Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Shelley Shepard Gray's The Search ~ Reviewed

The Search, 

Secrets of Crittenden County Series #2

By: Shelley Shepard Gray
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0062089722


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, the Amish owner of the local bed-and-breakfast. Though they butt heads at first, Luke finds himself drawn to Frannie's bedside when she's injured in a kitchen accident. Soon it becomes clear that Frannie knew Perry better than she let on . . . they'd been secretly courting when he disappeared. Has Luke fallen for the very woman responsible for the crime?
The Search is book two in The Secrets of Crittenden County.  The search is still continuing in the murder investigation of Perry Borntrager.  More clues are coming out into the open.  In the meantime, we see the relationship between the Cincinnati detective, Luke Reynolds (visiting to help his friend Mose, the Sheriff) and former girlfriend and owner of the local bed and breakfast, Frannie.  We learn more about Frannie’s friend, Beth, in this story, who has to take over the inn for a few days when Frannie gets hurt in an accident.  We also get to read more about Perry’s sister, Deborah, who it seems knows more about what is going on in the  murder investigation than she has let on.
 I was very excited to get this book, but bummed that I still have to wait until book three to find out what happens!  It’s a great story, and Shelley does a great job of showing the comparison and contrast of the Amish and English lifestyles.  I really enjoyed watching the story line of Frannie and Luke evolve.  I’m looking forward to book three!

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

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