Police Chief Kate Burkholder has to face someone from her past when three Amish elders from Belleville, Pennsylvania approach her for help. One of their own is accused of murder, a man with whom she has a history. Almost eighteen years ago, Amish bishop Ananias Stoltzfus disappeared without a trace…until now when his remains were discovered. Jonas Bowman, the man charged with killing him, was Kate’s first love when he and his family lived in Painter’s Mill. Now she has to determine if the man she knew as a young girl could be a murderer as the evidence is damning.
the heart of the story…
One of the aspects of this series I’ve come to appreciate are those times when people from Kate’s past reappear and we learn a lot more about her and why she left the Amish community. The case itself was extremely interesting, too, but I was just as drawn to the story of Kate and Jonas’ past. Her involvement was sticky on a lot of levels, especially since she wasn’t even certain of Jonas’ innocence and local law enforcement wasn’t rolling out the welcome mat. There were so many layers to the case and it took some really dangerous turns, most particularly for Kate. But it was the tension between Jonas and Kate as they met for the first time since they were teens that had me edgy.
McInerney had her work cut out for her with this story as there were a host of characters requiring distinction. She handled them all with perfection and of course her storytelling was on par. I will always listen to this series.
the bottom line…
I knew Kate was going to be in the middle of some dangerous situations and was prepared, particularly because she wasn’t on her home turf and was alone. Things did get nasty for her, some self imposed and others not at all. I had hunches about who murdered the bishop but didn’t know the why. The case was really twisty and I was hooked through the end. But it was the little reward also at the end involving Kate personally that left me so very satisfied. A nice bow since I’m now up to date in the series and will have to wait until next year for more.
- Release Date: July 5, 2022
- Series: Kate Burkholder #14
- Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 18 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio