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Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder #5)

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A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere.

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 gr...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published June 18th 2013)
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Paul Borntrager was happy – his three children were in the buggy with him and they were heading home to his wife Maggie and dinner after an appointment in Painters Mill. The children had been eating icecream; a treat they looked forward to. As dusk fell Paul felt a little uneasy; the darkness was complete out in the bush and his horse and buggy were no match for the Englischers modern cars. But they weren’t far from home…

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder was shocked when she was first on the...more
Linda Castillo breaks a reader's heart in the prologue of Her Last Breath, and then broadsides you with the ending. Since I read so many mysteries, it's not often that I'm taken by surprise when the killer is revealed. The climax was perfect in this latest volume of one of my favorite series.

Kate Burkholder is chief of police in Painters Mill, in Amish country in Ohio. She left the Amish life fifteen years earlier, but she still deals with crimes against the Amish. Even so, it comes as a shock t...more
Diane S.
3.5 Kate is a unique characters, she was raised Amish but left the church because there were tenants of their religion she could not agree with. She is now the police chief of the town where she was raised.
In this novel, her personal life is at a crossroads and something from her past rears its ugly head.

She is investigating the hit and run accident of a man, driving in his buggy with his three children, only one survivor. This accident also has a personal connection to Kate.

Kate is a fighter an...more
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A hard to put down book. I love this series and the whole scenario. I live in an area where Mennonites/Amish reside nearby and it isn't uncommon to see the horse and buggies frequently. Some even brave the city traffic and accidents with buggies sometimes happen, more often in the country. The description of the accident was so vivid and upsetting and as the reader, you are emotionally involved pretty much from the first pages. Those buggies have almost no protection, and any accident with them...more
I think I have learned a few things while reading Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder series. They are as follows:

1. If Painters Mills is a real town, I don't want to go anywhere near it. There is way too much death and deceit going on there and I'm not sure if the police department would be able to keep my ass safe.

2. I think I have established an un-natural fear of the Amish. No seriously...

3. I will never pass by any abandoned farmhouse and not think of someone strung up in a dirty smelly room.

Paul Pessolano
“Her Last Breath” by Linda Castillo, published by Minotaur Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – June 18, 2013

This is Linda Castillo’s fifth mystery that takes place in Amish country and features Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. Kate left the Amish community as a teen and entered the police force. She returns to her community as Chief of Police and finds that even though she is not trusted by the Amish community she can certainly relate to them. She is well aware of their customs...more
Her Last Breath: A Novel (Kate Burkholder)
Linda Castillo

I always look forward to reading a book by Linda Castillo. I can depend on great characterization, interesting plot and a great sense of atmosphere. In Her Last Breath, I found the same to be true.
An Amish man with his three children is riding in their buggy from town toward home when their buggy is hit by a speeding truck. Kate Burkholder is dispatched to the scene. She and her police team unravel the mystery behind this horrible acciden...more
This latest addition to the Kate Burkholder series is a great read. Not just a police procedural, in this novel we're given more information and insight into Kate's early years and the life she walked away from. This is a more "personal" feeling book, mostly due to the introspective nature of Kate's inner dialog. I truly enjoyed this glimpse into her Amish years.

That being said, of all the novels in this series, this one is the least likely to stand-alone: meaning that reading the previous Burk...more
Paul and his three children are heading home in their buggy. The children are signing and everyone is happy. Paul is just going around the corner when he sees a flash of headlights. The last thing he hears is the splintering of the buggy and silence. When Kate arrives on the scene she recognizes Paul. For Kate the case just got more personal. Paul is the husband of Mattie Kate’s friend. Kate will do everything she can to solve the case.

Another winner for Mrs. Castillo. I love Kate and John toge...more
Susan Johnson
This is the fifth of the Kate Burkholder series and by far, the best. It can be read as a stand alone. You don't need to have read the other preceding books to enjoy this action-packed story that left me guessing to the end. It even had a cliff hanger which made me hungry to dig into the next one right away.

