Shamed (Kate Burkholder Series #11)

Shamed (Kate Burkholder Series #11)

by Linda Castillo


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In this gripping thriller from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, a devastating murder exposes an Amish family’s tortured past.

The peaceful town of Painters Mill is shattered when an Amish grandmother is brutally murdered on an abandoned farm. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she learns that the woman’s seven-year-old granddaughter is gone, abducted in plain sight. Kate knows time is against her—the longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes. The girl’s family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets—and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them. What are they hiding and why?

Kate’s investigation brings her to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river, a community where family is everything and tradition is upheld with an iron fist. But the killer is close behind, drawing more victims into a twisted game of revenge. Left behind at each new crime scene are cryptic notes that lead Kate to a haunting and tragic secret. What she uncovers threatens to change everything she thought she knew about the family she’s fighting for, the Amish community as a whole—and her own beliefs.

As time to find the missing girl runs out, Kate faces a harrowing choice that will test her convictions and leave one family forever changed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250142863
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: Kate Burkholder Series , #11
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 94
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

LINDA CASTILLO is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder novels, including Sworn to Silence, which was recently adapted into a Lifetime Original Movie titled An Amish Murder. She is the recipient of numerous industry awards including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the RITA. In addition to writing, Castillo’s other passion is horses. She lives in Texas with her husband.

