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

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

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by P. L. Gaus

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Book 4 of the Amish-Country Mysteries

When the widow of a revered Millersburg College alumnus and one of the school's biggest donors is brutally murdered, authorities fear that Martha Lehman, a young Mennonite college girl, holds the key. but Martha-who was found covered in blood the morning after the murder- isn't talking.


Book 4 of the Amish-Country Mysteries

When the widow of a revered Millersburg College alumnus and one of the school's biggest donors is brutally murdered, authorities fear that Martha Lehman, a young Mennonite college girl, holds the key. but Martha-who was found covered in blood the morning after the murder- isn't talking.

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Praise for P.L. Gaus' Amish-Country Mysteries

"A sensitively observed series."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

"Gaus's Amish-Country Mysteries examine the ethical, moral and scriptural nuances of the Amish, and the challenges their community faces co-existing with technology and temptations of the modern world."—Sharon Short, Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Praise for Clouds without Rain

"Of all the dastardly crimes that might spark a good whodunit, a buggy robbery doesn't seem very promising—unless the author is P. L. Gaus, who writes a discerning series set among the Old Order Amish sects of Holmes County, Ohio... 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."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

Praise for Cast a Blue Shadow

"An interesting who-dunit read, keeping me guessing in addition to providing insight into a unique way of life... This insightful novel will satisfy your hunger for a good murder mystery while it subtly educates you on the beliefs and values of a facet of society most know little about."—Bonnie Papenfuss, The Sahuarita Sun (Arizona)

Praise for Harmless as Doves

"For more than a decade, P. L. Gaus has been writing quietly spellbinding mysteries about one such group, the conservative Old Order Amish of Holmes County, Ohio... [A] sensitive account of the impact on this community when outsiders (that is, the cops) descend to deal with an Amish youth who has confessed to the murder of his fiancee's older, richer and very persistent admirer."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

"Gaus spins a fine mystery with a strong background of Amish faith and plenty of detail on the difficulties the Amish face in the modern age."—Michele Leber, Booklist

"What makes this book stand out as exceptional is the method in which Gaus describes events. There is intrigue, tenderness, religion, and much conflict... Blending of old-world culture with modern detective work makes this continuation of the same characters in key roles with different murders a true mystery series... If you like good mysteries, without salacious sex or mayhem, and adash of religion mixed in, you will want to read this book... A four star book and is highly recommended."—Clark Isaacs, Reviewer's Bookwatch

Praise for The Names of Our Tears

"Series regulars Professor Michael Branden, in Pinecraft, and Pastor Cal Troyer provide comfort and continuity in this eighth Amish-country mystery. Loose ends in the murder case lend realism and augur well for the next installment."—Michele Leber, Booklist

Praise for Separate from the World

"With each new mystery, P. L. Gaus treats us to yet another view of life among the Old Order Amish in Wayne County, Ohio... [H]e has great admiration for the Amish themselves, writing with quiet gravity about aspects of their lives rarely shown to strangers."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

"The latest in this too-little-known series again combines a fascinating, realistic look at an Amish community in Ohio with a gently satiric take on academic life."—Barbara Bibel, Booklist

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Amish-Country Mystery Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Retired college professor P. L. GAUS lives with his wife, Madonna, in Wooster, Ohio.

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Cast a Blue Shadow (Ohio Amish Mystery Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 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
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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The only problem is that now I have to buy the next one. I am a reading addict and I am into this author.
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