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The Dead Will Tell: A Kate Burkholder Novel (Kate Burkholder #6)

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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...more
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Diane S.
3.5 Another series that I anxiously await the next and newest installment. A good mix of mystery, personality and personal relationships, and the Amish culture.

A look at an evil done to an Amish family in the past that has a high cost for the perpetrators in the future. The long and far reaching effects of hatred and revenge. A good, solid and quick read.
Four months previously, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder had moved into the farmhouse with State Agent John Tomasetti; their love had blossomed to the stage where Kate felt able to make the commitment. Tomasetti was still tortured by his past, but was coming to terms with those demons – that was, until one of the men responsible for his torment was released from jail on a technicality, walking free.

Confused and uncertain as to how to pacify Tomasetti’s anger and grief, Kate was torn when she was...more
I was so fortunate to win a copy of "The Dead Will Tell" (Kate Burkholder, #6) by Linda Costillo through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. This novel has it all; mystery, suspense, murder, serial-killer thriller. This novel grabbed my interest right from the beginning and didn't let go until I read the last word.

Fourteen year old Billy Hochstetler and his little eight year old brother, heard something in the middle of the night. Billy goes downstairs to investigate and found his dutch parents at t...more
Without fail Linda Castillo once again delivers a winner with "The Dead Will Tell," book 6 in the "Kate Burkholder" series; and what a stunning series this is. One of my favourites. I could write an in-depth review, but in all honesty there's nothing more I can say that I haven't already said in my reviews for the previous novels. Just that if you love reading novels full of mystery and suspense, you have to read this series. Her novels will grip you, and keep you engaged right up until the en...more
Police Chief Kate Burkholder and the Painters Mill police department have their hands full when three brutal murders occur within a short period of time. Wooden Amish dolls are found left by the serial killer with each victim, indicating a connection to the unsolved murder of an Amish family that took place over 30 years ago.

While Kate works to find the killer before more lives are lost, she must also deal with a cranky town council member who is being threatened, and her fragile relationship wi...more
The Kate Burkholder series just keeps getting better! A string of murders is somehow connected to a horrific thirty-five year old unsolved crime. Could the victims be seeking revenge? I loved the ghost story element in this book (although I quickly realized that ghosts don’t leave footprints). Every time I thought I had things figured out, there were twist and turns in the plot that completely surprised me.

There is unrest between Kate and Tomasetti that added some angst to the overall story, bu...more
Tami Carpel
I really enjoy this series and can wait for the next book to come out! I like the Kate character and her police crew and Tomasetti. I think it is very interesting that it is set in an Amish community. I love mysteries and this one does not disappoint! It keeps you guessing until the end and even when you think you know who it is, she throws in a twist! I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves mysteries/thrillers! It's one of my favorites!

By Linda Castillo

Here is the best thriller scoop I can give anyone who loves the literary pursuit of solving crimes. The list for fictional crime writers is currently vast and extremely crowded. When it comes to the ladies of the genre there are a few non-negotiable. In no particular order the crème de la crème is Laura Lippman, Lisa Unger, Karin Slaughter and Linda Castillo. Dark, gritty (What the hell does gritty actually mean when describing a noir) and certifiably addictiv...more
Make sure you have few empty hours to fill, because once you begin reading this tale, you won’t be able to put the book down until you have finished it. In this suspenseful mystery, Kate catches a murder case that seems to be linked to a cold case involving a home invasion of an Amish family. As Kate’s investigation develops, secrets kept for 35 years slowly come to light and the guilty are panic-stricken, not by the law but by a ghost. Kate has her own ghosts to chase away when her lover Tomase...more
Eileen Granfors
Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder novels are generally books I give a happy nod for diversion. The new one, THE DEAD WILL TELL, deserves far more than that. This is a twisted tale of an old case that begins to reverberate in the modern day when the perpetrators start receiving written threats.

Is there a ghost out there? Did someone really survive that horrible night in 1979? How could that be? The children's burned corpses have been found. The husband was the first to die. A witness saw the wife...more
Today started out as a bad weather day so I sat down to read and read this entire book. I enjoyed this authors books before this series but I really love this series.
It was a fast paced, suspenseful thriller that kept me guessing. I had different scenarios in my head about who did what and trying to figure out connections and relevance, some of mine were right, others not so much.
The sheer tragedy of it all didn't escape me. The senseless actions of four teenagers one night escalated into some...more
Linda Castillo quotes Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in her latest crime novel. "Let the dead Past bury its dead." In The Dead Will Tell, Police Chief Kate Burkholder has to deal with a thirty-five-year-old massacre. Now, someone is targeting those who knew what happened on that tragic March night in 1979. The past is reaching out to bury the living.

The Willis Hochstetler farm was the site of a horrendous family tragedy in 1979. Willis was shot to death in a robbery that went wrong, four of his five...more
Susan Johnson
Intruders break into the lonely Amish home of the Hochstetlers one night intent on stealing the profits of the family's successful furniture business. The night takes a horrific turn for the worse and even greater crimes than robbery occur. The lasting effects on all participants last the next 30+ years.

Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police of Painters Mill, is a former Amish and speaks the language which helps the Amish population in her community. She has moved in with a fellow policeman, John Tom...more
Tina Hayes
In Linda Castillo's "The Dead Will Tell", Police Chief Kate Burkholder reopens an old case when people start turning up dead, and the only clues point straight at a ghost. Thirty-five years before, a group of teenagers tried to rob an Amish family, but things went horribly wrong, wrong enough to leave the Amish father and his four kids dead, the wife/mother missing. Now those responsible are being held brutally accountable.

This mystery kept me turning the pages, trying to solve the case along w...more
Kathy S
I'm a big Castillo fan and have read all the books, but this one was a let-down due to sloppy storytelling and editing and poorly developed characters. Also, the storyline with Tomasetti seemed like it was thrown in just for a filler--didn't seem to fit well. There were a number of discrepancies in the storytelling that I was surprised wasn't caught by an editor or more readers.

I am so very disappointed since I had loved this series. I'm so afraid that Castillo is going the way of some other wr...more
This was pretty good. 3 1/2 stars. The writer kept me engaged in the story. It had a good swift plot and good character development. Really good narration by KathleenMcInerney.
Linda Castillo's"The Dead Will Tell," opens with a burglary gone horribly wrong after the three masked men invade the home of Amish furniture maker William Hochstetler. They terrorize him and his family and become enraged when they fail to find the cash they expected. The father is shot to death, the mother kidnapped, and the children locked in the basement. Their son Billy is the lone survivor, managing to escape by wriggling out a window to run for help, only to realize too late that the house...more
I honestly don't know how i feel about this book. I enjoyed the pacing, and the characters to some degree. In some areas I felt the characters were more effectively fleshed out and had more depth than I might have expected. But the plot line just didn't hold water for me. It wasn't hard for me to figure out 'who done it' early on, but I still enjoyed the story as it unfolded. And, I don't know what it's like for people who live in bigger or more famous areas of the world, but I really enjoyed th...more

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The Dead Will Tell is another in the Kate Burkholder Novel series. As chief of police in a small part Amish town, Kate Burkholder uses her upbringing as Amish to help her do her job. Sometimes it helps to speak the Amish Pennsylvania Dutch and this case will be one of those times. People in town are being murdered. And the murders seem to be tied to a tragedy that happened 35 years ago at the Hochstetler farm.

The Hochstet...more
Tom Donaghey
Thirty-five years ago three men invaded an Amish family’s home, killed the father and abducted the mother. The house burned to the ground killing four of the five children. Now people are dying in Painter’s Mill and it is up to Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her small crew of officers to stop the evil before it strikes again. But the guilty are not talking and there are soon no suspects.
THE DEAD WILL TELL offers a true mystery and a revealing look into the lives of the Amish. What appears...more
Luanne Ollivier
The Dead Will Tell is the sixth entry in Linda Castillo's series featuring Kate Burkholder.

Burkholder was born into the Amish community that surrounds the town of Painters Mill, but chose to leave. She's now the Police Chief of that community. Her background makes her invaluable when dealing with the Amish community. Her calm manner and determination to solve cases make her an ideal cop.

When a man is found hanging in his barn, it looks like a case of suicide. But a clue left at the scene says...more
If you've read the rest in the series, you'll want to read this one too. I was a bit disappointed this time because I knew who it was as soon as the person was introduced in the story. So that's always a bummer for me. Otherwise, good continuation of interesting characters.

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 f...more
The latest of this series. The plot was good, had a surprise ending (at least to me. I didn't figure out where it was going till near the end.). However, I don't think this book lived up to the standards of the previous ones. There are some odd things. The story is about current day murders that take place that are somehow linked to the killings of 6 members of an Amish family that happened 35 years ago. The one female who had something to do with the older murders felt she had done things she c...more
Jamie Arledge
Another great book in this incredible series...

This is book 6 in the Kate Burkholder series and it's another great addition. The storyline was interesting and there was plenty of suspense and action. The mystery was great, it had me guessing until the very end. I never fully solved the mystery which is good for me. I hate when I solve mysteries too early in a book.

Although Tomasetti was in this story, he didn't play as big a role as I'd hoped. There wasn't a lot of Kate and Tomasetti together t...more
Heidi Gonzalez
All is well in Kate's world until 2 phone calls change everything. The first telling her of a possible suicide, the 2nd telling her live in partner Will Tomasetti that one of the men responsible for raping and murdering his family was set free from prison on a technicality. Will had crossed the line of the law once before, would he do it again? Kate isn't sure and while she worries about Will she is also engrossed in what turns out to be a murder investigation that may help solve the cold case o...more
Karen Patterson
Castillo is one of those authors where you wait a year to get the next in her highly addictive series only to devour it in a couple of days! This is the sixth book in the Kate Burkholder series and as always, a nail-biting read. The opening chapter begins 34 years prior and starts with quite an unsettling chapter which just spirals out of control, leaves you hanging while it jumps ahead to present time where Kate is called to the scene of a suicide which soon turns into a murder with clues that...more
The past is never truly buried. As any mystery reader knows, the past often comes back with a vengeance leaving a trail of bodies and carnage in its wake. Such is the case here in The Dead Will Tell: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo. The author once again takes readers to the Amish country she has made familiar in another tale where the past is almost as big a character as the actual characters themselves.

The latest in this very good series begins in early March 1979 with a home invasio...more
Mary Gramlich
Engaging, terrifying, and engrossing from the first line to the last paragraph

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder has seen horrific crimes against persons during her time on the force, but never has she been a witness to what she is dealing with now. The murders she is trying to resolve go beyond just the act of killing has been escalate to a fevered pitch of revenge from a person so enraged that the acts of killing are beyond suffering into maniacal. Kate has been and always lived among the Amish...more
The Kate Burkholder Amish-set mystery/thriller series by Linda Castillo was a delightful find, and I've eagerly read every new title as soon as I can get my hands on it, and The Dead Will Tell was another great, heartrending thriller. Castillo is wonderfully adept at weaving in the lifestyle of the Amish, the conflicts between that community and the "English", and the more personal dynamic between lapsed Amish Kate, and the community to which she belonged and understands so well. A grisly murder...more
The sixth installment of the Kate Burkholder series is one that I eagerly awaited reading. I have been following this series since the very first book, Pray for Silence, and this is an exciting addition to the series. Although, it once again makes it hard to believe that Kate actually thinks of Painter’s Mill as such a crime-free town... once again, brutal murders are cutting across the town - ones that have roots in a robbery gone wrong thirty-five years earlier. Vengeance is cutting down the p...more
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Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of...more
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