Fallen (Kate Burkholder #13) by Linda Castillo, Kathleen McInerney (Narrator)

Expected publication: July 6th 2021 by Minotaur Books, Macmillan Audio

About the Book: In New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo’s new thriller, a rebellious Amish woman leaves the Plain life, but the secrets she takes with her will lead Chief of Police Kate Burkholder down a dark path to danger and death.

When a young woman is found murdered in a Painters Mill motel, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is shocked to discover she once knew the victim. Rachael Schwartz was a charming but troubled Amish girl who left the fold years ago and fled Painters Mill. Why was she back in town? And who would kill her so brutally?

Kate remembers Rachael as the only girl who was as bad at being Amish as Kate was—and those parallels dog her. But the deeper Kate digs into Rachael Schwartz’s life, the more she’s convinced that Rachael’s dubious reputation was deserved. As a child, Rachael was a rowdy rulebreaker whose decision to leave devastated her parents and best friend. As an adult, she was charismatic and beautiful, a rabble-rouser with a keen eye for opportunity no matter who got in her way. Her no-holds-barred lifestyle earned her a lot of love and enemies aplenty—both English and Amish.

As the case heats to a fever pitch and long-buried secrets resurface, a killer haunts Painters Mill. Someone doesn’t want Rachael’s past—or the mysteries she took with her to the grave—coming to light. As Kate digs deeper, violence strikes again, this time hitting close to home. Will Kate uncover the truth and bring a murderer to justice? Or will a killer bent on protecting a terrible past, stop her once and for all—and let the fallen be forgotten? 

Fallen (Kate Burkholder, #13)

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Linda Castillo just keeps these amazing stories coming. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with Kate Burkholder and the rest of the Painter’s Mill Police Department. If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, you can still enjoy this one as the case/mystery is self-contained, but you would miss a lot of character development and excellent stories. Chief of Police Burkholder grew up as a member of the Painter’s Mill Amish Community. She left the faith and went to college and eventually became a police officer in a big city in Ohio. She returned home when the chief of police job opened up. For a small community, there sure is a lot of crime. In this story, a young woman was murdered and it turns out it was someone Kate grew up with. A woman who also left the Amish Community when she was a teenager. As Kate delves into this crime and the motive for it, she discovers things that had occurred years ago and never been brought to light. Can Kate find the murderer and if it is the person she suspects, can she bring him in?

This was another wonderful addition to this series. Kate is still putting herself in danger as she will do just about anything for justice. She wants to give closure to family and friends and make sure that the wrongs are dealt with. As with all the books in this series, they start off with a bang and don’t let up much. There are twists, revelations and many clues and red herrings along the way. I will say that this book was a bit darker than the others in this series, so be prepared for that. I love the characters in this series, they are like old friends. The personal storyline continues with Kate still putting off John Tomasetti’s proposal of marriage. They are living together and he isn’t ready to give up, so we shall see if they get married in the next book. Once again Kathleen McInerney, does a wonderful job with the narration of this book. She reads at a nice pace and has a pleasant, easy to understand, voice. I have come to identify Kate’s voice easily. I definitely recommend this book and series to those who enjoy The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.