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Shamed (Kate Burkholder Series #11) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous 4 days ago
I read this book in two days. Got up early and stayed up late to finish Ms. Castillo's latest Kate Burkholder book. I have read all of the Kate Burkholder books. Strong characterization of characters in the book. Motive was logical AND heartbreaking. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Another great Kate Burkholder mystery. This series is so interesting. I love the description of Amish life. Ms. Castillo brings the characters to life in such great detail. Can't wait for the next Kate Burkholder book.
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Anonymous 3 days ago
Love her books.Enjoy reading the mysteries and drama of her Amish characters. Looking forward to another book.
Anonymous 1 hours ago
As usual, a pull you in read from the get go with lots of twist and turns. This author never disappoints
Anonymous 2 hours ago
I have read the entire Kate Burkholder Series and have enjoyed each one. I have also read other books written by Linda Castillo. She's a terrific writer and knows how to keep your interest. I highly recommend her.
Anonymous 8 hours ago
Loved it
RICHandNANCY 11 hours ago
Shamed by Linda Castillo – 5 Stars Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN: 9781250142863 I have read all of the books in the Kate Burkholder series. They have all been entertaining, but this is one of my favorites. The suspense in this well crafted murder kidnapping mystery begins in the first chapter and continues as the hours are counted in the search for a missing Amish girl. Though Kate, the sheriff of Painters Mill, left the Amish life, she has respect for those in the community. The Amish society is at the core of the story and their beliefs are treated with dignity and respect. Although sometimes dark, strange and misguided by the standards of today’s society, their choices follow their religious teachings and culture. I grew up near Lancaster, PA and had limited contact with the Amish. I am fascinated to learn about these people who lived near but by choice, removed from those outside their community. I absolutely enjoyed this book. “Couldn’t put it down” is a much used phrase, but for me it was true. It has a complex plot with a sheriff who doesn’t stop until she learns the truth. I am grateful for the opportunity to preview Shamed and look forward to reading more books in this series. Reviewer: Nancy
RMeckley 1 days ago
This time Kate Burkholder gets a full-length book to tell her story. (Kindle Single IN PLAIN SIGHT was released earlier this year.) An Amish grandmother is brutally stabbed to death and her granddaughter is kidnapped. Additional murders, mysterious deaths, and shootings pile up as Kate and paramour Tomasetti investigate. Unusual Amish-related events help this plot stand out. I love this book series set in Ohio Amish country. Police Chief Kate was raised Amish, so she has a unique advantage when dealing with the Amish during her investigations. I love the way Ms. Castillo writes the investigation scenes with such detail that I feel like I am right there with Kate. Terrific!
sgreene01 2 days ago
The author has done a wonderful job with this Amish mystery book. I’ve read several of her books, and this is, by far, my favorite. I have a love/hate feeling towards her books. They tend to be very graphically gory, which I hate, but the story is so great that you can’t put it down because you want to know how the mystery is going to be solved. This book is somewhat graphic, but nothing compared to some of her books that I have read in the past that would almost make you ill with the descriptions. Kate Burkholder, a woman raised Amish, but having left the religion, became Chief of Police in Painter’s Mill, OH. She finds that an Amish grandmother has been murdered and a child kidnapped. Time is so important in finding the child before she is murdered as well. Several people become victims of the murderer and Kate has to travel miles out of her jurisdiction to work on solving this horrible crime. Her knowledge of the Amish beliefs, as well as the language, help bridge the gap between the Amish and English and helps her in her investigations. I couldn’t put this book down until I had finished it. I highly recommend this to those who love to read books about the Amish with the added thriller aspect. Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book and give my honest review.
Annette5151 3 days ago
A fast paced story that kept me on the edge of my seat! Another really good addition to the series! I enjoyed it! Thank you for the early copy
Anonymous 3 days ago
I love this author's books. I await each book with anticipation and this one did not disappoint at all. Her writing is wonderful and her characters maintain their humanity throughout. Thank you Linda Castillo!
Nanna51 6 days ago
This eleventh book in the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo did not disappoint me at all! In the prologue, a grandmother and her two young granddaughters go on an outing to a neighboring farm that is abandoned. Playing around and picking walnuts, the three are content and show a picture of a loving Amish family. Then, the grandmother is brutally murdered and the scene is very graphically described. She screams for her young granddaughters to run, but only one gets away. When police chief Kate Burkholder arrives at the horrible scene, even she is sickened by the horrific crime, but even more so when she discovers that a young girl has been abducted and the clock is ticking. She calls in her lover Tomasetti who is an FBI agent. This book is a suspense novel and a police procedural, but it is unique in that it gives the reader a view of life among the Amish. It was interesting to discover that the Amish are no different than others in the “English” world in that they keep secrets, even when their revelation could mean saving a life. I always look forward to the new LInda Castillo books each year and thoroughly enjoyed this one, although I think the description of the murder scenes was more graphic than I remember in the past. Although this is book eleven in the series, any reader can jump right into this one and read and understand what is happening because the author does a fantastic job of character development in each book. Readers of suspense and police procedurals will definitely enjoy this new Kate Burkholder novel! Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
heidifk 6 days ago
In the latest installment of Kate Burkholder's tenure as Police Chief of Painters Mill, Ohio, Kate and her team investigate a murder of an Amish grandmother - the only witness is a young girl whose sister is now missing! Kate races the clock to find the missing child but, too soon, finds herself in danger the closer she gets to the truth. I received an ARC from NetGalley.
