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Shadows Of Lancaster County [Paperback]

By Mindy Starns Clark (Author)
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Following up on her extremely popular Gothic thriller "Whispers of the Bayou," Clark offers another suspenseful stand-alone mystery full of Amish simplicity, dark shadows, and the light of God's amazing grace.

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Anna Bailey thought she left the tragedies of the past behind when she took on a new identity and moved from Pennsylvania to California. But now that her brother has vanished and his wife is crying out for help, Anna knows she has no choice but to come out of hiding, go home, and find him. Back in Lancaster County, Anna follows the high-tech trail her brother left behind, a trail that leads from the simple world of Amish farming to the cutting edge of DNA research and gene therapy.

During the course of her pursuit, Anna soon realizes that she has something others want, something worth killing for. In a world where nothing is as it seems, Anna seeks to protect herself, find her brother, and keep a rein on her heart despite the sudden reappearance of Reed Thornton, the only man she has ever loved.

Following up on her extremely popular gothic thriller, Whispers of the Bayou, Mindy Starns Clark offers another suspenseful standalone mystery, one full of Amish simplicity, dark shadows, and the light of God's amazing grace.

From Publishers Weekly
When a narrative opens with the words Im dead, the reader generally accepts that come-hither, and Clark (Whispers of the Bayou) keeps up the pace set by a nighttime motorcycle ride in the opening scene of this Christian suspense novel. Skip tracer Anna Jensen, who finds missing people, must face her checkered past when she returns home to Pennsylvanias Amish country in order to find her vanished brother. Complicating the plot is a tale of missing jewels and complex personal histories; Clark has a lot going on, and not everything is equally successful. The end-game plot twist is surprising, though not completely convincing, and the romantic element is much less successful than the atmosphere of suspense and the intricate plotting. The religious element, present but not preachy, is natural in this tale of unfolding revelation. Clark weaves a web of characters and events that will draw in Christian suspense fans. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Shadows Of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Romantic Times - 01/01/2009 page 60

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Pages   326
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2009
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736924477  
ISBN13  9780736924474  

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More About Mindy Starns Clark

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Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.

Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.

Mindy Starns Clark was born in 1957.

Mindy Starns Clark has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cousins of the Dove
  2. Men of Lancaster County
  3. Smart Chick Mysteries
  4. Women of Lancaster County

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Amish
2Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry > Fiction > Suspense

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Books > Fiction > General Christian > Suspense

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Amish Mystery  Mar 12, 2009
I really didn't care much for this book. It was slow moving and alot of the time boring. It didn't really get good until almost the end.
Shadows of Lancaster County  Mar 10, 2009
Five youngsters, nearly or recently out of high school, become enmeshed in a tragedy and its aftermath one evening when among them they have start setting off fireworks, break out the beer, and become amorous; a fire breaks out in a nearby farmhouse, killing the inhabitants, an Amish couple and their infant son. Anna Bailey, 17 years old; her brother Bobby, 19 years old; Anna's best friend, Haley Wynn, and her boyfriend, Doug - - all are convicted on charges ranging from reckless endangerment to involuntary manslaughter to public drunkenness, with the oldest, 21-year-old Reed Thornton, with whom Anna had fallen in love, and who was badly burned in the fire, being sentenced to a year in jail and three years of probation. The others, as juveniles, receive lighter sentences, and all are roundly condemned in the community and the media as drunken murdering revelers.

The book begins eleven years later. Anna Bailey is now living in California, where she fled four years after the fire, when she receives a desperate call from her sister-in-law, Lydia, who pleads with Anna to help her: Bobby has disappeared, and Lydia believes that only Anna's knowledge of her brother, "how he thought, how his mind worked," as well as her high-tech skills as a skip tracer, can help her find him. Anna immediately goes to Pennsylvania. Her ensuing investigation turns up evidence that Bobby and Doug had uncovered proof of illegalities in the lab where they worked; Bobby is now missing, and shortly afterwards Doug's dead body is discovered, and the police are searching for Bobby as a 'person of interest.' Both young men, as well as Reed, had years before become interns in the same lab, which works with DNA research and gene therapy, but Reed is now working in Washington, D.C. as a medical ethicist working in the field of DNA

Anna is a young woman sustained by her faith, ever-present but not dwelled upon, despite the challenges facing her when she must again confront the event that changed her life, and the danger she faces as her search continues. The book gives the reader insight into the lives of the Amish, going beyond what most people know about the sect, the closeness of the families and of the larger Amish community. The tale is at once suspenseful and touching, and the conclusion is hugely satisfying. With today's headlines of expanded stem cell research and the related field of gene therapy thereby effected, it is also quite timely, and is recommended.
Mindy's done it again!  Mar 3, 2009
As a long-time reader of Mindy Starns Clark's books, I've come to expect an excellent read each time I pick up one of her books. But I must say I believe this is her best one yet! Who-done-it mystery, combined with romance, Amish culture, and setting makes for a most engaging book. And I bet you'll never figure out the ending. Not this time!
Romance, Suspense, and Mystery  Feb 20, 2009
It's been seven years since Anna Bailey left Pennsylvania for California, where she now works as a skip tracer while rooming with the eccentric but caring coworker Kiki. Her new life is shattered by a panicked phone call from her sister-in-law Lydia with the news that Anna's brother has disappeared and information about Anna has been stolen. Eleven years ago, a 17 year-old Annalise Jensen and four friends suffered through a fun night gone tragically wrong, with casual drinking resulting in a barn burning down and an Amish family destroyed. After a horrific trial that played out in the media, community service, and probation, Anna fled her home, changed her name, and created a whole new identity. When her roommate is brutally attacked and the intruder demands rubies from Anna, she knows that she must return home to her old life if she wants answers to the source of the threats and why her brother disappeared.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this novel is how Clark introduces the reader to the largely Amish community of Lancaster. Rumspringa, the close ties of the Friends, and all of their culture prove to be as informative and fascinating as the mystery, which incorporates a historical treasure with DNA experimentation. Anna is a delightful character who refuses to passively accept her fate or leave it to the authorities who betrayed her. This is an enjoyable read that manages to blend romance, history, and religion into one cohesive mystery.
Perfect Suspense  Feb 20, 2009
Before you pick up Shadows of Lancaster County, make sure you have a block of time to read it. This book is a delightful rush: the present twists into the past in a way that pulled me through from page one to the end.

Anna has tried hard to run from her past. Now it's calling her back. Either she ignores it and let's her brother's disappearance remain a mystery, or she rushes back and risks everything she's worked hard to build. This book reached a point toward the end where I simply could not put it down. It didn't matter the list of things I needed to accomplish -- life had to wait while I raced through the twists and turns with Anna.

I've thoroughly enjoyed Mindy's mysteries, but this book is one I'll read again and again. It's a wonderful addition to the suspense genre.

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