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Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo

Down a Dark Road

by Linda Castillo

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3.5 stars. Love the main characters, but this one didn’t have as much suspense as the last Linda Castillo book I read. ( )
  bribre01 | May 6, 2018 |
“’Be careful in your search for the truth, Kate Burkholder.’ Easing his arm away from me, he goes back to mucking. ‘You may not like what you find.’” (Page 216, Down A Dark Road)

A normal day in the life of Chief of Police Kate Burkholder goes sideways when she gets a call from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Deputy Warden Jerry Murphy of the prison 100 miles away from Painters Mill painter’s calls to let her know that Joseph King has escaped their facility. The same Joseph King who was her childhood friend all those years ago and lived over on the next farm.

Locked up in the Mansfield Correctional Institution for the shotgun murder of his wife, he is somehow gotten out and is on the run. After his conviction, his five kids moved to live with his sister and her husband in Painters Mill. Rebecca and Daniel Beachy adopted the five kids and continued to raise them as Amish. That means that nobody can call and alert them to what has happened as they don’t have a phone, electricity, or many of the other things that would be available to other families at risk. As Chief of Police of Painters Mill, Ohio, it is up to Kate Burkholder to not only let the Beachys know what has happened, but bring Joseph in should he come near.

The picture she has had of Joseph King in recent years is in sharp contrast to the boy she grew up with all those many years ago. Though Joseph always claimed his innocence, the evidence and his criminal history in the months leading up to his wife’s murder told a far different story. The case turned into a media sensationalized trial and in the end Joseph was convicted of murdering his wife, Naomi King.

While Burkholder is sure that he won’t set foot anywhere near Painters Mill, a desperate man will go to amazing lengths to see his kids. It isn’t long before Kate Burkholder is reminded of that fact and a lot more in Down A Dark Road.

Once again award winning author Linda Castillo has spun an intense web of atmosphere, mystery, and memories of bygone days and people. The past is always a living character in the Burkholder mysteries and this read is no exception. A current time mystery with tentacles reaching back to multiple points in the past, the tension swiftly ratchets upward over the last third of the book as Burkholder seeks the answers so that the dead may actually rest in peace.

The latest in the series, Down A Dark Road, is highly recommended. As always is the case in any good series it is best to read in order starting with Sworn To Silence.

Down A Dark Road: A Kate Burkholder Novel
Linda Castillo
Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Publishing Group)
July 2017
ISBN# 978-1-250-12128-8
Hardback (also available in eBook and audio formats)
304 Pages

Book provided by the good folks of the Dallas Texas Public Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple © 2018

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  kevinrtipple | Mar 7, 2018 |
This was a pretty good whodunnit, I was convinced that someone did it, but then I was horribly wrong. I haven't read any other of these books, but it works well as a standalone novel, I had no problem figuring out the characters and their relationships.

I kind of won this from a goodreads giveaway, I entered for Among The Wicked, and won, but was sent this book instead, so I'll be getting an email asking me to rate Among The Wicked when I never received it, which kind of sucks. ( )
  cdevine18 | Sep 17, 2017 |
The Kate Burkholder series is excellent and this installment is one of the best. An Amish woman is brutally murdered. A shotgun blast while in bed, her five children in nearby rooms untouched. But one child, three-year-old Sadie, sees the killer. A clean-shaven Englischer, not a bearded Amish man such as her father Joseph King. But at her young age, she is dismissed as a viable witness. Joe King and Kate have a history. All the way back to high school. Her first crush. But where she turned to law enforcement, Joe became a thorn in the side of various law enforcement jurisdictions. Fighting, stealing, drugs, domestic violence, and ultimately he is convicted of the murder of his wife. A year into his life sentence, he escapes, takes Kate and his children hostage, wants to prove his innocence. When Sadie, now five, tells Kate what she saw that dreadful night, her story rings true. To Kate anyway. Did an outsider kill the young mother of five? Was Joe innocent, framed? If so, by whom, and why? This is a well-crafted and written story and yet again Kate Burkholder jumps off the page. You will root for her and worry for her until the explosive ending of the story.

DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly, Samantha Cody, and Dub Walker thriller series ( )
  DPLyle | Aug 25, 2017 |
I continue to love this series about an ex-Amish police chief in a small, mostly Amish, town. Kate Burkholder continues to be a down-to-earth woman with plenty of faults but driven to always do the right thing.

In this installment that means taking another look at the murder of a childhood friend's wife for which he maintains he was wrongly convicted in a neighboring jurisdiction: bringing the ire of that department and the Amish community. ( )
  she_climber | Aug 11, 2017 |
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"Eight years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a "fallen" Amish man and, according to local law enforcement, a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he's headed for Painters Mill. News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire and putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. A nightmare scenario becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and kidnaps his five children from their Amish uncle's house. He's armed and desperate with nothing left to lose. Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate leaps into action, but her frantic search for a killer leads her into an ambush. When King releases her unharmed, asking her to prove his innocence, she begins to wonder whether the police are hiding something, and she embarks on her own investigation to discover the truth"--… (more)

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