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The Search (The Secrets of Crittenden County #2)

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Secrets of Crittenden County series with The Search—a page-turning romance novel that’s tinged with mystery, set in Kentucky Amish country. One of the most popular writers of Christian romantic fiction with Amish themes—a much beloved romantic storyteller who stands alongside such notable no ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Avon Inspire (first published January 1st 2012)
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Laura
Aug 13, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
I read this series out of order, for best reading enjoyment, I recommend not doing what I did. The first book in the series is Missing, THE SEARCH, Found, and followed by a novella, Peace. I read Found and Peace before THE SEARCH, so this is kind of backstory for me.

I enjoy Ms. Gray's Amish books, and even her cozy mystery Amish books are engaging. I like characters in this book, the way she includes random comments made by people, and the way it's in many different POVs. It leaves you guessing
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Lisarenee
Jun 15, 2012 Lisarenee rated it liked it
When most people think of the Amish, they think of a tranquil god loving people living a simple life. While that is true for the most part, even they can't always escape the evils of the outside world that they live among, yet separate from. Perry Borntrager, one of their own, strayed from the fold. He got addicted to drugs and his downfall was noted by pretty much everyone in the small community. People attempted get him back on the right path, but sometimes when addiction takes hold, it just i ...more
April Suter
Jul 02, 2012 April Suter rated it really liked it
So who really killed Perry? Luke, the detective from Cincinnati who is recovering from an on the job shooting, is still trying to find out in this second book in the series. He is also attracted to Frannie, the owner of the Yellow Bird Inn, but she is Amish. We will have to wait until the next book Found.

Words just for me:
I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a
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Dianne
Jun 19, 2012 Dianne rated it liked it
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This was quite an unusual book and the second of what appears to be a trilogy. I would suggest that you read the first book in this grouping first so you do not find yourself a bit at sea, as I found myself. Missing: The Secrets of Crittenden County, Book One

I DO LIKE TO READ ABOUT OTHER CULTURES AND I NAIVELY THOUGHT I UNDERSTOOD THE Amish. Unfortunately, I have not learned of the different orders of the Amish and I really liked this book for letting me understand th
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Clockstein Lockstein
Jun 26, 2012 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it
The Search by Shelley Shepard Gray is the second book in The Secrets of Crittenden County series. The discovery of Perry Borntrager's body has stirred up this close-knit Amish community. Detective Luke Reynolds is still trying to sort through the evidence and learn the identity of the killer, but his feelings for Perry's former flame Frannie Eicher has put a crimp in his investigation. When she is injured in a kitchen accident, Luke finds himself spending more time at her hospital bedside than w ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
The murderer still is at large in the Amish community of Crittenden County and Detective Luke Reynolds is still questioning the residents fearing that he is getting no where closer to the truth. After discovering the body of Perry Borntrager at the bottom of the well on the Miller's Farm, it seems like quite a few of the townspeople have secrets that they hope will never be discovered.

Frannie Eicher was the last person to see Perry alive, and not being the type to want to share more details than
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Robin
Mar 19, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
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The Search

Shelley Shepard Gray

Back Cover: In the midst of a murder investigation in the heart of Amish country, one young policeman finds his heart led astray. The serenity of the quiet Amish community of Marion, Kentucky, is disrupted when the body of Perry Borntrager is discovered in an abandoned well. Now the small town faces the first death by mysterious circumstances in more than twenty years, and Detective Luke Reynolds is brought in to help investigate. But before he can solve the crime,
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Amy
May 10, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
At the beginning of THE SEARCH by Shelley Shepard Gray, we find out that Perry Borntrager has been missing but now his body's been found in the well on the Miller's Farm. This had me intrigued. I love a good mystery and a murder mystery even better. I dove head first into this story. I soon discover this is an ongoing investigation. Perhaps if I had read MISSING, the first book in The Secrets of Crittendon County series, I might not have struggled so much to get through this book.
Frannie Eicher
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Janga
Apr 24, 2012 Janga rated it liked it
The Search is the second book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish series The Secrets of Crittenden County about the murder of Perry Borntrager and the people connected to the victim. The main focus is on Frannie Eicher, owner of the Yellow Bird Inn and one of the last people to see Perry alive. That final meeting showed Frannie how futile had been her hope that she could lead Perry away from drugs and back to the road of righteousness. Now that Perry is dead, Frannie can’t bring herself to tell all ...more
Melanie
Jun 27, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
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The Search is the second book in Shelley Shepard Gray's series, The Secrets of Crittenden County, and a great addition! I absolutely loved the first book, Missing, and before I even read this book I expected to enjoy it... well, I loved it!

To someone like me who doesn't read that many Amish-like books, this series has been fantastic (so far). One thing in particular that has made this series so enjoyable to me is the murder mystery. After two books, I am still having a difficult time trying to d
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Barb Klein
May 17, 2012 Barb Klein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Secrets of Crittenden County, Book Two is called “The Search”, written by Shelley Shepard Gray. This book is a sequel to the first book of the series, “Missing”. I really enjoyed this book. It is set in a little eastern Kentucky town in the midst of Crittenden County. The characters are a mix of Amish, Mennonite and “Englischers”. In the first book, a young Amish man goes missing and is found dead. The sheriff calls for help from an old friend, Luke, who is recovering from bullet wounds, sus ...more
Deja
Jul 05, 2013 Deja rated it it was amazing
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Ok I’ve been waiting on this book since I finished The Missing.

