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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
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published June 18th 2013)
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Connie
Oct 18, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle, sept-2015
Castillo's Kate Burkholder series is a go to for me and she does not disappoint with #5. We return to Painters Mill where Kate is the Chief of Police in a town with a large Amish population. If you can suspend the disbelief that so many horrible crimes take place in this small community then you are in for another intriguing read.

This one hits a bit close to home for the Chief, who grew up Amish in this very town though she has left the faith. I will admit that this one kept me guessing pretty
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Michelle
Aug 08, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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Sean Peters
Mar 10, 2015 Sean Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 grieving widow and a young boy who clings to life in the intensive care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate. He may be the
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Brenda
4.5s

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 s
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Robin
Jul 11, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2015
An Amish buggy was broad-sided by a speeding truck leaving a father and two children dead, a third child in critical condition. When Police Chief Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she discovers that the victims are the family of her childhood best friend, Mattie Borntrager. Kate makes a vow to Mattie that she will find the person responsible for killing Mattie's husband and children. But as Kate looks through the wreckage, she finds evidence that the hit and run was not an accident...it was ...more
Lauren
Her Last Breath
4 Stars

When an apparent hit-and-run accident involving an Amish buggy is revealed to be a more sinister and deliberate act of violence, Painter’s Mill police chief, Kate Burkholder, finds herself on the trail of a cold-blooded and devious killer who will stop at nothing to satisfy their darker desires.

Although the story is not as fast moving and lacks the grittier details of the first few installments, it is nonetheless an intriguing mystery about the lengths to which a person wil
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Jean Coldwell
Nov 12, 2014 Jean Coldwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A man and three young children in a horse drawn buggy didn’t have chance against a Ford F-250, especially one going 80 miles an hour – in the dark – with no headlights. Hit and run. Chief Kate Burkholder was sickened as she came upon the scene. How could someone simply leave a father and his kids to die?

As in her previous books set in Painter’s Mill, Ohio, Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder had ties to the Amish victims. This time, the widow was a childhood friend, and Kate had the difficult task
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Lesa
Jul 08, 2013 Lesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, amish
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
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Jae
Kate is starting to grate on my nerves.

How can a person get a panic attack just from the thought of moving in together with her boyfriend? Yet she admits that she is in fact in love with him. I don't get you Kate. And what kind of gf calls his bf by his surname? His name is John, plain and simple J.O.H.N. Yet you prefer to call him Tomasetti. A sign of detachment, right there. I feel that he deserves a better woman.

3 cold fish STARS.
Diane S ⛄
Jul 18, 2013 Diane S ⛄ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dorie
Jun 23, 2013 Dorie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
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Maggie61
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
Linda
Jan 22, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-2016
Good Read.....can't put her books down
Pupottina

Crudeli bugie silenziose

“Risolvere un caso è come comporre un puzzle. Un puzzle formato da migliaia di tessere, alcune delle quali sono danneggiate o mancanti o addirittura false. All’inizio nessuna di esse sembra trovar posto nel disegno finale, perché sono di forma o di colore sbagliato. Il mio lavoro consiste nel perseverare finché non trovo il modo di affiancarle e metterle in relazione. Un pezzo dopo l’altro, finisce per emergere un’immagine.”

È proprio così che LINDA CASTILLO, dopo averci p
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Paul Pessolano
Jul 06, 2013 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Tricia
Jun 14, 2013 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Darcy
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
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PJ
May 01, 2013 PJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cheryl
Jun 16, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Susan Johnson
May 03, 2013 Susan Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Victoria
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
Curlyhair
Sep 02, 2015 Curlyhair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, wom-2015
5th in this series and I loved it. A pretty good thriller story of which I had my suspicions, who the guilty one was, but it didn't spoil reading for me. Also the ongoing romantic saga of Kate and Tomasetti, of which the story isn't being rushed and I like that.
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
Sheila Melo
Jan 20, 2016 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotional and Deeply Personal Amish Murder Mystery

FINAL DECISION; I loved this book. The book delves deeply into Kate's emotional world and the personal connection to the murders being investigated bring out all sorts of difficulties for Kate.

THE STORY: Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police, is called to a horrible accident. An Amish father and two of his children are killed when their buggy is struck by a vehicle. This hit and run accident at first appears tragic but accidental. Soon, however, ques
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Manuela
Jul 17, 2015 Manuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giallo, ebook
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Charlene
Feb 04, 2016 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Wow...I DID NOT see that ending coming! Another great book in this series.

4.5 - 5
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Gitte
May 01, 2015 Gitte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi
Igen en fantastisk spændende krimi fra Linda Castillo. Hun forstår virkelig at lave et plot, der får en til at nægte at lægge bogen fra sig. Jeg kan virkelig også godt lide og høre om Amish-befolkningen, deres regler og levevis finder jeg ganske interessant. Hovedpersonen er en spændende person, omend jeg snart synes der skal komme en afklaring på hendes forhold til John Tomasetti, for nu er den historie da vist trukket så langt ud som den kan holde til. Trods dette, finder jeg som sagt hovedper ...more
Gina
Goodreads Description- An extraordinarily beautiful Amish woman, a dangerous femme fatale, is the central figure in a story that reveals a dark side of Painters Mill and its seemingly perfect Amish world

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 woul
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Susan
Aug 19, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cathy Cole
May 01, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: The clip-clop of the standardbred's shod hooves against asphalt echoed within the canopy of the trees.


In moments, an Amish family's lives are shattered by a hit-and-run driver. Kate Burkholder races to the scene and finds it very difficult to maintain any sort of composure. This man... this father... and his three children are the family of Kate's very best childhood friend. That friend, the breathtakingly beautiful Mattie, may never recover from this horrendous loss. And it gets wor
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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.

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