After the Storm by Linda Castillo is the 7th mystery in the Kate Burkholder series where a tornado passes through the Chief of Police's town, uncovering secrets left and right (available July 14, 2015).
After the Storm is the seventh Kate Burkholder mystery, and I've been a fan of Linda Castillo since the debut of the series. For those who haven’t dipped into this series, Burkholder, chief of police in Painter’s Mill, was raised Amish. Her background is both a positive and a minus for her. She speaks Pennsylvania Dutch and is knowledgeable about Amish culture (something that is instrumental in solving the mystery in this novel). But her background also creates friction as the local Amish treat her with reserve, if not outright dislike. Even her brother and sister are conflicted about Kate’s choice to leave the faith.
While Tomasetti and the Amish men pour lemonade and talk about the storms forecast for later, I follow the women into the kitchen. I’d been nervous about accepting today’s invitation from my brother because I didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea how they would respond to me and Tomasetti or the fact that we’re living together with no plans to get married. To my relief, no one has mentioned any of those things, and another knot of tension loosens.