Sworn to Silence
  • # of Books:
  • First Book:
    July 2009
  • Latest Book:
    July 2023
  • Genres:
    Police Procedural, Mystery
  • Setting:
    Painters Mill, Ohio
  • Characters:
    Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police
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Kate Burkholder Series in Order (25 Books)

Order Book Date Rating
1 5
2 4
3 5
4 5
4.5 (e) 4
5 5
6 5
6.5 (e) 4
7 5

7.5 (e) 4
8 5
8.5 (e) 4
9 5
9.5 (e) 5
10 5
10.5 (e) 4
11 5
11.5 (e) 4
12 5
12.5 4
12.7 (e) 5
13 5
13.5 (e) 4
14 5
15 5

Book Descriptions for series: Kate Burkholder

  • Book - 1

    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...

  • Book - 2

    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,...

  • Book - 3

    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...

  • Book - 4

    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 ...

  • Book - 4.5

    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...

  • Book - 5

    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...

  • Book - 6

    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...

  • Book - 6.5

    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...

  • Book - 7

    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...

  • Book - 7.5

    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 b...

  • Book - 8

    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 sil...

  • Book - 8.5

    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 Ami...

  • Book - 9

    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 ...

  • Book - 9.5

    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 a...

  • Book - 10

    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 ...

  • Book - 10.5

    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...

  • Book - 11

    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...

  • Book - 11.5

    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...

  • Book - 12

    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...

  • Book - 12.5

    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, ...

  • Book - 12.7

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

  • Book - 13

    In New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo’s new thriller Fallen, 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 ...

  • Book - 13.5

    Chief of Police Kate Burkholder confronts a mysterious beast terrorizing the residents of Painters Mill in this new original short mystery from bestselling author Linda Castillo. On a foggy spring night, an Amish man crashes his buggy after a larg...

  • Book - 14

    The discovery of an Amish bishop's remains leads chief of police Kate Burkholder to unearth a chilling secret in The Hidden One, a new thriller from bestselling author Linda Castillo. Over a decade ago, beloved Amish bishop Ananias Stoltzfus d...

  • Book - 15

    Chief of Police Kate Burkholder investigates the brutal death of a young Amish man in An Evil Heart, the latest installment of the bestselling series by Linda Castillo. On a crisp autumn day in Painters Mill, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder respon...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are 25 books in the Kate Burkholder series.

The next book in the Kate Burkholder series, An Evil Heart (Book 15), will be published in July 2023.

The first book in the Kate Burkholder series, Sworn to Silence, was published in July 2009.

The Kate Burkholder series primarily falls into the Police Procedural and Mystery genres.
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