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Chief of Police Kate Burkholder races against the clock to find a missing child in this new original short story from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo. As a violent thunderstorm rages in Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder receives a call from a frantic young Amish woman: her two-year-old son is missing. Kate and her officers brave the downpour to search for the Chief of Police Kate Burkholder races against the clock to find a missing child in this new original short story from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo. As a violent thunderstorm rages in Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder receives a call from a frantic young Amish woman: her two-year-old son is missing. Kate and her officers brave the downpour to search for the toddler, fearing he may have been swept away in the rising creek waters. But an explosive family secret leads Kate to believe this disappearance may be more complicated than anyone is letting on. Can she find the boy and uncover the truth before darkness falls?


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Chief of Police Kate Burkholder races against the clock to find a missing child in this new original short story from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo. As a violent thunderstorm rages in Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder receives a call from a frantic young Amish woman: her two-year-old son is missing. Kate and her officers brave the downpour to search for the Chief of Police Kate Burkholder races against the clock to find a missing child in this new original short story from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo. As a violent thunderstorm rages in Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder receives a call from a frantic young Amish woman: her two-year-old son is missing. Kate and her officers brave the downpour to search for the toddler, fearing he may have been swept away in the rising creek waters. But an explosive family secret leads Kate to believe this disappearance may be more complicated than anyone is letting on. Can she find the boy and uncover the truth before darkness falls?

30 review for Disappeared

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    A search for a missing two year old Amish toddler during a raging storm. Quick and engaging short story. Disappeared can be read as a standalone or sample to see if this series is to your liking. 1H 34M

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sean Peters

    Another great quick read from Linda Castillo. Here a great short story with a strong thriller, with a hint of romance and suspense created with a book with only 60 pages. As a violent thunderstorm rages in Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder receives a call from a frantic young Amish woman: her two-year-old son is missing. Kate and her officers brave the downpour to search for the toddler, fearing he may have been swept away in the rising creek waters. But an explosive family secret leads Kate to belie Another great quick read from Linda Castillo. Here a great short story with a strong thriller, with a hint of romance and suspense created with a book with only 60 pages. As a violent thunderstorm rages in Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder receives a call from a frantic young Amish woman: her two-year-old son is missing. Kate and her officers brave the downpour to search for the toddler, fearing he may have been swept away in the rising creek waters. But an explosive family secret leads Kate to believe this disappearance may be more complicated than anyone is letting on. Can she find the boy and uncover the truth before darkness falls? Well paced. Four stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    This novella can be finished in one sitting and is very interesting. Any of Linda Castillo‘s books are wonderful and I enjoy the latest novella every year leading up to her newest release. This story is about a missing child who disappeared during a terrible thunderstorm. The river is starting to flood over its banks and no one knows what happened to the little boy. Kate and Tomasetti solve the mystery and there is a happy ending for all.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is an Amish Mystery Novella, and this is the 12.5 book in the Kate Burkholder series. This is a very short story. I really enjoy the short story/Novella in this series. They are so well written, and they have so much packed into less then 100 pages. This book was so good, and I love all the characters in this book. In this book a 2 year old amish boy goes missing. Kate uncovers so much about the parents of this boys, and I love the ending of this book. I love that this book shows Kate's car This is an Amish Mystery Novella, and this is the 12.5 book in the Kate Burkholder series. This is a very short story. I really enjoy the short story/Novella in this series. They are so well written, and they have so much packed into less then 100 pages. This book was so good, and I love all the characters in this book. In this book a 2 year old amish boy goes missing. Kate uncovers so much about the parents of this boys, and I love the ending of this book. I love that this book shows Kate's caring heart and the love that she puts into the cases she works. I cannot wait to pick up book 13 "Fallen" in this series. (*)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    An enjoyable and quick 60-page story. This includes chapt. 1 of Linda Castillo’s next book “Fallen” to release July 8, 2021.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book

    Fast paced visit to Painters Mill.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 3.5 STARS 2021; Minotaur/St. Martin's Press Another solid novella in the Kate Burkholder series. I am looking forward to reading the newest novel, Fallen. Castillo is one author I feel like does a good job with the novellas in between novels. They are mini-mysteries that I always wish are longer but still satisfying. RATING: 3.5 STARS 2021; Minotaur/St. Martin's Press Another solid novella in the Kate Burkholder series. I am looking forward to reading the newest novel, Fallen. Castillo is one author I feel like does a good job with the novellas in between novels. They are mini-mysteries that I always wish are longer but still satisfying.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Melo

