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Missing (The Secrets of Crittenden County #1)

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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 scr
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Published March 20th 2012 by Avon Inspire (first published January 1st 2012)
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Susan Bright
I guess I should have read the tiny writing on the cover of the Playaway box BEFORE I started listening to this book. Although you practically need a magnifying glass to read it, it clearly says The Secrets of Crittenden County Book 1. Yes, there are two more books and I guess I will have to read all three if I want to know what happened to the missing, or in this case dead boy.

Missing takes place in a small Amish Community in Kentucky. The missing boy is Perry Borntrager, and until his body tur
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Though a murder has been committed within the community, this is not the main storyline in the book, but provides the backdrop and helps tie the other characters together. You get a good overview of many people in the community, from the Sheriff Mose Kramer and his police detective friend, Luke to the Schrock's, who run the local "Variety" store. I liked learning about all of them as this is the first book in a series, and I am sure they will come into play later. The main two characters though ...more
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. Ev
Amber Stokes
With characters that are multifaceted, flawed, and intriguing, along with smooth writing and unique chapter starters, Missing held my attention. But something does feel "missing," as this book is only the beginning of a series and doesn't quite stand on its own as a completely satisfying story. So it appears that, in order to get the full scoop, this is a series to be followed and read in its entirety.

Missing has a bit of mystery, a slight echo of a part of The Shunning (by Beverly Lewis) plot,
Claire Hill
Found this book very hard going. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen but it never did. I thought the story was about the body that had been found, but despite a bit about that at the start of every chapter, it ended up being about a kiss between 2 characters. It didn't hold my interest at all and therefore took me much longer to read than I'd usually take to read a book - I couldn't be bothered to keep reading into the night as I usually do as it bored me. I would have loved the Amis ...more
Becky Pinson
As I read this book, I found more editing mistakes than I have ever seen. That being said, I loved this book! There are so many different characters from a wide range of backgrounds. Throughout the progression of the book, the plot reveals how some of the characters are connected yet keeping the reader guessing as to who and why perry was killed. I can't wait for the next book to find out more in this unsolved mystery!
Um... there was something missing from the mystery, there was a lot lacking in the romance. There was a ton missing in character development (several times I got confused as to who was who). Over all, I found it lacking in what I wanted, and frustrated that it really doesn't stand on it's own as a book. Nothing was resolved, no mystery solved. With out the others in the series it is just a third of a story, which leaves me feeling like the author just wanted to sell me a series. I'm glad I'm get ...more
Paula  Phillips
What started out as a day of rebelling turned out to be a day that Abby Anderson will never forget and a day that started the ball rolling in a decision that would change her life for good. Whilst out with friends Abby spotted something in a well , a body which turns out to be the body of a boy from the Amish community whom disappeared a while back. The body of Perry Borntrager. Everyone thought that Perry had gone off into the Englisch world to live , no one thought he was dead more so murdered ...more
This book was an easy & enjoyable read, & the numerous characters in the book are quite lovable. I was able to relate to what both Abby & Lydia were going through, & I just loved Mr Schrock & his shop of escaping animals, ha ha. I have to admit, I do find the Amish community very intriguing & have watched some TV programmes about them in the past, so if anything, I'd have been happy for the book to touch on more Amish traditions more deeply. Perhaps the later books will d ...more
Three young ladies, cutting school and hanging out where they should not, find something that no one should ever find! After playing takeaway with Abby's backpack, one of the girls tosses it behind her and it fell into a hole, well actually into a old well, that contained the body of a dead man.

Perry Borntrager's had been missing for several months, but the community just figured he'd jumped fence and left the Amish. No one dreamed he was dead and in their community in a well.

Lydia Plank had b
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
March 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06208970-0
Genre: Amish/mystery

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
Missing is a great start to Shelley Shepard Gray's new series. Her Amish fiction is edgier than most, with threads of mystery and suspense weaving throughout the book. I immediately found myself drawn into the setting and the story, and I felt many of the emotions and struggles that the characters experienced. I especially loved Lydia, who not only wrestles with her knowledge of Perry's actions before his death but whose world is rocked when she discovers a secret in her own life that challenges ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Whenever I see the name Shelley Shepard Gray on a book, I know before I ever open the first page, it's going to be good if not great. Missing: The Secrets of Crittenden County is the first book in the series that Shelley has written after visiting an Amish community nestled in rural western Kentucky and this is the beginning of that series.

