Among the Wicked: Book Review

*originally published 07/13/2016

I love Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series and last year I binged read the series and then felt some withdrawal.  I was very EXCITED to hear that a new book would be out this summer and it made my day when I received an ARC of Among the Wicked. I didn’t get a chance to get my hands on the novella, Seeds of Deception (#7.5) before this book. From my past experience with the novellas they do not connect to the next book.  They are separate stories.

26031833AMONG THE WICKED  (Kate Burkholder: #8) Written by Linda Castillo

2016; 320 Pages (Minotaur Book; St. Martin’s Press)
Genre: series, police, mystery, suspense, amish

(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY)

Rating: ★★★★1/2

When the dead body of a young girl, Rachel is found in upstate rural New York, Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police,  is visited by the Sheriff for her help in the case.  Rachel was Amish and the community she hails from has closed ranks around their Bishop, that believes in the old ways.  They need Kate to go undercover into the Amish community and get some answers to what happened to Rachel.

Kate is the only one in law enforcement that is fluent in the language and can blend in with Amish.  She borrows clothes from her sister and sets up a story for herself.  As she meets the women in the community she senses that they are keeping a dangerous secret…that might be worse than just murder.  As Kate starts to ask questions she is warned to back off or people will be hurt.  How can Kate abandon her assignment when rumours of children being harmed and members disappearing is ongoing? But can she help those in trouble before she is silenced?

Linda Castillo has not written a bad novel in the Kate Burkholder series. I have rated them all as four-stars and enjoyed each full-length book. (My only concern with the novellas is that they are not long enough.)  This book has less of her team and John Tomasetti in it, but I did like that we got to see Kate in another environment. Kate had to act the part of being Amish at every moment she was with someone.  It was interesting to see what parts of being Amish she misses and what parts she is happy to have shed.  Her relating to the Amish Community was also a different part to her.  The previous books had her relating to the Amish as an outsider, former-Amish and a police officer.  The crime(s) in this book were really terrifying and I have to say the suspense was crazy that I stayed up to finish the book.  I highly recommend this series and this book!

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