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Summary

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural upstate New York to assist in a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and English communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.

Kate's longtime love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and even less in the way of backup.

But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York, where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life. Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep undercover.

In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone...trapped in a fight for her life.

©2016 Linda Castillo (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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"[Narrator Kathleen] McInerney's masterly technique makes aural sense of the plain and kind Amish people bewildered by the violence, thuggery, and corruption that have come among them. McInerney's characters are alive, all human and believable...." ( AudioFile)

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Conclusion really disappointing

I love Linda Castillo stories. Love the characters and settings. This story did not hold up Kate Burkholder managed to get over every object put in her way, not believable, and the conclusion made it clear that she wouldn't have lasted five minutes in that hostile environment. Disappointing.

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An Amish community in trouble.

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder leaves Painters Mill to go undercover in upstate New York. She goes into a reclusive Amish settlement to followup on the death of a young girl. Things on the outside look OK but the wall of silence within the community makes it hard to understand what is actually going on.

Kate takes on the assignment against the wishes of her partner John Tomasetti which doesn't bode well for their relationship.

I really enjoy this series of books but recently read a review that talked about the annoyance of Kate's and John's insecurity. I am in agreement with that reviewer! They need to take a risk!!

However, another good story read beautifully by Kathleen McInerney.

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  • tooonce72
  • 15-07-16

Like Visiting A Good Friend

Still after eight Kate Burkholder’s adventures in this series, I pre-ordering then count the minutes for each of Linda Costello’s latest to go live. I will continue to get so. I enjoy this strong character that is also sweet to those that live in a manner that she has not chosen for herself. The secondary stories and characters are like old friends as well. I was thankful that the author took Kate on the road to another community and adventure, this time - I am not sure how much tragedy Painters Mill can take?

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 15-07-16

I couldn't put it down

The problem with starting a book one has been waiting for is that it's finished soon and we're left to wait for the next one again. This latest in the Kate Burkholder series is such a book.

First, I have to say that the premise of this book is quite different than the previous ones. Kate leaves Painters Mills and the many characters there to go undercover in a NY Amish community. I wasn't sure I'd like that. I missed them. But the suspense level toward the end made this a cannot-stop-reading book.

I like Tomasetti. I wish their relationship wasn't so confrontational so often. But making-up is always good.

The narration was fine. This was a wonderful book and I'm already looking forward to the next one.

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  • KAV
  • 14-07-16

Another winner

Great, fast moving story. Excellent narration. Kate Burkholder has done it again (and lives to tell about it).

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  • Heather Byrne
  • 11-06-18

Another Good News, Bad News Disappointment

The good News is the story is interesting and Kathleen McInerney is flawless - as usual. But in the last two Kate Burkholder novels, (this and ‘After the Storm’) Linda Castillo has turned the Chief of Police into an airhead with a death wish. I hope she stops allowing her main character to be so illogical and rash, and stops having her partner, Tomasetti, continue apologising when he’s in the right.

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  • Suzi
  • 07-04-18

Love all the Linda Castillo novels

Enjoyed this mystery and the background of the Amish tradition intermingled in the story. She's a great story teller.

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  • Summer
  • 12-10-17

amazing book as always!

i think this has been the best book yet!! absolutely riveting and hard to turn off!!

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  • Laureen
  • 10-09-17

Disappointing.

Have always loved her books. This one was no where near the caliber of her others.

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  • Linda
  • 17-08-17

Among The Wicked

Linda Castillo once again gives us a tour of the dark elements that seem to lurk here and there as well as in The Amish community.
Having been raised Amish, the main character, Kate Burkholder knows their customs, religion, and language as well as how to negotiate some of their peculiar ways. This entire series is held together by a common thread which is her past as a member of the Amish community, her work as a police detective as well as her love relationship.
I found this series all equally suspenseful, mysterious, somewhat educational and entertaining. They are well written don't have too many characters to get lost among, curse words are minimal, the details while tragic isn't too explicit or complicated to understand or get involved in.
I don't feel the series is exploiting The Amish in any way but it does provide an interesting and different landscape for this author to lay out the cases.
Worth the credits. I've bought all of this series.

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  • Patricia R.
  • 17-01-17

excellent read!

enjoyed this book tremendously! I love all of her books! Great insight into another culture!

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  • Ashleigh
  • 26-12-16

Lacking Suspense

Predictable & boring, there was so much untapped potential. I would not recommend this book to anyone.