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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. L. Gaus Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amish-Country Mystery Series Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9780449009277
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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 Mi chael 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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 10/2/2013

    " P. L. Gaus did not disappoint with this book in his Amish-Country Mystery series. Another interesting storyline that really drew me in. I especially loved seeing the relationship develop between Sheriff Robertson and the medical examiner, Missy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/23/2013

    " About a murder of a millionaire-It could have had nothing to do with an Amish?? it could have been omitted and it could have been the same story...would have given it 2 1/2 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charmaine Puzey | 1/27/2013

    " Was an OK mystery story but really had nothing to do with the Amish except it mentioned a buggy once in a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 9/8/2012

    " Amish Girl with a history of sex-abuse. Family turns Mennonite. Rich widow with 2 kids. Son dates amish girl but mother opposes it. Chem prof poisons widow when his funding is getting cut. son bashes mom's head in after she is dead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolynne | 8/15/2012

    " This was my book for the trip home. With the 3 hours of delays we had, it needed to be much longer. I finished with 1 1/5 hours left on the plane to SLC. Anyway, I felt like there was much left unresolved, but I will probalby read more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 6/2/2012

    " I think this series is getting better as it moves along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hanscom | 4/22/2012

    " Maybe a little less. This is part of a series called "Amish-Country" mysteries, and there was very little about the Amish or the Mennonite in it, though what was there was very good. Still, it was a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 3/10/2012

    " Like the Holmes County setting, because I visited there many times before it became so touristy. My husband's parents lived nearby. Story is ok, but not as good as his 1st book, Blood of the Prodigal. "

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About the Author

P. L. Gaus was born and raised in Ohio, and has lived with his wife, Madonna, in Wooster, Ohio, for over thirty years.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.