    FINAL DECISION: More vignette than story, this is a short mystery that showcases what Kate doing in her more "normal" cases. Enjoyable but not substantive. THE STORY: Kate Burkholder received a call from an Amish family. A toddler is missing in a storm. Kate and her deputies worry that the child may have been swept away in the stormwaters, but there are secrets in the family that might explain what happened. OPINION: This very short story was interesting although it was not particularly complex or FINAL DECISION: More vignette than story, this is a short mystery that showcases what Kate doing in her more "normal" cases. Enjoyable but not substantive. THE STORY: Kate Burkholder received a call from an Amish family. A toddler is missing in a storm. Kate and her deputies worry that the child may have been swept away in the stormwaters, but there are secrets in the family that might explain what happened. OPINION: This very short story was interesting although it was not particularly complex or even consisting of much mystery. I do always enjoy seeing these characters and the insights into the complexities of the Amish and English interactions. This was a nice taste of the series with a preview of the next full novel. There have been better short stories, but this one isn't bad, just short and simple. WORTH MENTIONING: Kate's significant other, John, plays only a cameo in this story. I tend to enjoy the short stories where the two work together much better. CONNECTED BOOKS: DISAPPEARED is book 12.5 in the Kate Burkholder series. It is not necessary to read other books in the series, but I think it is much more enjoyable if readers are familiar with the characters. STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Corley

    First of all, I have to start off by saying that I don't think Linda Castillo can do no wrong when it comes to writing!! In many of the series that I read, I find that over time (especially long series) that I just am not as interested in the books the further into the series I get, HOWEVER...that is not the case with the Kate Burkholder Series. I fall more in love with it with every book that I read and Disappeared was no different!! Not every author can pull off successful short stories/novella First of all, I have to start off by saying that I don't think Linda Castillo can do no wrong when it comes to writing!! In many of the series that I read, I find that over time (especially long series) that I just am not as interested in the books the further into the series I get, HOWEVER...that is not the case with the Kate Burkholder Series. I fall more in love with it with every book that I read and Disappeared was no different!! Not every author can pull off successful short stories/novella's, however, Linda Castillo is the master at it and Disappeared is just one fine example of that! She intricately wove together the perfect mystery in just a short period of time! As with all of the Kate Burkholder books, Kathleen McInerney narrated this one with great perfection! She is a perfect fit for Kate Burkholder and one of my favorite narrators! Overall, I LOVED this short story! Can't get much better than this!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is a quick Kate Burkholder short mystery that has the same investigative fervor of a full-length Burkholder novel. Chief Kate Burkholder of small town Painter's Mill, Ohio is woken in the early morning when a two-year-old Amish boy is abducted from his crib. Kate and crew search the surrounding farm and field, and worry over the dangerous early spring flooding dangerously enlarging Painter's Creek. The case moves swiftly from one theory to the next, from a child who may have walked out of th This is a quick Kate Burkholder short mystery that has the same investigative fervor of a full-length Burkholder novel. Chief Kate Burkholder of small town Painter's Mill, Ohio is woken in the early morning when a two-year-old Amish boy is abducted from his crib. Kate and crew search the surrounding farm and field, and worry over the dangerous early spring flooding dangerously enlarging Painter's Creek. The case moves swiftly from one theory to the next, from a child who may have walked out of the house on his own, to a stranger abduction, to a parental custody disagreement. All is not as it seems as Kate and John Tomasetti rush to rescue the child in time. This is a quick, enjoyable read that gave me just enough to tide me over until Fallen comes out later this summer!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    I've been reading books by Linda Castillo for years and always liked them. I was a bit hesitant to read this book because it was 12.5 and I've only read as far as book 10. There was no reference to any other case in this book so I don't think it mattered that I read this book out of order. This book has 54 pages and there is a lot going on in this short book. But when I got to page 43, the book ended! The last pages are from chapter 1 in book 13. I borrowed this book from the library so I didn't I've been reading books by Linda Castillo for years and always liked them. I was a bit hesitant to read this book because it was 12.5 and I've only read as far as book 10. There was no reference to any other case in this book so I don't think it mattered that I read this book out of order. This book has 54 pages and there is a lot going on in this short book. But when I got to page 43, the book ended! The last pages are from chapter 1 in book 13. I borrowed this book from the library so I didn't pay for it. If I had I would have been disappointed. I'm always amazed at how much story Linda Castillo can get in a book with only 54 pages!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Propst

    Another great Kate Burkholder short story Whether a novel or short story I Love the Kate Burkholder series. The whodunit I figured out pretty quickly what I didn't figure out was why and how this would end. Kate finds herself racing to find a kidnapped two year old while flash floods are happening. The question is, is it a kidnapping and if so who took the child and why? All may not seem as it is. I love getting a short story before the new Kate Burkholder novel comes out it helps in the wait for Another great Kate Burkholder short story Whether a novel or short story I Love the Kate Burkholder series. The whodunit I figured out pretty quickly what I didn't figure out was why and how this would end. Kate finds herself racing to find a kidnapped two year old while flash floods are happening. The question is, is it a kidnapping and if so who took the child and why? All may not seem as it is. I love getting a short story before the new Kate Burkholder novel comes out it helps in the wait for the new book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    The Kate Burkholder series is one of my absolute favorites and I look forward to reading the newest novella and then addition to the series in the summer. In Disappeared a two year old Amish boy has been taken from his room in the middle of the night during a horrible storm. Kate is called in to help find the boy and we soon are looking into who could have taken him. This was a solid novella and it has put me in the mood for the newest book. I do wish we had more from Kate's crew at the police s The Kate Burkholder series is one of my absolute favorites and I look forward to reading the newest novella and then addition to the series in the summer. In Disappeared a two year old Amish boy has been taken from his room in the middle of the night during a horrible storm. Kate is called in to help find the boy and we soon are looking into who could have taken him. This was a solid novella and it has put me in the mood for the newest book. I do wish we had more from Kate's crew at the police station. I need more Pickles!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cristin Grenier

