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

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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 offce of her childhood psychiatrist. Mute for many years as a child, Martha Lehman is again not talking.

That same morning, the wealthy mother of ...

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

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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 offce 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.

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“Gaus is a sensitive storyteller who matches his cadences to the measured pace of Amish life, catching the tensions among the village’s religious factions.”—New York Times

"Gaus's eye for detail gives depth and power to a simple tale about complicated people."—Kirkus Reviews

"The author portrays the conflicts among the various Amish sects whose varying degrees of strictness in some instances cause them to shun each other. Eschewing any academic pedantry, Gaus manages to expertly enlighten as well as entertain."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410434302
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Amish-Country Mystery Series, #4
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 367
  • Sales rank: 1,016,961
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

P. L. Gaus is a chemistry professor at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. He also teaches a course in alternative cultures. He is the co-author of Basic Inorganic Chemistry, a best-selling college textbook.Gaus is the author of an Ohio University Press series of mysteries set among the Old Order Amish sects in Holmes County, Ohio. His first novel, Blood of the Prodigal: An Ohio Amish Mystery, published in 1999, received favorable reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, ForeWord Magazine, and Kirkus Reviews. It was also a selection of The Mystery Guild Book Club.His second book, Broken English: An Ohio Amish Mystery, published in 2000, and his third, Clouds Without Rain: An Ohio Amish Mystery, published in 2001, received similar rave treatment in the news media.The New York Times Book Review said of Clouds Without Rain: “Gaus is a sensitive storyteller who matches his cadences to the measured pace of Amish life, catching the tensions among the village’s religious factions.”In 1971, Gaus received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He has published 22 articles in professional chemistry journals. He also is a certified firearms instructor.P.L. Gaus was born March 26, 1949, in Athens, Ohio. He has lived in Ohio for most of his life. Today he lives in Wooster with his wife, Madonna.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Cast a Blue Shadow

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2004

    A great midwest cozy!

    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.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2015

    Another great story in this series

    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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