When a baby - only hours old - is discovered on the Amish bishop's front porch in Painter's Mill, Ohio, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. The newborn is swaddled in an Amish crib quilt, and the only other item found with the child is a hand-carved wood rattle, which Kate also recognizes as Amish.The little girl seems healthy and whole, but who would abandon her and why? Though the quilt and rattle could have been purchased, Kate suspects the mother is Amish, possibly young and unmarried, both of which would be powerful motives for such a desperate act.With the rattle and the baby quilt as the only clues, Kate must call upon her own Amish roots and, with the help of state agent John Tomasetti, search the Amish and "English" communities of Painters Mill for clues to unravel the poignant, puzzling mystery.
American author, and Ohio born, Linda Castillo, chose the thriller genre as the style of her novels. She penned her first novel at the age of thirteen. A bit surprising, Castillo chose Ohio Amish country as the setting for her debut novel, "Sworn to Silence", which began her Kate Burkeholder series. She then added some romance and romantic thriller novels.
Castillo has had thirty books published by three different New York publishing houses. Her books have won her several awards, including the prestigious Rita award. She has also been on the NYT best seller's lists and the USA Today lists as well as recognized internationally.
Castillo enjoys trail riding and barrel racing in her free time. She lives with her husband and pets in Texas.
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