    Castillo as always has written a masterpiece. My only complaint is that it was too short, but it is a novella. I just want more. Burkholder gets called in on a case of a missing Amish toddler. Did the child wander off? Maybe things are not what they seem. With a raging Spring storm raising the river levels, time is of the essence. Can Burkholder find the Toddler? Or will this be an unhappy ending?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tj

    I like the fact that a woman is Chief of Police, and her authority is never questioned by people in Painters Mill. It is refreshing that Kate's officers and the public she serves do not have a problem with a woman in charge. But... the Amish aren't always so tolerant and understanding. The grandmother in this one showed her intolerance and was quick to remind Kate that she had left the Amish community. Can't win them all. On a brighter note, Kate solved the case. I like the fact that a woman is Chief of Police, and her authority is never questioned by people in Painters Mill. It is refreshing that Kate's officers and the public she serves do not have a problem with a woman in charge. But... the Amish aren't always so tolerant and understanding. The grandmother in this one showed her intolerance and was quick to remind Kate that she had left the Amish community. Can't win them all. On a brighter note, Kate solved the case.

  16. 5 out of 5

    patricia

    Disappeared will grab you right away. With a storm raging an Amish toddler disappears. Kate Burkholder is called and every officer is called in. Kate suspects the mother knows more than she telling. The mother's mother puts down the boy's father saying is is no good. His mother and others say he would never hurt the child especially since the toddler is sick. The the mother disappears. Linda Castillo's short story deserves ten stars. Disappeared will grab you right away. With a storm raging an Amish toddler disappears. Kate Burkholder is called and every officer is called in. Kate suspects the mother knows more than she telling. The mother's mother puts down the boy's father saying is is no good. His mother and others say he would never hurt the child especially since the toddler is sick. The the mother disappears. Linda Castillo's short story deserves ten stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dani Hi

    Kate is called out of bed early on the morning due to a missing child. This is a short trip back to Painter’s Mills where Kate and team hunt for a missing Amish child. Love these short teases and looking forward to the next full novel in this series. Could be read as a short stand alone, but recommend the whole series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine Whittington

    Linda Castillo's short mysteries from the Kate Burkholder series are often more character studies than crime fiction, and this is true of "Disappeared." The disappearance of a toddler from his crib sheds light on family and romantic releationships between Amish and non-Amish characters. Super short and a good fill-in while deciding what to listen to next. Linda Castillo's short mysteries from the Kate Burkholder series are often more character studies than crime fiction, and this is true of "Disappeared." The disappearance of a toddler from his crib sheds light on family and romantic releationships between Amish and non-Amish characters. Super short and a good fill-in while deciding what to listen to next.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I went into the novel not knowing it was a short story. I had read the synopsis and was hooked so I ended up borrowing the book. One of the few short stories I’ve ever read and I really enjoyed this quick read. Takes maybe 30 min or less to really read it. Appreciated the mystery, some thrill with a hint of romance all in about 60 or so pages.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    Another Amish short story from Castillo leading up to her next full novel release in July. I always enjoy these extras -- and the same goes here. Young love, mistakes and bad choices, but sometimes love conquers all. And always fun to check in with Kate and Tomasetti!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    These quick short stories between books draw me in so fast. This one seemed more so as there was a missing boy. I was glad that Kate jumped to figure things out and that she was as through as possible. Was also glad that this one ended in the best possible way.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Read All About It

    This is a fantastic super fast paced short story to hold us over until July when we get the new book comes out. A baby is missing and Kate is on the hunt. Loved the happy ending. This is one of my favorite series and I was glad to get glimpse into Painter Mills.

  23. 5 out of 5

    roxanne mills

    An enjoyable read This book was a good book to read but by far way too short. I guessed how it was going to end which I was right. But all in all can’t wait for another new book from you.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This is a brief, 54-page short story about a missing Amish baby and the man who stole him from his crib. Police Chief Burkholder is on the case in her extremely competent and caring way, forging a path between the Amish and the Engish worlds. I love this series!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    Book 58 of 2021 This is probably my favorite of all the short stories about Kate Burkholder. It just makes me excited that the next book in the series is coming out next month. I can’t wait! Rating— three stars Format— audiobook

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    A Kate Burkholder short story....not much to say. All's well that ends well. A Kate Burkholder short story....not much to say. All's well that ends well.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This was a short Love this series Looking forward to the new one coming out

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amp

    Castillo is so good at creating suspense, even in 60 short pages. This entire series is 5 stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janie D

    I enjoyed it, but really prefer reading full size books.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Quick read This was a very quick read. Great novella that was intense at times. Great story line. Cant wait fir her next book.

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