Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed the first book, Sworn to Silence, and was looking forward to the next episode in the series. Unfortunately, this wasn't quite up to expectations: the writing wasn't as tight, the descriptions a little overdone. There were a few "what happened to the editor" moments as well, most around those times when the action switched to John Tomasetti's point-of-view (that seemed particularly thrown in, rather than a well-thought-out section).
In this second outing, an Amish family (all seven of them) have been brutally murdered - it could be a murder/suicide, but Kate thinks not. As the investigation grows, the links between the Amish and the English are explored as are Kate's feelings about being formerly Amish. Her relationship with Tomasetti also grows, although it's not clear where it's going. By the end, the case has no real resolution in terms of why - the who is clear.
I might give this one more to see if the series rights itself, because it does have possibilities. But if it doesn't...