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  • Great Addition to a Successful Series

    Shamed Linda Castillo Shamed by Linda Castillo is book eleven in her Kate Burkholder series. Though this novel is part of a well-established series it reads well as a standalone. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I was throughly impressed. Kate Burkholder is the Police Chief of Painters Mill, Ohio, where a third of the community is Amish. Kate was raised Plain, Amish, but left the community at age eighteen, because she didn’t agree with all of the rules and traditions. She was offered the position of Police Chief partly because of her ties to the Amish. Kate is called to the scene of the vicious murder of an Amish grandmother and the kidnapping of her seven-year-old special needs granddaughter. The Amish community members deny knowing anything that would help solve this crime, but it’s clear to Kate that some of them are not being fully forthcoming. Kate is conflicted. She’s known most of these people her entire life and understands their reluctance that is related to their beliefs, but she also has a murder to solve and a little girl to rescue. Can she convince the Amish to help her solve this difficult and emotional case before a child becomes the next murder victim? Shamed is one of those book that refuses to release the reader before the last page is read. The characters are compelling and relatable. The plot is suitably complex and believable. I truly enjoyed this book and will read the previous books in the series, as well as future additions. I give Shamed 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all readers who enjoy a good mystery. There is some violence that not might be suitable for sensitive readers. My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

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  • A well-crafted mystery

    "Shamed", the latest installment in Linda Castillo's series featuring Police Chief Kate Burkholder, finds Kate and her team investigating several murders within the Amish community as well as the abduction of a 7 year old girl. As the investigation proceeds, it becomes evident that the murders and abduction are related to past secrets. An excellent read.

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  • Past Attacks

    Hope Castillo never stops writing about Kate Burkholder. Shamed is her 11th book in this series and I have totally enjoyed them all. Kate is a policewomen/ex-Amish member. Painters Mill is lucky to have her expertise in solving bizarre and complex murders that take place in this Amish community. Always wanting more of her love interest John Tomasetti has kept the romantic suspense going in this series also. Shamed is a murder/kidnapping with some intense scenes. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THIS SERIES IN ITS ENTIRETY.

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  • What a tangled web we weave...

    What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive. Even when deception is supposed to be for good, it doesn’t work out that way. An Amish grandmother with two of her granddaughters is out picking walnuts on their neighbors abandoned farm. The grandmother is gruesomely murdered. One granddaughter is traumatized, the other is kidnapped. Now the story begins… Each chapter of the book begins with the number of hours the child has been missing. That adds to the tension. More people are attacked and the pin linking them all together isn’t realized until late in the book. The suspense is palpable. There is terror. There are secrets and lies. Most importantly, this secret is generated from people you’d never think would keep this kind of information from the authorities, especially with a child’s life on the line. In my opinion, this was one of the best books of the Kate Burkholder series. We get a glimpse into the lives of the people we’re familiar with at the Painter’s Mill police department. Kate’s love, Tomasetti, with his state resources is also featured prominently in this book. Jurisdictional challenges that face all police departments are also discussed. A fabulous addition to this series.

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  • Shamed

    Another great book in the Kate Burkholder series. Can't fault this in any way. I love these books. Can't wait for the next one.

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