Saturday, August 22, 2015

After the Storm by Linda Castillo

by:  Linda Castillo
published by:  Minotaur Books
publish date:  July 14, 2015

When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones--and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

Meanwhile, turmoil of an emotional and personal nature strikes at the very heart of Kate's budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti. A reality that strains their fragile new love to the breaking point and threatens the refuge they've built for themselves--and their future.

This is the 7th book in the Kate Burkholder series.  In my opinion this series is just getting better.  I think it had a little bit of a dip in the middle but it's definitely on an upswing now.

A tornado tears through Painters Mill destroying parts of the town.  A troop of Boy Scouts are assisting in the clean up when they come across a skeleton.  Kate has to call in forensic anthropologists and other experts to date the bones and figure out exactly how and when the victim died.  At the same time, Kate discovers she's pregnant and she isn't sure how this news will affect her relationship with John Tomasetti.  

I really enjoyed this book.  There seemed to be a few critics of this book, but they also sounded like they haven't read the entire series and been through all of Kate's ups and downs.  This is one of my favorite mystery series, Linda Castillo is a great writer and I highly recommend her books.

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