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  • A Gathering of Secrets

  • A Kate Burkholder Novel
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

When a historic barn burns to the ground in the middle of the night, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. At first it looks like an accident, but when the body of 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich is found inside - burned alive - Kate suspects murder. But who would want a well-liked, hardworking Amish man dead? Kate delves into the investigation and discovers Daniel had a dark side. He was a sexual predator. His victims were mainly Amish women, too afraid to come forward, and he's been getting away with it for far too long. Now someone has stopped him, but who?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!!!

  • By shelley on 09-10-18

Weakest Book Of The Series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I've listened to most of Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder mysteries and listened to them as audiobooks. I've really enjoyed the series. I was eager to purchase this latest book as soon as it came out. Unfortunately, I have to say that this is the weakest book in the series. It seems more like recycled, random parts strung together rather than a cohesive, compelling, and interesting mystery. Once again, there's a fire. Once again, an Amish girl commits suicide. Once again, we hear about Kate's past. What's lacking this time out is Castillo's normally intricate plotting. I figured out the likely suspects almost immediately. There was literally NO suspense. Also, when Kate discovered the truth of what happened, she did no follow up with the fire victim's family, which I found odd given the circumstances surrounding the death and the victim, himself.
Kathleen McInerney again was fantastic with the delivery of the story.

Honestly, I felt like the author just phoned this book in. She seemed bored with her characters and with the Amish culture. I wish I hadn't wasted my money.

  • Down a Dark Road

  • A Kate Burkholder Novel
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

Two years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a "fallen" Amish man and, according to local law enforcement, a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he’s headed for Painters Mill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down a Dark Road

  • By med c on 07-21-17

Another Great Installment To The Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I've enjoyed every book in the Kate Burkholder series so far.

I noticed a (very) few comments saying "Down a Dark Road" was too predictable, the same premise as previous works, etc.. Personally, based on what I've seen or read both on the news or read in novels; murder, mystery and suspense are, unfortunately, bottomless pit genres in both fiction and real life. If there WERE limits to the base category, we'd never have had a reason to form our own city's police forces let alone consider state or federal bureaus of investigation.

Consider the TV show, "Criminal Minds" and what we've learned about "un-subs" in the world of fiction. Also, "Law and Order" and its many spin-offs, "C.S.I., [name that city], etc." All were (or are) pretty predictable but look how long they were (and still are), on the air in both original formats and reruns. And many of us probably sit and watch them all, over and over.

I happen to feel comfortable with a familiarity of characters and settings. It allows me to try to figure out who, what, why, and so on, without trying to remember new background details about the settings every single time. And, while I can certainly understand how some people might find them predictable; to me, that makes them no less enjoyable to read.

So, I'll be watching and waiting for Ms. Castillo's next Kate Burkholder novel. She hasn't let me down yet and I seriously doubt she will because, regardless of the category, there are still many sub-plots, conclusions and stones left unturned.

  • Among the Wicked

  • A Kate Burkholder Novel
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Visiting A Good Friend

  • By tooonce72 on 07-15-16

Love This Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Maybe Tomasetti was right. Maybe I’d get up there and find myself in over my head. Then I thought of the dead fifteen-year-old Amish girl, the forty children at risk, and an Amish community that has fallen under suspicion, and I realize that I didn’t have a choice. All I can do is my best. It’s all any of us can offer. I hope it’s enough.”

FINAL DECISION: I am in love with these books. They satisfy my love for mystery and romance. This book has a mystery that kept me guessing and even gave me a jolt of surprise at the end. At the same time, I felt a deep connection with Kate as a character.

THE STORY: Police Chief Kate Burkholder is asked to take on a potentially dangerous undercover assignment. She is to infiltrate an Amish community in New York to see what is going on in the reclusive group because there are hints that children may be at risk including a teenager recently found dead. Kate’s background growing up Amish makes her the only reasonable option, but this assignment increases tensions with her live in lover.

OPINION: I have become a big fan of the Kate Burkholder books. They are a perfect melding of mystery with romance. This book allows Kate to consider her choice to leave her Amish community and explore a what-if life while aggressively pursing the mystery of what is happening in this New York state Amish community.

