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Missing: The Secrets of Crittenden County, Book One [Kindle Edition]

Shelley Shepard Gray
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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 the shocking death of a young man rocks a quiet Amish community, the dead man’s former girlfriend and his “Englisher” best friend find themselves murder suspects. But they are strengthened by their faith, and by an unanticipated love that awakens. Readers of Christian romance and inspirational fiction are captivated by stories of love among the Amish, as proven by the phenomenal success of Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, Cindy Woodsmall, and the previous novels of Shelly Shepard Gray. With The Secrets of Crittenden County this accomplished and much beloved storyteller reaches a new level.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PMWLIW
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #587,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing. 9 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I pre-ordered missing on a whim, not being a great aficionado of Amish fiction. The premise sounded interesting, and the price was right - then I forgot all about it!

It arrived yesterday - and by the time I went to sleep last night, I'd finished the book, and was somewhat miffed to realise I'd have to wait for the next two instalments to be published!

This is Amish murder mystery cum romance cum fish out of water... there's a lot going on, but I never felt overwhelmed. The main story element is the discovery of a murder, and the effect it has on the local community. Characters range from born and bred Amish through to ex- Amish, local "Englischer", and a Cincinnati detective doing a favour for a friend whilst recuperating from a gunshot wound.

One of the ways this book scores highly is that all the characters one spends time with are enjoyable - there are some very different viewpoints, but it's no hardship to spend time in company with any of these people. They feel very wwell rounded and well realised, and as someone who enjoys character-driven fiction, that was very welcome indeed.

As you might expect with the Amish setting, it's pretty gentle as murder mysteries go! But there were still a few curveballs I didn't see coming, and I'm chomping at the bit to read the second and third instalments. As this novel is set in Amish country, there are a few mentions of faith etc, but they're quite mild; I'd think they'd only bother folks who are vehemently anti-religion. It has certainly whet my appetite to read more books set in the Amish culture, especially in settings where that culture intersects with a more modern wordlview.

Word of warning, this is unashamedly the first of a trilogy - don't expect too many mysteries to be solved or too many storylines tied up by the end of the book.

Overall, a book I really enjoyed, and would highly recommend. Now I just have to wait for the sequels... rats!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing. 9 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I pre-ordered Missing on a whim, not being a great aficionado of Amish fiction. The premise sounded interesting, and the price was right - then I forgot all about it!

It arrived yesterday - and by the time I went to sleep last night, I'd finished the book, and was somewhat miffed to realise I'd have to wait for the next two instalments to be published!

This is Amish murder mystery cum romance cum fish out of water... there's a lot going on, but I never felt overwhelmed. The main story element is the discovery of a murder, and the effect it has on the local community. Characters range from born and bred Amish through to ex- Amish, local "Englischer", and a Cincinnati detective doing a favour for a friend whilst recuperating from a gunshot wound.

One of the ways this book scores highly is that all the characters one spends time with are enjoyable - there are some very different viewpoints, but it's no hardship to spend time in company with any of these people. They feel very well rounded and well realised, and as someone who enjoys character-driven fiction, that was very welcome indeed.

As you might expect with the Amish setting, it's pretty gentle as murder mysteries go! But there were still a few curveballs I didn't see coming, and I'm chomping at the bit to read the second and third instalments. As this novel is set in Amish country, there are a few mentions of faith etc, but they're quite mild; I'd think they'd only bother folks who are vehemently anti-religion. It has certainly whet my appetite to read more books set in the Amish culture, especially in settings where that culture intersects with a more modern wordlview.

Word of warning, this is unashamedly the first of a trilogy - don't expect too many mysteries to be solved or too many storylines tied up by the end of the book.

Overall, a book I really enjoyed, and would highly recommend. Now I just have to wait for the sequels... rats!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  72 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed!! 14 Jun. 2012
By M. King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Not nearly as good as her other novels...characters were boring and not very likeable with zero chemistry! But this is a great author, normally I cannot put her books down!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blend of mystery and romance 20 Mar. 2012
By Tammy Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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. Everyone was keeping a tight lip about Perry. No one wanted to say anything bad about the young man, although it appeared a lot could be said. Mose thought Luke's outsider influence may get people talking.

