Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Hidden Secret by Linda Castillo

by:  Linda Castillo
published by:  Minotaur Books
publish date:  June 2, 2015

When a baby-only hours old-is discovered on the Amish bishop's front porch in Painter's Mill, Ohio, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. The newborn is swaddled in an Amish crib quilt, and the only other item found with the child is a hand-carved wood rattle, which Kate also recognizes as Amish.
Though the quilt and rattle could be purchased, Kate suspects the mother is Amish, possibly young and unmarried, both of which would be powerful motives for such a desperate act. With the rattle and the baby quilt as the only clues, Kate must call upon her own Amish roots, and with the help of state agent John Tomasetti, search the Amish and "English" communities of Painters Mill for clues to unravel the poignant, puzzling mystery.
This is a novella in the Kate Burkholder series.  It's number 6.5 in the series.  It was a short, easy story in this series and I enjoyed it.  
Kate investigates a child that has been found on the doorstep of the Amish Bishop.  Because the Bishop doesn't count as an official receiver under the Safe Haven law the mother must be found.  As the investigation continues, Kate is aware of her ticking biological clock.  
This book was a typical Kate Burkholder story.  I got burnt out on them for a little while, but I'm glad to get a little taste of my old friend again.  This novella is a build up to the next story in the series After the Storm.  Also a good book, one which I recommend.

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