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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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Paperback, 245 pages
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
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Kristin
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon
Patty Hearts Dave
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Laura
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Title: MISSING
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
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Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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,
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Claire
May 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 rated it really liked it
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!
Anne Rightler
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missing by Shelley Shepard Gray is first in the Secrets of Crittenden County series and I, for one, am looking forward to reading the next books in the series. Gray writes a good mystery with characters that are realistic and likable and a story that entertains and captures one's imagination. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator, Bernadette Dunne Flagler, does a great job giving voice to the characters, making for an enjoyable listening experience.
Crystal
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Pam Marcola Duff
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Not your typical murder mystery but a good read about people overcoming
Angela
May 25, 2017 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.
Toni J.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good. It grabs you and takes you into a world that is different. I couldn't put this book down and had to read it from start to finish. I definitely recommend this amazing book.
AB
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Good mystery. Amish / English-culture / thoughts. Adoption issues. Looking forward to bk 2!
Megan Rang
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great book. Not your typical Amish story.
Sabrina Marie
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved how each chapter started with a quote from a character. It set the chapter up and made you keep wanting to know what happened. Can't wait to get the second book.
Wendy
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Pat
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Becky
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Robin
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. Overwhel
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Judy
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kav
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Melanie
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Barb Klein
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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
Cindy
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Paula  Phillips
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Gail
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Linda
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Ashley
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 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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