THE DEAD WILL TELL
This story moves quickly, but it’s very complex. The possible suspects keep changing, but the plot is logical. The supernatural hints are unnerving and add depth to the story, giving the reader more to think about. Kate’s personal life is included to very good effect and in the right proportion. The picture of the Amish community is very realistic, giving the story a unique flair. It’s fascinating to witness Kate’s struggle to balance being born Amish and the suspicion of Painters Mill’s Amish residents toward her since she left the community after a personal tragedy.
A terrible crime was committed in Painters Mill long ago: Many members of the Hochstetlers, an Amish family, were found dead. They are survived by one son who still lives in the area. No one was ever arrested for the crimes. Now Painters Mill Police Chief Kate Burkholder is investigating a series of murders that seem connected to the past. The abandoned Hochstetler farm is said to be haunted; Kate doesn’t believe in ghosts, but she knows that the past can reach out for the living with terrible consequences. (MINOTAUR, Jul., 320 pp., $25.99)