Saturday, August 6, 2016

In the Land of Milk and Honey

It has been a very overcast day in my area today with intermittent rain.  I still had to go to the grocery store, though.  The cats were quite insistent since I was out of their hard food (they can get pushy when it is time to eat).  Do you like Amish novels?  Some of my favorite authors write delightful Amish Fiction.  Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Wanda Brunstetter, Jennifer Beckstrand, Shelley Shepard Gray, and Kelly Long are just a couple of them.    Emma Miller writes a good Amish mystery series called An Amish Mystery (simple but effective).  If you enjoy Amish fiction, please take a moment to check out these authors and their books.

In the Land of Milk and Honey by Jane Jensen is An Elizabeth Harris Novel.  Detective Elizabeth Harris is a homicide detective in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (in April 2015).  Elizabeth is called out when a whole Amish family is found dead in their home.  Elizabeth notices that there are empty milk glasses around the kitchen.  When they check out the cows in the barn, they discover that they are sick.  The police are hoping that this is just an isolated incident.  But then more victims turn up.  What is going on?  Dr. Glen Turner from the CDC is called in to help with the investigation.  Glen works closely with Elizabeth to help find the cause of the problem.  It seems that someone is targeting the Amish.  Can they catch the culprit before he racks up a higher body count?  Elizabeth comes up with a plan to foil the perpetrator.  Join Detective Elizabeth Harris on her latest case In the Land of Milk and Honey.

In the Land of Milk and Honey was a very good novel.  I liked the writing, the characters, and the setting.  The mystery was interesting and unusual (very unique method of killing as well as scary).  This book grabbed my attention and held it.  While I liked the mystery, I was able to solve it early in the book.  I picked out the culprit as soon as the person was introduced.  I did enjoy following the clues in the story to see if I was right.  The book had a fast pace that suited the storyline.  I give In the Land of Milk and Honey 4.5 out of 5 (I lowered a bit since I was able to solve it so early in the book).  It has an especially sweet ending.  I look forward to the next book in An Elizabeth Harris Novel series.

The other novel in An Elizabeth Harris Novel series is Kingdom Come.  If you have not read Kingdom Come, you can still enjoy In the Land of Milk and Honey.  The author does bring the reader up-to-date on what happened in the first book.  I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest evaluation.  The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

I hope you had a wonderful Saturday.  I am finishing Seasons in Paradise by Barbara Cameron (finishing up my books from August 2).  I am off to relax.  I will return tomorrow to review When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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