gypsygrandmatv 6 days ago
If the measurement of an outstanding series is the next book, than this...the 11th in the Kate Burkholder series...passes with flying colors. I've read this series for years and have never been disappointed. After each book I wonder how Linda Castillo's storytelling can get any better but she always does. She continues to amaze me. She paints a picture of Amish life that is honest and sympathetic...but not sentimental. This book opens with the murder of an Amish Grandmother and the kidnapping of a 7 year old little girl with special needs. The danger and suspense ramp up from there. A missing child brings law enforcement from several jurisdictions together and the author highlights the urgency of the situation by featuring a running countdown at the beginning of each chapter. Less time is spent on Kate and Thomasetti's personal relationship in this book but their professional relationship takes front and center. I also enjoyed interacting with the officers from Kate's Painters Mill PD again. They all have their own well developed personalities and are beginning to feel like friends. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a fast moving and suspenseful procedural that's hard to put down. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book to read and review
diane92345 6 days ago
An Amish grandmother, Mary Yoder, is brutally killed and one of her granddaughters is kidnapped in Shamed, an Amish police procedural. Kate Burkholder is the former Amish and current police chief in small town, Painters Mill Ohio. Her first concern is locating special needs Elsie, age seven. The viciousness of her grandmother’s murder doesn’t bode well for her safety. The only witness is her traumatized 5-year-old sister. Surprisingly, she identifies the killer as Amish. It is innovative to set a police procedural in a small Amish town. However, the differences in culture are not emphasized. In fact, the opposite is true. The author frequently states how similar the Amish are to the English. There are liars and murderers among them too. The rest of the book is a formulaic small town police procedural. Kate needs help from other jurisdictions, including her boyfriend, John Tomasetti of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations. She also has to resist the mayor’s politically motivated suggestions to solve the crimes quickly before the tourists start cancelling their visits to Painters Mill. My biggest problem with Shamed is that there isn’t any real interaction between the characters. Kate and John barely speak to each other through most of the book. Also, Kate’s backstory of why she left the Amish isn’t fleshed out. None of the characters seem genuine. The mystery was also easy to figure out. So for those reasons, this book receives only 3 stars from me. Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
jjthor 6 days ago
This is book 11 of this series and still going strong! Very well written and tastefully done mingleing the amish beliefs and the everyday people. The story is about chief o fPolice Kate Burkholder and the murder of members of an amish community and the kidnapping of a young child. As she races to find the child she must contend with old beliefs and rules of the Amish communites in which the path of this killer travels. As the story slowly unfolds past must clear for the future to solve this mystery. I hadn't read any of her other books before this one so I am now going back to read from the start of this series. Hope there will be more loved the characters and the interactions throughout this story.
ShelleyWalton_123 6 days ago
Shamed is book 11 in the Kate Burkholder series. I confess to this being my first book in the series although I have enjoyed a couple of Amish books before. Kate is the Chief of Police in Painters Mill and is called out to investigate the particularly vicious murder of an upstanding Amish grandmother. Of the three grandchildren who were with her, Elsie, the 7 year old has been abducted by "the Devil". The Amish hold their secrets tightly from outsiders, Kate does however met with less suspician as she is ex-Amish and speaks Deitsch. Time is against them in the race to find Elsie unharmed and the dead bodies seem to be mounting. Accidents or murder? What secrets are being kept that put Elsie at risk? Her love interest Tomasetti makes an appearance but I did not feel that he added to story in any way. He seemed rather superfluous to the story. If you read many detective/police procedurals the twists will not be that surprising and at certain points it was a bit repetitive. Shamed was still however an enjoyable afternoon read and the Amish aspect was enlightening. Thank you to #Netgalley and #Minotaur for the advance copy of #Shamed in exchange for my honest review.
pwall55 7 days ago
I had no idea where Shamed by Linda Castillo was going to go after reading the description of the book. No matter the cultural or religious background, it read as a grandmother’s worst nightmare; a kidnapped granddaughter. At least it would be for me. As Kate races against the clock to find and save this child, the story becomes more complex and dark. The eleventh Kate Burkholder novel looks at the human element of the Amish community that believes in God’s will. It seems that the leaders can past judgement within the community; labeling it as God’s will but is it really? “The best way to escape evil is to pursue good.” One has to ask, but is it right? Like Kate I question their ability to always be right. The blurring of right and wrong, future actions that are triggered, and the questions of whether truth was found makes this a thinking person’s book. No easy answers even as the past is revealed along with the present guilty party being caught. Like I said, a thought provoking plot for Kate and the reader too. An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
LoriKB 7 days ago
⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5) Shamed is another book in the Kate Burkholder detective series and the second book I’ve read by this author. I love a good mystery, this didn’t disappoint. Although I liked “A Gathering of Secrets” more, this was enjoyable. Filled with secrets and insights of the quiet Amish Community, this book starts with a horrific murder and kidnapping in the first chapter. Every minute is priceless when solving a crime, but when a kidnapping occurs, especially a child, time is even more precious. The writer takes you on a crime solving ride, all the while explaining the intricacies of the Amish people’s day their life. I look forward to going back and reading her previous books and to her new ones, I received an ARC of this book. Opinion is my own.
MusicInPrint 7 days ago
