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.
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Okay, okay, so, I haven't read a whole lot of Amish murder mysteries. While I'm certain that there are more than the Harrison Ford movie and Jane Jensen's new book, "Kingdom Come", none come to mind. Certainly none that I've read. Despite originally being from Pennsylvania and spending a little bit of time in Lancaster, I can't say that I've spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about the Amish or their lifestyle and even less time reading fictional Amish murder mysteries. When it comes to the Amish, I like their baked goods, their rocking chairs, and their beards. I also like a good pair of suspenders. And horses. Horses are nice.
"Kingdom Come" is the first in a promised new series of mystery novels by writer Jane Jensen. Full disclosure: I've been a fan of Jensen for a very long time. I've played the video games that she's written and designed and I've read her previous novels. I am, loathe as I am to use the term, a Jane Jensen fanboy.
Even those unfamiliar with Jensen's work should appreciate and enjoy "Kingdom Come". It's a solid murder mystery; not too complicated (unless I've just gotten good at figuring out "whodunit") but creative, clever, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Jensen populates her novel with believable characters and dialogue, brisk pacing, and enough moments of pulse racing suspense to keep the pages turning. While the Amish play an important part of the story, Jensen doesn't bog down the story by dwelling too heavily on their lifestyle and tradition. There's just enough to keep them interesting and to introduce them to readers unfamiliar with their lifestyle.
The narration is good if not spectacular. Rachel Fulginiti has a clear, comfortable voice that's easy to listen to. She does a pretty good job with the complex Amish accent and none of her characterizations seem forced. She doesn't force the distinct Lancaster accent on any of the characters nor does she make Harris, a Lancaster native who spent ten years in NYC, sound like she's some sort of weird Big Apple Amish hybrid, for which I was grateful. Instead, her reading was a bit like watching a newscast, a bit blandly generic but pleasant and enjoyable enough.
While not breaking any new ground in the police procedural / mystery genre, "Kingdom Come" is an enjoyable, engrossing read written by a talented storyteller. I look forward to the next entry in the series.
This is an extremely enjoyable audiobook with a very sound, believable real-world plot that fans of detective novels, murder mysteries, and Jane Jensen's other works (Gabriel Knight, et al) will find altogether satisfying. The prose is warm, yet technical without going overboard. Mrs Jenson's sporadic inclusion of nerd pop culture and geek references are subtle and fun- unlike so many writers today who feel the need to bash their "nerd credentials" over the heads of the audience, Jenson writes with a confidence of knowing who she is and what type of story she wants to tell, while every so often sharing a fun wink of the eye with the reader.
The only criticism is that I found the story too brief. As a whole, a few additional chapters with some unexpected twists and turns might have changed my grade from "A" to an A+
Regardless, I highly recommend this book to any adult, and in particular, to any fans of Mrs. Jenson's other creations. If this book is the beginning of a detective series, I am sold on the sequel already.
I almost didn't buy this because it is relatively short, but am really glad I did. The story is taut, the narration is superb. Perfect voice for the character. The Amish connection is believable and adds an interesting subculture to the background without it overtaking the novel.
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Good story. Good narrator. I like the Amish community information/backstory. Could have been better without the detailed sex scenes.
I really liked this book. I think the main character is interesting and the narrator played it very well. Writing a mystery involving the Amish is a unique take on the classic mystery. I think this book is absolutely worth a listen. I will defiantly read the second book when it comes out.
The narration of the book was great. The story line was just so so. The mystery was not really suspenseful at all. I pretty much guessed half way through. I will say it kept my interest, but in the end I felt disappointed.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Yes, this is an interesting story featuring the Amish way of life. But when I consider the rather flat, unemotional narration and the "romance" and descriptive sex that seemed to be contrived and thrown in "just because," it garners only a "Meh!" from me. In addition, the mystery wasn't such a mystery. . . the author danced around the culprit(s) in the murders from midway in the book and any thinking person could figure it out. Detective Elizabeth Harris, the star of the book, showed such poor judgment that I (a) couldn't believe everyone thought she was a great detective and hired her especially for this case; and (b) doesn't encourage me to read the next entry in this series-to-be.
This one won't be on my list to follow-up. . . just too far below average and believable.
Lehua of Pacifica
If I were the police chief, I'd have fired her idiotic butt within her first hour. It was an interesting plot, but the detective is so self indulgent and juvenile that it was hard to hang in. This is one of those authors who doesn't know how to generate suspense except to have the protagonist do unbelievably stupid and damaging things.
The narrator did a good job. Despite the sappy dialogues, she managed to give this one some dignity that it didn't deserve.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Excellent murder mystery set in Pennsylvania Amish country. I enjoyed Kingdom come. The narration is remarkably outstanding.
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