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Product Details

  • Series: Secrets of Crittenden County (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire; Reprint edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062089706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062089700
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Gray presents the Amish culture with a realistic perspective on their customs that is both refreshing and captivating. The first Secrets of Crittenden book is a story about forgiveness, truth and love with a good element of mystery.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

From the Back Cover

Can two young people survive the suspicions of their friends and neighbors when tragedy strikes a close-knit Amish community?

Perry Borntrager had been missing for months from the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, when his body is discovered at the bottom of an abandoned well. The first death from mysterious circumstances in more than two decades brings the scrutiny of the outside world: A police detective arrives to help the local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry’s former girlfriend, and Perry’s best friend, the Englischer Walker Anderson.

Lydia and Walker know they didn’t have anything to do with Perry’s death, but they both hold secrets about his final days. Do they dare open up about the kind of man Perry had become? In the oppressive shadow of these dark times, they discover strength in a most unlikely companionship: one that offers solace, understanding, and the promise of something more.

Customer Reviews

Once again Shelley Shepard Gray has written another great book.
(Sunshine) Judy K Burgi
I can't wait to read the other two books in this series, and then plan to read the other books she has written.
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I recommend this book for everyone who loves great Amish fiction.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. King on June 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Not nearly as good as her other novels...characters were boring and not very likeable with zero chemistry! But this is a great author, normally I cannot put her books down!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Cook on March 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Perry Borntrager's body was discovered in a well by Englisher, Abby Anderson. Her brother Walker had been friends with Perry. An investigation began to see why and how Perry died.

Luke Reynolds came to Critterden County, Kentucky as a favor to his friend, Mose Kramer, to help with the investigation. Mose was a former Amish man and had lived in Critterden most of his life. He was getting nowhere with the investigation of Perry's death so he called Luke, a Cincinnati, Ohio detective to help him. Everyone was keeping a tight lip about Perry. No one wanted to say anything bad about the young man, although it appeared a lot could be said. Mose thought Luke's outsider influence may get people talking.

Two people who were suspects in Perry's death joined forces so no one could discover what they knew. Lydia Plank was Perry's ex-girlfriend. Walker Anderson was Perry's friend before he started getting into things Walker wanted nothing to do with. Lydia had her own secrets to deal with as did Walker. Lydia and Walker discovered a bond they never suspected.

There were a few subplots going on. Abby had become a misfit at school even more since she discovered the body. Luke was getting used to the slower paced life of Critterden County, which surprised him. Mr Schrock was continually thinking up crazy ways to get people to come into his store.

As I read this book, I began to see why Lydia and Walker pulled away from Perry. He was involved in things that led to serious trouble. I really liked Walker, he seemed like a sensible college student. I felt sorry for Lydia, she had a lot to deal with in a short period of time. She was already keeping her own secrets before she discovered a family secret. But she trusted God for guidance in all she did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I did not expect to enjoy Missing as much as I did! I found the story interesting, the characters great, and the mystery... is STILL a mystery (I can hardly wait to read book two!)!

I don't know if this would be considered Amish fiction (although I think so because there are Amish characters), but if it is, Missing is one of the better books I've read in the genre.

I loved how all of the characters weren't Amish, and how there was a detective from Cincinnati that comes to help on the murder case - that made the story so much more entertaining!

The romance that started to bloom between Lydia and Walker was sweet and that definitely added to the story. There was one surprise regarding Lydia that I did NOT see coming... if you read the book, I'm pretty sure you'll know what I'm talking about.

The ending leaves much to be anticipated in The Search, book two of The Secrets of Crittenden County, which I am really looking forward to reading!

I recommend Missing if you enjoy mysteries or romances! A great book in my opinion! :)

*I received this book for free from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tiggrie AKA Sarah on May 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I pre-ordered missing on a whim, not being a great aficionado of Amish fiction. The premise sounded interesting, and the price was right - then I forgot all about it!

It arrived yesterday - and by the time I went to sleep last night, I'd finished the book, and was somewhat miffed to realise I'd have to wait for the next two instalments to be published!

This is Amish murder mystery cum romance cum fish out of water... there's a lot going on, but I never felt overwhelmed. The main story element is the discovery of a murder, and the effect it has on the local community. Characters range from born and bred Amish through to ex- Amish, local "Englischer", and a Cincinnati detective doing a favour for a friend whilst recuperating from a gunshot wound.

One of the ways this book scores highly is that all the characters one spends time with are enjoyable - there are some very different viewpoints, but it's no hardship to spend time in company with any of these people. They feel very wwell rounded and well realised, and as someone who enjoys character-driven fiction, that was very welcome indeed.

As you might expect with the Amish setting, it's pretty gentle as murder mysteries go! But there were still a few curveballs I didn't see coming, and I'm chomping at the bit to read the second and third instalments. As this novel is set in Amish country, there are a few mentions of faith etc, but they're quite mild; I'd think they'd only bother folks who are vehemently anti-religion. It has certainly whet my appetite to read more books set in the Amish culture, especially in settings where that culture intersects with a more modern wordlview.

Word of warning, this is unashamedly the first of a trilogy - don't expect too many mysteries to be solved or too many storylines tied up by the end of the book.

Overall, a book I really enjoyed, and would highly recommend. Now I just have to wait for the sequels... rats!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Lear on September 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I don't like writing negative reviews, but this book was a disappointment. The writer was obviously attempting to create a murder mystery but there wasn't much about the storyline that I found to be mysterious. After a murder was discovered, there were very few clues given and none of the characters were viable suspects... throughout the entire book! I believe the author's goal was to generate interest and intrigue so one would buy the sequel. However, my interest wasn't piqued and I won't buy the sequel. I didn't feel that the author developed her characters to the point of making the reader care about them, their situations, their feelings, or the outcomes of their lives and dilemmas.

There was much repetition throughout this book. For example, whenever several of the characters found themselves in stressful situations, they would bite their lower lips. There was way too much lip biting by way too many people and I found it distracting and annoying. Whenever I encounter this, I always question why the author did it and why their editors don't catch and correct it.

This book was rather slow and juvenile and at no point during the reading of it did it become a page-turner, as a good mystery should be.
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More About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.

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