Some of Linda Castillo’s best-selling books include “Sworn to Silence,” “Gone Missing” and “The Dead Will Tell.” Castillo is known for her Kate Burkholder series of novels, whose eponymous protagonist is a police chief in the Amish country.
“Sworn to Silence” is the first book in the series, introducing readers to Kate and her back story. Raised Amish, Kate breaks with her community as a young girl after nearly being murdered by a serial killer. After years of police work in major cities, Kate returns to her hometown of Painters Mill, Ohio to take a job as police chief, but from her first case, she walks a thin line between her past and present.
In “Gone Missing,” a teenage girl goes missing during Rumspringa, the Amish adolescent rite of passage. When Kate’s investigation turns up a body, the case quickly balloons to encompass a series of cold case murders, and the plot only grows more twisted.
In “The Dead Will Tell,” Kate investigates the apparent suicide of a man found hanging in his barn, but the crime scene quickly sets her on the trail of a murder and disappearance from years before. Meanwhile, Kate’s happiness with current lover John Tomasetti is thrown into disarray when a man responsible for murdering Tomasetti’s family years before is found innocent. As three plot threads converge, Kate is drawn into a horrifying mystery that bridges crimes both old and new.