After the Storm
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. What I love most about this series is the highly unusual mix of Amish culture with a very good murder mystery. A great taste of both. Born Amish, she left her family, religion and lifestyle to live among the English. As Chief of Police she is frequently called back to the Amish community for various reasons. In the aftermath of the storm, human bones are discovered under the ruins of an old barn. It is up to Kate and her team to identify the remains that may have been hidden for over 30 years.
Could this be foul play? Or just run of the mill forensics? Can Kate and her love interest John Tomasetti's relationship overcome the most threatening of times? A great addition to the series. View all 28 comments. The book starts with a tornado and a big storm, will it be a direct hit or a near miss?
A trailer park is hit and all but destroyed, very strange since a trailer park near my sons house in our state, Illinois, was hit by a tornado a few weeks back and almost totally destroyed. Found this coincidence chilling. There are other mysteries out there featuring the Amish but I love this one. The character of Katie, who is the sheriff and a member of the Amish at one time. She left the church but her fa The book starts with a tornado and a big storm, will it be a direct hit or a near miss?
She left the church but her family all still belong and Katie is still trying to gain some acceptance back, a struggle that is ongoing. The storm reveals bones under the floor of an old barn and solving this case will cost her more than she bargained. Well written series, with a closer look at the Amish, who manage to live almost totally off the grid and thrive.
Good characters with just the right amount of mystery and the personal to keep the story interesting. Suspenseful, the tension in the book seldom lets up. All the ingredients necessary to create an enduring series. ARC from NetGalley. View all 9 comments. This has become one of my favorite series. Kate was raised Amish but left when she was young. She was hired as Chief of Police because of her ability to bridge the gap between the Amish and the English.
It helps to a degree. Some in the Amish community haven't forgiven or forgotten Kate left the faith. In addition to terrific stories the reader gets to learn a lot about the Amish. This story opens with Kate and her bo This has become one of my favorite series. This story opens with Kate and her boyfriend, state agent John Tomasetti, going to her brother's farm for dinner. Kate's sister is also coming. This is unusual as they are no longer as close as they were when they were children. Before Kate left the faith. Things start out good but of course it doesn't take long before the tension starts.
Then Kate gets a phone call. There is a tornado in the area and it is headed straight for Painters Mill. There is loss of life, including a baby that Kate could not save. A loss for which she is being blamed. A loss that haunts her. After the storm comes the clean up. During the clean up human remains are discovered in an old barn.
Evidence seems to point to murder. The remains appear to have been there for thirty years. Kate works to identify the remains and how they came to be in the barn. As she works on the cold case Kate finds herself deep in the Amish community that she left.
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She also finds that someone wants her dead. She is a target. Is it because of the death of the baby she tried to save but couldn't? Or is someone trying to prevent her from identifying the remains found in the old barn and learning what happened thirty years ago? While these events are happening in Kate's professional life there is a storm brewing in her personal life.
She discovers she is pregnant and is not sure how to tell Tomasetti. Tomasetti as readers of other books in the series know lost his first wife and children to a murderer. It almost destroyed him. Kate and Tomasetti are living together but marriage has never really been discussed much less children. Kate's pregnancy will test their relationship. Neither had planned or is ready. Each of them has emotional baggage and their relationship has been fragile. Will the relationship survive? Or could it be the breaking point? View all 8 comments. A decent police procedural with the biggest mystery being what will happen between Kate and Tomasetti.
Once again, there are some extremely graphic scenes that could bother some readers. I listened to this book and the narrator did an excellent job. Jan 07, Brenda rated it it was amazing. Tension builds quickly in this book with a tornado on the ground and headed Kate's way. In the aftermath, there are more storms brewing in Kate's life, both professionally and personally.
The Kesters are out for blood and money, a human skeleton is found, someone wants Kate dead, and then there's Tomasetti. This was a great addition to the Kate Burkholder series, and I enjoyed it a whole lot more than the last book. Most of us have only seen pictures of the devastation left in the wake of a torna Tension builds quickly in this book with a tornado on the ground and headed Kate's way. Most of us have only seen pictures of the devastation left in the wake of a tornado.
Castillo describes it very well. There was more animosity toward Kate from the Amish community, and this book had characters from the Mennonite community as well.
Kate's dogged determination to identify the skeleton leads to a disastrous conclusion. Well written and evenly paced. I am eager for the next book!
