Linda Castillo Books In Order

Family Secrets Books In Publication Order

  1. The Phoenix Encounter (2003)
  2. The Secret Encounter (2003)

High Country Heroes Books In Publication Order

  1. A Hero To Hold (2001)
  2. Just A Little Bit Dangerous (2002)
  3. A Cry in the Night (2002)

Lights Out Books In Publication Order

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

Kate Burkholder Books In Publication Order

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

Kate Burkholder Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

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

Kate Burkholder Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. A Simple Murder (2021)

Operation: Midnight Books In Publication Order

  1. Operation: Midnight Tango (2005)
  2. Operation: Midnight Escape (2005)
  3. Operation: Midnight Guardian (2006)
  4. Operation: Midnight Rendezvous (2006)
  5. Operation: Midnight Cowboy (2007)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Remember the Night (2000)
  2. Cops And … Lovers? (2001)
  3. Lay Down the Law (2001)
  4. The Perfect Victim (2002)
  5. Uncharted Waters (2003)
  6. The Shadow Side (2003)
  7. Midnight Run (2003)
  8. Fade To Red (2004)
  9. Dead Reckoning (2005)
  10. Depth Perception (2005)
  11. A Whisper in the Dark (2006)
  12. In the Dead of Night (2007)
  13. Overkill (2007)

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Linda Castillo Books Overview

A Cry in the Night

Search and rescue leader Buzz Malone thought losing the only woman he’d ever loved was the worst blow life could deal. He was wrong. Finding out that he had a son a son his ex wife, Kelly, had kept secret was worse. Especially when that child was lost in the Rocky Mountains, pitted against a raging forest fire. Tirelessly trekking through the mountains with Buzz by her side, Kelly soon realized that the wilderness wasn’t the only thing on fire. For the passion that had always flared between them now burned hotter than ever. If they ever made it through this ordeal alive, Kelly vowed to face an even greater challenge convincing Buzz to give their love another try!

Royal Lockdown (By:Rebecca York)

The eerie text message was only part of a night to remember for security ace Shane Peters. One minute he was dancing with Princess Ariana LeBron, holding her in his arms at a gala attended by world leaders, the next he was fighting for their lives when the lights went out and gunmen held them hostage. Their demands were simple: Give them the princess.

For Ariana, duty and honor were everything. Until she met Shane. Minutes in the brash American’s arms made her feel like a woman for the first time. But could the man who’d safeguarded priceless antiquities save her from the gunmen? With the lights low and the summer heat rising, he’d surely give the princess a night to remember.

Safe Before Dawn

Chase Vickers never knew a day of fear. From one secret mission to another he’d stared down danger until the blackout hit Boston, and Chase’s only love became the target of revenge. Lily Garrett, the woman he’d loved and walked away from eight months ago. Finding her wasn’t diffi cult; fi nding her pregnant was. Lily had always hated Chase’s secret, dangerous life, but now, on the run in a dark city, Chase knew he was her only hope for survival. And their baby’s. For the fi rst time, the daredevil turned daddy knew bone chilling, pulse pounding fear. This was one mission where he couldn’t fail. Not when his baby’s life was at stake…

A Baby Before Dawn

Chase Vickers never knew a day of fear. From one secret mission to another he’d stared down danger until the blackout hit Boston, and Chase’s only love became the target of revenge. Lily Garrett, the woman he’d loved and walked away from eight months ago. Finding her wasn’t diffi cult; fi nding her pregnant was. Lily had always hated Chase’s secret, dangerous life, but now, on the run in a dark city, Chase knew he was her only hope for survival. And their baby’s. For the fi rst time, the daredevil turned daddy knew bone chilling, pulse pounding fear. This was one mission where he couldn’t fail. Not when his baby’s life was at stake…

Anything for His Son (By:Rita Herron)

The Boston blackout turned terrifying for Ethan and Rebecca Matalon when their five year old son was kidnapped. Rebecca suddenly forgot she’d been in town to fi nally get divorce papers signed. All she could focus on was little Jesse, her adorable boy who was afraid of the dark, taken by a vengeful madman. Ethan had saved people all over the world on his secret missions, but could he save their son? His arms gave strength and comfort to Rebecca the woman he’d never stopped loving but their life together wouldn’t be worth saving if they lost Jesse. Frantic, trapped in a nightmare, Ethan had to focus. But time was running out, as darkness was descending…

Meet Me at Midnight (By:Jessica Andersen)

Secret Service agent Ty Jones had only one lead left to the madman who’d plunged Boston into a blackout, ambushed his teammates and kidnapped the vice president: Gabriella Solaro the woman who’d hacked into the kidnapper’s Web site. The woman he’d kept tabs on with a fake online romance. He was convinced she was the key till he met her. Gabby was blind. But when the madman upped the ante, vowing to detonate a bomb at dawn, Ty needed her. She knew the city, the trail he had to follow. Drawn to her, he promised to keep her safe. But when the time came, would he follow his heart or his duty? He had only six hours to find out…

Sworn to Silence

A killer is preying on sacred ground…
. In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and English residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen 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.

