Linda Castillo

Linda Castillo is originally from rural Ohio, USA, but she lives in Texas with her husband. In her spare time Linda enjoys riding horses, especially trail riding, and dabbles in barrel racing. She resides in Texas with her husband, three dogs, a barn cat, and two Appaloosa horses.

Linda knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer—and penned her first novel at the early age of thirteen. Her first novel was published in 2000. The bestselling author of many novels, she is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion, the Golden Heart, and a nomination for the prestigious RITA. But is best known for her Amish thriller series focused around protagonist Kate Burkholder, the first novel of the series "Sworn to Silence" be made into a two-hour original movie starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.

Book List in Order: 47 titles

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    In New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo’s new thriller, a rebellious Amish woman leaves the Plain life, but the secrets she takes with her will lead Chief of Police Kate Burkholder down a dark path to danger and death.When a young w...


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    Chief of Police Kate Burkholder races against the clock to find a missing child in this new original short story from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo.As a violent thunderstorm rages in Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder receives a call f...


  • Chief of Police Kate Burkholder races against the clock to find a missing child in this new original short story from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo. As a violent thunderstorm rages in Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder receives a ca...


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    New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo is known for her pulse-pounding mystery series set in Amish country. Now, together for the first time in print, A Simple Murder features six original short stories starring whip-smart chief of police, ...


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    Linda Castillo follows her instant New York Times bestseller, Shamed, with Outsider, an electrifying thriller about a woman on the run hiding among the Amish. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder’s past comes back to haunt her when she receives a cal...


  • In this gripping new Kate Burkholder short mystery from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, a terrifying disappearance in Amish country reveals the power of friendship. Three days before Thanksgiving, two boys disappear without a tra...


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    In The Pact a gripping Kate Burkholder short mystery from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, a terrifying disappearance in Amish country reveals the power of friendship.Three days before Thanksgiving, two boys disappear without a trace...


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    In this gripping thriller from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, a devastating murder exposes an Amish family’s tortured past. The peaceful town of Painters Mill is shattered when an Amish grandmother is brutally murdered on an a...


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    From Linda Castillo, the New York Times bestselling author of A Gathering of Secrets, comes a new Kate Burkholder short mystery, In Plain Sight: a story of star-crossed love and murder in Amish country.Seventeen year old Amish boy, Noah Kline, is str...







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    A deadly fire exposes the dark side of Amish life in A GATHERING OF SECRETS, a harrowing new thriller in the New York Times bestselling series by Linda Castillo. When a historic barn burns to the ground in the middle of the night, Chief of Police ...


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    From the New York Times bestselling author of DOWN A DARK ROAD comes Linda Castillo's IN DARK COMPANY: a short story about an injured young woman with amnesia who seeks Chief of Police Kate Burkholder’s help to remember her identity—and her attac...


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    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 he's headed for Painter's Mill. News of a murderer ...


  • Bucolic Painters Mill is plunged into darkness in this new short mystery, from the New York Times bestselling author of Among the Wicked, featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder.It’s Friday the 13th in Painters Mill and rumors of an Amish “rage...


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    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 silenc...


  • From the New York Times bestselling author of THE DEAD WILL TELL comes a new short story offering a glimpse into Chief of Police Kate Burkholder's past and her Amish roots.It's autumn in Painter's Mill, and fourteen year old Katie Burkholder has been...


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    When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones and notifying the family. When evidence emerges that the death was no accident, Kate soo...


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    When a baby-only hours old-is discovered on the Amish bishop's front porch in Painter's Mill, Ohio, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. The newborn is swaddled in an Amish crib quilt, and the only other item found with the ch...


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    Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time -- and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave. On...


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    A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere What at first appears to be a tragic but routine hit-and-run accident becomes personal for Chief of Police Kate Burkholder wh...


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    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of SWORN TO SILENCE and GONE MISSING comes a powerful and moving story about a troubled young woman and a decades old mystery set in the world of the Amish. It's autumn in Painters Mill, and Chief of Po...


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    Linda Castillo’s bestselling series continues with GONE MISSING -- a deeply chilling novel about a rite of passage gone horribly wrong. Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting ...


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    Amish parents Solomon and Rachael Slabaugh are found dead on their farm, leaving their four children orphaned. Initially, it appears to be a gruesome accident: methane gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated cesspit. But the deaths are soon re...


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    One family. One horrific murder. An entire town under suspicion... The Planks moved from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to the small Amish community of Painters Mill hoping to resume the comforts of the Plain Life in Ohio. Less than one year later,...


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    A brutal serial killer once tore apart an Amish town. Sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered a peaceful farming community. A young Amish girl named Kate Burkholder survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer...but fled to the s...


  • OVERKILL It started with a case so horrific that it sent Chicago cop Marty Hogan straight over the edge. Unable to put her disturbing memories behind her, Marty lost her job and was forced to flee to small-town Texas and the only police force that wo...


  • IT WAS A NIGHT LIKE NO OTHER...DARKER, LONGER AND TOTALLY UNFORGETTABLE Sara Douglas watched as Nick Tyson emerged from the heavy rain. In his face she saw little of the boy she once knew. She'd returned to Cape Darkwood to research her parents' m...


