Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Linda Castillo is an author in my to be read list, especially since her thrillers are set in Amish Country Ohio. The fourth of her series, Gone Missing, released last week and the generous folks at St. Martin's Press/Minotaur have given me a complete set of the series to give away to a lucky reader.

The series consists of: Breaking Silence, Pray for Silence, Sworn to Silence and Gone Missing.

Here's a little about each of the books:

Sworn to Silence: (first of the series)  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.

(This one is set to be a made-for-TV movie)

Pray for Silence:  The Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than a year ago and seemed the model of the Plain Life—until on a cold October night, the entire family of seven was found slaughtered on their farm. Police Chief Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to the secrets the Amish keep from the English—and each other—but this crime is horribly out of the ordinary.

When she discovers a diary that belonged to one of the teenaged daughters, Kate is shocked to learn the girl kept some very dark secrets and may have been living a lurid double life. Who is the charismatic stranger who stole the young Amish girl’s heart? As Kate’s outrage grows so does her resolve to find the killer and bring him to justice—even if it means putting herself in the line of fire.

Breaking Silence: 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 Slabaugh’s 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.

Gone Missing:  Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion.

A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties run deep. When the search for a presumed runaway turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. And chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case she will have to call upon everything she has to give not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep.

Kate and state agent, John Tomasetti, delve into the lives of the missing teens and discover links to cold cases that may go back years. But will Kate piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate? Or will she find herself locked in a fight to the death with a merciless killer?

Sound like something you'd like to check out? Well then here's your chance to win all four books!!
You need to have a US mailing address, no P.O. Boxes, please. And I'll take all entries through Sunday and then enlist the help of Random Number Generator to find a winner.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section or shoot me an email. Good luck...this is great prize. Thanks to the Minotaur folks for providing it!


Lesa June 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM  

I don't need the series since I've read all of them, but people are making a mistake if they don't take a shot at this contest. Terrific books!

Evelyn June 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM  

I've read the first three but would love to own a copy of Gone Missingg

Evelyn June 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM  

I've read the first three but would love to own a copy of Gone Missingg

Jenn's Bookshelves June 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM  

What a fantastic giveaway! I don't enter them often, but I'm quite interested in reading this series! Thanks, Jen!

Beth F June 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM  

Awesome giveaway! I just listened to her most recent book (the first and only I've read) and just loved it.

Peppermint Ph.D. June 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM  

This is a great series...I've read and reviewed the first 3 and Gone Missing is up next!! I have the first 3 on my Nook though and would love to own the actual book copies :)Thanks for the great giveaway!!

~Enamored Soul~ June 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM  

I'm simply PINING to read this series. I got interested in the series when "Breaking Silence" was released, but I never got the chance to actually get my hands on them. But thank you SO much for the opportunity to read/win these books - I really appreciate it! :D

Name: Hira Hasnain
Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol M June 27, 2012 at 6:54 AM  

This sounds like a great series! I'd love to read it!

GW June 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM  

Love to read her series, sounds good to me.

skkorman June 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM  

I've read the first one but I would love to have the set—thanks for the opportunity to win!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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