Pray for Silence

The New York Times bestselling author of Sworn to Silence delivers an electrifying thriller-Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family In the quiet town of Painters Mill, an Amish family of seven has been found brutally murdered on their farm. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to secrets, but she can’t get her mind around the senseless brutality of the crime.

State agent John Tomasseti arrives on the scene to assist. He and Kate worked together on a previous case during which they began a tentative relationship, but each is wary of commitment. The disturbing details of this case will push them to their limits and force them to face demons from their own troubled pasts.

When Kate discovers a diary, she realizes a haunting personal connection to the case. One of the teenage daughters may have been leading a lurid double life. As the case develops, Kate’s list of suspects grows. Who is the attractive stranger that stole the heart of the innocent young Amish girl? Did her estranged brother-a man with a violent past who was shunned by his family and the Amish community-come back to seek out revenge? Driven by her own scarred past, Kate swears she’ll find the killer and bring him to justice-even if it means putting herself in the line of fire.

Topping her own bestselling debut, Linda Castillo once again immerses readers in the world of the Amish with a chilling story that is both a fast-paced thriller and compelling psychological puzzle.

Breaking Silence

The New York Times bestselling series hailed as gripping People magazine and compelling USA Today returns with Police Chief Kate Burkholder 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: methane gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated cesspit. 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. But who would want to make orphans of the Slabaughs children? And is this murder somehow related to a recent string of shocking hate crimes against the Amish? Having grown up Amish, Kate is determined to bring the killer to justice. Because the other series of attacks are designated hate crimes, the state sends in agent John Tomasetti, with whom Kate has a long and complex relationship. Together, they search for the link between the crimes and uncover a dark secret at work beneath the placid surface of this idyllic Amish community. Chock full of twists and chills and set against the unusual world of the Amish, this series will delight fans of Chelsea Cain and Thomas Harris USA Today.

Gone Missing

‘Becca slogged through a deep drift and stumbled toward the front of the shanty. A padlock hung from the hasp, but it wasn’t engaged. Shaking with cold, she shoved open the door. The interior was dark and hushed. The air smelled of kerosene and fish. Out of the wind, it was so quiet she could hear the ice creaking beneath her feet. Her breath puffing out in clouds of white vapour, she pulled out the candle and matches she’d brought from home and lit the wick. The light revealed a small interior with plywood walls and a shelf covered with fish blood and a smattering of silver scales. A lantern sat on the shelf. A coil of rope hung on the wall…
‘ Three teenagers have vanished from Ohio’s Amish country. The only thing they have in common, other than their religion, is they are keen to leave the Plain Life. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to consult by Agent John Tomasetti as her Amish roots will be invaluable in an investigation involving this sectarian society. They travel to the small town of Monongahela Falls to investigate the latest disappearance that of seventeen year old Annie King. The only evidence left behind is a satchel and a pool of blood. The case moves closer to home for Kate when a young relative, Sadie Miller, vanishes. With her own past resonating, Kate delves into the lives of the missing teens. Soon, a sinister pattern emerges along with a vital clue that changes everything. While following up on a lead, Kate makes an appalling discovery and unearths a secret no one could have imagined thrusting her into a fight to the death with a merciless killer. Praise for Linda Castillo ‘Think the movie Witness and add just a touch of the Coen brothers’ Fargo and you have the feel for this brilliant, nail biting thriller…
‘ Daily Mail

Operation: Midnight Tango

Taking gorgeous corrections officer Emily Monroe as his hostage, undercover CIA agent Zack Devlin was trying to escape with his life. But when he helped himself to Emily’s full, red lips and her body melted in Zack’s hard edges, she didn’t know if she was in danger or in love. Both harboring old secrets and heartache, Emily and Zack were forced to run from dark intentions; finding solace in each other’s body heat, they shared passion driven by pure adrenaline. But as their search for evidence became a suicide mission, would they die having never said ‘I love you’?

Operation: Midnight Guardian

MIDNIGHT IN MONTANAWhen a federal transport was ambushed and overturned in the wilds of Montana, MIDNIGHT agent Sean Cutter was given forty eight hours to track down a desperate woman. But falsely accused, Mattie Logan didn t want to be saved. It was Sean’s job to convince her otherwise.A former Department of Defense scientist now targeted by the terrorist known only as the Jaguar, Mattie couldn t risk betrayal again. But neither could Sean. Caught out in the blistering cold, Mattie sought shelter beneath Sean s broad shoulders, each needing the other s warmth to stay alive. But would trusting one another prove to be more difficult than clearing Mattie s name?

Operation: Midnight Cowboy

RETIREMENT FOR ONE COWBOY MEANT GETTING BACK UP ON THE SADDLE All Bo Ruskin wanted was to forget his tragic past and to reclaim his quiet cowboy life. Instead, he had orders to protect Special Agent Rachael Armitage. Furious and frustrated, Rachael would rather die than abandon her dangerous mission. For even in the safety of Bo’s Montana ranch, an international crime lord was out to grant her wish. Drawn to this mysterious, hardened cowboy from her past, Rachael was certain Bo was hiding something. But fi rst she’d have to learn the lay of the land if she were to live to learn the truth. Riding horseback through the wilderness, would these two desperadoes go down in a blaze of glory or passion?

