Kate Burkholder

14 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,500 ratings

Sworn to Silence Publisher's Summary

Now the subject of the Lifetime original movie: An Amish Murder

Some secrets are too terrible to reveal...Some crimes are too unspeakable to solve.

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But 16 years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence.

Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She's certain she's come to terms with her past - until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past - and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.

©2009 Linda Castillo (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Sworn to Silence

    • A Thriller
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 827
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 645
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 645

    the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But 16 years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprised me!

    • By karen on 09-07-12

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 2

    • Pray for Silence

    • A Thriller
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 593
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 469
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 475

    New York Times best-selling author Linda Castillo delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family. The Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than a year ago and seemed the model of the Plain Life—until on a cold October night, the entire family of seven was found slaughtered on their farm.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome!!! Betty from Butler, PA.

    • By betty on 12-31-10

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  • Book 3

    • Breaking Silence

    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 385
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330

    Police Chief Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm. The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident. But in the course of a routine autopsy, the coroner discovers that one of the victims suffered a head wound before death—clearly, foul play was involved.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • disappointing

    • By tinaswfl on 03-22-12

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  • Book 4

    • Gone Missing

    • Kate Burkholder, Book 4
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267

    Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An intriguing Tale with the Amish angle prominent.

    • By Ray on 03-03-13

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  • Book 4.5,6.5,7.5

    • Kate Burkholder: Three Novellas

    • Long Lost, A Hidden Secret, and Seeds of Deception
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    From Linda Castillo, the New York Times best-selling author of Sworn to Silence and Among the Wicked, this collection of stories featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder combines three amazing novellas for the first time together.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • misleading

    • By richard bakies on 05-15-17

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  • Book 4.5

    • Long Lost

    • A Kate Burkholder Short Story
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    It's autumn in Painters Mill, and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and John Tomasetti are taking a much-needed vacation at a small bed-and-breakfast an hour outside of town. After closing a difficult case, they're looking forward to some downtime, but their relaxation is cut short by rumors that the old house where they're staying is haunted by a girl who disappeared 20 years earlier, leaving nothing behind but some bloody clothes by the river and rumors of a volatile relationship.

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  • Book 5

    • Her Last Breath

    • A Thriller
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 372
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 334
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330

    An extraordinarily beautiful Amish woman, a dangerous femme fatale, is the central figure in Linda Castillo's Her Last Breath, a story that reveals a dark side of Painter's Mill and its seemingly perfect Amish world. A rainy night, an Amish 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely LOVE this series!

    • By karen on 08-22-13

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  • Book 6

    • The Dead Will Tell

    • Kate Burkholder, Book 6
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 331
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300

    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 a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide - an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Yet again, narration kills it for me...

    • By Corrienary on 10-15-14

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  • Book 6.5

    • A Hidden Secret

    • A Kate Burkholder Short Story
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    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 child is a hand-carved wood rattle, which Kate also recognizes as Amish.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really Liked the Pace

    • By Me & My Girls on 07-22-15

    Regular price: $1.88

  • Book 7

    • After the Storm

    • A Kate Burkholder Novel
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 390
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364

    In this electrifying thriller by New York Times best seller Linda Castillo, Kate Burkholder must uncover a family's long-hidden past to solve a brutal murder. 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 - and notifying the family. 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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Awful and Dreary

    • By Avril on 09-14-15

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  • Book 7.5

    • Seeds of Deception

    • A Kate Burkholder Short Story
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    It's autumn in Painter's Mill, and 14-year-old Katie Burkholder has been tasked with picking apples in Zimmerman's Orchard with her brother. It's just another day filled with chores - until her best friend, Mattie, arrives to help. Somehow boredom transforms into fun and games whenever the girls are together. The innocent fun comes to an end when Billy Marquardt and his gang of friends interrupt. Katie is no prude, but she knows better than to associate with the older English boys.

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  • Book 8

    • Among the Wicked

    • A Kate Burkholder Novel
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 531
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 469
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 469

    Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural upstate New York to assist in 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. Kate's longtime love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like Visiting A Good Friend

    • By tooonce72 on 07-15-16

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  • Book 9

    • Down a Dark Road

    • A Kate Burkholder Novel
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307

    Two 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Down a Dark Road

    • By med c on 07-21-17

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  • Book 10

    • A Gathering of Secrets

    • A Kate Burkholder Novel
    • By: Linda Castillo
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    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. 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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great listen

    • By Danny S on 07-18-18

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