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Linda Castillo - Author

About the Author

Bestselling author Linda Castillo is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion and a nomination for the Rita. She lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next thriller, also set in Amish Country and featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder.

Featured books by Linda Castillo

Her Last Breath

Her Last Breath

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

A rainy night, a father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere. What at first seems like a tragic, but routine, car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental. But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and his children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young boy who clings to life in the intensive-care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate. He may be the only one who knows what happened that night. Desperate to find out who killed her best friend's husband and why, Kate Burkholder begins to suspect she is not looking for a reckless drunk, but instead is on the trail of a coldblooded killer. It is a search that takes her on a chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the human psyche and strikes at the heart of everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born.

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Breaking Silence

Breaking Silence

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/11/2011

 Solly and Rachel Slabaugh, and his brother Abel, have drowned in the hog pit leaving the four children as orphans. As the investigation progresses, it seems that the Slabaugh deaths were not an accident, and the case suddenly becomes a murder enquiry. As the case deepens, Kate develops a bond with the children, particularly the 15-year-old daughter, Solome. Maybe she is reminded of herself at that age, and maybe there's something about this case which stirs up memories for her. The events surrounding the deaths puzzle her something doesn't feel right. As more information comes to light, a tragic incident turns into something much more shocking.

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Other books by Linda Castillo

Shamed A Kate Burkholder Novel

Shamed A Kate Burkholder Novel

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2019

An Amish grandmother is murdered on an abandoned farm, her seven year old granddaughter abducted. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder plunges headlong into a case that quickly becomes a race against the clock. She knows the longer the girl is missing, the more likely a tragic outcome. The family of the missing girl is well thought of - a pillar of the Amish community. Their pain is palpable and they cooperate in every way, but Kate soon learns they're keeping secrets. The investigation takes Kate to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river in southern Ohio. At first, the community seems upstanding and helpful. But when Kate starts asking questions, they stonewall her - and the situation soon becomes dangerous. What are they hiding and why? After an attempt on her life, Kate unearths a haunting and tragic secret that changes everything she thought she knew about the family for whom she is fighting, the Amish community as a whole - and everything she thought she knew about herself. Will she reach the girl in time to save her life?

A Gathering of Secrets A Kate Burkholder Novel

A Gathering of Secrets A Kate Burkholder Novel

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2019

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 eighteen-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? Kate doubles down only to discover a plethora of secrets and a chilling series of crimes that shatters everything she thought she knew about her Amish roots - and herself. As Kate wades through a sea of suspects, she's confronted by her own violent past and an unthinkable possibility.

Midnight Run

Midnight Run

Author: Linda Castillo Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2018

When Landis, a prosecutor, finished an important trial and returned home, she was shocked to see who was waiting for her-Jack Lacroix! Although he's a detective, he's also the one who killed Landis's older brother. Why was he there when he should be in prison? When Lacroix collapsed out of nowhere, Landis realized that he'd been shot! Why had such a hateful man shown up in her life?

Midnight Run

Midnight Run

Author: Linda Castillo Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2018

When Landis, a prosecutor, finished an important trial and returned home, she was shocked to see who was waiting for her-Jack Lacroix! Although he's a detective, he's also the one who killed Landis's older brother. Why was he there when he should be in prison? When Lacroix collapsed out of nowhere, Landis realized that he'd been shot! Why had such a hateful man shown up in her life?

A Gathering of Secrets A Kate Burkholder Novel

A Gathering of Secrets A Kate Burkholder Novel

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2018

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 eighteen-year-old Daniel Gingerich is found inside - burned alive - Kate suspects murder. But who would want a well-liked, hardworking Amish man dead? Kate delves into the investigation and discovers Daniel had a dark side. He was a sexual predator. His victims were mainly Amish women, too afraid to come forward, and he's been getting away with it for far too long. Now someone has stopped him, but who? The women he victimised? Their boyfriends? Their parents? As Kate wades through a sea of suspects, she's confronted by her own violent past and an unthinkable possibility.

