Saturday, March 3, 2012

Missing-Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray

Avon Inspire, Mar 20 2012, $12.99

ISBN: 9780062089700

For several months in Crittenden, Kentucky Perry Borntrager was missing. Teenagers Abby, Jessica and Emily find his corpse the bottom of an abandoned well. Perry’s Amish neighbors are shocked as violent crime does not happen in their community; at least not in over two decades.

Crittenden County Deputy Sheriff Mose Kramer knows he needs professional help with the homicide of an Amish man. He calls his friend Cincinnati PD Detective Luke Reynolds to help with the inquiry. On leave, Luke agrees and comes to Crittenden. Luke questions Perry’s former girlfriend Lydia Plank and the victim’s best friend Englischer Walker Anderson. Each insists they are innocent, but Luke knows they hide something important; both knows how much Perry changed just before he died; as they turn to each other for comfort they do not expect their relationship to change.

The first Secrets of Crittenden police procedural romance is an engaging whodunit in which an Englischer detective conducts his inquiry amidst the doubting Amish while the prime suspects fall in love. The clash of cultures is deftly handled so that differences don’t overwhelm the delightful prime plot of falling in love while a murder investigation is occurring. Fans will appreciate this strong “Search” for a killer and look forward to the next Secrets of Crittenden County.

Harriet Klausner

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