16 September, 2014

The dead will tell by Linda Castillo [Kathy, Birkenhead Library]

My first introduction to Linda Castillo’s character Kate Burkholder was on an audiobook. Her descriptions of Amish life combined with clever crime writing drew me in. A narrator brought the stories to life and I enjoyed these renditions, with the bonus of learning how to pronounce the Pennsylvanian Dutch words. Now I can’t wait for the audio version to be produced and read the print books as soon as I can get them!

This is the sixth in the series but can be read as a standalone novel. Kate is the chief of police in a small rural town and is called out to investigate a suicide. It turns out to be a murder and Kate finds links to a dreadful event from 35 years ago when five members of a family were killed and the mother disappeared, leaving a sole surviving son. When another murder occurs Kate realises she is dealing with someone intent on revenge.

I like the way Castillo writes – there is a good balance of descriptive and narrative passages, and the story draws you in. Cleverly all Kate’s ‘scenes’ are told in her voice and the rest of the story in the third person, which makes Kate’s view much more personal. Her complicated relationship with state agent John Tomasetti and her past life as a member of the Amish herself make her an interesting and comprehensive character.

You can always rely on a good twist in the books in this series, and this one doesn't disappoint.
Check out the earlier titles too, in print, eBook, or audio versions.

Author: Linda Castillo
ISBN: 9781250029577
Published: 2014
Publisher: Minotaur Books

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