Shamed by Linda Castillo is book eleven in her Kate Burkholder series. Though this novel is part of a well-established series it reads well as a standalone. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I was throughly impressed.
Kate Burkholder is the Police Chief of Painters Mill, Ohio, where a third of the community is Amish. Kate was raised Plain, Amish, but left the community at age eighteen, because she didn’t agree with all of the rules and traditions. She was offered the position of Police Chief partly because of her ties to the Amish.
Kate is called to the scene of the vicious murder of an Amish grandmother and the kidnapping of her seven-year-old special needs granddaughter. The Amish community members deny knowing anything that would help solve this crime, but it’s clear to Kate that some of them are not being fully forthcoming. Kate is conflicted. She’s known most of these people her entire life and understands their reluctance that is related to their beliefs, but she also has a murder to solve and a little girl to rescue. Can she convince the Amish to help her solve this difficult and emotional case before a child becomes the next murder victim?
Shamed is one of those book that refuses to release the reader before the last page is read. The characters are compelling and relatable. The plot is suitably complex and believable. I truly enjoyed this book and will read the previous books in the series, as well as future additions. I give Shamed 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all readers who enjoy a good mystery. There is some violence that not might be suitable for sensitive readers.
My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.