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Product Details

  • Series: Kate Burkholder (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250029570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250029577
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Sometimes, setting mirrors action in crime fiction, but other times, the beauty or tranquility of a landscape serves to heighten the horror of the crimes that unfold against it. Such is certainly the case in Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series, starring the police chief of Painters Mill, Ohio, seemingly a near-bucolic community set in the midst of Amish country. In this sixth installment, Kate must connect the dots linking a horrendous 1975 robbery-gone-wrong (reminiscent of In Cold Blood)—an Amish man was killed, four of his children died in a fire, and his wife disappeared—and a string of 2014 murders suggesting that the victims may have been involved in the decades-old crime. But why has the revenge-fueled killer waited so long to begin extracting his or her pounds of flesh? Castillo effectively combines an airtight plot with a revealingly complex look at what can happen when a fissure develops along the fault line separating an insular community from the secular world. As always, the introspective but determined Kate straddles both worlds with remarkable dexterity. Castillo shows again why the phrase “gritty Amish mystery” is no oxymoron. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Kate Burkholder series has steadily grown in popularity, turning up recently on the New York Times best-seller list. An aggressive marketing campaign, combining national trade exposure as well as library and social media, will help ensure that it stays there. --Bill Ott

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"Castillo weaves a taut mystery in her sixth series title that will keep suspense fans glued to their books and ereaders." —Library Journal (starred)

"This compelling mystery combines increasing nuance and complexity with heart-stopping action." —Booklist (starred review) on Her Last Breath

"A stunner. . . . Castillo once again displays her mastery of edge-of-your seat suspense." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Her Last Breath

"The fifth in the series continues to provide details on the Amish way of life along with a fast-paced mystery that will leave readers stunned."—Kirkus Reviews (starred) on Her Last Breath

“Absolutely stunning. . . . A perfectly crafted thriller.” —Lisa Scottoline on Sworn to Silence

“Complicated, haunted protagonists, shocking murders, psychological twists and bizarre crime scenes. . . . Sworn to Silence is a nail-biting series debut.” —Chelsea Cainon on Sworn to Silence

More About the Author

Linda Castillo lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next thriller set in Amish Country and featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. Her first novel in the series, Sworn to Silence, was a New York Times bestseller.

Customer Reviews

Suspenseful with a great plot twist at the end!
Karen F. Long
While I have read all the books in this series I still can't put them down.
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The writing is wonderful and the characters are well developed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Julie Merilatt VINE VOICE on April 25, 2014
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The Kate Burkholder series just keeps getting better! A string of murders is somehow connected to a horrific thirty-five year old unsolved crime. Could the victims be seeking revenge? I loved the ghost story element in this book (although I quickly realized that ghosts don't leave footprints). Every time I thought I had things figured out, there were twist and turns in the plot that completely surprised me.

There is unrest between Kate and Tomasetti that added some angst to the overall story, but the outcome of their conflict is so worth it. In addition to the gruesome murders both past and present, Painters Mill is besieged by a deluge, and the cold and damp of the ceaseless rain adds a gloomy element to the story. The conclusion of the novel was far more twisted than I could have predicted and getting there was ever so much fun.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dana Y. Bowles VINE VOICE on May 14, 2014
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Linda Castillo continues to meet her readers' high expectations in this latest installment of the Kate Burkholder series. The beloved heroine returns, called to the scene of what is initially thought to be a suicide...but quickly is concluded to be something else entirely. The death of a second man leads Kate to look for connections between the two...and she finds them. Her investigation takes her back decades....to the heinous deaths of an Amish family. How is it all connected? And who is responsible? Someone is seeking vengeance for old tragedies and injustice....and eventually we will all pay.

A complete and utter page turner........with the requisite twist that we have come to anticipate from Castillo. The inability of the reader to put it down makes the novel and incredibly quick read....not to be missed!!

DYB
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim Munchel on July 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
THE DEAD WILL TELL

By Linda Castillo

Here is the best thriller scoop I can give anyone who loves the literary pursuit of solving crimes. The list for fictional crime writers is currently vast and extremely crowded. When it comes to the ladies of the genre there are a few non-negotiable. In no particular order the crème de la crème is Laura Lippman, Lisa Unger, Karin Slaughter and Linda Castillo. Dark, gritty (What the hell does gritty actually mean when describing a noir) and certifiably addictive. The for mentioned ladies cast a spell on their readers will words rather than incantations.

THE DEAD WILL TELL is the latest Kate Burkholder thriller set in the world of the Amish. What began with SWORN TO SILENCE a few years ago and I must tell this quick story. I had a copy of SWORN TO SILENCE in my carry on and I was flying to Denver, Colorado for a social visit. For some unknown reason I was bumped from my flight and I could not get another one for six grueling hours. I was so glad I had Kate Burkholder to keep me company. I had the entire novel finished before my new flight left the runway. Of course, I had nothing to read during my flight. That is an example of a sure fire storyteller.

Thirty-five years ago the night was shattered by cries of torment in the town of Painters Mill, Ohio. An Amish family is robbed at gunpoint, the father is murdered, and the house ablaze and four small children perish. The sobbing mother is taken by masked now killers and never seen ago. The only survivor is a fourteen year old boy who escaped trying to save his siblings. The fire destroys the farm and leaves behind the ashes of an innocent family scattered to the quiet Ohio wind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Haze Blackmon VINE VOICE on May 22, 2014
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I have to say this is my favorite book series and I really wish they would make a television series out of it, instead of just one movie(so far) starring Neve Campbell. In The Dead Will Tell the murders of an Amish family thirty-some years ago comes back to haunt(literally) the perpetrators in the present and someone exacts revenge on them in gruesome ways. This was a very tense, quick, and thrilling read. It will keep you guessing until the end. John Tomasetti's darker side comes to light in The Dead Will Tell and it creates plenty of tension between him and Kate Burkholder. And as always, the Amish way of life is presented realistically and is very interesting.

I don't think The Dead Will Tell is the best in the series, but it is still excellent and a fantastic continuation of a series that I hope goes on for many more books. This is that type of series where you may want to sleep because you really need to, but you probably won't because the books are so addicting and you're anxious to see what happens next. The sleep deprivation is worth it.... Great cast of characters(especially Pickles) and many thrilling moments surrounded by Amish life equals a must read novel.... and series!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on July 10, 2014
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Wow! Linda delivered a fast-paced and action-filled drama that was both riveting and heart breaking as the story unfolded in front of my eyes. The author has a way with describing a scene with visual effects and dialogues that put me right there in the middle of all the action, rooting for the killer to be exposed. Linda did a great job in keeping me on my toes as to who was behind it all, but then that twist…oh so brilliant, and boy did I totally get immersed in everything that was happening. The side snippets of Kate’s personal life added to the enjoyment of this wonderfully executed tome. This is by far, the best book in this fabulously terrific series and I’m so happy to hear that the author is working on the next book because I can’t wait for my next trip to Painters Mill.
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