Down A Dark Road (Kate Burkholder #9) by Linda Castillo (4 out of 5)

This latest installment of the Kate Burkholder series finds her childhood friend Joseph King escaping from prison and going on the run. Two years prior, King was convicted of killing his wife with a shotgun blast while his kids were asleep in the house. Kate doesn’t think there’s a chance he will come back to Painters Mill, but since his kids are now there living with the new family, she heads over and sits a shift overnight at the farm. Sure enough, she lets her guard down and gets ambushed by Joseph, then taken hostage with his kids. It’s a peaceful situation, until Joseph tells Kate he isn’t going anywhere until she relooks into his case, because he didn’t kill his wife. His 5 year old daughter bavks him up, and Kate is conflicted, but makes a promise to do so, and he lets her go free, while he continues to be holed up in the home with his kids. Once Kate gets on the outside and tells the hostage respondents, she gets shamed into silence by the boys club. Shortly after, Joseph fires upon a deputy getting to close to the home, and as often happens in hostage situations, he is shot down and killed by a member of the hostage squad.  Now it’s up to Kate to look further into his wife’s murder, while mourning the loss of her friend. I’ll tell you that if you haven’t read the series at all, you need to go back to the beginning and start. Secondly, these are no light and fluffy mysteries. Kate, as well as her lover and colleague Tomasetti, are individuals with dark pasts, secrets that haunt them, and very real in their views of whatever is going on in front of them. I really like that fact! I hate super light and fluffy gardening whodunits. This latest installment was flawless. It’s out now, brought to us by Minotaur Books. Check it out. 

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~ by generationgbooks on July 10, 2017.

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