This case cries out for Kate’s particular talents since she grew up Amish. There is something strange going on in this small Amish community and police need someone to go undercover. With a charismatic and intensely conservative bishop, the community has shut itself almost completely from the surrounding community. Kate is pretty happy in her current situation and so this assignment shakes up her life a bit.
Kathleen McInerney was truly amazing with the delivery of the story

  • After the Storm

  • A Kate Burkholder Novel
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful and Dreary

  • By Avril on 09-14-15

Amazing Addition To The Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

WOW! Linda does it again! I've said in previous reviews that the worst part of reading a Linda Castillo book is having to come to the end, turning that last page, closing the book. The best thing about reading a Linda Castillo book, aside from a riveting story, is that, if the author remains inspired, a year from now there will be another Kate Burkholder book. Can't wait. This series, set in the near-idyllic village of Painter's Mill, has not disappointed yet. Each story has its particular twists and turns and surprises. To even hint at what goes on here will only take away from the "fun" you're going to have with "After the Storm." If this is your introduction to Linda, I'd suggest going back to the beginning of the series., for her development of characters who then appear, book to book, grows more complex. especially this relationship between Kate and John Tomasetti. It's like slow and steady wins the race...with each book this relationship, which began tentatively, grows in complexity. This time around I was genuinely moved by the interaction between the two. This was the first time I bought a book; in the past I've acquired them from the Vine program. I don't regret the purchase at all; I've already begun sharing with other friends who have also found themselves becoming involved in this absorbing series.
Kathleen McInerney was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

  • The Dead Will Tell

  • Kate Burkholder, Book 6
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Yet again, narration kills it for me...

  • By Corrienary on 10-15-14

Another Great Installment To The Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

When I read "Her Last Breath" which was a related setting and story to the "Dead Will Tell" there was a three chapter preview to this book. After reading this preview I just had to buy it to see what happened and since I read the other book I wanted to know what happens with Kate and Tomasetti's relationship. Once I had this book on my Kindle it kept my interest as the plot developed that I finished it in a few days. It is a good read, a suspenseful mystery and a setting that makes one feel that they are right in the heart of Ohio's Amish country east of Mansfield. Even though Painter's Mill is fictitious I felt like I had travelled there when I visited Holmes County several summers ago. Linda's Amish setting gives one a great descriptive story of Amish culture and she develops a great murder mystery around it. This is a great listen that will not disappoint! I look forward to more of Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder Series.

  • Her Last Breath

  • A Thriller
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely LOVE this series!

  • By karen on 08-22-13

Fantastic Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Strong, vulnerable and determined Kate is called to a devastating scene. Someone from the past; a best friend and turmoil enters their lives when Kate has to tell her the news, her husband and two children are dead. Meanwhile bones have been found and the past keeps haunting Kate as she hunts for a devious killer.

All I can say is "wow" at the emotions that was rolling throughout this killer of a thriller. This well-written drama captured my attention immediately as it quickly became a page-turner that was hard to put down. This was a non-stop and action-filled mystery which ratcheted the suspenseful nature to the hilt as I followed the clues along with Kate. The author did a good job in keeping me busy with all the clues and suspect with a few surprises, one of which I did not see coming and boy did it intensify when it was all played out. This is the best book in a series that gets better and better each year and I can't wait to see what adventure awaits Kate and Tomasetti.

Kathleen McInerney was outstanding with the delivery of the story

  • Delayed Diagnosis

  • Rhea Lynch, M.D., Book 1
  • By: Gwen Hunter
  • Narrated by: Carol Hendrickson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Dr. Rhea Lynch left a suffocating life in Charleston to practice medicine in the ER of a small South Carolina Hospital. Now, Dawkins County is her home, a place that holds the only real family she's ever known. But when she returns from vacation, Rhea is shocked to discover that her best friend, Marisa, is near death and unable to communicate. The official diagnosis: a paralyzing stroke. Despite the family's attempts to keep her away, Rhea is determined to make her own diagnosis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Medical Novel. I will probably get more of

  • By Vicki on 04-28-15

Good Start To A Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I just finished this book, and it is now one of my favorites. I love Ms. Hunter's descriptive writing style, and the detail in the medical situations is wonderful. I have been involved in medicine my whole working life, and have always been a big fan of Robin Cook. I am happy to say that Gwen Hunter has given me a new source of medical mystery novels. I have just started my third Dr. Rhea book and am looking forward to another captivating story!

