Monday, January 5, 2015

Gone Missing & Long Lost

I didn't spend as much time reading short no brainer thrillers in 2014 like I normally do so I started off 2015 making sure that wasn't going to be the case!  Friday we stopped at the library to play with cousins and I decided to see if my library had finally gotten copies of Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder series.  To my delight they had all of her books except the most recent, so I grabbed Gone Missing and With Her Last Breathe.  A goodreads search earlier also had informed me of a 4.5 book in the series Long Lost and I downloaded it on my kindle so I can officially say that I've read a book on my e-reader in 2015 as well.  Look at me go!

In Gone Missing, John contacts Kate for once and asks her to assist in a case with the BCI.  There are been several Amish girls who've recently been abducted in the various areas and they want her Amish experience to help out.  This was more thrilling than Breaking Silence and I flew through it in 6 hours.  Once I get started, I can't stop!

Description: Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion.

A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties run deep. When the search for the presumed runaway turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. And chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case she will have to call upon everything she has to give not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep.

Kate and state agent, John Tomasetti, delve into the lives of the missing teen and discover links to cold cases that may go back years. But will Kate piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate? Or will she find herself locked in a fight to the death with a merciless killer?

I will say that it definitely surprised me in the whodunnit.  I had my thoughts and they changed a few times but I think I figured out who did it about the same time as Kate this time.  I liked how it ended because it made it possible for some of the characters to come back in the future.

If you are into mystery/thrillers or interested in Amish life, this series is one you should check out! The books are usually just under 300 pages and you get sucked in quickly!

Long Lost is a very short story that focuses on Kate & John's relationship on a weekend away to a B&B.  It was 99 cents on the kindle and it did not need to be read to read the next book in the series.  It actually contained a few discrepancies with the storyline and there were errors in the book, but for a short story for 99 cents that fills you in on the characters you love....

Description: It’s autumn in Painters Mill, and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and John Tomasetti are taking a much-needed vacation at a small bed and breakfast an hour outside of town. After closing a difficult case, they’re looking forward to some down time, but their relaxation is cut short by rumors that the old house where they’re staying is haunted by a girl who disappeared twenty years earlier, leaving nothing behind but some bloody clothes by the river and rumors of a volatile relationship. Swept up in the girl’s story, and a need for justice, Kate and John begin looking into the mysterious disappearance of Angela Blaine.  They discover long-buried secrets—and unravel a mystery with an unexpected outcome.

I will say that it was a quick and interesting mystery that they embarked on their weekend off.  Castillo does not spend much time on their sexual relationship so it's a bit abrupt about their time at the B&B, but it did make me want to visit Amish country in the fall!

Have you read any Amish books? I remember reading a series when I was younger staying with my grandparents in Ohio.  I picked up books from the local library but the name of that series just won't come to me! Have you read any books set in Ohio?  What's your favorite series?

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