Hope Castillo never stops writing about Kate Burkholder. Shamed is her 11th book in this series and I have totally enjoyed them all. Kate is a policewomen/ex-Amish member. Painters Mill is lucky to have her expertise in solving bizarre and complex murders that take place in this Amish community. Always wanting more of her love interest John Tomasetti has kept the romantic suspense going in this series also. Shamed is a murder/kidnapping with some intense scenes. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THIS SERIES IN ITS ENTIRETY.
NikL 7 days ago
As always, Castillo gives us and up-close and personal view into Amish life. One of my favorite things about this series is that she doesn't sugarcoat or gloss over the realities of living with such a strict dogma. The Amish live their religion, and deviating from the rules gets you ostracized as it did Kate Burkholder. This story jumps around a bit more than the others. The crimes are committed in two locations that are distant, which made things a bit unbelievable because the killer bounced back and forth between the places. Why he chose his targets when he did didn't make any sense, so I thought that part of the plot was a bit unbelievable. I'm also not entirely fond of the ending. Of course Kate gets her man; she always does. But, in this case, there are several people who participated in the initial crime and, frankly, had few if any consequences. That doesn't sit well with me. If nothing else, I felt that some government agencies should have gotten involved. There are three things that range across the series that I would like to see Castillo begin addressing. Kate's excommunication has left her unable to have a real relationship with her brother and sister. Her brother treats her like dirt, and her sister wants a relationship that Kate is uncomfortable with. Neither appear in this book. I think it is time for these relationships to develop. Kate needs to seriously tell off her brother, and she needs to embrace her sister's family no matter how awkward it might be at first. Kate also needs to have a sit-down with Bishop Troyer about what really happened to her as a kid. This needs to happen before the elderly leader dies. Lastly, her relationship with Tomasetti was barely mentioned here. He was in some scenes but mostly only in a professional way. This relationship also needs to advance. They need to talk about marriage (or get married) and they need to talk about having kids. No one is getting any younger here, so it's about time they had that conversation and there is so much dramatic potential there. I really liked this book and I love the series. I just want to see Castillo move her characters and relationships along before things get too stale.
KelsieAL 7 days ago
Shamed Linda Castillo 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.
MauCarden6 7 days ago
In a child abduction, every second counts. Think how far a car can go in just a few seconds. Think how long it takes before a kidnapping is reported or enough information is gathered to a preliminary make a report. Seconds count. Seconds that turn into minutes, hours; and then the days when family, friends and cops secretly begin to give up hope and just want a body to bring home. No one speaks those dark thoughts aloud. In Shamed Kate Burkholder the Painter Mill’s police chief is called to an abandoned house where an Amish grandmother has been stabbed to death in what looks like a frenzied rage; a special needs granddaughter has been taken and another child left behind. The three went to the abandoned farm to pick walnuts, where they had been many times before with no reason to suspect the horror awaiting them . The Amish are a closed society, only reluctantly accepting help from the “English”. Kate was raised Amish but left the religion as a young adult. The Amish have very mixed feelings about dealing with her, but the fact that she knows the lifestyle (lifestyles of the rich and famous it ain’t) and can speak the language sometimes goes a long way in alleviating the suspicion of dealing with the English. This is a can’t-turn the- pages-fast-enough- mystery. It is also a straight-up thriller. There is very little of the personal with Kate or her state agent boyfriend John Tomasetti. Castillo provides a count down of the time for the reader, upping the tension. As always the insight into the Amish community is fascinating. It truly is a harsh, closed society, but one that will do anything for a member of the community; except tell the truth when it might save a child’s life. I’m taking a star away because there were a few mistakes that I found odd in the 11th book of a police procedural. Burkholder put blood evidence into a plastic bag instead of paper-that’s a forensics 101 mistake. Also the book referred to another character’s murder as happening either at night or in the morning. Kate was almost a witness so there should not have been any doubt. Also, I thought it was unclear whether or not Kate had shot another character. Shamed is a terrific addition to the Burkholder series. A perfect reason to stay inside with the air conditioner and read. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Kaceeey 7 days ago
Linda Castillo has done it again! All the shiny stars for her latest release! This is book eleven of the Kate Burkholder series and I must say it reads as one of the best! The entire series takes place in Painters Mills Ohio, where Kate Burkholder is the local Police Chief. She also happens to be ex-Amish. Long since trading that fully-encompassing lifestyle, leaving everything and everyone behind for an English life. An Amish woman and her two granddaughters are on an outdoor adventure picking walnuts at a nearby deserted farm. What should have been a delightful play-day quickly turns deadly. As the grandmother is suddenly and brutally attacked, she screams for her granddaughters to run for their lives! But only one is lucky enough to get away. Now there’s an all-out manhunt to find the missing child who may be in the hands of a maniacal killer. I always enjoy a good series. I love getting familiar with all the characters. It provides a more intimate connection as I’m reading. This series ranks as one of my absolute favorites! Linda Castillo writes a mind-twisting, absolute unputdownable police procedural that will keep you reading all through the night! The writing is sharp and draws you in immediately. My only regret... now I have to wait a whole year until Ms. Castillo’s next release! This book could easily be read as a stand-alone. But I recommend starting at the beginning of the series! Well worth the journey! A buddy read with Susanne. Thank you for jumping into this series to join me! Thank you to Allison Ziegler at St. Martin’s Press- Minotaur Books, NetGalley and Linda Castillo for an ARC to read and review.