Thursday, August 6, 2015
After The Storm
I recently read the latest Linda Castillo book. She is one of my favorites authors and I look for her latest book each year. I hate it when an author takes more than a year to finish a book. Don't they know I am waiting impatiently?
Castillo writes a series about a former Amish who is also Chief of Police in Painter's Mill. That is a blessing and a curse when dealing with the local Amish population. She can speak Pennsylvania Dutch and understands the culture, but a lot of them don't trust her because she left the church and even some of her family still shuns her. When she comes around as a detective, they are obligated to speak to her.
I recommend starting with Sworn To Silence, Castillo's first book in the series. It helps to see the progression of her character development as Burkholder works her way through some traumatic events in her past that lead her to leave the church.
After The Storm takes place after a tornado roars through Painter's Mill. During the clean up a body is found. The Amish are generally a peaceful people, but they have the same human emotions and fears of all people and someone is trying to stop Burkholder from discovering the truth about the dead body.
At the same time the investigation takes place there is a disruption in her personal life as she and State Agent Tomasetti hit a bump in the road.
I prefer a novel to have some emotional depth and not just be a police procedural. Castillo excels at this and her books never disappoint.