I'm hopeful this may enhance the teachers' understanding of developmental milestones and give them some cultural capital needed to participate in the debates over education during these challenging times. I still have to develop several implementation plans, educate parents on what we are trying to do and get them engaged in the process and write the continuation federal grant. BIG SIGH......
I've often commented to friends, facetiously, that murder and blues elevate my mood--by this, I mean reading an engrossing mystery and listening to some down and dirty blues, or R and B, make me feel better. Go figure. This may be one reason I so enjoyed forgetting everything this past weekend and reading a hard boiled mystery set incongruously in Amish Country.
Gone Missing, by Linda Castillo. Minotaur Books. 2011. 277 pages.
Police Chief Kate Burkholder knows the Amish culture in Ohio where she presides over a small police department in a generally peaceful, rural region. Burkholder grew up Amish but rebelled in her teens and left the culture and life style behind. But, when Amish teenagers begin to disappear, Buckholder is the person called in to consult on the case. It is lagniappe that this allows her to work again with State Agent John Tomasetti with whom she has a burgeoning romance. Soon the case takes on alarming and dark overtones, and young women's lives are at stake. Will Kate find them in time?
This is a hard-boiled mystery rather than a feel good cozy. The setting may be Amish country, but there is evil and insanity lurking among these peaceful, aloof folk. Sometimes the police deductions seem slow, but the pacing of the plot makes this a page turner. The book also taught me something about Amish culture, e.g. the existence of "Rumspringa," a time before baptism when Amish teens are allowed to experience the life of the "English" culture without rules.
There are three earlier books in this series, and I read this last book in the sequence before the others because a friend gave me the book. I think I would now like to read the first book in the series to get additional background and back story on the recurring characters and the setting. It's certainly not a typical "Amish mystery."
Has anyone else read this series? What did you think?