Saturday, February 25, 2012


P.L.Gaus’ Cast a Blue Shadow started slow but got better about two-thirds in.

I read these stories because of the Amish country setting and because of the relationship between the four main characters.

Gaius foregoes both of these in the first two-thirds of the book. 

Someone murders Juliet Favor, a wealthy Millersburg College patron. Juliet is evil, dedicated to money and power. She uses her incredible wealth to set people against one another. She destroys everything she touches.

When she dies, there are a host of suspects. These include a young break-away Amish girl engaged to Juliet’s son.

The investigation centers on the Favor mansion and the area around. There is little interesting interaction between the three main characters.

Professor Michael Brandon, Sheriff Bruce Robertson and Pastor Caleb Troyer grew up together. The three of them, along with Brandon’s wife Caroline, form an interesting team. This time, Gaus’ story fragments the team. 

Overall, I found this to be the weakest of the Amish Country books I’ve read so far.

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