Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural upstate New York to assist in a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and English communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community. Kate's longtime love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment.
"Like Visiting A Good Friend"
the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But 16 years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.
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.
"Yet again, narration kills it for me..."
An extraordinarily beautiful Amish woman, a dangerous femme fatale, is the central figure in Linda Castillo's Her Last Breath, a story that reveals a dark side of Painter's Mill and its seemingly perfect Amish world. A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere. What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental.
"Absolutely LOVE this series!"
In this electrifying thriller by New York Times best seller Linda Castillo, Kate Burkholder must uncover a family's long-hidden past to solve a brutal murder. When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones - and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident, and Kate finds herself plunged into a 30-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.
"Awful and Dreary"
New York Times best-selling author Linda Castillo delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family. The Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than a year ago and seemed the model of the Plain Life—until on a cold October night, the entire family of seven was found slaughtered on their farm.
"Awesome!!! Betty from Butler, PA."
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.
"A wondeerful, beautiful story!"
Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion.
"An intriguing Tale with the Amish angle prominent."
It's autumn in Painters Mill, and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and John Tomasetti are taking a much-needed vacation at a small bed-and-breakfast an hour outside of town. After closing a difficult case, they're looking forward to some downtime, but their relaxation is cut short by rumors that the old house where they're staying is haunted by a girl who disappeared 20 years earlier, leaving nothing behind but some bloody clothes by the river and rumors of a volatile relationship.
Police Chief Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm. The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident. But in the course of a routine autopsy, the coroner discovers that one of the victims suffered a head wound before death—clearly, foul play was involved.
From Linda Castillo, the New York Times best-selling author of Sworn to Silence and Among the Wicked, this collection of stories featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder combines three amazing novellas for the first time together.
"I'm just a big fan. Loved these short stories."
It's autumn in Painter's Mill, and 14-year-old Katie Burkholder has been tasked with picking apples in Zimmerman's Orchard with her brother. It's just another day filled with chores - until her best friend, Mattie, arrives to help. Somehow boredom transforms into fun and games whenever the girls are together. The innocent fun comes to an end when Billy Marquardt and his gang of friends interrupt. Katie is no prude, but she knows better than to associate with the older English boys.
Rumspringa è il periodo in cui gli adolescenti amish sperimentano la vita fuori dalle regole della loro comunità, un momento di scoperte personali e di crescita. Ma un giorno una ragazza scompare senza lasciare traccia, e la paura si diffonde come un contagio. Un figlio scomparso è l'incubo di ogni genitore, tanto più in una società in cui i legami familiari sono così stretti, e quando la ricerca finisce tragicamente col ritrovamento del cadavere, il dipartimento di investigazione criminale è costretto a intervenire.
Die verstümmelte Leiche einer jungen Frau liegt auf einem schneebedeckten Feld. Ihr Mörder hat sie brutal misshandelt...
Als der Tornado über Painters Mill in Ohio hinwegfegt, legt er nicht nur die halbe Stadt in Schutt und Asche. Er bringt auch etwas zum Vorschein, das besser verborgen geblieben wäre. Unter einer eingefallenen Scheune werden die Überreste eines menschlichen Skeletts gefunden. Wer ist der Tote? Und warum lag er jahrelang hier vergraben? Ein altes Familiengeheimnis und ein ungesühntes Verbrechen - Kate Burkholders siebter Fall führt sie an einen unheimlichen Ort.
Sie töteten alle Mitglieder der Familie Plank. Die Leichen des Vaters und der beiden Söhne fand man im Wohnhaus, die der Mutter und des Babys...
1979: Ein amischer Vater und vier seiner Kinder sterben bei einem missglückten Raubüberfall. Seine Frau wird von den Tätern entführt und nie wieder gesehen. Allein der vierzehnjährige Sohn Billy Hochstetler überlebt diese grausame Nacht. 2014: Jeder in Painters Mill weiß, dass es auf der verlassenen Farm der Familie Hochstetler spukt. Aber nur einige wenige wissen, was damals in jener Nacht vor fünfunddreißig Jahren tatsächlich geschah. Und nun wird einer nach dem anderen auf bestialische Weise ermordet.
Abgeschlachtete Tiere auf der Weide, ein Farmer, der an sein umgekipptes Fuhrwerk gefesselt fast erfriert: In Painters Mill häufen sich die Verbrechen...
Als das gleißende Scheinwerferlicht des entgegenkommenden Fahrzeugs sie blendet, bleibt ihnen nicht einmal mehr die Zeit, um zu schreien. Auf der regennassen Straße im ländlichen Ohio sterben in dieser Nacht drei Menschen. Ein amischer Vater und zwei seiner Kinder. Als Polizeichefin Kate Burkholder die traumatisierte Witwe trifft, kommen ihr erste Zweifel: Es ist eine Freundin aus Jugendtagen, deren Schönheit schon damals das Schlechte magisch anzog.
Era una notte piovosa quella in cui un padre amish tornava a casa con i suoi tre figli, quando un'auto impazzita materializzatasi dal nulla piomba a tutta velocità su di loro. Quello che in un primo momento sembra un tragico ma ordinario incidente stradale, assume un significato più sinistro quando è chiaro che l'impatto non è stato colposo. Ma chi poteva aver motivo di uccidere un diacono amish e due dei suoi figli?