Sunday, January 24, 2016

Kingdom Come

Happy Compliment Day!  This day was created in 1998.  It is important to give someone a compliment today (a sincere one)! There has to be something nice (complimentary) you can say about your loved one, sister, brother, child, or parent.  On this day (January 24) James Marshall found gold in Sutter's Mill (near Sacramento) that starts the Gold Rush. The first Boy Scout Troop is organized in 1908 in England by Robert Baden-Powell.  The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale in 1984!  Did you know that the actor Ernest Borgnine (1917-actor), Neil Diamond (1941-singer), Mary Lou Retton (1968-gold medal gymnast who is the second female gymnast to get 10s), and Tatyana Ali (1979-actress and singer) were born on this day?

Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen is An Elizabeth Harris Mystery set in Paradise, Pennsylvania (Lancaster County).  Elizabeth Harris is a detective with Lancaster City Bureau of Police.  She moved back to Paradise eight months ago after living in Manhattan for ten years (working on NYPD).  Elizabeth’s husband was murdered, and she needs to get away from the memories (and have a quieter life).  Detective Lieutenant Mike Grady calls Elizabeth out to a homicide in an Amish barn.  A young woman (scantily dressed) was killed in Amos Miller’s barn (actually dumped in the barn) and Jacob Miller (age 11) found her when he came to do chores.  Elizabeth and Mike partner up to solve the case.  Elizabeth’s boss (and Mike) believe that a non-Amish person committed the crime.  Elizabeth is not so sure, but she has no concrete proof or a good lead.  Then a second girl (Katie Yoder) who was missing turns up dead.  Katie Yoder is an Amish teen who has been missing for a while.  Are the two girl’s deaths connected?  Elizabeth sets out to find the killer within a tight knit community.  One of the suspects, Ezra Beiler turns out to be very attractive and Elizabeth feels a connection with him.  Will Elizabeth let her feelings get in the way of solving a case?

Kingdom Come is not what I expected.  It starts off very slow and is hard to get into (it does get better).  There is foul language (too much of it and it is not needed), lust, and sex.  I felt that the romance between Elizabeth and Ezra developed too quickly and it seemed to go against Ezra’s beliefs (it just did not feel right).  The mystery in Kingdom Come was very easy to solve (child’s play).  I felt that the killer was so obvious.  I kept hoping for a twist, but I did not get one.  Kingdom Come needed some polishing which would have made it a better book.  I give Kingdom Come 3 out of 5 stars (which means it was okay).  It was a good first book in a series, and I hope the next one will be much better. 

The next book in An Elizabeth Harris Mystery series is In the Land of Milk and Honey.  It is set to be out on August 2, 2016. I received a complimentary copy of Kingdom Come from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently reading The Girls in the Woods by Helen Phifer (excellent book).  I hope all of you have a glorious and warm Sunday evening! Downton Abbey is on tonight as well as the new show Mercy Street. Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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