One night almost 35 years ago, the Hochstetler family was shredded when they were set upon by masked robbers. Fast forward to the present and Police Chief Kate Burkholder investigates the hanging of a wealthy man in his own barn that at first looks like a suicide. As she and her team continue to probe, they realize this was no death by the victim’s hand. Then a second murder occurs involving one of the people she’d contacted about the first murder and a connection to what happened at the Hochstetler farm begins to emerge.
The story begins with the Hochstetler tragedy and it broke my heart into a thousand pieces. I didn’t know what to expect but it’s written in a way that made me feel like, deep down, I really knew. I was glad when it transitioned to the present day, even if it meant attending to a murder scene. I love the procedural aspects of a murder mystery and they excel in this series. Kate and her team do a really good job of connecting the clues and seeing beyond the obvious. And, her Amish background is invaluable when it involves that community.
This took some unexpected directions that made it hard to put down. Those involved in the events from the past have a reckoning they (nor I) never imagined. There was also a development impacting Tomasetti that was equally compelling and may have far reaching consequences. His relationship with Kate is put to the test and they survive for the moment. I’m enjoying how it’s evolving. Listening to this series is one of the best decisions I made, especially as McInerney handles the Pennsylvania Dutch with skill. It’s a tough, tough story with an even harder conclusion but one that’s well written and executed flawlessly.
- Release Date: July 8, 2014
- Series: Kate Burkholder #6
- Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
- Audio Length: 8 hours, 37 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio