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Breaking Silence (Kate Burkholder #3)

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Police Chief Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm.

The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident: methane gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated ce

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Published June 21st 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published 2011)
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Jun 21, 2015 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following a series of attacks directed at the Amish community, law enforcement concludes they are hate crimes. When the Slabaugh parents and uncle, Amish farmers, are found dead in their barn, it's not immediately clear whether the crimes are related. One of the many issues pursued by Kate and her team is to investigate all and determine if there is a connection.

This story had so many twists and turns I almost got whiplash! Every time I thought I had things solved, another wrench would be throw
~3.5 stars~

Once again, Kate Burkholder is caught up with the darker side of a small-town crisis. Life amongst the Amish hits a snag when two parents and an uncle are found dead at the bottom of a manure pit in their barn. {Yikes, it gives new meaning when I think of composting and my garden!} To make matters worse, hate crimes have found a home in Painters Mill, Ohio.

We see less of her police staff in BREAKING SILENCE and more of Tomasetti. The door to Kate's fragile past creaks open a little wi
Jun 30, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing
When Police Chief Kate Burkholder was woken in the early hours of the morning, she had no idea that she was about to be faced with a horrific tragedy. Called out to the Slabaugh farm, home of a hardworking Amish family comprising of two adults and four children, they were confronted with the deaths of the parents and an uncle in the barn. An apparent accident caused by methane gas from the cesspit, the lack of ventilation obvious to Kate and her officers immediately they entered the barn; but th ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Audrey rated it liked it
Shelves: 3, amish
This is the third book in this series and it was just okay for me. The mystery was pretty good, there are two plots going on at once, a killing of Amish parents and an Uncle in a manure pit and the other is a series of really nasty hate crimes against the Amish citizens of Chief of Police Kate's town.

I think my biggest problem I had with the book was all the time spent on Kate's wrestling with her personal demons, the drinking and smoking she resorts to whenever she has trouble handling a situat
Brilliant series. An accidental death turns to murder when a husband, his wife and his brother are pulled out dead from a poorly ventilated cesspit under the hogs. Religion had two sides as always in the case of Amish vs Englishers. Along side this case is the rampant bully issues causing much grief and permanent damage to property. No one will prosecute and being an ex-member works for Kate and against her. Once she was an innocent until a man took that away from her at the age of 14. Now here ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Marian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident: methane gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated cesspit. But in the course of a routine autopsy, the coroner discovers that one of the victims suffered a head wound before death—clearly, foul play was involved. But who would want to make orphans of the Slabaughs’ children? ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Lesley rated it really liked it
really enjoy this amish community murder investigation! On to the next book!
Breaking Silence
4 Stars

When an apparent accident on an Amish farm turns into a murder investigation, Painter’s Mill’s chief of police, Kate Burkholder, is surprised when the suspects start coming out of the woodwork. Who would want the Slabaugh’s dead? Is it the shunned brother, or a disgruntled worker, or is the case connected to a series of hate crimes plaguing the small town? With the help of State agent, John Tomasetti, Kate begins to unravel the clues and exposes a diabolical truth that wil
Sean Peters
Oct 30, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it
Bestselling author Linda Castillo's third instalment of Police Chief Kate Burkholder who is called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm.

The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident: methane gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated cesspit. But in the course of a routine autopsy, the coroner discov
Aug 27, 2011 Georgette rated it really liked it
Captain Kate Burkholder has just come back from escaping death for the second time in as many years. She's immediately brought into another murder of another family in the small Amish community she polices. Her sometimes partner in crime(and love) returns, but the relationship has been irrevocably damaged by her close brush with death and her growing friendship with a FBI official. Will she regain her wits and police smarts, even when having to depend upon her long-distance detective and push aw ...more
May 08, 2012 Wisteriouswoman rated it did not like it
This book can't hold a candle to Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth.

Breaking Silence didn't ring true at all. The protagonist goes on and on about her Amish roots but then is drinking and smoking and having sex without a guilty thought. Anyone who has grown up in a strict religious family until she is 14 has her sense of morality shaped by it. Half the time Kate is tired and smelly and sleep deprived and still ready for a romp in the sack. She is just so cliche: woman cop with troubled rebellious past
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Dec 06, 2011 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it liked it
I do like this series, I really do, but this is the third book about a small town called Painters Mill, which has an Amish Community, but I feel at this point, there have been so many Amish murders in such a small town, there can't be many more left. If I were Amish, I'd get the hell out of Dodge at this stage. Aside from this, Kate Burkeholder, Chief of Police, is slipping further towards a breakdown by the looks of it, definitely, she is two steps away from a 12 step programme and need to get ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Beccalarge rated it it was ok
Take my two stars (almost gave it one, but that seems mean) with a grain of salt. This is not the type of book I usually read and I knew that going in. My mother in law read it and loaned it to me, otherwise I never would have picked it up. IF you enjoy this author just skip my review. This book is about a chief of police (a women in her early 30's...the first of many many unbelievable aspects of the story), who grew up amish until the age of 14. When a bunch of mysterious hate crimes and then a ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
3.5 stars

I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. There were so many things done well and then there a few things that bugged me.

First off, I liked the characters. They were imperfect, damaged, and crazy, but striving for a better outcome. I liked how some knew they weren't perfect but were peaceful with where they were. I want some of that.

I also liked the story line. It had plenty of twists, I couldn't pin down where it was going. I didn't see the ending coming. These are all things I like
Kate was starting to annoy me with all her internal self-struggle crap. I'll give the rest of the series a rest for a few. But John sure grew on me.
Two cultures living side by side interacting and isolating is a trope or motif which I enjoy in most writing. This series presents the small town of Painter's Mill and the two cultures--Amish and middle America--struggling to live side by side. In the middle is the intrepid Chief Burkholder with one foot in her Amish upbringing and one foot firmly planted in her new life among the Englischers.

