DOVER — The Dover Public Library will host a special Meet the Author event featuring New York Times Bestselling author Linda Castillo at 6:30 p.m. July 20.

Castillo will discuss her latest book in the Kate Burkholder Amish Mystery Series, Shamed. In this gripping thriller, a devastating murder exposes an Amish family’s tortured past. The peaceful Ohio town of Painters Mill is shattered when an Amish grandmother is brutally murdered on an abandoned farm. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she learns that the woman’s seven-year-old granddaughter is gone, abducted in plain sight. Kate knows time is against her ? the longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes.

The girl’s family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets ? and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them. What are they hiding and why? Kate’s investigation brings her to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river, a community where family is everything and tradition is upheld with an iron fist. But the killer is close behind, drawing more victims into a twisted game of revenge. Left behind at each new crime scene are cryptic notes that lead Kate to a haunting and tragic secret. What she uncovers threatens to change everything she thought she knew about the family she’s fighting for, the Amish community as a whole ? and her own beliefs. As time to find the missing girl runs out, Kate faces a harrowing choice that will test her convictions and leave one family forever changed.

"It is very exciting to host Linda the week her newest book is released to the public," said library director Jim Gill. "Linda has been a true friend of our library and we are so excited to have back once again. We feel her thrillers are so popular with local readers because Linda sets them in Ohio's Amish country. We know the place names and can admire how Linda nails Ohio's Amish culture."

Like the other ten books in the series, Shamed is set in the fictional Holmes County town of Painters Mill, Ohio. Originally from Ohio where her Amish thrillers are set, Linda Castillo knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer — and penned her first novel at the age of 13. She's published 30 books for three New York publishing houses and won numerous industry awards, including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Golden Heart, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the prestigious Rita. 

Refreshments and a book signing will follow the program, which is free and open to all. Copies of all of Castillo's new book will be available for purchase. For more information or register for this free program, contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut Street, directly across the street from Dover High School.