A Simple Murder: A Kate Burkholder Short Story Collection

A Simple Murder: A Kate Burkholder Short Story Collection by Linda Castillo, Kathleen McInerney (Narrator)

Published February 9th 2021 by Macmillan Audio

A Simple Murder is an anthology made up of several of Linda Castillo’s short stories/novellas in the Kate Burkholder series. It contains 6 of these short stories, but only three that I had not read or listened to. I have included my reviews of those three. I have listened to other books in this series narrated by Kathleen McInerney, and once again, she does a wonderful job with her narration of this audiobook. She is the voice of Kate Burkholder to me.

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A Hidden Secret (Kate Burkholder #6.5) by Linda Castillo, Kathleen McInerney (Narrator)

Published June 2nd 2015 by Macmillan Audio

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book opens with a baby being left on the porch at the Bishop Troyer’s house. He and his wife call Chief of Police, Kate Burkholder. There are Amish things in the basket, but is this child Amish? This is a short story/novella with a short mystery for Kate to solve. I enjoyed this mystery as there is no murder, no gruesome details, no danger to Kate. She uses her investigating skills, knowledge of the Amish and sets to finding the child’s mother. There is heartache and grief, but there is a sweet ending and some healing takes place. For a short story, this one was wonderful and when I finished, I was satisfied. If you enjoy novellas, mysteries or are a Kate Burkholder fan, I recommend this one.


Seeds of Deception: A Kate Burkholder Short Story

Seeds of Deception (Kate Burkholder #7.5) by Linda Castillo, Kathleen McInerney (Narrator)

Published September 20th 2016 by Macmillan Audio

3.5 Stars:

This novella takes us back in time to when Kate Burkholder was 14-years old, living Amish in Painter’s Mill. She, her brother Jacob and her best friend, Mattie Erb are picking apples in Zimmerman’s Orchard. When her brother heads off to another area, a group of Englischers, led by Billy Marquardt show up. Mattie heads to the barn with Billy, and shortly after she returns to Kate and Billy leaves, the barn is ablaze.

It was nice to see young Kate and learn about her curiosity and need to solve a mystery. Mattie is not a role model for the Amish way of life, and she puts Kate in a tough spot. Kate has to decide what to do and what she believes. This was a short story that gave some insight into Kate’s past. It was an okay story, but there was not much to it. If you enjoy this series, then I would suggest you read this one to get some insight into Kate’s character.


In Dark Company (Kate Burkholder #9.5)

In Dark Company (Kate Burkholder #9.5) by Linda Castillo, Kathleen McInerney (Narrator)

Published May 29th 2018 by Minotaur Books, February 9th 2021 by Macmillan Audio

3.5 Stars:

This is one of those short stories/novellas where I wanted more. Kate Burkholder gets a call in the middle of the night from an Amish Man. A young woman showed up frightened, banging on his door saying someone was chasing her. Besides that, she remembers nothing else. She has a terrible gash on the back of her head, so Kate takes her to the hospital. She is not Amish, but she is dressed in a modest way and speaks some Pennsylvania Dutch, but in a different dialect. When a man tries to attack the woman in the hospital, Kate vows to protect her and find out who she is. I love the way Kate’s mind works and how she investigates this crime. She is able to find out information, but needs more. She is in some danger in this story, but fortunately, comes out okay. I found this one moved quickly and things fell conveniently in place. I could definitely see this one as a full novel or at least a bit longer so things didn’t seem so rushed. It did give me my Kate Burkholder fix while I wait for the next novel.