Amish, Crime, Female Detectives, Mystery, Thriller
Kate Burkholder, Book # 6
July 8, 2014
Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time—and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.
On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they're both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti’s family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?
When a second man is found dead—also seemingly by his own hand—Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace.
About the Book
I was so taken by the tale that I totally forgot about the Tomasetti’s part of the story…
This is the sixth book of the Kate Burckholder Series, a series that I particularly love.
Fourteen year old Billy Hochstetler wakes up in the middle of the night and with his brother, goes downstairs to investigate. He finds his parents at the mercy of two “Englisher” gunmen demanding cash. His father, Willis, is shot and killed. Billy and his four siblings are locked in the basement. Billy manages to escape, but his siblings aren’t so lucky and die in a fire. His mother, Wanetta is kidnapped and never seen again. This happened 35 years ago.
Today, Chief Kate Burkholder, an ex Amish police woman, needs to solve three brutal murders. Wooden Amish dolls are found with each victim, indicating a connection to the unsolved 35-year-old murder of the Amish family.
I like reading about other “American” cultures or better about people who live in America but aren’t really culturally American. So when i found Linda’s series I said “why not?”, and here I am, loving this series.
Finding the killer was quite easy for me, I thought about it a lot during the book but I didn’t see the ending coming, or better where the killer was hiding…
And as I said I was so taken by the details of the present but moreover about the past killings that I forgot that Tomasetti, Kate’s lover and Agent of the BCI, had a mini story of its own…