The Book (description from Amazon)
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2014
Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time--and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.
On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide--an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they're both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti's family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?
When a second man is found dead--also seemingly by his own hand--Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished--and his young wife disappeared without a trace.
And, as Kate knows--the past never truly dies . . . in The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo
A Reader's Opinion
Another great read from Linda Castillo. This is the sixth in the series about the ex Amish chief of police, Kate Burkholder from Painters Mill, Ohio. It's just as brilliant as the previous five.
This story takes you back to a thirtyfive year old cold case in which an Amish family were the victims of a robbery gone wrong. The father was shot dead, four of the five young children were burnt to death and the wife, who is never seen again, is, also assumed dead.
Kate remembers hearing rumours and ghost stories about the Hochstetler family as a child, but the case was never solved. Now residents of Painters Mill are being brutally murdered and the only thing that links them is this old case. Could that mean someone knows who it was that awful night? and if that's true, why wait so long for revenge? Kate knows someone's hiding something, and she'll do whatever it takes to find out what it is.
I really love this series. It's the Amish town angle that set's them apart from all the other's. From the very first book you fall in love with the ex Amish police chief with a big secret. You get just as excited reading about what's going on in her personal life as you do the cases, her and her loyal team working on. I hope it's not to long before the seventh in the series is available. I'll be counting down the days. I give it a massive, and well deserved five out of five stars.
—Reviewed by Yolanda