Kate, is a Chief of Police of Painters Mill, where she grew up Amish. She has left the faith so many people she grew up with shun her now. One of the best things about this series is a peek i...more
Wow! This may just be the most exciting installment of the series yet! This is the fifth book to feature the formerly Amish chief of police, Kate Burkholder. I have really enjoyed the series overall, and this is definitely one of the series’ strongest novels. With her engaging and sympathetic characters, this book quickly becomes glued to your hand - I read it in one sitting! The plot takes some very surprising turns. It is impressive how realistically Castillo renders her characters while still...more
Eileen Granfors
Linda Castillo gets better and better. Her new Kate Burkholder mystery, HER LAST BREATH, takes turns at high speed as the plot winds through picturesque, but dangerous Ohio Amish country.

A man and two of his children are killed in their horse buggy by a speeding hit-and-run driver. Strangely, little evidence of the collision remains at the scene in terms of the offender's vehicle. The community is appalled at the gruesome crime, and Kate must deliver the terrible news to her childhood friend, Ma...more
I'm not sure this book deserves 4 stars, on the other hand... considering Linda Castillo's other novels in this series it probably deserves 5 stars. It's by far her best mystery to date.

It's more fun to write a review that pans a book than a review that says a book was, generally speaking, likeable. In "Her Last Breath", Linda Castillo develops a good little mystery with some tension and interesting twists. It also seems as if Kate's relationship with Tomasetti is progressing (finally!).

I'll be...more
I am a little shocked after reading this one. The beginning was horrific, I hated what happened to the very sweet Amish family and hated how Kate came upon them and what she saw. I think what made things worse was that as readers, we knew that things were done with malicious intent and the book took us through the why behind it.

I hated that Kate found herself disillusioned and that by investigating she was forced to reexamine her beliefs and how she was brought up. Things were made worse when t...more
Linda has done it again. I look forward to her Kate Burkholder installment every year. Now if I could get her to write them quicker.......

I went through various phases with this book. I'll try to explain without spoilers.

At the start I was thrilled to see Tomsetti make some decisions and take some action. Go, Tomsetti.

The accident was horrible and set the tone for a great story. It was nice to see the cast of characters back and get caught up with them a bit also.

I was confused for a minute with...more
Debbie White
I really enjoyed this thriller mystery as it is set in Amish country and I am very interested in the Amish. They live around where I live and work and sell their goods at establishments near me. I was not expecting the ending on this one! it totally took me by surprise, and I am now thinking how many Amish out there may have these tendencies in their psychs- it is scary!! I already went to the local library here to take out a couple more of this author's books as I really liked and could get inv...more
"Her Last Breath" is the fifth book in Linda Castillo's fabulous Kate Burkholder series. Kate Burkholder is the police chief of Painter's Mill. Kate is formerly Amish, which gives her perspective but also presents challenges when dealing with the Amish community.

The series really should be read in order. There is a crime in Kate's background that is progressively disclosed and dealt with, and that storyline continues in this book. There is also a romance that waxes/wanes throughout the series.

I have a confession. I grab Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder books as soon as they hit the market! "Her Last Breath" is another page-turner with more glimpses into the life of the Amish and also into Kate's life. For those of you have read the other books in the series (and I highly recommend reading them in order to those who have not), bones are discovered in an abandoned silo in another county. But that's not the main story line: that's the hit & run "accident" that kills the husband and...more
I love Kate who is the chief of police in a small town. She has to tell her best friend dhen she was young Mattie that her husband and two kids were killed by a hit and run driver. Mattie has stayed with the Amish whereas Kate did not. As this is going on she is dealing with her relationship with tomasetti She gets beat up quote a bit and is tough on the outside though inside she is having a hard time with this case since kids were killed As she gets closer to the killer she doesn't realize how...more
Dana Stabenow
A dark, rainy night on a lonely road in rural Ohio. An Amish buggy is T-boned at an intersection, killing a father and two children. At first ex-Amish Sheriff Kate Burkholder thinks a drunk hit-and-run, until more evidence suggests this might have been premeditated murder. Two stars because I quickly tired of the secondary plot involving Kate's past, but I really liked Thomasetti, the boyfriend, and the anguish and anger of all the cops at this heartless killing feels a lot more real here than i...more
Just what I needed, a light, fast, gripping murder mystery! Didn't keep me up nights, but gave me plenty of ammunition to avoid some chores.

