Fallen: A Kate Burkholder Mystery

Linda Castillo. Minotaur, $27.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-14292-4
In bestseller Castillo’s exhilarating 13th Amish mystery (after 2020’s Outsider), Painters Mill, Ohio, police chief Kate Burkholder investigates the murder of Rachael Schwartz, a young woman she once babysat, who was beaten to death in a local motel. Kate, who recalls Rachael’s rebellious attitude as a child, isn’t surprised Rachael, like Kate, left the Amish faith. Rachael lived in Cleveland, where she co-owned a restaurant, but Kate can’t determine what brought her back to Painters Mill. As Kate speaks with Rachael’s business partner, Andrea Matson, and Amish best friend Loretta Bontrager, she deduces Rachael made most of her money from blackmailing people, creating several Amish and “English” enemies along the way. Flashbacks to 2008, when Rachael and Loretta were in their late teens, showcase Rachael’s free-spirited behavior and potential culprits. The tension rises as Kate narrows down the suspects and falls into danger at the climax. In addition to providing readers with plenty of Amish cultural context, Castillo adds surprising twists to the gripping plot and touches upon police brutality and Amish discrimination. This sterling entry can be easily read as a standalone. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary. (July)
Reviewed on : 04/16/2021
Release date: 07/06/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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