The book opens with Abby Anderson who is sneaking off on to the land surrounding the Miller's farm near Crooked Creek to have a smoke with some girlfriends fr
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. Overwhel
Know two things up front about Gray’s new Secrets of Crittenden County series of which this is book one: The plots and subplots go unresolved in this volume, and this is a short, introductory story. If it doesn’t bother you to pay $12.99 for the beginning snippets of a story, then this might be the series for you.

Gray, one of the queens of Amish romance, veers off into crime detection in Amish country in her new series. In the first chapter a group of young non-Amish girls trespass on an Amish f
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 - t
A Great Amish Mystery!

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
Three Englischer girls were on their way home from school and trespassing on the Miller's farm, but Abby Anderson didn't feel comfortable being there. She knew the Amish owner, Mr Miller, didn't like people cutting across his land, she knew her parents wanted her to come straight home from school and she definitely didn't want to be sneaking around smoking, she was a good person but just couldn't find a place she felt comfortable. She finally got up enough nerve to tell the other two that she wa ...more
Barb Klein
"Missing" by Shelley Shepard Gray was a very good book. It was interesting in that the contrast between Englischers and Amish was noted throughout. This story held me with moments of intrigue, glimpses of romantic interest and heartwarming family scenes. I use these terms as though I can actually "see pictures" as I read, but these are all pictures in my mind which the prose suggests. The murdered Amish man has secrets which I read to discover. There were two stories going on here. One was the h ...more
This is an Amish story with a refreshing twist. In fact -- it's not just an Amish story since half the characters are Englisch, but they all have something in common -- a sense of something missing in their lives. That's a very clever tie-in to the title and the overall theme for the book.

Told from multiple viewpoints gives the reader a sense of kinship with a whole town. And Gray has also added brilliant character quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Most of the quotes are opinions express
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 begi
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I love to read mysteries, so I appreciated the emphasis in this story on the mystery and the investigation. There's the requisite romance, of course, but it's tied very closely to the mystery, and both young people are such likeable characters that I had to root for them.

The investigators themselves are also interesting and likeable characters. The local sheriff was formerly Amish and grew up in the county. His big-city detective friend seems to struggle between wanting a return to his life bac
This book is one that my local book club picked to read. I have never been one to "get into" Amish based books; nothing against the Amish, I just find a lot of those books to be sappy, but I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well established and you can definitely tell the personality difference in Amish characters and English characters. The story is centered around a young man who is found decease in a well and the mystery behind his death. You also learn a lot about the people that ...more
Kathleen Scott
Not a big fan of this book.
In the first few pages there was a lot of characters introduced and I have a hard time remembering them.
I found this book should have been a teen book. The book revolves around teenagers and their missing friend Perry who is found dead.
I was hoping that the book was going to be more of a police investigation but it was more focused on the teens.
A body found. Amish Perry was murdered. Who did it? Former girlfriend, Lydia, gets some shocking news about her life. Englisher, Walker, worked with Perry and didn't like him much at the end. Note that this murder is not solved in this book.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I wish I'd known that it's part of a trilogy - where the plot keeps going in all the books. So, I just ordered the next two from the library and hope they come in quickly!
This is the first of a new series, the secrets of critterton county. I started Shelley Shepard Gray"s Missing and just put it down. I finished it because I was home not feeling well. It did seem to drag initially but then picked up. It is a murder mystery and an Amish tale. There is a new love beginning between an Amish girl,Lydia, and Walker, an English man. Lydia's family has a secret that is revealed to her. Sometimes there are just layers of secrets in a family or a community. I won't say ho ...more
I was surprised this book ended without solving the mystery...and then I realized it was a series. Interesting look at the interactions between Amish and "English" families in a small community.
I liked this book, but was a little frustrated that the mystery was not solved. Not that I stop series after I start but it was frustrating that it wasn't solved.
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Librarian Note: AKA Shelley Gray (Western Romance).

I live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife. But I also love to write books.

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I make up people and places and drink
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