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A Hidden Secret Audiobook

A Hidden Secret: A Kate Burkholder Short Story

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When a baby - only hours old - is discovered on the Amish bishop's front porch in Painter's Mill, Ohio, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. The newborn is swaddled in an Amish crib quilt, and the only other item found with the child is a hand-carved wood rattle, which Kate also recognizes as Amish.

The little girl seems healthy and whole, but who would abandon her and why? Though the quilt and rattle could have been purchased, Kate suspects the mother is Amish, possibly young and unmarried, both of which would be powerful motives for such a desperate act.

With the rattle and the baby quilt as the only clues, Kate must call upon her own Amish roots and, with the help of state agent John Tomasetti, search the Amish and "English" communities of Painters Mill for clues to unravel the poignant, puzzling mystery.

©2015 Linda Castillo (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-17-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-17-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "A wondeerful, beautiful story!"

    Listening to A Hidden Secret and being able to give it only 5 stars makes me want to downgrade other books which I gave 5 stars. This novella is that good!

    A Hidden Secret is part of the Kate Burkholder series. Burkeholder is chief of police in Painter's Mill, Ohio which is Amish country. The book is about the story of a newborn baby left on the steps of an Amish bishop and ultimately the baby's teen parents and their families.

    This is my first book by Linda Castillo, but I will add her to my list of authors that I have purchased copies of all of their books. I have the complete works of more than 25 modern authors in my Audible library now. I always pre-order their new novels.

    This book cost less than $1. It's worth much more than that to me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Me & My Girls 07-22-15 Member Since 2016

    The wisdom is reaching far beyond what we see. Delight in the journey

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    "Really Liked the Pace"

    This was an excellent novella and has motivated me to begin reading the series. The book lasts only 105 minutes, so the pace is quick. I look forward to learning more about the background of the various characters in this book.

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    barbara 09-04-16
    barbara 09-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    Couldn't put this short story dowm, a moving story that makes you sad. The reading was excellent. Will definitely read more books from Linda Castello

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    Amazon Customer 07-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This One May Have Been Phoned In"

    While the story, like all of Ms. Castillo's books, grabbed me & brought me right in; this wasn't a short story as billed, it had the makings of a great book, given some effort. The bit of a story left many unanswered questions, left so very many avenues where additional material could have been added. Additionally, when doing z series, even if many are capable of standing on their own, they do so at the expense of the reader; who, if had read previous books in the Series, would have been enriched by that knowledge since it directly effects the character's decisions, responses to others & the actions the character follows thru on.

    This is the very first book that she has written that I've been disappointed & feel as if the time was wasted.

    Actually, the 3 stars were pretty much a gift~ based on the former books she wrote & I read.

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    Maria D. Midwest, USA 06-27-16
    Maria D. Midwest, USA 06-27-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Addition to Ongoing Series"

    I enjoyed this short story in the Kate Burkholder series. This should be read/listened to prior to book 7. The narrator's voice is just right and overall this is a really good audio book.

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    Amazon Customer 04-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Kate Burkholder solves another one!"

    Short story that further develops the ongoing life of Chief Kate Burkholder life overlapping the Amish & the English & crime.

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    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 09-11-15
    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 09-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great short story for kate burkholder fAns"

    Gripping yet smooth to hear story about a girl, an Amish boy, and an abandoned baby.

    Kathleen mcinerney is a terrific narrator! Listen to the rest of the series-they are great!

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    Michael 09-09-15
    Michael 09-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Short and Completely different"

    A different look into Kate's job, makes her start thinking about the future and her biological clock tick tick ticking away. This was another excellent story by Linda Castillo. And wonderfully read by Kathleen McInerney.

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    Dana G. 08-11-15
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    "Love to be surprised at the end!"
    What did you love best about A Hidden Secret?

    This story involved a crime 35 years ago, the murder of a family. Four people were responsible. It was intreging how the author discusses current day events involving the victims and perps along with their history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm I think Kate's team of officers is great! Loyal, non-questioning, and on it when she gives orders. Refreshing to have a female lead respected and her judgment unquestioned!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding out the murder's motive during the interrogation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the amish mother was taken away. One could imagine her torture and death.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

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    Julie 07-30-15
    Julie 07-30-15 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Would have liked it to be a full length story"
    Would you try another book from Linda Castillo and/or Kathleen McInerney?

    I have listened to all of the books in the Kate Burkholder series and I have found them to be exciting, suspenseful, and well done.


    What could Linda Castillo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have wished this short story to have been a full length novel but I realize that Linda Castillo just released a full length story, After the Storm. It was excellent by the way.


    What three words best describe Kathleen McInerney’s performance?

    Continue the series.


    Do you think A Hidden Secret needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No not really. perhaps a mention in the next up-coming book so readers know who Baby Doe went to live with. Kate and Tomasetti?????


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