I have long been a fan of Linda Castillo. She writes a great series of books featuring Kate Burkholder. Kate is the police chief of a small town, Painters Mill, in Amish country in Ohio. The catch is that Kate was once Amish herself. She has a love interest, John Tomasetti who works for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation so one of them is always on a big case.
Whenever I know there is a new book in the series, I don’t hesitate to pre-order it and that’s exactly what I did when I heard her latest book, The Outsider was available for pre-order.
As always…I loved the book. It’s not so much that they are written so well…or that the crimes that Kate and John solve are especially interesting…I just love Kate. I do love that the books are in 1st person. I do love that there is typically a twist somewhere. I do love the down home feeling of picking up a book and already knowing the main characters…I guess that’s the charm of any series of books…right?
Here’s what Amazon had to say:“While enjoying a sleigh ride with his children, Amish widower Adam Lengacher discovers a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. He calls upon Chief of Police Kate Burkholder for help, and she is surprised to recognize the driver: fellow cop and her former friend, Gina Colorosa.
Years before, Kate and Gina were best friends at the police academy and patrol officers in Columbus, but time and distance have taken them down two very different paths. Now, Gina reveals a shocking story of betrayal and revenge that has forced her to run for her life. She’s desperate for protection, and the only person she can trust is Kate―but can Kate trust her? Or will Gina’s dark past put them all in danger?
As a blizzard bears down on Painters Mill, Kate helps Gina go into hiding on Adam’s farm. While the tough-skinned Gina struggles to adjust to the Amish lifestyle, Kate and state agent John Tomasetti delve into the incident that caused Gina to flee. But as Kate gets closer to the truth, a killer lies in wait. When violence strikes, she must confront a devastating truth that changes everything she thought she knew not only about friendship, but the institution to which she’s devoted her life.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.7 stars…admittedly, there aren’t many reviews yet. I’m going to give the book the same. Seriously, I love all of her books. If you’ve not read any books of the series, start with this book as it’s the first…Sworn to Silence.