"The Amish of Painters Mill, Ohio, are not immune to evil, tragedy or murder."
Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted June 10, 2013
Suspense | Mystery | Inspirational Fiction Amish
On a dark and rainy night, Paul Borntrager is heading home
from town with his three young children when their horse
and buggy are broadsided by a speeding vehicle that leaves
the scene and never calls for help. The horse, Paul and two
of his children do not survive while the third youngster,
David, is in serious condition when the local police arrive
at the accident site. Police Chief Kate Burkholder is
shocked to learn that her best friend from childhood,
Mattie, is married to Paul and the mother of these three
children. Now, it's Kate's task to inform Mattie of this
As the investigation proceeds, Kate uncovers evidence that
the wreck was not an accident, but intentional. Who could
possibly want to hurt this humble Amish family? It soon
becomes apparent Kate is dealing with a devious murderer,
but what is the motive? The deeper she delves into the
lives of those involved, the more questions she has about
the Amish way of life she rejected 15 years ago.
While investigating this case, Kate must also deal with the
discovery of skeletal remains of a man found in an
abandoned grain mill. After 17 years, will secrets from the
past emerge to destroy Kate's peace of mind? Also at stake
is Kate's shaky relationship with John Tomasetti, an agent
with the Ohio BCI. The choices Kate makes concerning the
elements at play in her life are some of the hardest she's
HER LAST BREATH, Linda Castillo's fifth Kate
Burkholder novel, is an intelligently written thriller with
a deeply emotional plotline and believable characters. The
action is fast-paced and gripping as the investigation
progresses. Don't miss reading HER LAST BREATH, as well as
all the other books in this fascinating series set in
Ohio's Amish community.
An extraordinarily beautiful Amish woman, a dangerous femme
fatale, is the central figure in a story that reveals a dark
side of Painters Mill and its seemingly perfect Amish world
A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his
three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of
What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident
suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence
emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental.
But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and two of his
children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young boy
who clings to life in the intensive care wing of a hospital,
unable to communicate. He may be the only one who
knows what happened that night.
Desperate to find out
who killed her best friend’s husband and why, Kate begins to
suspect she is not looking for a reckless drunk, but instead
is on the trail of a cold blooded killer amid the residents
of Painter’s Mill. It is a search that takes her on
a chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the
human heart and makes her question everything she has ever
believed about the Amish culture into which she was born.
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