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An Evil Heart

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

By Linda Castillo

Kate Burkholder #15

Smart, Well Structured, and Sizzling With Suspense.



Kate Burkholder’s wedding day is just around the corner. As the chief of police in Painters Mill she is also investigating the violent death of Aden Karn a twenty year old Amish man, whose body was found shot twice by a cross bow and abandon on a rural road with his bicycle abandoned nearby. Was it a hunting accident or a horrendous murder. Kate’s interviews of Aden’s family and friends finds him to be extremely well-liked and soon to be married to his young fiancé Emily. When a second body, a woman, is found a few days later, Kate’s hunch tells her there might be a connection, and things are not quite what they seem.


AN EVIL HEART is the fifteenth book in the Kate Burkholder series set with an Amish backdrop, Author Linda Castillo grabs your attention in the first five minutes of the book and she never lets go.

The story has the potential to keep you up late at night. It’s is fast-paced and action-packed, and highly enjoyable. The writing is smart, well structured, and sizzling with suspense.

Kate Burkholder’s character is delightful. She is unique, smart, courageous, resilient and determined. You can’t ask for much more than that. The entire Burkholder series is a fabulous read. Fair warning the first chapter or two in this book, as well as all the books in the series are bit alarming. You will not soon forget Castillo’s graphic and detailed description of both the crime and the murder scene. It will have your heart pounding.

Castillo has developed a character in Kate Burkholder that highlights the fortitude of women. I highly applaud this book and the series. Feel free to jump into this series anywhere, but once you do, you will want to read them all.

The narrator was Kathleen McInerney. Her tone, pacing and inflections were spot on. Her narration brought the story to life.

Thanks to Netgalley and McMillan Audio for an advance copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher McMillan Audio

Published June 11, 2023

Narrated Kathleen McInerney

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