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A Boston Globe Best Book of 2014
Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time--and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide--an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they're both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti's family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?When a second man is found dead--also seemingly by his own hand--Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished--and his young wife disappeared without a trace.And, as Kate knows--the past never truly dies . . . in The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo
"Castillo weaves a taut mystery?that will keep suspense fans glued to their books."?Library Journal (starred review)
When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide?a man found hanging from the rafters in his barn?evidence quickly points to murder. She finds herself following an elusive trail that points back to the tragedy of that long-ago incident. When a second man turns up dead, Kate discovers a link that sends the investigation in a direction no one could have imagined?and learns a dark secret that reaches deep into the past and strikes at the very heart of Painters Mill. Meanwhile, the murderer has vowed to right old wrongs?and kill anyone who stands in the way."Stunning?No one who picks up [The Dead Will Tell], a marriage of thriller and police procedural, will put it down unfinished."