Murder in Amish Country

Linda Castillo

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06 June 2013
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Painter's Creek, Ohio is a sleepy, rural town populated with both Amish and 'English' residents. It is also the hometown of Kate Burkholder, a formerly Amish woman who has recently returned as Chief of Police. The Amish are a proud and private people who prefer not to associate with the outside world, particularly the police. So Kate's Amish roots combined with her big-city law enforcement experience make her the perfect candidate. But Kate soon learns that even bucolic small towns have a dark side . . .

Murder in Amish Country is a collection of three Chief of Police Kate Burkholder novels from the New York Times bestselling author, Linda Castillo.

In Sworn to Silence a serial killer returns to peaceful Painters Mill after a sixteen year hiatus. The first body is found in a pristine, snowy field. Kate vows to stop him 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.

In Pray for Silence the sound of a scream in the early morning dawn leads to the discovery of an Amish family that has been slaughtered on their farm. The investigation takes a treacherous turn when Kate realizes a personal connection to this case that will change her life irrevocably . . .

In Breaking Silence the Amish parents of four children are found dead on their farm, the apparent victims of a terrible farming accident. Or was it? As Kate delves into the case, she soon learns that every family has its secrets and sometimes those secrets can be deadly.

‘Exciting . . . Castillo ratchets up the tension nicely before the disconcerting Ending’ Publishers Weekly on Gone Missing

‘Gripping. . . a fast-paced thrill ride through the always fascinating Amish country of Ohio’ Library Journal on Gone Missing

‘A gripping series . . . both the sociological background and the physical setting add greatly to the mystery . . . clearly plotted with a heart-stopping ending’ RT Book Review (4 ½ stars) on Breaking Silence

‘Castillo melds deeply flawed characters with a glimpse into a unique community

in which isolation can hide a plethora of secrets’ Publishers Weekly on Breaking Silence

‘Shades of In Cold Blood . . . Another chilling thriller by the author of 2009’s Sworn to Silence’ People magazine on Pray for Silence

‘A gripping series’ People magazine (3 ½ out of 4 stars) on Sworn to Silence

‘Absolutely stunning. . . A perfectly crafted thriller’ Lisa Scottoline on Sworn to Silence

‘Lovers of suspense will find no better novel to read this summer than Sworn to Silence, a teeth-chattering debut thriller from romance writer Linda Castillo. . . This first in a series will delight fans of Chelsea Cain and Thomas Harris . . . compelling characters, excellent plotting and a hair-raising finale’ USA Today on Sworn to Silence