The Burden of Hate


Book 3 of 3, An Annie Collins Mystery series

About The Burden of Hate, by Helen Starbuck

"A thriller that offers a master class in suspense.”

Kirkus Reviews

National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist


The newest book in the
Annie Collins Mystery series.


Revenge. Hate. Fear. Not exactly traditional wedding gifts. But when convicted killer Ian Patterson escapes from prison, operating room nurse Annie Collins and fiancé assistant district attorney Angel Cisneros are forced to face these realities head on. The wedding plans are in motion with Angel’s mother laser focused on micromanaging her first-born’s wedding into the event of the century.


But when events begin to unravel, including the mysterious disappearance of the priest, questions and fears begin to rise. Where is Ian Patterson? Will his quest for revenge toward the two people responsible for sending him to prison—Annie Collins and Angel Cisneros—bring them face to face to settle this once and for all? In this suspenseful continuation of Annie and Angel’s saga, everything will come into question.


When it comes to wedding vows and murder, how far would you go for someone you love?

Available as a paperback, ebook, and audiobook.


ISBN: 978-0-9992461-1-5

Trim: 6" x 9", Pages: 226

Published by: Routt Street Press

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“A thriller that offers a master class in suspense.” 

—Kirkus Reviews

“Starbuck injects humorous moments while also instilling a credible sense of fear and delivering intelligent, compelling characters. The story’s fast pace generates a sense of urgency, and . . . a bonus plot that readers will also appreciate.”

—Blue Ink Review

“This is the third book in the Annie Collins Mystery Series. I loved it! Annie’s continuing development through the series has kept me engaged as a reader. The relationship between Annie and Angel has been a focal point as they solve mysteries, navigates their pasts, family, and their future. Not sure where the series will go from here, but if it doesn’t continue at least there is more coming from author Helen Starbuck. “Legacy of Secrets” is a wonderful read as well, and an independent storyline from the Annie Collins Series.“

Natalie McDonald, Amazon 5-Star Review

The 3rd book in the Annie Collins series. It was my favorite! Great character development with the right amount of suspense, tension and intrigue for a whodunit mystery. Love how Annie & Angel work together, and love, support and protect one another, while helping to solve crime with the engaging police detectives. I couldn’t stop turning the pages. The author keeps you guessing. A very good read.

—Donna M. Lefferdo, Amazon 5-Star Review