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Missing (The Secrets of Crittenden County #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  941 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Families of Honor, Seasons of Sugarcreek, and Sisters of the Heart series, returns with another page-turning romance set in Amish country. Gray’s eagerly anticipated fourth series, The Secrets of Crittenden County, begins with Missing, a poignant and compelling tale of an unlikely romance born of tragedy. When ...more
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Published March 20th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (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
Patty Hearts Dave
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
Aug 03, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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,
May 09, 2013 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
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
Jan 10, 2012 Becky Pinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 13, 2017 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this book and have already recommended it to others. I was not aware when I started reading it that it's one of a set of 4 and have yet since been able to find the other 3 but would love to read those as well.
May 25, 2017 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leaves you hanging

Sorry, but I want my stories buttoned up. Now I have to read the second one. Don't like to be 'forced" into reading.
May 02, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 01, 2013 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mystery! I love the character development. At the end of the book, I have no idea who killed Perry, but I'm glad the mystery continues. Normally I don't like it when I don't know the ending in one book, but this one was so well written, that I feel the book ended smoothly, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jul 05, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2012 Kav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Barb Klein
Apr 19, 2012 Barb Klein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jul 04, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paula  Phillips
Mar 27, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2012 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 23, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2013 Jules rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Kathleen Kleinert
The only thing better than an Amish novel by Shelley Shepard Gray is an Amish Mystery novel by Ms. Gray!

There is no waiting for the mystery to appear. With only an idyllic lead in, the body of Perry Borntrager is found by a group of teenage girls in the first few pages of the book. BOOM! Everyone is shocked, although somehow not surprised, that Perry met an early end to his life. Finding his body down an abandon well leads to many questions that the good people of Crittenden, KY, - Amish, Mennon
Jun 20, 2013 Deja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2012 Margarette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 11, 2016 KDawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. Good reader and pretty good story. I like how Gray can interweave a faith-based commentary without being too heavy handed with it and without making it the center of the story. Most people interweave their faith into their lives, and it felt natural how it was a part of who they are. I like that. And the play on the title with what's "Missing" is not just the boy who was killed, but also pieces of who each of the characters are, was a nice touch.

That being said...there were too many
Jul 16, 2012 patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Grabbed me,as I hoped it would!
I usually avoid mysteries,because I may be the world's worst 'armchair detective'! However, as an avid fan of Amish fiction,the synopsis of this trilogy just sounded too intriguing to pass up.I had never read anything by this author and I must say that I am very impressed with her writing skill.

She was able to grab and hold my interest intensely throughout all three books,and I had a wonderful time reading my library's copies. I am anxious to read more by her.

I lo
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Secrets of Crittenden County (3 books)
  • The Search (The Secrets of Crittenden County #2)
  • Found (The Secrets of Crittenden County #3)

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