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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.
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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.
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