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Kate, is a Chief of Police of Painters Mill, where she grew up Amish. She has left the faith so many people she grew up with shun her now. One of the best things about this series is a peek into a life that I know very little about- the Amish. This story involves her best childhood friend, Mattie. Matties's husband and two of her children are killed by a hit-and-run driver while driving their buggy home. One of her children is injured but survives. It turns out not to be an accident but murder.
As she struggles with the case, Kate is, also, stuggling with her relationship with John Tomasetti, a fellow law enforcement officer. Kate is finding herself falling in love with him while resisting it at the same time. Another crinkle develops when a crime from Katie's past starts to emerge.
This was exciting book to read. I could barely put it down and read it in two days. I have found some of her previous books a little gruesome but that was not the case here. It was suspenseful and I did not completely figure out the ending by the end. This is a great summer read that'll keep you up nights because you'll want to see what happens next.
By the time Chief Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, the horse and two of the kids are dead. The father is breathing his last breaths. The third child is clinging to life. Kate realizes she knows the father. Kate grew up in Painter's Mill, raised Amish, though she eventually left the fold. The victim was, in fact, married to her best friend growing up - an exceptionally beautiful woman named Mattie.
The more Kate investigates, the more she becomes convinced that this was no accident. The family was, in fact, brutally murdered on a quiet byway.
The book is a real page-turner. Castillo sets up the tension and keeps pushing. And, while reading all the Kate Burkholder books in order is a good way to proceed, each stands on its own. One does wonder if Painter's Mill is the Jessica Fletcher's Cabot Cove of Amish country, because every time we visit, a handful of people are brutally murdered. So while I'd suggest reading the books, I wouldn't want to live there.
Here, then, is my Top Ten List of What is Great About "Her Last Breath."
10. All of Chief Burkholder's team is memorable, each with unique interesting personalities. They have their quirks, their own sense of humor, and their supportiveness.Read more ›
> While I like the protagonist (excommunicated police chief Kate Burkholder) and the setting (i.e., an Amish community in Ohio), I found this particular novel unsatisfying as a suspense "mystery".
> Regarding the “mysterious vehicle”: It strains credulity that NO ONE ever considered that it could be a truck with a snowplow attachment—particularly after they determine the make and model of the truck (from a broken off mirror). Worse, the investigators failed to ask anyone if they knew of such a distinctive vehicle in the sparsely populated rural area.
---Chief Burkholder visited an isolated rural bar where she had deduced (incorrectly---but that's beside the point) that the driver had gotten drunk just before the crash, but she never bothered to ask the patrons who had been present during the evening if a Ford truck with a snowplow (in the middle of the summer) had been parked in the bar parking lot that night. Obviously, such a vehicle would have been noticed. Obviously, if the patron with the snowplow/truck was a regular, they would have known who he was. If he was not a regular, he would have stuck out like a sore thumb, and she could have gotten a description.
> Regarding the main perpetrator: Having chased him into the woods and physically confronted him, chief Kate Burkholder knew his approximate height, weight, age, and that he was exceptionally fit—but NEVER used that information to narrow down the pool of possible suspects. How many men in the sparsely populated rural community fit that description? Perhaps a dozen at most?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a cozy, this Amish mystery keeps your attention until the end. Kate left the Amish years ago but her upbringing helps and hinders her in her job at Painter's Mill.Published 18 days ago by Carol Weston
Kate who is the police chief in Painter's Mill, Ohio, a small Amish community, must find the driver of a truck that hit and killed a young Amish father and two of his children. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The series thus far has been exciting and fun to read. I can't wait to start book 6 to find out if Tomasetti and Kate move in with one another.Published 1 month ago by pspresto
While the story started with a stunning scene of a terrible accident, and Kate's reaction to that was spot on, as the story progressed I found it less compelling. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maryann Miller
I have to say I read so many, that I cannot recall the specifics---except to say it was a good 'page-turner'---the kind I enjoy reading after a 'hard day at the bridge table"! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charlotte E Mesick
Little far fetched as to how she is investigating a crime site with no backup. Hides her car so no one can find her. I hope the police don't really act like this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Too much violence; too many people killed. I like reading about the Amish, but I don't like it when families and children are murdered.Published 2 months ago by Joanna35
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