When I first watched An Amish Murder on Lifetime (don't judge me), I liked the mystery. I was intrigued
Jean Coldwell
Oct 14, 2014 Jean Coldwell rated it really liked it
Breaking Silence is the third publication in Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder thriller series. Unlike the first two books, this one did not have the gruesome murders that the first two had, which was, truthfully, a bit of a relief. Except it begins with two men creeping onto an Amish farm and killing a woman’s sheep, one of many hate crimes that occur throughout the novel.

Then there the discovery of an Amish farmer, his brother, and his wife in a manure pit on their farm. They had asphyxiated on
Nov 29, 2015 Maddy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
PROTAGONIST: Kate Burkholder, chief of police
SETTING: Amish Ohio
SERIES: #3 of 3

When three members of an Amish farming family are found dead in a cesspit in their barn, it is assumed that a terrible accident has occurred, with death being caused by methane gas asphyxiation. The coroner discovers one of the victims has a head wound; it is clear that this is murder. What is particularly sad is that four children have lost their parents and uncle. And there’s another issue that has the po
Aug 17, 2011 Kevintipple rated it it was amazing
The third novel in this mystery series, “Breaking Silence” by Linda Castillo, is quite possibly the most disturbing book to date. Police Chief Kate Burkholder is hard at work trying to stop a series of attacks against the Amish while solving a complex murder case.

At first, what happened that cold December morning at the Slabaugh farm appeared to be an accident. The 5:00 a.m. phone call signaled something bad had happened before Chief Kate Burkholder was told of the family nightmare. Three uncons
Jun 13, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Another gruesome story in the Kate Burkholder series. I thought it was well done and unfolded nicely but I have to say by the end I was tired of the violence, there was just so much of it.

The book is about an upstanding Amish family who finds themselves as the main characters in this book when the mom, dad and uncle were found dead in the barn due to gas asphyxiation in the manure pit (what a way to die). Of course the story doesn't end there. There are Amish hate crimes and lie after lie is tol
Sheila Melo
Jan 03, 2016 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling Mystery Basesd in Amish Country

"This was one of those times when justice will make for a very cold bedfellow."

FINAL DECISION: Emotional, gripping and at times really scary, BREAKING SILENCE is a great addition to a fantastic series. Kate is a strong woman who can be admired even as her world is at times spinning out of control.

THE STORY: Kate Burkholder, police chief of a small town has seen the burden of recent cases beginning to wear upon her. She is drinking too much and has almost
Dec 13, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-2016
Wow...never expected the read,couldn't put it down
Oct 31, 2014 Dorsi rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. It went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and ON about Kate Burkholder's feelings. She was the chief of police. Her feelings were a good 1/4 of the entire story. I really enjoyed her character in the beginning but the more I read, the more annoying and cliche she became...classic "broken" and troubled character always battling her never ending feelings. Get to the plot already! Then her boyfriend, agent John Tomasetti, was the equally ann ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
I am totally in love with Castillo! I love this series so much! It's kind of like James Patterson novels, only with a girl!
Sep 02, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, 2014
A series of hate crimes against the Amish community is keeping the local police extremely busy. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her officers are called to the Slabaugh farm, they find the Amish Farmer, his wife, and his brother, dead in the manure pit, overcome by methane gas. They leave behind four children whose only living relative is an uncle who is under the Amish ban. But a routine autopsy shows that this was no accident. Someone wanted them dead. It's up to Kate, Sheriff Rasmusse ...more
Riccarla Roman
Aug 16, 2011 Riccarla Roman rated it really liked it
I read this book before the others in the series and I had to go out and find them because this book is great.

Kate Burkholder is the chief of police in a small Ohio town with a large Amish population. She was born Amish but left in her teens. Now she's back and investigating crimes in Amish country.

This time, there are Amish hate crimes. They have been singled out for harassment that escalates from insults to beatings, animal slaughter, and molotov cocktails. There is even a suspicious death cas
Adrienne Campbell
Wow. I really didn't think she could do it three times in a row but Linda Castillo has written yet another brilliant novel. This is the third book in the "Kate Berkholder" series. Her characters are wonderful. They are people you can relate to and are so well developed.

I feel as though I've learned something new about the Amish culture each time I read her books because they are so well researched. Having said that, I also feel like I've just taken the roller coaster ride of my life. You really
Karen Hall
Aug 10, 2013 Karen Hall rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book was my introduction to Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series set in the Amish/English world of rural Ohio. I’m indebted to the person who recommended this series to me; I enjoyed this book tremendously and have ordered the first two books in the series. BREAKING SILENCE is the third, and I’ll likely read them all eventually.

Sheriff Burkholder, raised Amish but now living in the “English” world, is called to the scene of a true tragedy: three adults are found in the manure pit in the
May 11, 2013 Marleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ve enjoyed the Kate Burkholder books so far, but in this third book in the series it feels like more of the same: a crime happening in the Amish community of Painters Mill, which is by all means a quiet and peaceful community. That is what bothers me a tiny bit: is that the crimes happen in a community where they shouldn’t be happening. Don’t get me wrong, they happen, but it doesn’t feel realistic that such evil murders happen over the span of three books, and in a few months time?
Here the vi
Oct 18, 2014 Darcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It isn't very often when I read a mystery book and I can't guess the bad guy, this one fooled me. I had to be lead there.

Each time I read a new book in this series I am reminded just why I like them so much. I love the glimpse into the Amish and their lifestyle. It always seems so innocent and simple. Sometimes I wish that I could live it, until reality smacks me on the head and I realize there are too many modern conveniences that I couldn't live without.

The crimes of this book bring those feel
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Kate Burkholder (8 books)
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