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Cast a Blue Shadow: An Amish-Country Mystery Paperback – Bargain Price, December 28, 2010

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Retired college professor P.L. Gaus lives with his wife, Madonna, in Wooster, Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Series: An Amish-Country Mystery
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296692
  • ASIN: B0058M7JXG
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,666,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set with a backdrop of the Amish and Mennonite communities of Holmes County, Ohio, this is one of a series of mystery books by P.L. Gaus. I found it an interesting whodunit read–keeping me guessing in addition to providing insight into a unique way of life.

Juliet Favor is the wealthy widow of a Millersburg College alumnus, and one of the school’s most generous donors. Tonight, she will host a dinner party for staff and family to reveal the details of her revised will which she intends to sign the following day. It promises to alter the futures of both the college and her two grown children. The next morning when Juliet is found murdered, the evidence points to her son’s Mennonite girlfriend Martha who is discovered huddled in a fetal position, clothes stained with blood, and lying outside the office door of her psychiatrist. But things are not as they seem; and as the suspense builds, so does the list of suspects.

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.
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This is a wonderful series of mystery books set in a rural community in Ohio with a heavy Amish population. This is book number four in the series. In all of them, there are three main characters: Mike Branden, the college professor, Sheriff Robertson, and Cal the pastor. They are life-long friends who often work together to solve crimes in the county. In this story, Juliet Favor is a late-middle aged, conceited, wealthy widow whose annual donations go a long way in supporting Millersburg College. She has two adult children who are both "damaged" from being raised and held under the thumb. Juliet throws a dinner party for the college president and faculty who expect her to fund their programs. She plans to surprise them by unexpectedly reducing funding for some of them; she loves that sense of control. But then she is the one who ends up with the ultimate surprise. I don't want to give anymore away. I thought it was a good read.
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I enjoy these Amish novels because it is a good break from the more graphic, highly detailed novels. It's a very "peaceful" read. P.L. Gaus takes a bit of a different approach choosing to set his mysteries in the middle of Amish country. It makes for a good blend of the English and Amish societies.
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This is the third or fourth book of a series. Each story holds your interest to the final page. They give the reader an idea of what it is like to be Amish.
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This is another very good book. Looking forward to more. P.L. Gaus is one of my favorite authors of Amish mysteries.
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I've read four other Gaus novels about the Amish and this one disappointed me. If I hadn't read the others, I wouldn't understand much about the characters. This time around the major characters were one-dimensional and the other characters simply existed. Also, descriptions of the setting lacked visualization. Too bad; usually I like P.L. Gaus novels.
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This series of books just keep getting better and better. This book involves Proffessor Branden when he attends a dinner party given by a College alumnus and school doner who is found dead the next morning. The suspense grows as the number of suspects grows including family members as well as college department heads who attened the party.
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Realistic stories and great insight into the Amish lifestyle, beliefs and challenges. I purchased this book used and it was in great condition.
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