Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dewey's 24-hr Read-a-thon Update!

Hi All!
Hope you found lots of time for reading on Oct. 9th! I did, although I wasn't near a computer to update my blog. I also attended a friend's Celebration of Life for a part of my day. Still, I managed to finish one book, and read all of another. That's cause I even carried my reading over to the next day and immersed myself in just reading and Canadian Thanksgiving turkey dinner! Am I spoiled or what?! :)


Linda Castillo is a new author for me, but one I'm planning to read more of. Sworn to Silence is the first in her series about an Amish raised female cop who returns to the community she was raised in and becomes their Chief of Police. She must solve a series of murders reminiscent of a serial killer that tortured the community when she was growing up. The story grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the end. The characters are believable in all their faults and there is enough description of the Amish culture to give the reader an understanding without feeling overwhelmed with it. There's a little bit of everything here from heart-pounding suspense, to a little touch of romance. The story moves quickly and you may think you know who-dunit....but I'd bet you'd be wrong! I was. I highly recommend that fans of police procedurals and good thrillers in general find this book, read it and let me know what you think! I personally couldn't wait to get started on the next in the series, and am going to be anxiously awaiting the third!

The next book I read during the read-a-thon, and which I carried over to the next day because I just couldn't put it down, was the second in Linda Castillo's series, PRAY FOR SILENCE.

This book was every bit as good as the first one. Once again we visit the small town near an Amish community with Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. Again, a murder to solve. this time it's an Amish family and it appears senseless. It's late at night and I've been reading for quite awhile in quiet and my phone rings. I literally jumped! I was that caught up in the story. Linda Castillo has done it again. Always there is a little twist and you might think you know who-dunit...but I'd guess you'd be wrong. I love that about her books. In this book we also learn a little more about our Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and what makes her tick. We also learn a little more about the Amish. If you loved her first book, Sworn to Silence, then definitely pick this one up as well. All I can say is that I'm so looking forward to the next one in the series!

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