  • HE WAS HER ONLY HOPE OF MAKING IT THROUGH THE NIGHT Chase Vickers never knew a day of fear. From one secret mission to another he'd stared down danger...until the blackout hit Boston, and Chase's only love became the target of revenge. Lily Garret...


  • RETIREMENT FOR ONE COWBOY MEANT GETTING BACK UP ON THE SADDLE All Bo Ruskin wanted was to forget his tragic past and to reclaim his quiet cowboy life. Instead, he had orders to protect Special Agent Rachael Armitage. Furious and frustrated, Rachae...






  • HE AIMS FOR THE HEART Deep-cover operative Mike Madrid tracked Jessica Atwood with ease, but one look at her revealed her innocence. On the run with an orphan in tow, the spitfire called out to Madrid, stirring passions he thought long buried. ...


  • Until now, no one has suspected the truth about down-to-earth bookseller Julia Wainwright. But the arrival of six threatening letters indicates someone has discovered her secret -- and wants her to pay for her sins... Ever since he accidentally kill...


  • MIDNIGHT IN MONTANA When a federal transport was ambushed and overturned in the wilds of Montana, MIDNIGHT agent Sean Cutter was given forty-eight hours to track down a desperate woman. But falsely accused, Mattie Logan didn't want to be saved. It...


  • Assistant D.A. Kate Megason is about to prosecute the case of her career -- a senseless double homicide caught on video. But before she can bring it to trial, someone starts sending her terrifying messages. Someone who obviously knows Kate's deep, da...


  • AGENT-PROTECTOR AND THEN SOME Special Agent Jake Vanderpol swore he'd buried all tender feelings for Leigh Michaels. Until he learned that the arms dealer she'd testified against six years ago had escaped. Suddenly the memories were back... memori...


  • HOSTAGE TO LOVE Taking gorgeous corrections officer Emily Monroe as his hostage, undercover CIA agent Zack Devlin was trying to escape with his life. But when he helped himself to Emily's full red lips and her body melted into Zack's hard edges, s...


  • Nat Jennings nearly died the night her family was murdered--and spent the next three years wishing she had. Now she is returning to the bayou town of Bellerose, Louisiana, driven by cryptic messages only she can hear--messages pleading for her help ....


  • After a childhood betrayal and tragedy, Lindsey Metcalf made a vow always to protect her younger sister, Traci. Although the two women have drifted apart, Lindsey's worst fears are triggered when Traci mysteriously disappears from her home in Seattle...


  • 48 INTENSE HOURS Lean, edgy former police detective Jack LaCroix had forty-eight hours to clear his name and keep his freedom. To do it, the escaped prisoner needed attorney Landis McAllister -- the woman he'd once thought would share his life. Th...


  • Dr. Elizabeth Barnes has devoted her heart and soul to medical research...at the expense of love in her life. But now--winning an award for her latest breakthrough drug--Elizabeth is at the top of her game, and she wouldn't change a thing. Until a...


  • Agent: Robert Davidson Mission: Pinpoint exact location of the missing agent in Rebelia. Deepest Secret: He's never recovered from the horror of watching the woman he loved die. Robert Davidson thought he could handle returning to Rebelia, the ...


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    IN THE NEWS: Ex-navy search and rescue pilot Drew Evans FAMILY HISTORY: His adopted brother is one of the genetically engineered Extraordinary Five DEEPEST SECRET: Haunted by the only mission he failed Hardened hero Drew Evans had thought his tr...


  • ANYTHING FOR HIS CHILD... Search-and-rescue leader Buzz Malone thought losing the only woman he'd ever loved was the worst blow life could deal. He was wrong. Finding out that he had a son -- a son his ex-wife, Kelly, had kept secret -- was worse....


  • Despite a happy childhood, successful entrepreneur Addison Fox has always yearned to find her birth mother. And with the unexpected death of her adoptive parents comes a renewed determination to fill in the missing pieces of her life--to find her "ot...


  • When Deputy Sheriff Jake Madigan was called to duty to bring in an escaped convict, he thought it would be a routine search-and-rescue mission. He was wrong. Turns out capturing Abby Nichols was a cinch compared to hauling her out of the Rocky Mounta...


  • SHE NEEDED TO REMEMBER... She had no name, no memory, nothing but the knowledge that she was pregnant and someone wanted her dead. Her only hope was John -- the rescue medic who'd saved her life, the Good Samaritan who'd vowed to keep her safe, th...


  • TO SERVE... After nine years as one of Chicago's finest, Erin McNeal had come to sleepy Logan Falls for a second chance, not to be watched over by a man as infuriatingly overprotective--and disarmingly attractive--as Nick Ryan. ...AND PROTECT S...


  • UNDER SUSPICION... Michelle Pelletier had no alibi, a fuzzy memory and an utterly gorgeous detective on her doorstep accusing her of murder. Philip Betancourt wasn't buying her plea of innocence. After all, she'd confessed only half the truth.... ...