsteps expected of all Amish girls that came before—baptism, marriage and about a dozen children. Unfortunately, it is Maria's brother Eli who has disappeared, which changes everything. Maria faces an impossible dilemma: forget about her brother, as her church elders demand, or do the unthinkable to try and save him herself?
Maria teams up with Bruce, and together they uncover a decades-old secret—Eli is not the first from Caroline Creek to disappear under mysterious circumstances. What’s even worse is that the criminals may be getting help from someone inside the community.
BOOK TWO - CAROLINE CREEK CHAOS - 2022
- Not available for purchase until the spring of 2022 -
A community is most vulnerable without its leader. When Bishop Mast disappears from the Amish community of Caroline Creek, rumors, gossip, and speculation quickly begin to dominate conversations. But the speculation is soon replaced by worry. And then fear. Someone—an invisible hand, is seemingly reaching into the community and playing God with their lives. The community, steeped in tradition and manmade rules, tries mightily to stay the course. They must elect a new leader to replace the bishop. But even in this simple task, the invisible hand interferes.
The community's lack of leadership is finally their downfall. Caught in a tangled web of deceit, power struggles, and always the invisible hand dominating them, the community runs out of time. Can Maria Reader, the rebellious Amish outcast, save them before all is lost?