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The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies: A John McIntire Mystery    by Kathleen Hills Amazon.com order for
Kingdom Where Nobody Dies
by Kathleen Hills
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Poisoned Pen, 2008 (2008)
Hardcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Reuben Hofer, a conscientious objector during World War II, was incarcerated in a Civilian Public Service Camp. After the war, in the 1950s, he is shot to death while raking hay.

Who shot him? He and his family hadn't been living in the area long enough to have generated animosity. His wife was slowly dying of hyperthyroidism. He worked his four children like slaves. Was there a gun in the house? Reuben hated guns. And no one liked Reuben.

The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies has a fine plot convoluted, but not hard to follow. The characters seem real with their own problems, in addition to trying to solve a crime. Reading of the blistering hot sun almost had me making lemonade and turning on the fans. The cars were fun to remember it being the 1950s.

The children's thoughts those of Claire and Joey are a delight, even though the poor kids were obviously scared to death. The crowning touch, though, is the ending. I never saw it coming.

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