What I’m Reading: The Dead Will Tell

I just finished up listening to the book The Dead Will Tell: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo.  This is the sixth book of the Kate Burkholder series…and I have read them all.

I have been reading this series for a long time.  I think when the second book came out, I discovered them and I’ve been hooked ever since.  This one is like all the others..good.  The premise of the series is that Kate, (now Chief of Police and former Amish) uses her past Amish connections and knowledge to serve the people of her home town.  She has an on-going complicated relationship with state agent John Tomasetti.  Both have issues from their past that arise that each will eventually have to deal with.

Here’e what Amazon had to say about the book, “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. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they’re both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti’s family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?

When a second man is found dead—also seemingly by his own hand—Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace.

And, as Kate knows—the past never truly dies . . . in The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo”

I really like the series a lot and jump at the chance to read any new book.  Amazon readers say 4.7 stars.  I really liked it and it’s a great break from historical fiction but I’d give it 4.4 stars.  It’s written in person which is a plus for me..plus I like that there are always a couple stories going on within the book.

I am already looking for the next book!


Today I am thankful that there have been few times in my life that the police have even had to be called.  I am especially thankful that when the police have been called, it was simply for theft.

When we lived in Lawler our car was stolen from out of our garage.  It was later recovered.  Living here at the farm, my son’s dirt bike was stolen.  It was later recovered too.  It was in bad shape when he got that back though.

These things were all minor and looking back now were nothing.

I have never been raped.  I have never experienced domestic abuse.  I have never had anyone do bodily harm against me.  I am so thankful for that and so wish I could take away the pain of the people who that has been done to.  I simply can’t imagine what that would feel like….my thought and prayers go out to any of you who live with a past that includes violence.

Today I am thankful that the police have made few appearances in my life.

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