Blessed Be the Wicked: An Abish Taylor Mystery by D. A. Bartley

Blessed Be the Wicked: An Abish Taylor Mystery

byD. A. Bartley

Kobo ebook | August 7, 2018

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In D. A. Bartley's compelling debut, Detective Abish Taylor returns home to Utah and uncovers dark secrets lurking within the quiet Mormon community.

Detective Abish Taylor left Utah for a reason. But with her husband’s passing, it’s time to come home. Reconnecting with her family means dealing with her past: the father she abandoned and the community she left behind. Her one escape is serving as the sole police detective in the small town of Pleasant View. But when the quiet Mormon suburb in the Wasatch Mountains is shaken by a macabre death—with the hallmarks of a sacred ritual dating back to the days of Brigham Young— Abbie is called into action.

As she uncovers the dark side of the picturesque neighborhood—infidelity, corruption, and the greed of a global religion—Abbie discovers just how far some powerful leaders of the Church will go to bury their secrets. Especially as the brutal murder unearths a sinister tradition lurking in the religion's not-so-distant past: the ultimate sacrifice for unforgivable sins. With the chief pressuring her to close the case and the community that once sheltered her watching her every move, Abbie must find justice for the dead—before she’s silenced for good.

Title:Blessed Be the Wicked: An Abish Taylor MysteryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 7, 2018Publisher:CROOKED LANE BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1683317211

ISBN - 13:9781683317210

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Romantic suspense Blindsided by Kate Watterson has been a difficult read. Dr. Cadence Lawrence accidentally crosses paths with a man she had accused of murdering her best friend ten years before. Feeling like her life might be in jeopardy, she leaves her medical practice and her home, only to be snowbound in Wisconsin, where she is rescued by a handsome stranger who brings her to his country home. And that is when the plot becomes bogged down with inane dialogue and unrealistic storylines. The book blurb describes it as a thriller, which is what led me to read it. However, suspenseful romance best describes it. The plot promises an interesting murder mystery but, unfortunately, it evolves into an unrealistic romance. The dialogue often lapses into areas that have nothing to do with the story. If romance novels are your preference, you may enjoy this novel. Please note that this is only my opinion. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved seeing Kate again I have loved each one of Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder mysteries, and this one does not disappoint. You would think that she would run out of ideas for mysteries to be solved in a small Amish town; however, this story was fresh and interesting. If any complaint is to be made about it, it's that the story is too short. For a $30 book, this one was a bit on the thin side. It was also a bit predictable. Regardless, I found it hard to put down and it was nice to see Kate again, and get a bit more of a glimpse into her Amish childhood. I look forward to the next story next year.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ninth book in series! Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo is the newest A Kate Burkholder Novel. Kate Burkholder is the chief of police in Painters Mill, Ohio. Kate receives a call from Deputy Warden Jerry Murphy at the Mansfield Correctional Institute saying that Joseph King has escaped. Joseph was convicted two years prior of murdering his wife. His five children now live with their aunt and uncle on a farm outside Painters Mill. Kate grew up with Joseph until his family moved away when she was thirteen. She remembers the crush she had on Joseph and how he changed after his father passed away. Kate does not think Joseph will return to town, but she sets up a watch on Rebecca and Daniel Beachy’s home. Around 3 a.m. Kate is checking the perimeter when she is attacked. Joseph gets the drop of Kate and forces her into the farmhouse. Joseph is holding Kate along with his five children hostage. Joseph swears to Kate that he is innocent, but he refuses to give himself up. He does not want to go back to prison and he will not let the children go. Joseph wants Kate to investigate and prove he did not murder his wife, Naomi. Kate is set free and faces the criticism of her colleagues. She remembers what Joseph was like as a young boy. Kate sets off on her quest for answers. Did Joseph kill Naomi as the evidence suggests? Kate is in for a bumpy ride in Down a Dark Road. I look forward to reading the latest Kate Burkholder book each year and Linda Castillo did not let me down with this tome. Down a Dark Road captured and held my interest. I found the book to be well-written and have a steady pace. The mystery is complex with many twists and turns along the way. I did solve the mystery early in the story, but I enjoyed reading on to see how it would unravel. I would find dealing with the Amish very frustrating if I was a police officer (Kate is so patient). Their reluctance to talk and help the law astounds me. Kate Burkholder is a complicated person. I liked that more of her youth was revealed to us (Kate looks back remembering her time with Joseph). It is nice to see how Kate was as a girl (she grew up Amish). I also appreciated seeing a more vulnerable side of Kate. My rating for Down a Dark Road is 4.5 out of 5 stars. While Down a Dark Road is the ninth book in the series, it can be read alone. Personally, I am glad to have read the whole series, because each volume builds upon the previous. A new layer of Kate’s character is exposed and we discover a little more about Kate. The epilogue was lovely and heartwarming. I look forward to reading the tenth book in A Kate Burkholder series when it releases next year.
Date published: 2017-07-12

From the Author

In D. A. Bartley's compelling debut, Detective Abish Taylor returns home to Utah and uncovers dark secrets lurking within the quiet Mormon community.Detective Abish Taylor left Utah for a reason. But with her husband’s passing, it’s time to come home. Reconnecting with her family means dealing with her past: the father she abandoned and the community she left behind. Her one escape is serving as the sole police detective in the small town of Pleasant View. But when the quiet Mormon suburb in the Wasatch Mountains is shaken by a macabre death—with the hallmarks of a sacred ritual dating back to the days of Brigham Young— Abbie is called into action.As she uncovers the dark side of the picturesque neighborhood—infidelity, corruption, and the greed of a global religion—Abbie discovers just how far some powerful leaders of the Church will go to bury their secrets. Especially as the brutal murder unearths a sinister tradition lurking in the religion's not-so-distant past: the ultimate sacrifice for unforgivable sins. With the chief pressuring her to close the case and the community that once sheltered her watching her every move, Abbie must find justice for the dead—before she’s silenced for good.