Gone Missing

Gone Missing

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

When an Amish teenager disappears, it's only the beginning . . . `Becca slogged through a deep drift and stumbled toward the front of the shanty. A padlock hung from the hasp, but it wasn't engaged. Shaking with cold, she shoved open the door. The interior was dark and hushed. The air smelled of kerosene and fish. Out of the wind, it was so quiet she could hear the ice creaking beneath her feet. Her breath puffing out in clouds of white vapour, she pulled out the candle and matches she'd brought from home and lit the wick. The light revealed a small interior with plywood walls and a shelf covered with fish blood and a smattering of silver scales. A lantern sat on the shelf. A coil of rope hung on the wall . . .' Three teenagers have vanished from Ohio's Amish country. The only thing they have in common, other than their religion, is they are keen to leave the Plain Life. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to consult by Agent John Tomasetti as her Amish roots will be invaluable in an investigation involving this sectarian society. They travel to the small town of Monongahela Falls to investigate the latest disappearance - that of seventeen-year-old Annie King. The only evidence left behind is a satchel - and a pool of blood. The case moves closer to home for Kate when a young relative, Sadie Miller, vanishes. With her own past resonating, Kate delves into the lives of the missing teens. Soon, a sinister pattern emerges along with a vital clue that changes everything. While following up on a lead, Kate makes an appalling discovery and unearths a secret no one could have imagined-thrusting her into a fight to the death with a merciless killer.

Ewige Schuld

Ewige Schuld

Author: Linda Castillo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2018

Er war vom rechten Weg abgekommen. Er wusste, dass nur noch Gott ihm helfen konnte. Oder Kate Burkholder, Polizeichefin in Painters Mill. Der neunte Fall fur Kate Burkholder in Painters Mill, Ohio.Seit zwei Jahren sitzt Joseph King wegen des Mordes an seiner Frau Naomi hinter Gittern. Er gilt als ein "e;gefallener"e; Amischer, einer der standig mit dem Gesetz in Konflikt geriet. Doch diese Tat hat er immer vehement bestritten. Jetzt ist er ausgebrochen, hat seine funf Kinder als Geiseln genommen. Als Kate Burkholder die Kinder auf eigene Faust befreien will, wird sie von King uberwaltigt. Seine Forderung an sie lautet: Du kannst gehen, aber finde den Morder meiner Frau!Als Kate diesen zwei Jahre alten Fall wieder aufgreift, ahnt sie noch nicht, wie gefahrlich diese Ermittlung werden und welches Drama daraus entstehen wird.

Down a Dark Road A Kate Burkholder Novel

Down a Dark Road A Kate Burkholder Novel

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2018

Two years ago, fallen Amish man Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison.Now King has escaped from prison. . .and is headed for Painters Mill. For Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, this case is personal. As a thirteen-year-old Amish girl, Kate had worshiped the ground King walked on. Still, Kate never could have imagined the nightmare scenario that becomes reality when King shows up to take his five children hostage - armed, desperate, and with nothing left to lose. Fearing for the children's safety, Kate agrees to meet King face to face. His only request: to help him prove his innocence. Though skeptical, she agrees - only to discover that the facts and the evidence of King's case don't align, and that someone may have set him up to take the fall for murder. Someone who wants to keep a terrible secret buried forever... and is willing to kill again.

Overkill

Overkill

Author: Linda Castillo Format: eBook Release Date: 14/05/2018

Marty Hogan was a good cop, until a shocking case sent her to the razor's edge...A sadistic killer pushed Chicago cop Marty Hogan past her limits-and it was all caught on video. She lost her job, her sense of self, her entire world...until an open detective position in small-town Texas gave her a chance at redemption.But she's about to learn that the past always catches up...Police Chief Clay Settlemeyer knows all about mistakes and second chances-he's still earning his own, so he's willing to give Marty the opportunity to prove herself. But when her ex-partner is murdered, it looks like Chicago is coming to small-town Texas with a vengeance!"e;Castillo's novel resonates with its blend of stalking menace and rich characterization."e; -Romantic Times, 4 Stars"e;Linda Castillo writes with power, passion, and a voice you'll never forget!"e;-New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne"e;OVERKILL is another winner from Linda Castillo. Having a great conflict and creating great characters are just two of the reasons Linda Castillo is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors for romantic suspense. I can't wait to read more."e; -Romance Junkies"e;Ripped straight from the headlines and guaranteed to cause...There is a happy ending here, but Castillo makes them work for it. So when it comes, it's worth it."e; -Paperbackreader.com

Gone Missing A Kate Burkholder Novel

Gone Missing A Kate Burkholder Novel

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2017

In the newest chilling thriller from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, Chief of police Kate Burkholder is called upon to assist when an Amish teenager disappears without a trace. A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties are strong. So when a body turns up and another young girl goes missing, fearspreads through the community like a contagion. Kate and state agent, John Tomasetti, delve into the lives of the missing teens and discover links to cold cases that may go back years. But will Kate piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle before it's too late? Or will she find herself locked in a fight to the death with a merciless killer.

