Sworn to Silence

By Linda Castillo,

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

Sworn to Silence is the first in Linda Castillo's New York Times bestselling Kate Burkholder series.


In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English” residents have lived…

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2 authors picked Sworn to Silence as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I have always been fascinated by reading about Amish culture. I was so fortunate to discover Linda Castillo’s sixteen fascinating mysteries featuring Kate Burkholder, the Chief of Police in Painter’s Mill, Ohio. Kate was formerly Amish and solves crimes by navigating between her two worlds.

This book is the first book in the series and was made into a Lifetime movie. The mysteries are riveting and allow the reader inside the closed Amish community. I would suggest reading the series in order to see Kate’s growth in her position and her background revealed.

From Christine's list on mystery series with female sleuths.

Ex-Amish, Kate Burkholder is the cursing, gun-carrying police chief of Painters Mill, Ohio and a total badass. In Sworn to Silence, Kate vows to stop the Slaughterhouse Killer, but hunting him down means confronting her own past and revealing why she left her community—some deep digging she’d rather avoid. As she walks a moral tightrope and has to make decisions that could betray her family, I’m right there with her. Supported by a force of brave and sometimes quirky officers and partnering with super-sexy but troubled Special Agent John Tomasetti, Kate takes us on a hair-raising ride through the Ohio…

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