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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Among the Wicked---Secrecy Among the Amish in Upstate NYS

Among the Wicked (Kate Burkholder #8)Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kate Burkholder is the Chief of Police in Painter's Mill,Ohio, a town of 5300. She is content to have returned to the town in which she'd grown up as a member of the local Amish community after having left the plain life and made a career in law enforcement. She is also happy with her live-in arrangement with BCI agent Tomasetti. When he arrives at her office with an agent from New York State's BCI with a story of the strange death of a young Amish teenaged girl in the wintry woods of Upstate New York, she is unprepared for the request the New York trooper asks.

It seems the Amish community has drawn ranks and is not willing to discuss the death with local Englisher law enforcement. Even the girl's parents and the family with whom she has been living have given them little information. Frank Betancourt and Tomasetti's boss, Supt Bates would like Kate to come to New York under the guise of an Ohio Amish widow seeking to join the community in Roaring Springs. After a bit of thought and an attempt to convince her boyfriend that she is up to job, Kate assumes the persona of Kate Miller and begins her investigation.

Taking up residence in a broken down, hardly heated and lantern lit trailer on the edge of town she begins the process of meeting the locals by getting breakfast at the Amish run restaurant and passing off Ohio purchased baby quilts as her own work in the quilting shop. Soon she has been offered a ride to Sunday service with the waitress' family and invited to join the weekly quilting bee. Trying to probe without arousing suspicion she soon finds herself uncovering much more than just the facts of the death of a young girl out in the woods in a snowstorm. Alone with only a scooter bike for transportation and a cell phone to call Tomasetti and another to call the local police to update them on her discoveries, she soon finds that having a 22 and a 38 are no assurances that she will be safe. There are many wicked folks keeping many others frightened and silent. But what exactly is happening here? The answers are pretty surprising.

This is a review of an ARC provided by Goodreads for an unpaid review.

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