#BookBeginnings Shamed by Linda Castillo

I’m reading this month’s pick by our library’s mystery discussion group, Shamed by Linda Castillo, for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Shamed by Linda Castillo

Summary:  The 11th novel in the Kate Burkholder series starts with the murder of an Amish grandmother. Soon Kate earns that the woman’s seven-year-old granddaughter is missing. Kate sets off in a race against time to find the girl, but discovers the family, upstanding and respected members of the Amish community, are not telling her all that they know.

First Sentence Prologue:

No one went to the old Schattenbaum place anymore. No one had lived there since the flood back in 1969 washed away the crops and swept the outhouse and one of the barns into Painters Creek.

Love how the sense of place is evoked with the names.

First Sentence:

You see a lot of things when you’re the chief of police in a small town. Things most other people don’t know about — don’t want to know about — and are probably better off for it.


The prologue is in third person with past tense verbs, which gives it a bit of narrative distance. That’s good because  is about the murder, which is quite gruesome. The rest is mostly told in the first person from the point of view of the protagonist Kate Burkholder and present tense, which feels really immediate. I admire anyone who can write in the present tense. It pulls you in and speeds right along.


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


The younger man’s eyes dart left and right, as if he’s looking for an escape route in case I attack. He’s just realized where this is going and he doesn’t like it.

When I was looking for the quote, I realized Castillo sprinkles in many words of Deitsch, the language of the Amish.

What do you think? Have you read any books by Linda Castillo?


  1. Karen M Gibson

    Sounds like an interesting book. Have you read the whole series? Wondering if I should see if my public library has it.

    • Roberta

      I started last night and am already half way through. The underlying information about the Amish really makes it unique. I think it stands alone well, but I’m going back to pick up some of the others now.

  2. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    I’ve been curious about this series for a while now. If only I had the time to start it now…maybe some day.

    • Roberta

      The good news it that it is a quick read.

  3. Karen M Gibson

    The only public library I currently have e-reader access to has only audiobooks by Castillo. And actually I think that membership card has expired (Tallahassee).

    At some point I’m going to have to upgrade my Kindle so I can borrow books at my local library again.

    • Roberta

      I don’t have a way to borrow ebooks at my library either. I’m grateful they allow us in for restricted access to real books.

  4. Karen M Gibson

    Since I do most of my reading late at night with the bedroom light off, I read very few actual physical books these days.

  5. Freda Mans-Labianca

    11th in the series, it must be decent. Off to check out book #1. Happy weekend!

  6. Literary Feline

    I read the first book in this series years ago, but never continued. I am not sure why not. I hope you are enjoying Shamed! It sounds like a great read. Have a great weekend!

    • Roberta

      It’s possible the series has evolved. It was popular enough that our library discussion group picked it.

  7. Anne@HeadFullofBooks

    What an opening line. Wow. I can picture it all. My quotes from The Radium Girls

  8. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Now I am very curious! Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THE PARIS LIBRARY”

  9. Emma @ France Book Tours

    I wonder what’s going to happen there! Here is my Book Beginnings: https://francebooktours.com/2021/02/26/lorigine-book-beginnings/

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