Linda Castillo’s new book ‘The Hidden One’ is a suspenseful tale

Kate Burkholder Is Out Of Jurisdiction In ‘The Hidden One,’ 14th In Linda Castillofrom the series about a police chief in a small town in Holmes County with a large Amish population. She is also far from her staff and her significant other, an Ohio Bureau of Investigation agent. It will have to rely on its own resources, which are abundant.

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Kate was raised Amish until she left the church at 18, after suffering horrific trauma and being generally unfit for life, but she is perfectly suited to her job of mediating tourist altercations and residents. She does just that, albeit on her day off, when her dispatcher calls to tell her that three men are waiting in her office from Pennsylvania to see her.

The men are Amish officials in their district and tell him that a skeleton discovered in a field has recently been identified as that of a former bishop who disappeared 18 years earlier. As well as her bones, an ancient muzzle-loading rifle was found that belonged to Jonas Bowman, who once lived in Painters Mill and was Kate’s teenage sweetheart. He recognizes that the weapon is his but denies having killed the bishop. The Pennsylvania men want Kate’s help clearing Jonas.

Extracting information from local police is difficult, and Kate has mixed results talking to Amish locals. She learns that the deceased bishop had been extremely strict, having excommunicated Jonah’s father for using a diesel-powered tractor. From other sources, she learns that he had committed many acts incompatible with the peaceful sect.

There are several flashbacks to Kate’s teenage years and the excruciating trauma she suffered.

Devoted readers of this standout series may miss Kate’s well-developed regular supporting characters at first, but the thrilling plot and double false conclusion will relieve them of any objections.

“The Hidden One” (320 pages, hardcover) is $27.99 from Minotaur. Linda Castillo grew up in Ithaca, Ohio, a village in Darke County, and lives in Texas. In addition to the novels, there are several electronic short stories in the series.

Linda Castillo, along with Tallmadge author Amanda Flower (“Peanut Butter Panic,” seventh in the Amish Candy Shop mystery series, will be released in September) and Medina County author Linda Ellis (Bourbon Tour mystery series), will discuss their work at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Parma-Powers agency in Cuyahoga County Public Library (6996 Powers Blvd.; sign up at, and 6-8 p.m. Mondays at the Lake Community branch of Stark County District Library (565 Market Ave. SW, Uniontown; register at

“Antioxidants against free radicals”

“Antioxidants Versus Free Radicals” by Dr. Alfred Casino, an Akron physician, is a small book of health tips, mostly about how to prevent heart disease and cancer, and mostly with common sense suggestions like the exercise and avoid smoking and saturated fats.

Casino cites avoiding stress and holding grudges, having a happy marriage, being a US citizen and religious beliefs for turning 88. He also mentions having survived tuberculosis and bladder cancer, and his foundation to provide surgical correction for cleft palate in the Philippines, his native country.

“Antioxidants Versus Free Radicals” (54 pages, softcover) costs $8 at online retailers.

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Bookstore of the learned owl (204 N. Main St., Hudson): Phillip Kane signs “The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership,” featured June 26 on Book Talk, Sunday 1-3 p.m.; Laura Peskin and Randy Rosko sign “Deep Cover Cleveland Topics in Depth Vol. III,” a collection of little-known things about northeast Ohio, from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Medina County Public Library (Buckeye Branch, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina): Scott Longert signs “Victory on Two Fronts: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Era of World War II,” 6-7 p.m. Monday.

Cuyahoga County Public Library: Leslie Hooton talks about her debut novel “The Secret of Rainy Days,” 7 p.m. Tuesday; Wade Rouse, who writes under the name of his grandmother, Viola Shipman, debuts “The Edge of Summer,” in which a woman researches her mother’s past, Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Barbara Graham (“What Jonah Knew”) and JoAnne Tompkins (“What Comes After”) talk about their work at 7 p.m. Thursday. Sign up at

Akron-Summit County Public Library (Goodyear Branch, 60 Goodyear Blvd.): Children’s author Lindsay Bonilla (“Polar Bear Island”) tells stories about whales, dolphins and other ocean creatures, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday. Register at

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma-Snow Branch, 2121 Snow Road): British author Ruth Ware talks about her thriller “The It Girl,” Wednesday at 7 p.m. Sign up at

Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library: David Allen, author of “Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life,” talks about “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” during a virtual event at noon Thursday. Register at

Tuscarawas County Public Library (121 Fair Ave., New Philadelphia): Wendy Koile signs “The Disasters of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Subscribe at

Mac’s back (1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights): Fantasy/science fiction author J. Thorn, who contributed to “Carbon Almanac: It’s Not Too Late,” signs the collaborative science fact book on climate as part of what’s billed as the biggest book signing in history, with events on all seven continents, from 1-2pm on Saturday.

Visible voice books (2258 Professor Ave., Cleveland): Poets Diane Vogel Ferri, Barbara Marie Minney, Dianne Borsenik and Steve Thomas read their work, Saturday at 7 p.m.

Email information about local books and event notices at least two weeks in advance to [email protected] and [email protected] Barbara McIntyre tweets at @BarbaraMcI.

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