PRAY FOR SILENCE – Linda Castillo


by Linda Castillo
Minotaur Books – June 2010
304 pages; $24.99

Mystery fans have a new super sleuth to love – Painters Mill’s Police Chief Kate Burkholder. A former Cleveland homicide detective, Burkholder is now the police chief of the small farming town of Painters Mill, Ohio. This is Castillo’s second book in the Burkholder series.

Pray for Silence opens with the brutal murder of seven members of the Plank family. The Plank’s are a relatively new addition to Painters Mill’s Amish community, having relocated from Lancaster Pennsylvania. Burkholder, who is an excommunicated Amish member, finds herself faced with an investigation that becomes deeply personal and stretches her both professionally and personally to her limits.

Assisted by her small police staff and State Agent John Tomasetti, Burkholder leads an investigation that is full of twists and turns that culminates in a scene that is sure to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

In addition to the suspense that Castillo’s writing creates, readers also find themselves immersed in the Amish culture. From their traditions, language, and social issues, Castillo adds an additional layer to an already decent mystery story.

Castillo’s writing is descriptive and action packed right from the start. She also creates characters that are interesting and with seamless dialog.

Pray for Silence is a tale that will surely please any mystery lover and will have them anxiously waiting for the next book in the Burkholder series.

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2 Responses to PRAY FOR SILENCE – Linda Castillo

  1. I’ll have to check this out. Great review.
    7 people in one family murdered…Lawd?

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