March 2024

The Burning by Linda Castillo

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Kate Burkholder
Linda Castillo
Minotaur Books
09 Jul 2024

Linda Castillo delivers another gripping installment in the Kate Burkholder series with this chilling mystery! We find Kate, newly a Chief of Police, pulled into a horrific case – a brutal murder with a disturbingly symbolic twist.

The victim, Amish man Milan Swanz, is found chained and burned alive. The close-lipped Amish community offers little help, forcing Kate to navigate a complex web of secrets and simmering tensions. As she investigates Swanz's troubled past and recent excommunication, a crucial question arises: Why are the Amish so reluctant to speak about him?

The case takes a personal turn when Kate's own brother becomes implicated, throwing her loyalties into question. But the danger doesn't stop there – a mysterious threat emerges, targeting Kate herself.

Castillo masterfully weaves suspense with cultural exploration. We delve into the often-unseen depths of Amish life, uncovering a hidden history that challenges everything Kate thought she knew about her community and her own roots.

This is a must-read for fans of the series and anyone who enjoys a well-crafted mystery with a unique setting. Buckle up for a thrilling ride as Kate races to uncover the truth before it's too late

I have received a free copy of the book for the purpose of this review from NetGalley. The links in this post contain affiliate code.

Pitch Dark by Paul Doiron

Pitch Dark Book Cover Pitch Dark
Mike Bowditch
Paul Doiron
25 Jun 202

Fans of the Warden Mike Bowditch series won't be disappointed with this one. We're back in the heart of the Maine woods, this time facing a chilling mystery and a whole lot of danger.

Newcomer Mark Redmond and his young daughter raise red flags for Bowditch. He decides to investigate, but a shocking murder throws everything into chaos. Now, Bowditch finds himself alone and unarmed in the wilderness, playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with a cunning fugitive.

The suspense is killer (pun intended!), and Doiron's writing makes you feel like you're right there with Bowditch. You'll be battling the harsh Maine elements and trying to stay one step ahead of his enemy. Bowditch is his usual resourceful and determined self, but the stakes are high. He needs to quickly sort friend from foe, even when alliances shift on a dime.

If you're looking for a thrilling read that will keep you guessing until the very end, Pitch Dark is a must-grab. Doiron delivers another winner, and I can't wait to see what Bowditch gets up to next!

I have received a free copy of the book for the purpose of this review from NetGalley. The links in this post contain affiliate code.