After the Storm (Kate Burkholder, #7) by Linda Castillo
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Jun 11, Brenda rated it it was amazing Shelves: release , borrowed-from-library , thriller. The tornado that hit Painters Mill and the surrounding area was one of the biggest in a long time — Chief of Police Kate Burkholder knew there were likely to be fatalities. The trailer park was particularly hard hit — the small Painters Mill police department was stretched to its limits. But when the call came in to Kate that a group of Boy Scouts who were cleaning up at an Amish property out of town had unearthed a human skull, she had no idea the direction the discovery would take her.
The evi The tornado that hit Painters Mill and the surrounding area was one of the biggest in a long time — Chief of Police Kate Burkholder knew there were likely to be fatalities. The evidence pointed toward the human remains being around thirty years old — a cold case that would prove every bit as difficult as Kate originally suspected. As Kate worked with her small team to identify the remains, her fledgling relationship with state agent John Tomasetti also came under pressure.
Living together for the past seven months, Kate had felt secure in their love for one another — but were there problems in her personal world? When Kate was attacked by persons unknown, Tomasetti was quietly frantic — but the entire police department was on alert. The danger was moving closer; the pressure building and tensions were rising. And when Kate unearthed a horror on an unimaginable scale she found herself in even more danger. The secrets and lies which spanned decades were slowly coming to the surface — would Kate survive unscathed? I absolutely loved this latest instalment in the Kate Burkholder series!
Linda Castillo is now firmly up there with my favourite authors. An intricate plot that has an extremely fast pace, lots of tension and heart racing moments; plus the characters are great! I really enjoy catching up with them all in each book. I have no hesitation in highly recommending After the Storm , but for the purpose of meeting the characters and growing with them, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series. View 2 comments. Jun 18, Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves: womchallenge. A ferocious tornado rips through Painters Mill, Ohio causing damage and fatalities.
Two consequences of the tornado are especially relevant to Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. First, Kate rescues a baby from a crumpled trailer.
After the Storm
The baby later dies and the parents blame Kate. Second, the bones of a man who disappeared decades ago are found among the ruins of an old barn on an Amish farm. Kate - who was raised Amish but left the fold long ago - investigates with her detectives. Though it takes the A ferocious tornado rips through Painters Mill, Ohio causing damage and fatalities. Though it takes the police some time to identify the dead man the reader can guess who it is pretty quickly from the book's prolog where a man is pushed into a pen of hogs and eaten. Meanwhile, Kate is now living with her boyfriend, investigator John Tomasetti, from whom she's hiding a secret.
To add to Kate's problems, someone is trying to kill her - and Kate suspects it's the baby's meth-head father. He's elusive, though, and the police can't track him down. The investigation into the dead man requires Kate to question several Amish families, who are less than cooperative. Nevertheless, Kate is able to put together a number of clues, connect the dots, and get on track to solve the crime. This isn't all smooth sailing because Kate tends to be reckless and keeps putting herself in dangerous situations - a bad idea when someone is trying to kill you.
The plot is well-crafted and the book's characters - including the various suspects, Kate's detectives, the police dispatchers, Kate's family, the baby's parents, and more - add interest to the story. I also liked the peeks into the Amish community, including aspects of their lifestyle and beliefs.
I enjoyed the book and recommend it highly to mystery fans. Jan 28, Carla Johnson-Hicks rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , , netgalley-books-read-in , thriller-suspense , adult-fiction , detective-crime. This is the seventh book in the Kate Burkholder series, but the first that I read. All I can say is that I need to go back and start this series from the beginning. I really enjoyed this book. Kate is the police chief in the little town of Painters Mill, Ohio. She was raised in an Amish community but left the community to go to college and become a police officer. She speaks Pennsylvania Dutch so is able to speak and understand the Amish when they are involved in an investigation.
The book starts This is the seventh book in the Kate Burkholder series, but the first that I read. The book starts with a tornado that is heading towards Painters Mill and on track to hit the local trailer park. There is nothing anyone can do but hope for the best. When Kate and John Thomasetti her live in companion head to the trailer park they find a woman and baby in a trailer. The get them out, but this starts a chain of unfortunate events. Also as a result of the tornado, some old bones are unearthed at an abandoned farm. Kate sets out to identify the bones and again, sparks another tragic set of events to unfold.
