Kingdom Come (Elizabeth Harris #1) by Jane Jensen (Berkley Prime Crime trade paperback, 5 January 2016).
What an engrossing story!
Elizabeth Harris, a homicide detective, leaves the NYPD after the murder of her husband, and moves back home to Lancaster County Pennsylvania.
She hasn't been with the Violent Crimes Division of the Lancaster City Police for long when she's called out to a murder scene -- a barn on an Amish farm -- in the middle of the night. The victim is a beautiful young woman who is definitely not Amish. Despite the winter weather, her legs and feet are bare, and she is coatless.
Elizabeth's supervisor, Detective Lieutenant Michael Grady, who's been there for several years, is convinced that the body was left in the barn by someone "English" (the local term for non-Amish) in order to confuse investigators.
But Elizabeth's instincts disagree with Grady, and she must find some information that supports her theory.
Jane Jensen has created a believable protagonist that readers can readily empathize with. Although the investigation is described in a detailed manner, the tone is neither clinical pedantic.
This book is not a cozy mystery, as one might expect from this publisher, but it is well-written and compelling.
The publisher has generously offered a copy of Kingdom Come to one of my readers. Please comment below by 12:01 a.m. on Monday, January 11. Please don't forget to include an email address where I can contact you if you win. Entries from the U.S. only, please.
FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book.