The Search continues the story of who killed Perry Borntrager and the handsome investigator called in to help with the case is still in town. And Frannie still finds him attractive, though she would tell anyone. But it’s after Frannie’s accident that Luke decides she needs his help. Luke starts setting with Frannie at the hospital, because its so lonely there, and she does need someone to keep her company, doe
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Laura
Jun 23, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
This is really less of a mystery and more of a romance, albeit a very quiet Amish one. Apparently this is the middle book in trilogy and the mystery - Who Killed Perry And Why - is spread out over the entire series.

We open with Perry and Frannie arguing. Soon, Perry is dead and (of course) it's under investigation. Because this is an Amish community, Perry's involvement with English men was noted as were his increasingly wild ways. Feeling unable to solve this himself, the Sherrif, Mose, asks h
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Kate
Sep 13, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
This is the second book in the 'Secrets of Crittenden County' series by Shelley Shepherd Gray. We read the first one ('Missing') a few months ago for our Amish book club read. I think I liked the first book better.
This book was good, and I enjoyed learning more about the mystery of who killed Perry, but at the same time, I found myself wishing that the author would pair up a good Amish woman with a good Amish man. This is the second book in the series, and the second time that the Englisher 'get
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In the midst of a murder investigation in the heart of Amish country, one young policeman finds his heart led astray

The serenity of the quiet Amish community of Marion, Kentucky, is disrupted when the body of Perry Borntrager is discovered in an abandoned well. Now the small town faces the first death by mysterious circumstances in more than twenty years, and Detective Luke Reynolds is brought in to help investigate. But before he can solve the crime, he faces unexpected feelings for Frannie, th
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Susan
Mar 04, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, amish
This second book in this series takes off where the first one left off. I enjoyed the characters and progress even though it moves slowly. There were some interesting things that advance in the investigation here. It concludes in a somewhat happy place though with a bit of a cliffhanger. I guess I must read the next one to see what really happens.
Diane  Sugars
Dec 31, 2015 Diane Sugars rated it really liked it
Oh I am so happy that I found this terrific Trilogy to read! I was hooked by book one, Missing, and now after just finishing book number 2, The Search, I cannot wait to read book three and find out what happened to Perry! This is a great group of books with a terrific storyline! I highly recommend this trilogy!
Rachel
Apr 29, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-16
This is the second book of a trilogy. I thought it was slow moving until about half way through, then it picked up with much needed energy and activity. I will say I did enjoy it, the mystery throughout the book is keeping me in suspense. I will look forward to the third book. The book is definitely Amish in content, and there isn't any foul language, and just a hint of love with a kiss, but nothing more.
Julie
Feb 27, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
I bounced between 2 stars and 3 for this one. The story seems too simple and contrived. I'm slightly annoyed that I have to read all 3 books to solve the mystery. I guess I prefer series where each book can stand on it's own, but if you like it, you can follow the characters into another story. Also, it seems the author has respect for the Amish religion, BUT the women keep falling in love with "Englishers" so that they are investigating the idea of leaving their faith. I can accept it happening ...more
April
Sep 13, 2014 April rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this trilogy....... the only thing that I found aggravating was the fact that everyone had something to hide, and no one seemed to have any issues with lying to the police.
Martha Valasek
Apr 09, 2014 Martha Valasek rated it really liked it
unusual story, a mixture of a romance and a mysterious murder
Anita Dawson
Mar 28, 2016 Anita Dawson rated it really liked it
#2 in the Secrets of Crittenden County Series. The search continues for the murderer of a resident.
Elizabeth
Aug 22, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
A little cheesy, but I enjoyed it.
Linda  Van Wert
Aug 14, 2014 Linda Van Wert rated it really liked it
A very easy story to read and follow.
patricia
Aug 15, 2012 patricia rated it it was amazing
Luke and Mose continue to investigate the death of Perry Bontrager in The Missing. Shelley Shepard Gray continues the story of the effect the death of this Amishman gone wrong has on the community. His friends and family. On the two Amish women he courted. The story gets more involved as it goes along. Lydia Plank from The Missing has fallen for Walker, an Englisher and you get a feel for the difficulties it can cause. This would be easy to spoil and I think you need to find the surprises on you ...more
Donna
Aug 14, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
The Search is the second in a series set in Western Kentucky in an Amish community where a murder has been committed. A detective from Cincinnati has joined the SEARCH for the murderer and in the meantime has fallen in love with one of the Amish women who knew the victim. There are many truths that remain hidden as the detective tries to find the murderer and also find himself and what he wants for his life.

I am looking forward to the third and final book of the series coming in September calle
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Barbara
Sep 23, 2012 Barbara rated it it was ok
This is a filler book for what should really be a short mystery story. This one can probably be skipped since not much happens.
All the lying Amish people really bothered me. Lying is a sin and they are supposed to be so righteous so why are they lying?

Why was Frannie making 60 mini quiches when only one person was staying at the inn?
Why was everyone waking Frannie up while she was recovering in the hospital? Who paid for the hospital anyway?
Janet
Sep 08, 2012 Janet rated it liked it
Second book in this series. I read a lot so it took me a while to get up to speed again on who everyone was and what had happened in the first book.

This is mainly Luke and Frannie's story with bonus mini stories of Beth, Chris. We saw Abby, Walker and Libby too.

I am anxioius for the third book to find out how everyone's story ends.

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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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The Secrets of Crittenden County (3 books)
  • Missing (The Secrets of Crittenden County #1)
  • Found (The Secrets of Crittenden County #3)

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