Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Kate Burkholder, Bk. 11). Jul. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781250142863. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250142887. M
Painters Mill, OH, police chief Kate Burkholder responds to a crime scene at a deserted farm where she finds a five-year-old child covered in blood. The butchered body of the youth’s Amish grandmother is inside the house, and another child is missing, a seven-year-old girl with special needs. This kind of case brings law enforcement units from all over, but the family trusts Kate because she was once Amish. Then a child accidentally blurts out something that convinces Kate that the family has secrets. She’s shocked to discover that responsible people in the Amish community, two bishops and a midwife, may have set a crime spree in motion by their actions seven years earlier. As shots are fired, and bodies pile up, Kate comes too close to a man who wants revenge, and the tension mounts before a shocking attack and a gripping conclusion.
VERDICT Castillo’s latest, following A Gathering of Secrets, is another violent, fascinating story. Readers who are unfamiliar with the gritty series may be surprised that this is not an Amish cozy, but fans of Castillo’s “Kate Burkholder” series will be satisfied with this recent installment. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]

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