Saturday, September 11, 2021

Bookish suspense...

 
Fallen is Linda Castillo's thirteenth Kate Burkholder mystery, and it's every bit as good as the twelve books that preceded it. I really enjoy this series. It's set in Painter's Mill, Ohio, a township of 5,300 people set in the heart of Amish country. Kate is the Chief of Police. She was raised Amish, but left the community when she was eighteen. Her ties to the Amish, and her understanding of their language and culture, is one of the reasons I enjoy reading these books so much. She has a close relationship with John Tomasetti, an FBI agent who sometimes helps out with her investigations.

This book begins with the brutal murder of Rachael Schwartz, another girl who was once part of Painter's Mill's Amish community. In fact, Kate used to babysit her. To have to investigate her murder now is hard for Kate. As she delves into Rachael's past, Kate discovers the once wild teenager had many secrets...and angered many people, both among the English as well as the Amish. And whoever killed Rachael is determined to keep Kate from learning the truth.

This is another solid offering from Linda Castillo. It's got good pacing, and the ending is very suspenseful. I guessed one of the twists early on, but the rest of the mystery kept me guessing. I liked this one. And I really like Kate and her small squad of police officers. Good characters and an interesting setting make this book another entertaining one by Linda Castillo. I'd give it 4 stars!

Happy Reading!

Other Kate Burkholder mysteries I've reviewed:


36 comments:

  1. This sounds really good. I've always meant to try this author but, so far it hasn't happened.

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    1. I know how that goes! I have many authors on my TBR list that I've been meaning to try at some point, but just haven't gotten to yet. :)

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  2. I enjoyed this one. As you say, another solid offering in an excellent series.

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    1. I really like this series. Kate and Tomasetti are great, and I like how each mystery brings out another aspect of Amish life.

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  3. I always love reconnecting with a long-running series. It sounds like this one is another great installment!

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    1. It really is! I love revisiting favorite characters, you know?

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  4. I've heard of this series and intended to try it but never have. I think your review may give me the necessary push.

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    1. I really like this series! I've enjoyed every book that I've read.

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  5. This sounds like a great series. I don't read much Amish fiction and I don't know why because I usually end up loving it. I'll have to add the first book to my wishlist. :)

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    1. It's been a really good series. I love the characters. And the mysteries are always interesting.

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  6. This sounds good. Great characters make a book.

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  7. This is a great series. I'm only about 4 books in but really looking forward to seeing how the characters develop. I love their relationship too, it's not easy but it feels real.

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    1. Their relationship does feel real. I like how they support each other.

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  8. Sounds great! I like the sound of the Amish background as well. It's nice when a series can sustain itself that long too. :)

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    1. Castillo does a really good job of making sure each new book in this series is as good as the ones that came before.

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  9. I've read two of these but didn't go any further because at the time the books weren't very cheap on AmazonUK. I must check that again because it's years ago and there are now a lot of books in the series!

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    1. A lot of books! I should look around for some cheap copies, too, because I wouldn't mind owning a few of these. :)

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  10. That's great that this is still such a solid series so many books in.

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    1. It says a lot for Castillo's writing and for the characters that she's created. :)

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  11. Linda Castillo is an author I need to watch out for. Thanks!

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    1. Her books are really good! I think you'd like them.

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  12. I've not read anything by this author and this one sounds good to me!

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  13. I enjoy Castillo's Kate Burkholder mysteries. I attended an event at The Poisoned Pen when she was there, and I wound up having lunch with Castillo and four other authors. Totally unexpected and...WOW.

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    1. That is a WOW! How lucky are you? That is so cool. :D

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  14. I have not heard of this series, but it sounds so good!

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  15. This sounds really good. I've always meant to try this author but, so far it hasn't happened

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    1. I hope you get a chance soon because her books are really good. :)

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  16. Hi Lark, they made a lifetime movie a few years ago with Neve Campbell in the Role of Kate Burkholder. She did such a great job. The whole movie was good. And I know from the first book and the movie that Kate and John Tomasetti have wonderful chemistry. I will read book two before year is out.

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    1. I saw that Lifetime movie! I thought they did an excellent job of it; it's what made me want to read the books. :)

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  17. These communities making for intriguing settings for sure, and I'm always drawn to them. There's a Prime series called Tin Star (which is pretty rough and violent) that is set in a Canadian Mennonite community that absolutely fascinated me largely because of the second season in which so much of the action happens right there. I really need to read one of these.

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    1. The Amish setting is what initially drew me to this series; the characters are what keep me coming back. :)

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  18. I started the first book, but I had to put it aside because of other review books due, and then my library copy expired. It was a really horrific start! Must get back to this series soon!

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    1. There's a lot of dark stuff that happens in the first one, especially with her past. The rest of the series hasn't felt that dark to me.

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