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A gathering of secrets, Linda Castillo

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A gathering of secrets
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A gathering of secrets
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Linda Castillo
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eng
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When a historic barn burns to the ground in the middle of the night, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. At first, it looks like an accident, but when the body of Daniel Gingerich is found inside-- burned alive-- Kate suspects murder. Who would want a well-liked, hardworking young Amish man dead? Stonewalled by the community to which she once belonged, is the silence a result of the Amish tenet of separation-- or a conspiracy to hide a truth no one wants to talk about? -- adapted from jacket
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  • This is the tenth Police Chief Kate Burkholder mystery (following Down a Dark Road, 2017), and it finds her in a comfortable romantic relationship, with a hint of a wedding in the air. But she still grapples with issues from her long-ago break with the Amish as well as debilitating memories of a traumatic sexual assault in her teen years. When the body of a 19-year-old is found during Rumspringa, the Amish “running around” time—the young man was burned alive in the locked storage room of a historic barn—Kate determines that the cause of death was murder and ponders who would want the well-liked victim dead. Further crimes heighten the complexity and suspense. The Amish tenet of separation from the rest of society always makes Kate’s investigations difficult, but this time it escalates into a conspiracy to hide a truth that no one wants to talk about, with the lines blurring further between the sin of pride, to be avoided at the soul’s peril, and the practices of shaming, shunning, and revenge. Another strong entry in a New York Times best-selling series. -- Murphy, Jane (Reviewed 6/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 19, p42)
  • Bestseller Castillo addresses the topic of sexual assault in Amish communities in her riveting 10th mystery featuring Painters Mill, Ohio, police chief Kate Burkholder (after 2017’s Down a Dark Road). When 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich’s death in a barn fire is ruled 
			a murder, Burkholder searches for a motive. His family and friends insist he was well-regarded and had no enemies, but conversations with his peers gradually reveal another story. As Burkholder learns more about Gingerich, she grapples with painful memories from her own adolescence and finds herself empathizing with his killer, while her partner, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent John Tomasetti, offers a countering view. Castillo’s sensitive handling of her subject matter builds a nuanced, often troubling picture of insular, patriarchal communities in which silence allows predators to thrive. Details of Amish crafts, family life, and commerce contrast with the ugliness of the crimes, and despite a convoluted resolution and cursorily resolved subplot, armchair travelers should find this a satisfying outing. Author tour. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (July) --Staff (Reviewed 05/28/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 22, p)
  • In this next in the popular Amish mystery series featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, a stately old barn burns to ash with 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich inside. It's no accident, and Kate soon learns that Daniel wasn't the sweet, self-effacing guy he appeared to be. Major promotion. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 02/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 2, p66)
  • Kate Burkholder (Down a Dark Road, 2017, etc.), police chief of Painters Mill, Ohio, is called to the scene of a fire at the home of Miriam and Gideon Gingerich, a well-regarded Amish couple with four children. Their barn has burned to the ground, and their eldest son, Danny, is missing. Kate's lover, John Tomasetti, an agent for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, accompanies her to the scene, which the fire chief pronounces suspicious. The family is hoping that Danny, who is passing through Rumspringa, the time when Amish teens sow some wild oats before settling down, is out with friends, but their hopes are crushed when his body is found in the barn. Not only was the fire deliberately set, but Danny had been locked in the tack room. Everyone says Danny was a hardworking, easygoing young man, but as Kate looks for motives she uncovers some very nasty secrets. The next-door neighbor is a felon with a bad temper. Danny was virtually engaged to marry lovely Luane Raber, yet Kate senses she is holding something back. Luane's father says Danny had had a fight with his best friend, Milo Hershberger, a horse trainer under the bann for his wild ways, who admits that Danny was not always a nice guy. "You want to know about Danny the Saint?" he says. "I'd suggest you talk to Emma Miller....But I reckon it's a little too late." The Amish are very closemouthed about their lives, and Emma's parents are unwilling to speculate as to why she might have killed herself six month earlier, though her former boyfriend suggests that Danny may have raped her. Kate knows all too well from her own life what the veil of silence and the blame attached to a woman's sexual behavior can do to a person. Certain that revenge is the motive, she wonders whether Danny may have had more victims than Emma. Another rewarding crime novel that looks beyond the idealized image of the Amish. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2018)
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10677118
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DLC
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Castillo, Linda
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3603.A8758
LC item number
G38 2018
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
A Kate Burkholder novel
Series volume
10
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  • Women
  • Murder
  • Women detectives
  • Amish
  • Women police chiefs
  • Burkholder, Kate (Fictitious character)
  • Arson
Target audience
adult
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A gathering of secrets, Linda Castillo
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Sequel to: Down a dark road
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9781250121318
Lccn
2018004425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1001456104
  • (OCoLC)1001456104
Label
A gathering of secrets, Linda Castillo
Publication
Copyright
Note
Sequel to: Down a dark road
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9781250121318
Lccn
2018004425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1001456104
  • (OCoLC)1001456104

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