Living near Amish country in Pennsylvania, this book had a sense of familiarity to me. We 'Englishers' always wonder what it's really like to be Amish, and this author revealed some attitudes and beliefs within the plot.

Kept me guessing, and I like that in a mystery novel.

Will read more books by this author, in between the heavier historical novels that are...more
Michelle Robinson
Wow, that is honestly the first words that I thought when I finished this book.
I picked this up on the shelves at the library when I was browsing. I have not read anything else in the series and I would recommend reading the others before geting to this one, it would probably add a layer of richness (I don't like my choice of words here but I have rewritten this four times, so…). I thnk have read the others in the series first would be beneficial but it derinitely was not needed to make this an...more
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Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo

Minotaur Books
June 18.2014
ISBN-10: 0312658575
ISBN-13: 978-0312658571
320 pages

. . . murder and mayhem among the peaceful world of the Amish . . .

Painters Mill’s police chief Kate Burkholder is back in this wonderful tale of murder and mayhem among the peaceful world of the Amish. Kate, raised in this world, long ago left for the secular world of law enforcement, and is now confronted with a murder of diabolical proportions. The story opens with a horrible accident...more
Heidi Gonzalez
Living near Amish country I have always been fascinated by their culture. I love Castillo's books because they show a glimpse into something very few ever really see, the Amish way of life. While this story is disturbing on many levels, it also touches on the thing the Amish are known for the most, their sense of forgiveness and acceptance of tragic things. When your family is killed most people want revenge or would find it hard to forgive the person who so senselessly murdered your children, b...more
Sandy Nawrot
This murder mystery series has a unique premise - it takes place in an Ohio Amish community called Painter's Mill. Our protagonist is Kate Berkholder, the town sheriff who was raised Amish but left the "plain life" once she became an adult. Kate is scrappy and a bit damaged, primarily because of an incident where she shot and killed a rapist in self-defense as a teenager. She also is involved with FBI agent John Tomasetti, who has as many demons as she has. In this installment (the fifth), a dea...more
Debra Reed
I didn't realize this book was the latest in a series. The book kept referring to previous situations that never seemed to be explained, and a side-story developed that initially made no sense. Once I learned the book was fifth in a series, I was more tolerant of these "side stories", which apparently aren't side stories at all. I might read the first book in the series but I will likely stop there because, while the writing is good, I just can't imagine more than two or maybe three books around...more
Michele Whitecotton
I've read all 5 books in this series and this one was just a little under par. I enjoyed reading it but it wasn't as good as the others. That said, I really like the town of Painters Mill and Kate Burkholder is a fantastic female lead character. She's fearless and always gets the job done. I hope there are more novels to come in this series, I look forward to reading them.
Kate is tasked with finding out who was the perpetrator behind the senseless killing of an Amish father and two of his children. The results of the investigation show that the man had no known enemies, and by all accounts he was a good and decent man. Left behind is his beautiful widow and their son David. The widow was Kate's childhood best friend until she left the Amish lifestyle. Kate finds herself in the position of trying to separate her personal feelings for the widow from the investigati...more
Esther Somorai
***Advance Readers' Edition***
I won this book from the author through GoodReads, first-reads giveaway. Thank you so very much.

WOW! This is one terrific, suspenseful page turner and doesn't let up until the very end. Fast pace, well written, totally engaging, tense, hold your breath scenes, great setting, super great story, A MUST READ.
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Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder series, including Sworn to Silence and Gone Missing, crime thrillers set in Amish country. Sworn to Silence was recently adapted into a Lifetime original movie titled An Amish Murder starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.

Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of...more
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