Bose Seelen

Bose Seelen

Author: Linda Castillo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2017

Wenn das Bose im Verborgenen lauert Der fesselnde Thriller von Spiegel-Bestsellerautorin Linda Castillo fuhrt Polizeichefin Kate Burkholder in eine isolierte und verschwiegene Amisch-Gemeinde im Bundesstaat New York, in der der Schrecken zu Hause ist. Der achte Fall fur Polizeichefin Kate Burkholder.Die junge Rachel Esh wird tot im Wald gefunden. Sie war funfzehn und erfror jammerlich. Offenbar wollte sie weg von zu Hause. Bose Geruchte machen die Runde uber diese isolierte Amisch-Gemeinde im Bundesstaat New York. Aber niemand will offen sprechen. Deshalb bittet der ortliche Sheriff Kate Burkholder um Hilfe. Allein und auf sich selbst gestellt, soll sie herausfinden, was sich dort wirklich abspielt. Kate gibt sich als trauernde Witwe aus und taucht ein in eine Welt, die voller Verbrechen und Grausamkeit ist. Und in dieser Welt steht ihr der gefahrlichste Kampf noch bevor: Sie muss ihr eigenes Leben retten.

Tod in Painters Mill. Kate Burkholder ermittelt bei den Amischen

Tod in Painters Mill. Kate Burkholder ermittelt bei den Amischen

Author: Linda Castillo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2017

Nur fur kurze Zeit: Die ersten drei Falle fur Kate Burkholder, Polizeichefin in Painters Mill, in einem Band."e;Die Zahlen der Toten"e; - Der erste Fall fur Polizeichefin Kate Burkholder fuhrt sie zu einer verstummelten Frauenleiche auf einem schneebedeckten Feld. Ist der, den sie den "e;Schlachter"e; nennen, wieder zuruck?"e;Blutige Stille"e; - Sie toteten alle Mitglieder der Familie Plank. Sie waren Amische, gottesfurchtig und bescheiden. Oder enthullt das Tagebuch der altesten Tochter eine andere Wahrheit?"e;Wenn die Nacht verstummt"e; - Mehrere Verbrechen gegen die amische Gemeinde wurden begangen. Dann findet man drei Leichen in der Gullegrube. Sind es Verbrechen aus Hass gegen die Glaubensgemeinde oder steckt etwas anderes dahinter?

Down a Dark Road

Down a Dark Road

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2017

Eight years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a 'fallen' Amish man and, according to local law enforcement, a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he's headed for Painters Mill. News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire and putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. A nightmare scenario becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and kidnaps his five children from their Amish uncle's house. He's armed and desperate with nothing left to lose. Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate leaps into action, but her frantic search for a killer leads her into an ambush. When King releases her unharmed, asking her to prove his innocence, she begins to wonder whether the police are hiding something, and she embarks on her own investigation to discover the truth.

Among the Wicked A Kate Burkholder Novel

Among the Wicked A Kate Burkholder Novel

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2017

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to infiltrate a reclusive Amish settlement where a young girl has been found dead under mysterious circumstances. Kate's longtime love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on the assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life. Kate goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone...trapped in a fight for her life.

Only the Lucky

Only the Lucky

Author: Linda Castillo Format: eBook Release Date: 23/05/2017

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 "e;rager"e;-a huge outdoor party rife with underage drinking-puts Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her small department on edge. To make matters worse, Painters Mill is in the midst of a county-wide power outage. At the height of the rager, a teenage Amish girl is attacked with a hammer and left for dead. Kate is called to the scene-an abandoned farm teeming with loud music and rowdy behavior-to find the girl unconscious and bleeding from a head wound. With the girl in a coma and an unknown attacker on the loose, Kate must discover who would want to hurt her, and why, before it's too late.

Her Last Breath

Her Last Breath

Author: Linda Castillo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2016

It's a rainy night in Painter's Mill when, from out of nowhere, a speeding car comes hurtling toward an Amish man and his three children. What at first seems like a tragic but routine car accident becomes personal for Chief of Police Kate Burkholder when she discovers that the victims are the family of her childhood friend, Mattie. As Kate delves into the investigation, she comes face-to-face with her own Amish past and memories of growing up with Mattie, an extraordinary beauty for whom trouble has never been far behind. Is there something more to this mysterious car crash that killed Mattie's husband? What is Mattie hiding and who is she trying to protect? Meanwhile, Mattie's son - the only one who really knows what happened clings to life in the hospital, unable to communicate. Desperate for answers, Kate slowly uncovers the trail of a stone-cold killer - one who is likely living among the Amish, and calls into question everything and everyone Kate has ever known.

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