Cast a Blue Shadow (Amish-Country Mystery Series #4)

Cast a Blue Shadow (Amish-Country Mystery Series #4)

by P. L. Gaus

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Overview

What is the relationship between history and fiction in a place with a contentious past? And of what concern is gender in the telling of stories about that past?

After the first blizzard of an early winter, a Mennonite college girl with a troubled past appears curled up and bloodied outside the office of her childhood psychiatrist. Mute for many years as a child, Martha Lehman is again not talking.

That same morning, the wealthy mother of Martha’s boyfriend is found murdered in her mansion in the country west of Millersburg, Ohio. Professor Michael Branden and Sheriff Bruce Robertson begin an investigation that, in the space of a single weekend, implicates Martha, threatens to tear apart the fabric of Millersburg College, pits one professor against another, and brings Caroline Branden near to a breaking point over the girl she once tried so fervently to help and who now seems determined to let no one help her at all.

As Martha struggles to understand her enigmatic past and as Professor Branden wrestles with the murder of the college 6’s leading benefactor, the real story of Martha Lehman emerges—born Amish, converted to Mennonite, and drawn to the English world for the worst of reasons.

In Cast a Blue Shadow, his fourth Ohio Amish Mystery, P. L. Gaus continues to explore the thresholds of culture and faith among the Amish sects and their English neighbors of northern Ohio. Through interwoven plots, Gaus portrays these ways of life at odds with one another despite their seeming harmony. Coupling those clashes with the petty and desperate scufflings of academic politics, Gaus spins a suspenseful tale of power, pride, and tested faith.

With Cast a Blue Shadow, Professors Branden and Gaus have done it again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821415290
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Series: Amish-Country Mystery Series , #4
Edition description: 1
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

P. L. Gaus is the author of seven books in the Amish-Country Mystery series. He lives in Wooster, Ohio, an area that is close to the world’s largest settlement of Amish and Mennonite people. Gaus lectures widely about the lifestyles, culture, and religion of the Amish..

Visit his website at P. L. Gaus



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Cast a Blue Shadow (Ohio Amish Mystery Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
The murder of a multimillionaire in her own home has the quiet county of Holmes stirred up. Being mostly Amish, there is little to no crime in the area, but when it happens the crime is BIG. The problem the police have in solving this case is it seems EVERYONE has a motive to murder Juliet Favor! She is a decidedly wicked woman with a vengeful streak and she has no problem telling people what she thinks of them, from her daughter to the president of the University..or cutting the funds her late husband endowed on Millersburg College and their children. Martha Lehman is a troubled young lady with a terrible past and even she doesn't understand everything that has happened to her. Silent for years in her youth after this tragedy, Favor's murder, she goes back to the trusted silence for protection again. Mike Braden is a professor at the college who is aiding the police and a friend of Martha. He is helping interview possible suspects when he gets a call that Martha has been found with blood all over her! The Amish community has never brought peace to Martha, so her friends get defensive when an old neighbor shows up to help Martha. She is either guilty of murder, covering up for someone or too traumatized to speak, but everything in the case hinges on Martha, and her silence is screaming. With a masterful story telling ability, Gaus has you turning the pages of this book as quickly as you can to determine 'who done it' and how they did! You don't want to miss this installment of his Amish-Country Mystery Series! Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the Gaus mysteries, this is the best. I have read all four of them and I hope that he will continue to write more. His Professor Michael Branden is a warm character who quietly goes about gathering details of a murder and succeeds in figuring out 'whodunit.' He has developed unique characters that continue to be featured in his books--both 'English' and 'Amish.' I am anxiously awaiting his next meeting with 'Mike.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only problem is that now I have to buy the next one. I am a reading addict and I am into this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book and have enjoyed the series. You don't have to read in order but it would help to start with book 1 first so you know who the main people are are how they are connected . After that order isn't that important . Great series!
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ashleywintters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The murder of a multimillionaire in her own home has the quiet county of Holmes stirred up. Being mostly Amish, there is little to no crime in the area, but when it happens the crime is BIG. The problem the police have in solving this case is it seems EVERYONE has a motive to murder Juliet Favor! She is a decidedly wicked woman with a vengeful streak and she has no problem telling people what she thinks of them, from her daughter to the president of the University¿.or cutting the funds her late husband endowed on Millersburg College and their children. Martha Lehman is a troubled young lady with a terrible past and even she doesn¿t understand everything that has happened to her. Silent for years in her youth after this tragedy, Favor¿s murder, she goes back to the trusted silence for protection again. Mike Braden is a professor at the college who is aiding the police and a friend of Martha. He is helping interview possible suspects when he gets a call that Martha has been found with blood all over her! The Amish community has never brought peace to Martha, so her friends get defensive when an old neighbor shows up to help Martha. She is either guilty of murder, covering up for someone or too traumatized to speak, but everything in the case hinges on Martha, and her silence is screaming.With a masterful story telling ability, Gaus has you turning the pages of this book as quickly as you can to determine `who done it¿ and how they did! You don¿t want to miss this installment of his Amish-Country Mystery Series!Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
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