• Kingdom Come

  • The Elizabeth Harris Series 1
  • By: Jane Jensen
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,990 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Jane Jensen (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The best Amish murder mystery story since "Witness

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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Loved this one

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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Kingdom Come - excellent detective story

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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Great Mystery!

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First Thought when Finished: The mystery in Kingdom Come was excellent there was just a little too much relationship drama.

Overall Thoughts: I am a big fan of Gabriel Knight (a video game series) and so I knew that Jane Jensen wrote excellent storylines that are methodical and compelling. I am thrilled that translates into the ability to write really good novels too. The mystery was twisty, turny, and the way it came together at the end really worked. It wasn't rushed and played out to an almost perfect beat. The only part of this that was a little distracting was the romance between the lead detective and a possible suspect. I felt this was just ill timed but in the end it worked out. The best part, Elizabeth is a strong female detective and very well-rounded character which is my favorite type of lead in mystery/thrillers. I really look forward to more books in the series.

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Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti /Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins


I think this is the first book I have listened to narrated by Rachel and she impressed me. I have to admit I haven't been around the Amish but the accents seemed natural to me. Her Elizabeth was spot on. I liked her performance and would listen to her again!

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perfect read for a snowy day

the story kept my interest and the naration was superb. a nice escape on a snowed in day.

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Great Book!

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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.

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Good, not great

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.

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Well done

Good story. Good narrator. I like the Amish community information/backstory. Could have been better without the detailed sex scenes.

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very good

I enjoyed this audio. It had an interesting story line and. Character development. I. Look forward to listening to more from this author.

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First rate mystery with outstanding narration!

Excellent murder mystery set in Pennsylvania Amish country. I enjoyed Kingdom come. The narration is remarkably outstanding.

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