This was a well written story and I assume the rest of the series is as well. I like the way she tells about the Amish community and how they live as well as how it feels to be an outsider. The characters are very real, with emotions that you would expect from anyone. They are not over the top, yet they are not afraid to show their feelings.
I really enjoyed the mystery and suspense. I thought I knew who the culprits were, and I was right, but the story was more about how Katie is able to prove it. It was suspenseful and the tension in the book seldom lets up. The way the two story lines were put together was well done and made for a great book. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
May 02, Sherri Thacker rated it really liked it Shelves: great-books-but-not-quitestar-bo. This is book 7 in the Kate Burkholder series and I really enjoyed it! From the first page to the last. View all 5 comments. Sep 23, Jeannie rated it really liked it Shelves: I love this series! Each book gets better. This book had a lot more detail about Amish life which I think is interesting. I love the relationship between Kate and Tomasetti. Plenty of suspence to kept me reading late into the night with this book also.
I am getting attached to the characters. I hope their story continues. View all 3 comments. I continue to enjoy this series. It is difficult for me to tear myself from the book. So this is another great mystery along with the continuing love relationship that flounders from time to time. Jul 16, Jean rated it really liked it. This captivating caper is beset with one tempest after another.
There is little time. Soon all hell breaks loose. In the aftermath of the destruction, Burkholder and Tomasetti race to a mobile home court and rescue an injured mother and her unconscious baby. The next day, a Boy Scout, whose troop is assisting with cleanup at an old farm, discovers a human skull. Does Kate take too many chances, as Tomasetti frequently rebukes her?
Of course she does. And naturally, while she never comes out unscathed, she survives. Does she often care too much? Tomasetti and her loyal police cohorts love and respect her for that. I continue to wonder how many murders this community of Painters Mill can realistically have, but I think that Castillo gets around that by dishing up year-old unsolved disappearances and the long-hidden secrets of the survivors. In this novel, several characters question the plausibility of an Amish person being involved in a terrible crime because the Amish are known to be peaceful, non-violent, religious folk.
As Kate points out, they can also be judgmental, rigid, stubborn, loyal — and very human. Maybe it was the addition of the Mennonite character as one of the main mysteries that piqued my interest. Also fascinating was the unique and horrifying manner of death, and we actually see it through the eyes of a child in the prologue. Was it accidental, or was it murder? Kate and Tomasetti have their own personal turmoil to weather as well. The outcome is predictable but unsettling. As always, each member of the supporting cast of police officers all has great potential, and I wish that Ms.
Castillo would take time to develop them more. They are devoted cops and public servants, each with wonderful little personality quirks. There are some details that got missed in the editing phase, and for those who want to figure out a couple of mysteries, the puzzle is not all that challenging. Tirades, assaults, ambushes, and inner unrest — Kate goes through her own F5 tornado in After the Storm.
Does she land on her feet? Mar 26, Maureen DeLuca rated it it was amazing. Sworn to Silence was the first book in this series- a 5 star read- now after reading number 7 - another 5 star read - and books all pretty much 5 and 4 star reads. This series keeps getting better and better. For those of you who never picked up a Kate Burkholder series book A police procedure book with an Amish twist to it. Don't let the Amish part throw you I can on Sworn to Silence was the first book in this series- a 5 star read- now after reading number 7 - another 5 star read - and books all pretty much 5 and 4 star reads.
I can only hope that Linda Castillo keeps on writing this series View 1 comment. Jul 21, S. Hubbard rated it liked it. I really wanted to love this book. Many mystery fans whose opinions I respect love Linda Castillo, and I had never read her work. After reading a glowing review of After the Storm, I decided to take the plunge. The novel starts with an exciting Prologue in which a young girl witnesses a gruesome crime. Then it continues with a sort of Prologue Part II, written from another point of view, in which the entire motivation for the crime becomes quite apparent.
Then, once I knew the motivation and met I really wanted to love this book. Then, once I knew the motivation and met the cast of suspects, it was totally obvious who the killer must be. Unfortunately, the detective, Police Chief Kate Burkholder, did NOT have the benefit of reading the Prologue, so she spends half the book bungling along asking, "But why?? It's never a good thing for the reader to be two steps ahead of the sleuth. The author could have totally avoided this problem by leaving out the second bit of Prologue. Nevertheless, I kept reading because the characters are interesting and I thought there might be a twist coming.
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