The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies: A John McIntire Mystery
Poisoned Pen, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
euben 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.
ho 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.
he 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.
he 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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