The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies: A John McIntire Mystery #4

The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies: A John McIntire Mystery #4

by Kathleen Hills
     
 
On a stifling mid-summer day, 11-year-old Claire Hofer descends from her perch in a pine tree and sets out carrying lunch to her father, where he’s at work raking hay. As she nears the field, she hears no rumbling tractor and sees only a skinny, unfriendly-looking stranger scuffling through the stubble toward her. She turns and runs, but there is no escaping the

Overview

On a stifling mid-summer day, 11-year-old Claire Hofer descends from her perch in a pine tree and sets out carrying lunch to her father, where he’s at work raking hay. As she nears the field, she hears no rumbling tractor and sees only a skinny, unfriendly-looking stranger scuffling through the stubble toward her. She turns and runs, but there is no escaping the troubles to come. The man is Township Constable John McIntire, and Claire’s father is dead.
McIntire finds the crime baffling. Reuben Hofer has only lived in the old St. Adele schoolhouse since early May; hardly long enough to make enemies. His family has had little contact with anyone in the community save the Catholic priest and Doctor Mark Guibard, who’s been attending Hofer’s chronically ill, morbidly obese wife.
But Hofer was not exactly the newcomer McIntire had believed. During the war, he spent time incarcerated only a few miles away in a Civilian Public Service camp—a camp for the rebellious conscientious objectors that the church-run institutions couldn’t handle. Old acquaintances turn up, among them a former camp guard and a femme fatale hairdresser. But there seems to be no one with a plausible motive for murder or for the disturbing and macabre incidents that follow.
More understandable is the Hofer family’s lack of cooperation in the investigation. The victim’s years in the CPS camps, followed by a stretch in federal prison, meant that he was a stranger to his children—until he returned home to become their overlord. The spotlight of a murder investigation causes greater misery to a family already devastated by misfortune and poverty, and McIntire confronts a fumbling nemesis in the bewildered, frightened, but determined, Claire.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
"Hills slowly builds an enthralling portrait of life in a 1950s farming community. A distinctive and welcome addition to the genre."
Publishers Weekly
"Hills weaves her tale skillfully with a plot as richly textured as her Midwestern landscape. Her characters--untamed, reticent, lonely and proud--are exquisitely rendered in this postwar morality tale."
Library Journal
"Hills uses little-known historical events and facts to give her series pizzazz."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615953134
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
John McIntyre Mysteries , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
307
File size:
400 KB

Meet the Author

Kathleen Hills spent the first forty years of her life in rural Minnesota before leaving for the real world and a career in speech and language pathology. After determining that ten years in the real world should be all that is demanded of anyone, she turned to writing. She is the author of Past Imperfect, Hunter’s Dance, and Witch Cradle, mysteries set in 1950s Michigan featuring John McIntire, township constable. Kathleen divides her time between northern Minnesota and Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

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