Book Review

by Linda Castillo

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Procedural

2010 Contemporary Mystery Nominee

RT Rating

The second book in Castillo’s series is written in the first person and is as well crafted, interesting and unique as the first. The combination of Amish life and the brutal work of a police chief create plenty of tension and excitement.

Painters Mill is a small, quiet Amish town suspended between tradition and the present. Police Chief Kate Burkholder again finds herself facing the worst of human behavior when she is called to the scene of the murder of an entire Amish family. The daughter became involved with a non-Amish man and her diary reveals a lurid double life.  Did the man kill them? Or it could have been her brother, himself estranged from Amish life and his family? (MINOTAUR, Jun., 320 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed By: Page Traynor

Publisher: Minotaur

Published: June 2010

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4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
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Pray for Silence

Submitted by Robin in PA on June 3, 2014 - 9:13pm.

Police Chief Kate Burkholder leads the investigation into a horrific crime. Seven members of an Amish family have been found murdered at their home. Two of the victims, both teenage girls, show signs of torture. Kate and her team are aided in the investigation by BCI Investigator John Tomasetti. As time ticks by with no real suspects, Kate finds a diary hidden at the farm house which may turn out to be their best lead.

This is the second book in the Kate Burkholder series. Kate grew up Amish but left the community years ago. This crime brings back bad memories from her past and a secret she has been keeping for sixteen years. Her on-again/off-again relationship with Tomasetti is complicated as they are both wary of getting in over their heads. There is a lot of suspense in this story; but the very graphic depictions of the crime scene may bother some readers. My rating: 4 Stars.