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Linda Castillo has written another great Amish suspense.  Great plot and character dynamics .  I recommend this book.  I received an ebook from the publisher and Netgalley.  This is my unbiased review.
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I read this book even though I have never read a single book in the series. I am excited to start from book one. 

Loved this book!!! I can't believe this is the eleventh book in the series. This was my favorite book so far. There were so many twists and turns. The first murder was so gruesome and unexpected, so naturally I was hooked. For living in a small community, Chief Kate Burkholder has her share of horrible crimes. Who knew there could be so much murder in such a small community? Loved when everything was finally revealed. So many secrets. I know the people involved thought they were doing something good, but were they really? The story was very fast paced. I loved everything about it- the story, characters and writing style.

Definitely recommend the book and the previous ones. This is one of my favorite series. I can't wait to read the next one. Hoping Kate and Tomasetti's wedding will be happening soon!!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Shamed by Linda Castillo is the 11th A Kate Burkholder Novel.  I thought Shamed contained good writing with a well-plotted crime.  It can be read as a standalone, though, you would know and understand the characters better if you read the series in order.  Shamed gets off to a shocking start with the death of Mary Yoder.  Kate, John, and other police personnel begin searching for clues and for the missing child.  Elise is seven years old and has Cohen syndrome.  Kate has a gut feeling about the case that does not take her in the same direction as Tomasetti.  Kate’s hunches, though, are rarely wrong.  Kate ends up in a small, isolated Amish community that calls into question everything Kate knew about the Amish.  The mystery is a tense one which ramps up the longer the little girl is missing.  The author created a multifaceted whodunit that is complex and suspenseful.  The beginning is violent and gory.  There is a significant amount of foul language in the book as well.  I enjoyed the authors vivid descriptions of Painters Mill, the people, and the other Amish town.  You will find yourself quickly turning the pages to find how Shamed plays out.  Shamed is a gripping tale with kidnapped child, a messy murder, a crazed killer, incomprehensible information, close calls, and a stupefied police chief.
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2019; Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press

Shamed is the eleventh novel in the Kate Burkholder series, and the series is still going strong! I love Kate and her work crew. They are a small police force but work so well together, and are able to get outside help from different law enforcement agencies. I also like the relationship she has with John. Castillo never overdoes it with the romance part of the story, or just take it away. Castillo manages to have gritty cases, and remains compassionate and respectful in her portrayal of the Amish community. I enjoy learning about the way the Amish community. I feel like with every novel, and murder, we also get to know more about Kate and her background. This was another difficult case in the series, as it deals with children. I read this one in a day as I can never wait to see what happens next. 

***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***
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Linda Castillo is an amazing author, and I never miss a book she releases! This is a great addition to the Kate Burkholder series, While it is #11 in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone novel. That is a plus for anyone who is wanting to get into the series, or get to know the author's style, but they have never read one before. As usual, this book grabs you right from the beginning with a swift and, in this case, a violent start. The twists and turns the author takes you on takes you on a crazy rollercoaster that never seems to slow down. This book just reinforced why she is a favorite author and this a favorite series. I cannot recommend her, or her books, highly enough. Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Shamed by Linda Castillo is a 2019 Minotaur Books publication.


I’m trying to touch base with my favorite crime series this month, and the Kate Burkholder series is one I never want to miss an episode of- although I admit I sometimes forestall reading them because I hate having to wait so long for the next chapter.

In this eleventh installment, the story gets off to a stunning and shocking start with the violent death of a grandmother and the kidnapping of her grandchild. Kate and Tomasetti view the situation differently, but Kate has a gut feeling and decides to follow it.

Her investigation leads to one of the more isolated Amish communities where Kate discovers that all her previous understandings about the community are called into question. These changes have a profound effect on Kate personally, as her past is so grounded in her own Amish upbringing, and her feelings and responses to that life have been built on these foundations, which now feel shaky and unstable.

The mystery is immersive, complex, emotional, and tense. I could not put his book down!! There are many surprising layers to the story and as always there is a dark, secretive undertone that gives it an unsettling edge.

This is another one of those rare series that keeps getting better and stronger as it progresses. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it. Although the characters have a long history together, one you may want to explore at some point- you can jump in at any point and enjoy the story. I promise you will be hooked after reading just one of these outstanding mysteries!

5 stars
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Shamed  proves that Linda Castillo has done it again, and that long-running mystery series can still continue to be 110% pure enjoyment even as they make you think. Shamed is just marvelous, and I am so thrilled that Kate and co. are ontinuing to provide thrills, chills, and best of all, things to think about! Even if you're new to this series, this is still worth checking out. It's just that good!
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I enjoy the Kate Burkholder series and this book met my expectations of a great crime thriller set in Amish Country. This book opens with an Amish Grandma murdered in an abandoned house. She is with her two seven year old granddaughters, one escapes, the other is taken. Kate stumbles upon the scene when she is notified about an abandoned horse and buggy. When she finds out that a child is missing, everything is kicked into high gear to find the child. Kate Burkholder, her boyfriend John Tomasetti, as well as their respective police agencies and others that they pull in pull out all the stops to rescue this young child. There are many clues to follow up on, as well as secrets that are revealed along the way. As more "accidents" occur and are revealed to be murders or attempted murders, they know time is running out.

