Series: Kate Burkholder #3
Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
Published by Macmillan Audio on June 21, 2011
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 9 hours, 21 minutes
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The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident: methane gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated cesspit. But in the course of a routine autopsy, the coroner discovers that one of the victims suffered a head wound before death--clearly, foul play was involved. But who would want to make orphans of the Slabaughs' children? And is this murder somehow related to a recent string of shocking hate crimes against the Amish?
Having grown up Amish, Kate is determined to bring the killer to justice. Because the other series of attacks are designated hate crimes, the state sends in agent John Tomasetti, with whom Kate has a long and complex relationship. Together, they search for the link between the crimes--and uncover a dark secret at work beneath the placid surface of this idyllic Amish community.
Following a series of attacks directed at the Amish community, law enforcement concludes they are hate crimes. When the Slabaugh parents and uncle, Amish farmers, are found dead in their barn, it’s not immediately clear whether the crimes are related. One of the many issues pursued by Kate and her team is to investigate all and determine if there is a connection.
This story had so many twists and turns I almost got whiplash! Every time I thought I had things solved, another wrench would be thrown into my suppositions. As with the first two books, the crimes are gritty and require multi jurisdictional support. Connecting the clues was a wonderful challenge.
Kate and John Tomasetti make progress in their relationship but it’s not easy. I really like how they’re portrayed, boils and all, adding a strong, realistic element to their story.
I’m hopelessly hooked on this series, especially the audio performance by Kathleen McInerney who continues to make a really good story exceptional. I’ve already got the next book in the queue.
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