ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Hidden One by Linda Castillo

Publication Date: July 5, 2022
Format: Audio
Genre:  Amish Mystery
Narrators: Kathleen McInerney

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
9 hours 18 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Over a decade ago, beloved Amish bishop Ananias Stoltzfus disappeared without a trace. When skeletal remains showing evidence of foul play are unearthed, his disappearance becomes even more sinister.

The town’s elders arrive in Painters Mill to ask chief of police Kate Burkholder for help, but she quickly realizes she has a personal connection to the crime. The handsome Amish man who stands accused of the murder, Jonas Bowman, was Kate’s first love. Forced to confront a painful episode from her past, Kate travels to Pennsylvania’s Kishacoquillas Valley, where the Amish culture differs dramatically from the traditions she knows. Though Bishop Stoltzfus was highly respected, she soon hears about a dark side to this complex man. What was he hiding that resulted in his own brutal death?

Someone doesn’t want Kate asking questions. But even after being accosted and threatened in the dead of night, she refuses to back down. Is she too close to the case—and to Jonas—to see clearly? There’s a killer in the Valley who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. Will they get to Kate before she can expose the truth? Or will the bishop’s secrets remain hidden forever?


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I still love this series. Its like visiting with old friends. This time Kate has left Painters Mill to help a man she almost married.  They were very close when Kate was young but he was older than her and the police and her parents didn't want them together. 

Now charged with murder of a Bishop Kate has traveled to Pennsylvania to try to help.  The Amish in this town are very different than those she is used to but she still can understand them better than the outsider English. Looking into the Bishop Kate discovers several anomalies that just don't seem to come together for her. 

While helping Kate is also reconciling with her past. Thinking back on past experiences, and what could have been and why she did certain things.  I think this is a turning point for her.  Realizing that she has to make peace with it in order to move on.  

I love these books and this one didn't disappoint.  While the setting was different and Kate wasn't the office in charge it still held the same great mystery and investigation that these books always have and now we peak behind the curtain of a different sect of the Amish. 

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