Linda Castillo Books

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Author Linda Castillo is originally from Ohio, and knew early on that she wanted to write for a living. It was at the age of thirteen that she wrote her first novel. In her free time, she likes barrel racing and enjoys trail riding. She lives with her two rescued Blue Heelers and two Appaloosa horses.

Order of Family Secrets Series

1The Phoenix Encounter 2003Description / Buy
2The Secret Encounter 2003Description / Buy

Order of High Country Heroes Series

1A Hero To Hold 2001Description / Buy
2Just A Little Bit Dangerous 2002Description / Buy
3A Cry in the Night 2002Description / Buy

Order of Lights Out Series

1Royal Lockdown ( By: Rebecca York) 2007Description / Buy
2Safe Before Dawn (Short Story) 2007Description / Buy
3A Baby Before Dawn 2007Description / Buy
4Anything for His Son ( By: Rita Herron) 2007Description / Buy
5Meet Me at Midnight ( By: Jessica Andersen) 2007Description / Buy

Order of Kate Burkholder Series

1Sworn to Silence 2009Description / Buy
2Pray for Silence 2010Description / Buy
3Breaking Silence 2011Description / Buy
4Gone Missing 2011Description / Buy
5Her Last Breath 2013Description / Buy
6The Dead Will Tell 2014Description / Buy
7After the Storm 2015Description / Buy
8Among the Wicked 2016Description / Buy
9Down a Dark Road 2017Description / Buy
10A Gathering of Secrets 2018Description / Buy
11Shamed 2019Description / Buy
12Outsider 2020Description / Buy
13Fallen 2021Description / Buy

Order of Kate Burkholder Short Stories/Novellas

1Long Lost (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
2A Hidden Secret (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
3Seeds of Deception (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
4Only the Lucky (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy
5In Dark Company (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy
6In Plain Sight (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
7The Pact 2020Description / Buy
8Disappeared 2021Description / Buy

Order of Kate Burkholder Short Story Collections

1A Simple Murder 2021Description / Buy

Order of Operation: Midnight Series

1Operation: Midnight Tango 2005Description / Buy
2Operation: Midnight Escape 2005Description / Buy
3Operation: Midnight Guardian 2006Description / Buy
4Operation: Midnight Rendezvous 2006Description / Buy
5Operation: Midnight Cowboy 2007Description / Buy

Order of Linda Castillo Standalone Novels

1Remember the Night 2000Description / Buy
2Cops And ... Lovers? 2001Description / Buy
3Lay Down the Law 2001Description / Buy
4The Perfect Victim 2002Description / Buy
5Uncharted Waters 2003Description / Buy
6The Shadow Side 2003Description / Buy
7Midnight Run 2003Description / Buy
8Fade To Red 2004Description / Buy
9Dead Reckoning 2005Description / Buy
10Depth Perception 2005Description / Buy
11A Whisper in the Dark 2006Description / Buy
12In the Dead of Night 2007Description / Buy
13Overkill 2007Description / Buy
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Castillo has written the “Kate Burkholder” series, the “Operation: Midnight” series, and the “High Country Heroes” series. Her work is from the crime thriller, romantic suspense, and romance genres.


She has won many awards, some of which include: the Holt Medallion and the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Her novels have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.


Neve Campbell played Kate Burkholder in a two hour movie called “An Amish Murder” that was based on the novel “Sworn to Silence”.


For those readers looking to get into novels by Linda Castillo, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “Sworn to Silence”, “Pray for Silence”, and “Breaking Silence”.

Sworn to Silence: This is the first novel in the “Kate Burkholder” series and was released in the year 2009. A serial killer hits Painters Mill, Ohio and the signature used is like that of four killings that went unsolved sixteen years ago. The signature includes Roman numerals carved into the abdomen of each victim.

Kate Burkholder (police chief) does not really want to dredge up the past has to conceal the fact that she knows why the murders stopped back then. Local politicos are not pleased with how things are going and set up a task force that is part of multiple jurisdictions. All so that they can assist, it includes a law enforcement agent that is fighting with his own stuff.

There is added scrutiny in the case, and a rising body count that might just send the chief over the edge.

Pray for Silence: This is the second novel in the “Kate Burkholder” series and was released in the year 2010. The members of the Plank family left Lancaster, Pennsylvania to join Painters Mill just a year ago. It is a small Amish community and it seemed like the model of Plain Life, but then it ended. It ended on an October night that was quite cold, and the entire family was found killed on their farm.

All seven of them, slaughtered. Kate Burkholder and her team do not have a motive, no suspect, and little clues. She is formerly Amish herself, and is not a stranger to the things that the Amish keep from the English (not to mention each other). This is a crime that is extremely out of the ordinary.

John Tomasetti (an agent with the state) shows up to provide assistance. Him and Kate worked together before and they started a volatile relationship because of it. This case is going to test their emotional limits, and will have to face the things from their
troubled pasts that still haunt them. In Kate’s case, this will include a personal connection which is hard for her to bear.

She finds a diary that belonged to a teenage daughter, and is surprised to find that the girl was keeping some dark secrets. The girl may have been leading a colorful double life. Who is the stranger that stole the girl’s heart?

Breaking Silence: This is the third novel in the “Kate Burkholder” series and was released in the year 2011. Model Amish farmers that are hardworking and prosperous; they have a happy extended family and four kids. That is a great way to describe the Slabaugh family. An uncle and the parents are discovered in their barn and are dead. It looks like a simple accident, just methane gas asphyxiation due to a cesspit that was poorly ventilated.

During the autopsy, the coroner finds that one of the deceased had a head injury that they suffered before death. A sign of foul play. Who would want to orphan the Slabaughs’ children? Is this related to the new string of hate crimes that have been committed against the Amish?

Kate grew up Amish and wants the killer brought to justice. The other attacks are ruled hate crimes, and once again, the state sends John Tomasetti to help Kate catch the killer. They look to link the crimes together, and are able to find a dark secret at play underneath the seemingly placid veneer of the peaceful Amish community.

When Does The Next Linda Castillo book come out?

Linda Castillo doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Fallen and was released on July, 6th 2021. It is the newest book in the Kate Burkholder Series.

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  1. I just finished “Outsider” & to me, it rates up there with Harlon Coben who is also a great mystery writer I like very much. I have collected all but 2 (Sworn to Silence” & “Fallen”). I plan on getting those later this year.

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