  • The Escape

  • Book 3
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

The third title in the John Puller series to follow Zero Day and The Forgotten. Military CID investigator, John Puller, has returned from his latest case in Florida to learn that his brother, Bobby, on death row at Leavenworth Military Prison for national security crimes, has escaped. Preliminary investigations show that he may have had help in his breakout. Now he's on the run, and in disguise, and he's the military's number one target. John Puller has a dilemma. Which comes first, loyalty to his country or to his brother?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK Listen

  • By Lia on 10-06-18

OK Listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I've read the first two and they were very fast paced from page one. This book however, was very technical and explained a lot about The Security services of the United States of America. It was a bit too detailed and wasn't as interesting as the first two. It started to pick up about half way through the book. David Baldacci is an excellent author and I commend him on his in depth knowledge. I am not disappointed, but can only give the book three stars because it was not exciting until I was truly ready to stop reading it. Turned into a much better novel with a great series of mysteries solved!

Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy were outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Let the Devil Sleep

  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

The most decorated homicide detective in NYPD history, Dave Gurney, is trying to adjust to his life of quasi-retirement when a young woman who is producing a documentary on a notorious murder spree seeks his counsel. Soon after, Gurney begins feeling threatened: a razor-sharp hunting arrow lands in his yard, and he narrowly escapes serious injury in a booby-trapped basement. As things grow more bizarre, he finds himself reexamining the case of The Good Shepherd, which 10 years before involved a series of roadside shootings and a rage-against-the-rich manifesto.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars This Book Not As Good As The First Two

  • By Lia on 09-23-18

3.5 Stars This Book Not As Good As The First Two

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-18

John Verdon starts off with an intriguing mystery which goes downhill the minute he starts rehashing the same marital woes of the Gurneys. It could be cut by 100 pages just by concentrating on the mystery itself and giving the other short shrift. Madeline is an uptight, passive-aggressive women who should by now have had enough of her husband's thoughtless, self-centered actions. Just let her blow off steam instead of this constant dance back and forth. Dave can't possibly be the smartest detective ever on the force, (as each book tells us) because he always ends up making a stupid, life-threatening decision in order to capture the bad guy. This is the third time in a row he just missed being on the coroner's slab. Neither one of them are very appealing people, and they sure don't have a happy marriage. That aside, this was a pretty good set-up but it got way over the top at the end. Situations where police protection would have been in place to stop a very predictable murder were left out and that kind of fell flat. The outcome and the reason for the killer's actions were pretty flimsy and a letdown.

  • The Forgotten: John Puller, Book 2

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Military criminal investigator John Puller is drawn closer to home when his aunt is found dead in her house in Paradise, Florida. The local police have ruled the death as an accident, but Puller finds evidence to suggest that she may well have been murdered. On the surface the town lives up to its name, but as Puller digs deeper he realises that this town and its inhabitants are more akin to Hell than Paradise. His belief is confirmed as evidence of strange and inexplicable events come to light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book Great Narration

  • By Lia on 09-20-18

Great Book Great Narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Agent John Puller is still recovering from his last nightmare when he receives news from his father that his Aunt may need some help. Upon arriving in Florida he discovers that his Aunt is dead. Was it accidental or was it murder?

The answer to that question leads John on a path that will bring him in conflict with a local crime ring that is dealing in human trafficking, the new major smuggling operation to hit America. As if drugs and illegal immigrants wasn't bad enough we now add to that the importing of slaves through illegal activity. John's aunt may have stumbled on a major crime syndicate.

Add to that a couple of mystery characters and the addition of a one star General and you have a plot line that will hold your attention as well as take you into the world of slave trade.

Is the book a political statement or a military police investigation novel? Yes on both accounts. Will John solve the problem on his own or with the help of a small town police force? Will the local police be helpful or will they look inept?

I think Baldacci does a good job of bringing to light a major crime issue while giving us a good novel that will hold our attention. Baldacci fans will enjoy this work. New listeners will also enjoy it and will be drawn into wanting to go back to listen to the previous novels.

Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy were outstanding with the delivery of the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful