Tuesday, August 2, 2016

In the Land of Milk and Honey {+ Giveaway}

◊ Series: Elizabeth Harris Novel, Book #2
◊ Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (August 2, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425282902
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425282908


          With its peaceful, hardworking Amish population, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a rural paradise. But former NYPD homicide detective Elizabeth Harris knows that evil lurks there—it’s just easier to hide...
By solving the murders of two local girls, Elizabeth has gained some trust in the Amish community. So, she’s the first person its members turn to when a fast and fatal illness takes hold, though many believe that the sickness stems from a hexerei—a curse placed by a practitioner of old-world folk magic. Elizabeth doesn’t believe in curses, and when an entire Amish family is found dead, she begins to suspect something far more sinister...
As the CDC is called in to investigate, customers of a Philadelphia farmers market selling Amish raw milk start dying. Amid rapidly escalating panic, Elizabeth must peel away layers of superstition and fear to save the livelihood—and lives—of an entire community. Because what has happened isn’t an accident of nature or an act of God, it’s the handiwork of someone who has only just begun to kill...

Author Jane Jensen shows the good and evil in the world in her latest release, IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY.

Jensen easily draws readers into her unique and God-fearing Amish community. She creates a community of hard-working families living off the land taking care of their own. With an eye for detail, the author explores the Amish way of life and how it co-exists with modern English ways. At the same time, she skillfully exams the cruelty one person can inflict on strangers attributing what they’re doing to what they see as their own injustice.

This story moves quickly with twists, turns and stumbling blocks to keep you in suspense. The tense is high as the unknown spreads across the community. The author holds you spellbound in anticipation of the next tragedy.

Jensen expertly blends the Amish way of life with police procedures for a well-balanced story. She mingles in bits of fun and a touch of romance to complete the circle.

The characters are well thought out, realistic and easy to like. The protagonist is strong, dedicated and determined in her pursuit of justice. At the same time, she’s compassionate, caring and vulnerable on a personal level.

This is a nail-biting mystery that plays on the fear of evil possibilities when it comes to our food sources.

In the Land of Milk and Honey by Jane Jensen, An Elizabeth Harris Novel (Book #2), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425282908, Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Berkley, I have a print copy of IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY by Jane Jensen to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you find books with Amish themes interesting? Do you ever think about what could happen if our food sources are tampered with even on a small scale?


  1. I am always fascinated to learn more about the Amish culture. The thought of our food (or worse our water) being tampered with is terrifying.

  2. This sounds really interesting, and I love the cover!

    Amish culture intrigues me. I admire the Amish's ability to be self-contained.

  3. they do scare me, I must admit

  4. The thought of our food or water being tampered with is horrifying!

  5. The Amish are just interesting period. That a group of people could cling to such a simple way of life in this day and age is amazing.

  6. I grew up not very far away from Lancaster County, Mason, so the setting interests me a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I enjoy mysteries that focus on the Amish subculture and I would love to visit an Amish community!

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  8. I've never read an Amish cozy. I would love to start with this one!

  9. Oh wow, a new author and what an interesting storyline! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this Amish mystery.

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  10. I'm very interested in the Amish way of life and would love to read more about it. Thanks for the chance.

  11. Always enjoy reading amish fiction.

  12. This sound like an interesting book. Mystery and Amish rolled into one book, what could be better. Thank you for the chance to win. bookaunt at outlook dot com

  13. This novel sounds fascinating and I love the title.

  14. I'm not a big reader of cozies but the synopsis really caught my interest.

  15. I've never read a book with Amish characters, but I do enjoy mysteries. If I can learn something from them about a region or culture that's great.

  16. This sounds excellent, a blend of Amish fiction, cozies and police procedural. I'm sure we'd enjoy it, thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  17. An Amish community is a great setting for a cozy mystery.

  18. The cover is beautiful, mysterious. I think I've seen almost the exact live shot in Manitoba a few summers ago. I am doubly intrigued. Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. I do like Amish stories. The lifestyle is so different than what I'm accustomed to! With so many food recalls, we experience the results of tampering constantly. I try not to fear a small scale threat, but would hate to face a larger one.

  20. In the Land of Milk and Honey is an excellent book. I enjoyed Kingdom Come also. Can't wait for more with Elizabeth and Ezra.


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