Two people who were suspects in Perry's death joined forces so no one could discover what they knew. Lydia Plank was Perry's ex-girlfriend. Walker Anderson was Perry's friend before he started getting into things Walker wanted nothing to do with. Lydia had her own secrets to deal with as did Walker. Lydia and Walker discovered a bond they never suspected.

There were a few subplots going on. Abby had become a misfit at school even more since she discovered the body. Luke was getting used to the slower paced life of Critterden County, which surprised him. Mr Schrock was continually thinking up crazy ways to get people to come into his store.

As I read this book, I began to see why Lydia and Walker pulled away from Perry. He was involved in things that led to serious trouble. I really liked Walker, he seemed like a sensible college student. I felt sorry for Lydia, she had a lot to deal with in a short period of time. She was already keeping her own secrets before she discovered a family secret. But she trusted God for guidance in all she did. Shelley Shepard Gray portrayed Perry in such a negative light, especially in his relationship with Lydia. This isn't often seen in Amish Fiction. I can only recall one other time that an Amish person was portrayed so negatively. That would be Rachel Byler in Jerry Eicher's Rebecca Series. I have no idea who killed Perry, it will be interesting to find out as the series continues. Shelley Shepard Gray has blended mystery and romance into one good story.

The Secrets Of Critterden County
Book One - Missing
Book Two - The Search (out June 2012)
Book Three - Found (out Sept 2012)

I received a free copy of this e-book from Edelweiss for my honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend Missing if you enjoy mysteries or romances! 10 April 2012
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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 - that made the story so much more entertaining!

The romance that started to bloom between Lydia and Walker was sweet and that definitely added to the story. There was one surprise regarding Lydia that I did NOT see coming... if you read the book, I'm pretty sure you'll know what I'm talking about.

The ending leaves much to be anticipated in The Search, book two of The Secrets of Crittenden County, which I am really looking forward to reading!

I recommend Missing if you enjoy mysteries or romances! A great book in my opinion! :)

*I received this book for free from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 1 Aug. 2012
By M. DaSilva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a mystery book with no end. You have to wait for the second book that is going to be published who knows when, to find out who the killer is. Don't waste your time, do not buy this book.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing. 9 May 2012
By tiggrie AKA Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I pre-ordered missing on a whim, not being a great aficionado of Amish fiction. The premise sounded interesting, and the price was right - then I forgot all about it!

It arrived yesterday - and by the time I went to sleep last night, I'd finished the book, and was somewhat miffed to realise I'd have to wait for the next two instalments to be published!

This is Amish murder mystery cum romance cum fish out of water... there's a lot going on, but I never felt overwhelmed. The main story element is the discovery of a murder, and the effect it has on the local community. Characters range from born and bred Amish through to ex- Amish, local "Englischer", and a Cincinnati detective doing a favour for a friend whilst recuperating from a gunshot wound.

One of the ways this book scores highly is that all the characters one spends time with are enjoyable - there are some very different viewpoints, but it's no hardship to spend time in company with any of these people. They feel very wwell rounded and well realised, and as someone who enjoys character-driven fiction, that was very welcome indeed.

As you might expect with the Amish setting, it's pretty gentle as murder mysteries go! But there were still a few curveballs I didn't see coming, and I'm chomping at the bit to read the second and third instalments. As this novel is set in Amish country, there are a few mentions of faith etc, but they're quite mild; I'd think they'd only bother folks who are vehemently anti-religion. It has certainly whet my appetite to read more books set in the Amish culture, especially in settings where that culture intersects with a more modern wordlview.

Word of warning, this is unashamedly the first of a trilogy - don't expect too many mysteries to be solved or too many storylines tied up by the end of the book.

Overall, a book I really enjoyed, and would highly recommend. Now I just have to wait for the sequels... rats!
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