Book Review

by Linda Castillo

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery

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Castillo has created a gripping series about police chief Kate Burkholder, who was raised in an Amish community but left during her teens, which creates a constant tension between herself and the community but also an understanding of the people involved. Life in the farming area is vividly portrayed and both the sociological background and the physical setting add greatly to the mystery. The mystery is complicated but clearly plotted with a heart-stopping ending.

Called to an Amish farm in the middle of the night, Kate finds three adults dead. They appear to have fallen in a manure pit where they were quickly overcome by the gases. They leave four children behind, and at first it is considered a terrible accident, complicated only by the fact that the children’s uncle, the legal guardian, is no longer Amish so the community does not wish him to raise them. But soon a series of hate crimes targeting the Amish break out. Beatings, fires and deaths follow in quick succession and Kate has to ask herself if the family was killed by an accident after all. At the same time, her romance with John Tomasetti bumps along as they begin to share deep personal secrets with each other. (MINOTAUR, Jun., 336 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed By: Page Traynor

Publisher: MINOTAUR

Published: June 2011

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Breaking Silence

Submitted by Robin in PA on September 2, 2014 - 7:33pm.

A series of hate crimes against the Amish community is keeping the local police extremely busy. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her officers are called to the Slabaugh farm, they find the Amish Farmer, his wife, and his brother, dead in the manure pit, overcome by methane gas. They leave behind four children whose only living relative is an uncle who is under the Amish ban.
But a routine autopsy shows that this was no accident. Someone wanted them dead. It's up to Kate, Sheriff Rasmussen, and State Agent John Tomasetti to figure out who killed the Slabaughs and if it is tied to the wave of hate crimes.

This is the third book in the Kate Burkholder series and my favorite so far. The mystery was superb. Just when I think I have part of the mystery figured out, the author throws in new information I didn't see coming. I also love the characters in this series. Kate and John are both seriously flawed, but are working to overcome their problems. I've liked both characters since they were introduced in the first book. Their growth since the first book just makes we want to root for them more. My rating: 5 Stars.