Missing, Secrets of Crittenden County Series #1   -     By: Shelley Shepard Gray
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Harpercollins Publishing / 2012 / Paperback

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Perry Borntrager has been Missing for six months when his body is discovered in an abandoned well. The stunned Amish community of Crittendon, Kentucky, struggles to deal with the murder---and an intrusive homicide detective. Perry's former girlfriend, Lydia Plank, and best friend, Englisher Walter Anderson, are prime suspects. But are they really guilty?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Harpercollins Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)
ISBN: 0062089706
ISBN-13: 9780062089700
Availability: In Stock
Series: Secrets of Crittenden County

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Publisher's Weekly

The first romance in the Secrets of Crittenden County trilogy traces the budding relationship between "Englischer" Walker Anderson and Amish Lydia Plank. They first met when she was dating Perry Borntrager, but now Perry--after getting involved with the wrong crowd--has gone missing. When his murdered body is discovered in the bottom of a well, the small community becomes embroiled in scandal. Cincinnati detective Luke Reynolds is assigned to the case, and begins asking prying questions that threaten to dredge up a past most folks would rather forget. Worried they may be suspects, Walker and Lydia refuse to talk about the last time they saw Perry. Luke's frustration with the townspeople's reticence is tangible and understandable, and highlights the difficulties outsiders have penetrating close-knit Amish communities. There are precious few clues and the focus is primarily on Lydia and her secrets, and though Walker and Lydia grow close during the investigation, she remains conflicted about whether or not to leave her culture behind and pursue a relationship with Walker. The frustratingly unresolved whodunit will likely drag into the next book, but Walker and Lydia's burgeoning romance will keep readers engaged. (Mar. 20)2012 Reed Business Information

Editorial Reviews

“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.”

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  1. Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Mystery trilogy
    July 5, 2012
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Missing

    Shelley Shepard Gray

    Summary of Book: In the first book in her new Secrets of Crittenden County series, the beloved author delivers another page-turning romance set in Amish country. When the body of Perry Borntrager is discovered in an abandoned well, the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, is thrown into turmoil. Perry had been missing for six months, and everyone in the town believed he'd left the order, seduced by the wider world he discovered during his rumspringa. Overwhelmed by grief, Perry's family and friends and the rest of the stunned community struggle to understand how such a terrible tragedy-the first death by mysterious circumstance to strike their placid small town in more than twenty years-could have happened. But the death has not only shaken the town, it has invited the scrutiny of the outside world when a homicide detective arrives to investigate the crime. Lydia Plank, Perry's former girlfriend, and Walter Anderson, an Englisher who was Perry's best friend, are the first suspects in the crime. Drawn together by the suspicions of both the authorities and the community, they discover an unlikely companionship that offers solace, understanding, and the promise of something more during the hardest of days.

    I enjoyed the characters, story and setting. The entire mystery was suspenseful and the characters are believable. I am not sure how the author is going to keep the suspense and draw it out so long before it becomes less fulfilling when solved. It was enjoyable to know these characters and to read the second and the third will be easy just to see how the mystery progresses. There is no sense of danger and that is what makes it more of a mystery. I believe that this will satisfy most readers. If any clues are given they too are a mystery. It will be a disappointment if the ‘bad people' Perry was involved with were to have committed this crime.

    I would like to thank Edelweiss and Avon Inspire for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
  2. Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Amish Mystery!
    June 28, 2012
    Judy K Burgi
    Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was a real page turner. It is filled with twists and turns. I think the author does an excellent job of keeping us guessing. There are several possibilities of what happened to Perry Borntrager. It is definitely a mystery.

    Deputy Sheriff Mose Kramer grew up Amish but left the Amish community to go to school to study criminal justice. Once he graduated he got a job in Clermont County. While working in Clermont County he happens to notice a posting for the sheriff's department in Crittenden County where he grew up. Was taking this position a mistake on his part? Will the Amish community cooperate with him in his investigation? Mose decides to bring in a good friend Luke Reynolds, who is a detective in the Cincinnati Police Department, to help him with the investigation.

    Lydia Plank once dated Perry Borntrager. She is holding back secrets from detective Luke Reynolds for fear she might be considered a suspect. She becomes friends with Walker Anderson, an Englishman, who at one time was a friend and co-worker of Perry's. They both decide to get together occasionally and talk about Perry's death. Walker is also holding back secrets from detective Luke Reynolds.

    In the mean time, Lydia's folks decide to tell her a secret that they have been keeping from her. Lydia is quite shocked and confused. She doesn't know what she will do with this new found information. Will this secret cause Lydia to leave the community? How will Lydia handle this shocking revelation?

    Once again Shelley Shepard Gray has written another great book. I can't wait to read "The Search" book two in The Secrets of Crittenden County.
  3. Toledo, Ohio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    loved this book
    May 10, 2012
    Bonnie Mccue
    Toledo, Ohio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This was a very good book, it kept you interested until the end. Can't wait to read the next one of the series.
  4. Bryan, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Mystery
    May 9, 2012
    Bryan, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was an excellent mystery and I will definitely purchase the sequel when it comes out, but this first book in the series could have used more character development. Am hoping the author develop the characters more in the sequel.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 2, 2012
    Joanne Rinker
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A different kind of story than usual for this writter. I'm wondering if this book was proofread as there were many mistakes within the book such as added words that did not make the sentences read properly etc. I will buy her next book that is a sequel to this one when it becomes available to see how the story ends unless she makes it a trilogy.
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