The Dead Will TellThe Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo is the sixth book in the Kate Burkholder thriller series. Publisher: Minotaur, July 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

Wow and I’ll say it again, Wow! Linda delivered a fast-paced and action-filled drama that was both riveting and heart breaking as the story unfolded in front of my eyes. The author has a way with describing a scene with visual effects and dialogues that put me right there in the middle of all the action, rooting for the killer to be exposed. Linda did a great job in keeping me on my toes as to who was behind it all, but then that twist…oh so brilliant, and boy did I totally get immersed in everything that was happening. The side snippets of Kate’s personal life added to the enjoyment of this wonderfully executed tome. This is by far, the best book in this fabulously terrific series and I’m so happy to hear that the author is working on the next book because I can’t wait for my next trip to Painters Mill.

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