I had finished all the books I had downloaded. I didn’t have time to hunt for a book so I simply went to my online library and decided whatever came up that looked decent I was going to listen to it. Sometimes that can be a good way to find a new author…I was up for that.
Imagine my happiness when I found a book by one of my favorite authors, Linda Castillo, A Hidden Secret: Kate Burkholder .
I knew the author was coming out with a new book…WOW. I couldn’t believe that I had snagged the book without even being on the waiting list. I couldn’t wait to start.
Well start I did…and about two hours later I was finished. WHAT? Yep, the book was over. That’s when I discovered it was a short story. It was a good book, a fine listen, but over way too soon.
Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “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 be 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.”
I ended up going on Amazon and found that it was indeed a short story. The book is listed as book 6.5 in the series. If reading it the book was only 74 pages long. The new book is out. Sadly my online library doesn’t have it. Hoopla doesn’t have it either. It looks like I am going to have to burn a Audible credit to get it.
Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars. I’m going to agree. I don’t know if it’s the book or that I love the characters. Whatever it is, I’m hooked on Linda Castillo and her character Kate Burkholder.