Remember the Night

Michelle Pelletier had no alibi, a fuzzy memory and an utterly gorgeous detective on her doorstep accusing her of murder. Philip Betancourt wasn’t buying her plea of innocence. After all, she’d confessed only half the truth…
. The lady had a body to haunt a man and a shadowy past to boot. But Philip knew a frame job when he saw one. His instincts insisted he protect her…
by keeping the sexy suspect very close. Philip wouldn’t let anyone harm this vulnerable beauty who would make someone a perfect wife…

The Perfect Victim

A woman searches for her birth mother and discovers that she is the sole survivor of her bloodline. A line that a killer is determined to make extinct.

The Shadow Side

Cases of random violence have erupted across the country murderous acts committed by previously non violent people. Detective Adam Boedecker, grieving brother to one of the suicide murderers, has discovered that all the suspects had taken a new breakthrough anti depressant, Valazine. Elizabeth Barnes has devoted her heart and soul to pharmaceutical research. She’s at the top of her game and slated to be awarded top honors for her latest breakthrough drug. Until a detective contacts her about a recent wave of homicides. At first, Eli dismisses it as the wild accusations of a grieving, burnt out cop. But after another mysterious death, and some investigating of her own, Eli realizes that this intense, driven man may be the only one who can stop the killings…
and save her from the dark side of her work.

Fade To Red

A chilling urban legend becomes a terrifying reality…
After receiving a frantic message from her estranged sister, Lindsey Metcalf travels to Seattle to find her only to realize Traci has vanished without a trace. As Lindsey delves into her sister’s disappearance, she realizes young Traci has been leading a shocking double life. Lindsey files a missing persons report but, having had her share of run ins with the police, Traci isn’t high on the department’s list of priorities. And the only man able to help Lindsey find the truth has his own trouble with the law…
Set to go to trial for a brutal assault charge, ex cop turned private eye Michael Striker plays by his own rules. Facing conviction and a possible prison term, he’s got nothing left to lose except his final two weeks of freedom. The last thing he needs is more complications and nothing about this case, or Lindsey Metcalf, is simple. Their search for the truth will plunge them into a seedy world darker than they ever imagined and prove the existence of a chilling urban legend in which none of the victims survive…

Dead Reckoning

Assistant D.A. Kate Megason is about to prosecute the case of her career when someone starts sending her terrifying messages. Someone who obviously knows her deep, dark secret. Now, she needs the help of Frank Matrone an investigator with his own shadowy past or else Kate may have no chance of surviving a killer’s brutal wrath.

Depth Perception

Nat Jennings nearly died the night her family was murdered and spent the next three years wishing she had. Now, she is returning to the sleepy town of Bellerose, Louisiana, where she will team up with a sexy ex con and hunt for the merciless killer who nearly destroyed them both and is now preparing to finish them off once and for all.

A Whisper in the Dark

‘An author at the top of her game,’All About Romance Linda Castillo has become renowned for her nail biting novels of romantic suspense. Now she delivers an electrifying thriller about forbidden desire and a secret that could mean one woman’s demise…
Until now, no one has suspected the truth about down to earth bookseller Julia Wainright. But the arrival of six threatening letters indicates someone has discovered her secret and wants her to pay for her sins…
Ever since he accidentally killed a fellow officer, ex cop John Merrick has been tormented by the mistakes of his past. Now, called upon to repay a favor, he will do anything to keep Julia Wainright safe. To do that, though, he ll first have to figure out what the gypsy eyed beauty is hiding…
As the threats escalate, Julia and John must find a way to trust each other. Because if they don t, a twisted stalker will make sure all the gruesome things he s promised will come true…

In the Dead of Night

It was a night like no other…
darker, longer and totally unforgettable Sara Douglas watched as Nick Tyson emerged from the heavy rain. In his face she saw little of the boy she once knew. She’d returned to Cape Darkwood to research her parents’ murder. And stop the nightmares. Was Nick just another terrifying dream or a flesh and blood man who would leave her breathless? Chief of police now, pain etched Nick’s rough face, colored his eyes navy blue. He’d lost someone, too, but while Sara ran, Nick had nowhere else to go. Instead, he patrolled a divided town whose secrets lay dormant at the bottom of the cliffs. Nick wouldn’t let that be Sara’s fate, no matter how much it pained him to see her again. Together their investigation mounted and led them to horrifying consequences but more lethal than the case was their undeniable and deadly desire for each other…


From the Back Cover It started with a case so horrific it sent Chicago cop Marty Hogan straight over the edge. Unable to put the past behind her, she lost her job and was forced to flee to small town Texas and the only police department that would hire her. She’s about to learn you can’t outrun the past…
Police chief Clay Settlemeyer knows something about making mistakes, which is why he was willing to give Marty a second chance. But when her ex partner is brutally murdered, it’s clear that Marty’s past has come back to haunt her. And she’s the next intended victim…

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