I’m reading the series in order. This novella is included in the audiobook titled A Simple Murder, a bundling of all the short stories in the series. I will continue post the reviews for the novellas as I complete them.
Police Chief Kate Burkholder is called to the home of an Amish dairy farmer in the middle of the night when a young woman shows up at their home, battered and bruised. She also has no memory but is filled with terror, undefined but it involves someone chasing her meaning harm. It’s now up to Kate to help figure out what happened to the woman and her identity.
I love how this series seems to master the short story, setting up and solving an interesting mystery while delivering strong procedurals and excitement. Throughout the story, I went back and forth as to whether or not “Jane Doe” was truly having memory issues or faking it. It took me up to the reveal to determine that answer. And, yes, it had another dangerous moment for our fearless police chief and the author actually addressed that issue in the story! Finally, I was able to listen to this one because of the audio bundle of all the short stories! The narrator has solidified her place as the wonderful voice of the series in my head and she continued that here. I enjoyed this one, very much so.
- Release Date: May 29, 2018
- Series: Kate Burkholder #9.5
- Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
- Audio Length: 1 hour, 53 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio