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Ohio University Press/Swallow Press present 'Cast a Blue Shadow: An Ohio Amish Mystery'

Following the successes of his three previous mysteries, author P.L. Gaus returns to Amish country for a tale of wealth, power, pride and murder in "Cast a Blue Shadow: An Ohio Amish Mystery."

'Cast a Blue Shadow'All things come full circle in the sleepy college town of Millersburg as a community is torn apart by the murder of a wealthy socialite during the season's first blizzard. In the space of one early November weekend, friends become enemies, children become suspects and a young girl is forced to face her tragic past.

Set in Holmes County, Ohio, home to the largest Amish settlements in the world, characters from the previous books in the series return and Gaus continues to explore the thresholds of culture and faith among the Amish sects and their English neighbors of northern Ohio. Through interwoven plots, the author portrays these ways of life at odds with one another despite their seeming harmony. Coupling those clashes with the petty and desperate scuffling of academic politics, Gaus spins a suspenseful tale of power, pride, and tested faith.

If you would like to purchase or want more information on this book or other Ohio University Press/Swallow publications please visit www.ohio.edu/oupress.

P.L. Gaus is a chemistry professor at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and the co-author of the best-selling textbook, "Basic Inorganic Chemistry." He also teaches a course in alternative cultures. He is the author of an Ohio University Press series of mysteries set among the Old Order Amish sects in Holmes County, Ohio.

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