A barn burns, a chief of police is called, a body is discovered burned to death and murder is afoot. Welcome to the setting and story of….
Kate Burkholder is the chief of police in a small town populated by many in the Amish community. She is called to investigate and find the person who set fire to a historic barn which killed a young Amish boy, Daniel Gingerich. From all, she gleans that Daniel was a good boy, hard working, handsome, so why would he have been locked in a barn and lose his life as that barn burned to the ground? Was Daniel really the boy many pointed him to be or was there something sinister and dangerous about Daniel? As Kate delves, or at least tries to delve, into the comings and goings of Daniel, she is met with resistance from the Amish community which has always been closed mouthed and protective of their secrets and community. Kate, a former member of the Amish community, understands this mind set and yet she must find out what happened that caused someone to kill Daniel.
This was a terrific suspense story, one that had many angles and kept the investigation of Daniel’s death going in a fever pitch. Easy to read with a flow of characters and events, this story rates highly with me and encourages me to take a good look at the rest o the Kate Burkholder series. For those who like a murder mystery that has some punch and has a very different type of setting, this could be the book for you.
Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence and the Holt Medallion, and she received a nomination for the Rita. In addition to writing, Castillo’s other passion is horses, particularly her appaloosa George. She lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next novel.