This story started with a bang and did not let up. It was a heart pounding, nonstop story that had me on the edge of my seat. There was action, some violence and many twists. Kate is a wonderful character. She often ends up in dangerous situations because she will do whatever it takes to do her job. She follows her hunches, and they usually prove to be right on. She works well with her department and respects the skills and abilities of those she works with. Having been raised Amish, it gives her a leg up on other officers when crimes involve the Plain People, in the nearby town of Painter's Mill. This book had me guessing right up to the end. As the secrets are revealed I was amazed and the story held me captive right to the end. I definitely recommend this one.
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This is the first time I have read a book by this author and the first time I read a fiction book where the setting is the Amish. There is a missing little girl and a former Amish is now a cop so she thinks they are going to trust her more since time is a factor. I loved this and can’t wait to read more by her.
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Once again Linda Castillo takes us to the quaint little town of Painters Mill.  Chief of Police, Kate Burkholder, is called to an abandoned farm.  A seven-year-old Amish girl has been kidnapped and her grandmother has been murdered.  Time is of the essence anytime there is a murder, but it is crucial when a little girl has gone missing.  As Kate is investigating the family, she realizes that they have been keeping secrets that may be at the heart of this tragedy.  Kate has to travel to a community in Kentucky to find more of the answers, but instead, she finds more dead bodies.  Will Kate be able to find the missing girl before she finds yet another dead body?

I can't believe that there have been eleven Kate Burkholder novels.  I remember reading the first one so many years ago.  Now it a visit with Kate Burkholder is one of my favorite things about summer.  This year's installment is another fast-paced read. Nothing too challenging, but full of familiar characters and familiar places.  And as usual, I had no idea what kind of twist was coming, but it was a bit of a surprise.    CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS 

Bottom Line - Shamed is another great Amish mystery by Linda Castillo.  If you haven't read her books, I do recommend that you start with the first book.  But, you will move through the series fast and you won't regret it! 

Shamed by Linda Castillo
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Pages: 304
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing
Publication Date: 7/16/19
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This book was ok.  I don't regret reading it, but pretty forgettable. The characters were fine, and the Amish story line added to my interest.  The mystery was interesting but kind of predictable. Should be 3.5 stars
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I'm giving this book 4 stars because of the colorful language on this book.
But other than that it was ok just not my cup of tea so they say.
I don't understand why they would murder an Amish grandmother and I couldn't imagine how terrified that little girl must've been!!
I like Kate Burkholder. Her mannerisms towards the little girl is awesome! Of course I agree that it helps to have an Amish background along with this case.
I loved the mystery thatat surrounded this story it is what kept my interest throughout the whole book. 
I also agree about the secrets! As they say eventually they'll all come out in the wash and we know it's serious if the Bishop becomes involved!
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When I read the synopsis for Shamed I knew I had to read this book. It begins with an Amish grandmother being brutally murdered and one of her granddaughters being kidnapped. I mean what a way to start the book. Police chief, Kate Burkholder is on the case. Kate’s Amish roots helps a lot with talking to the members of the community who would otherwise not be so forthcoming with information to outsiders. Through many twists and turns we learn that this case is connected to another Amish community four hours away and possibly other murders?? There isn’t much I can say without giving away the story but I will say this is a must read. 

Thanks so much to NetGalley for my copy!
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Linda Castillo has done it again! This page turner is the latest in the Kate Burkholder series, and the mystery and suspense blended in with Amish customs makes for a fascinating read.  In this novel Kate is trying to find a missing Amish girl, Elsie, and discovers a lot of lies that led to the girl's disappearance. I love this author. She is phenomenal! Highly recommend this book.
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This story grabbed you right from the get go.  The only thing I missed from this installment was the interaction with Kate and her team, as well as the personal relationship between Kate and Tomasetti.
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I have read and enjoyed the entire Kate Burkholder series. But this one I felt lacked the suspense that is usually woven through the story. It was an interesting plot and a good mystery, it just didn't really thrill me. I'll continue to read the series as I do learn a lot about the Amish way of living.
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St. Martin's Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Shamed.  I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Painters Mill has its own set of problems, but murder is not usually prevalent in the small town.  A well respected, beloved Amish grandmother is brutally murdered while collecting walnuts from an abandoned homestead.  When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she is horrified to learn that the murderer took the woman's seven year old granddaughter with him.  When the search for answers uncovers a past that some would have liked to remain buried, will Kate be able to find the little girl before it is too late?

I like the Kate Burkholder series of books, especially because the author has portrayed her a strong, determined, and intelligent.  Kate's ties to the Amish community give her a unique perspective and provides a good backdrop for the novels.  All that being said, I thought that Shamed was a little weak compared to many of the other books in the series.  The perpetrator's ability to evade seemed unrealistic, as well as other aspects of the plot.  Overall, Shamed is a quick read and is a good continuation of the series.  Readers who like police procedural thrillers may like this series for its good investigative plot and strong female main character.
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Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview this ARC of Shamed by Linda Castillo.

A quiet Amish village is completely shocked when an older beloved woman turns up brutally murdered, and her special needs granddaughter goes missing.  How does such a thing happen to a community that believes in harmony and peace.

This is a piece in a long series about detective Kate Burkholder, an ex-member of the Amish community who speaks the language and has an "in" with it's residents.  Through her work and the work of the team, they unfold the sordid tale of this poor old woman and her innocent young granddaughter.

I'm sorry to say this with all the great reviews of this series, but, yawn.  It was surprisingly a bit cheesy and the dialogue grated on me.  Like it was trying to appease to the audience that loves chick-lit AND hardcore thrillers.  It just wasn't for me.
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Shamed is a convoluted mystery.  Why would anyone murder an old Amish grandmother and take her special needs grandchild?  Sheriff Kate Burkholder uncovers some dark long held secrets in her Amish community.
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