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Linda Castillo

Biography

Linda Castillo

Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder novels, including SWORN TO SILENCE, which was adapted into a Lifetime Original Movie titled An Amish Murder starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder. Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the RITA. In addition to writing, Castillo’s other passion is horses. She lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next novel.

Books by Linda Castillo

by Linda Castillo - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

When a historic barn burns to the ground in the middle of the night, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. At first, it looks like an accident, but when the body of 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich is found inside --- burned alive --- Kate suspects murder. Who would want a well-liked, hardworking young Amish man dead? Kate delves into the investigation only to find herself stonewalled by the community to which she once belonged. Is their silence a result of the Amish tenet of separation? Or is this peaceful and deeply religious community conspiring to hide a truth no one wants to talk about?

by Linda Castillo - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Two years ago, Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a “fallen” Amish man and a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped and is headed for Painters Mill. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder grew up with King. As a 13-year-old Amish girl, she had worshipped the ground he walked on. She never could have imagined the nightmare scenario that becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and takes his five children hostage at their Amish uncle’s farm. Armed and desperate, he has nothing left to lose. Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate makes contact with King only to find herself trapped with a killer. Or is he?

by Linda Castillo - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman and infiltrate the community. In the coming days, she will unearth a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone...trapped in a fight for her life.

by Linda Castillo - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident, and Kate finds herself plunged into a 30-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged. Under siege from an unknown assailant, Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.

by Linda Castillo - Fiction, Mystery

All of Painters Mill knows the Hochstetler farm is haunted, but only a handful remember the terrible secrets lost in time. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder investigates an apparent suicide, evidence quickly points to murder, and Kate follows an elusive trail toward a tragedy from long ago. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti, who is drawn into his own haunted past when a man responsible for the murder of his family is found not guilty.

by Linda Castillo - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Evidence emerges that there was nothing accidental about a supposed car accident that killed an Amish deacon and two of his children. Kate Burkholder begins to suspect that she is on the trail of a cold-blooded killer. It is a search that takes her on a chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the human heart and makes her question everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born.

by Linda Castillo - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

When the search for a young Amish teen turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case, she will have to call upon everything she has to give. But will she piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate?