In Kingdom Come, the first in a new mystery series from Jane Jensen, an ex–NYPD detective seeks escape in Amish country and finds darkness instead.
When a beautiful, scantily clad “English” girl is found dead in the barn of a prominent Amish family, Detective Elizabeth Harris knows she’s uncovered an evil that could shatter the peace of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Even though Elizabeth’s boss is convinced this was the work of an “English,” as outsiders are called, Elizabeth isn’t so sure. Now Elizabeth must track down a killer with deep ties to a community that always protects its own—no matter how deadly the cost.
“Det. Elizabeth Harris, the heroine of this solid first in a new Amish series from SF author Jensen, returns after her husband’s death to her hometown of Paradise, Pa., having spent ten years with the NYPD…Nicely drawn characters, such as handsome widower Ezra Beiler and Ezra’s stolid sister, Martha, lend substance to this tale of secrets hidden deep within a closed religious community.”
“[Jensen’s] writing style is consistently engrossing and enticing. Trust earned in this book should be repaid by the installments that follow.”
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Procedural FocusFebruary 17, 2016For a murder mystery, this book focuses more on procedural and investigative scenes rather than presenting a bunch of histrionics. I really, really appreciated that about this book. The author did a great job including her knowledge of those things from the area in which the story is set, which is also where the author lives, without it coming across as “This is stuff I like/interests me so I’m putting it in a book.” The characters were likeable and well-described without resorting to cliché language. Figuring out who did the crime wasn’t that tough, mostly due to a couple of obvious clues that I won’t spoil by sharing. The only part that feels contrived is Detective Harris’s love interest angle. It really didn’t need the love interest.
Rachel Fulginiti is an audiobook narrator and a voice-over artist who has worked with companies such as Chrysler, Target, McDonalds, and eHarmony. She is a graduate of the Meisner Program at the School for Film and Television in New York City.