Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder series: Background information when reading Her Last Breath

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Her Last Breath

A Kate Burkholder Novel

by Linda Castillo

Her Last Breath
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    Jun 2013, 320 pages
    Jul 2014, 320 pages

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Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder series

Her Last Breath is the fifth book in the Kate Burkholder series. While readers have made it clear that it can be appreciated as a stand-alone book, story lines and character development are carried as threads running throughout the series. Here is a recap of the series for those who have read the other books, and a teaser for those who haven't:

Sworn to SilenceSworn to Silence (2009) - The first volume in the series sets the stage. In Painters Mill, Ohio, which is a rural farming community, the Amish and "English" have lived side by side for over two centuries. Sixteen years prior to the start of the story, the community experienced a tragedy. A series of brutal murders tore apart the town's sense of safety and tranquility. Kate Burkholder survived the experience, but it left her forever changed. She left her Amish life and family, and became a law enforcement officer. Now she has returned to her old community, as chief of police. And she is determined to solve the mystery of the serial killer.


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