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Summary

A deadly fire exposes the dark side of Amish life in this harrowing new thriller in Linda Castillo's New York Times best-selling audiobook series.

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? The women he victimized? Their boyfriends? Their parents?

As Kate wades through a sea of suspects, she's confronted by her own violent past and an unthinkable possibility.

©2018 Linda Castillo (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

"Narrator Kathleen McInerney returns as compassionate and determined Chief of Police Kate Burkholder.... McInerney shifts seamlessly between the many secondary characters, drawing in listeners as the plot unfolds." (AudioFile)

 
"The audio book format is especially good, due entirely to the skillful reading of Kathleen McInerney...one doesn't ordinarily begin an audio review with plaudits for the reader, but in a few cases it's entirely justified, and this is one of them." (NJ.com)

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Book 10 in the Keat Burkholder series

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate a death in a burned out barn. Is it an accidental?
The victim, an 18 year old boy, at first appears to be a paragon of virtue, but on closer investigation this starts to change.
During the investigation Kate has to face things from her past that cause her to question her role.

Another good story from Linda Castillo.

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  • shelley
  • 10-09-18

This series has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!!!

A Gathering of Secrets is the 10th book in the Kate Burkholder series. I have previously reviewed the first three books as I was very impressed with them. Seven books later and I can't wait for Linda Castillo to write another book!
The series takes place in Painters Mill, Ohio where Burkholder (who had been raised Amish) is now the Chief of police. Well respected by fellow officers, generally head butting the town council and scorned be the Amish for leaving the church.
The stories in this series are believable, the characters are fleshed out and given a personal life as well as public. Each book has a single and plausible main storyline, some have a minor story that usually ties in at some point.
I won't say anything about this particular book, the publisher's summaries are very good and give just enough detail with out giving away too much of the plot.
These are really EXCELLENT procedurals. Do Not let the fact that they take place in Amish country turn you off, these book are anything but plain!
Kathleen McInerney narrates all of these books and does an outstanding job doing so. She even speaks the Pennsylvania Dutch language as if it were second nature.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series.
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  • MIMIJ
  • 24-07-18

Might be time for a new series

Very predictable. Could wait for it to be over!
Narrator has a whiny voice was very annoying.

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  • Leigh
  • 17-08-18

Another captivating story about kate

I have grown to really love this series. The Amish influence and realistic presentation of this population is awesome. The storylines are inter woven beautifully with everyday life. And the sheriffs department in this painters mill town are enjoyable.

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  • m hile
  • 14-08-18

Another great book

I do so love these books, glad that the same narrator is use, makes for a great listen. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Lee Ann Marks
  • 07-08-18

Hooked on Linda Castillo’s books

I have listened to all of Linda Castillo’s books and love her writing. Never a lull.

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  • Love2Listen
  • 06-08-18

Another home run!!!

Linda Castillo always hooks my attention from the very start of her books and doesn’t let go till the last word.
I love her writing style as well as learning so much about the Amish culture. She never fails to leave me wanting more after finishing each (audio)book, this one included.
I must also mention the narrator, Kathleen McInerney...how this woman can change her voice, male or female, and allow listeners to easily differentiate who each character is utterly amazes me! She’s one of the best narrators out there!!

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  • Ann Hellmann
  • 03-08-18

Love anything Amish

This book keeps your interest right up to the last minute It keeps you guessing and the reader is very good. You are also are educated regarding the habits of the Armish.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-07-18

Not the best!

I love the Kate Burkholder series, but this was not the best. The story was good, but way too much gore on the details of the victims and the medical parts - just sickening. Could have done without that and would have still loved the story.

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  • Patricia E. McMahon
  • 24-07-18

Another great story

Once more Linda Castillo has created a wonderful mystery while also having her main characters grow. Once more I hated to see the book come to an end. The narrator is outstanding. I can’t imagine anyone else voicing the dialogue between Clare and Tomasetti.







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  • Sharon L. Plett
  • 21-07-18

excellently written and performed!

the story was spellbinding, fun and an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end!...I would recommend it as a fabulous read for anyone.