Latest Book--Adult Mystery!
Available December 30, 2014 from Soho Press!
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I am not now nor have I ever been a bishop's wife, but I have several good friends who have been. I've lived both "in the mission field" and in Utah for many years, and even internationally for a year in high school, and I feel like I have gotten pretty good at translating our world for other people. Feel free to click "contact me" above if you have questions about The Bishop's Wife or about any of my books.
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Praise for "The Bishop's Wife"
YA author Harrison (The Princess and the Hound) makes her adult debut with a stunning contemporary mystery set in Mormon country. . . . Harrison, a Mormon herself, easily transports readers into a world most will find as unfamiliar as a foreign country.
Starred review from Publishers Weekly.
“Set against the unusual backdrop of a tight-knit Mormon congregation, The Bishop’s Wife is both a terrific crime novel and a wrenching story of faith, doubt, and personal tragedy.”
Michael Wallace, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of The Righteous.
“Critically acclaimed author Mette Ivie Harrison's mystery debut is an insider's nuanced look at the workings of the Mormon church. Beautifully written, and spellbinding in its unflinching examination of marriage, family and faith, The Bishop's Wife is an absolute must-read!”
Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Through the Evil Days
"Expect to see it on a lot of "Best Mysteries of the Year" lists. It will be on mine."
". . .an engaging read, with a compelling mystery that had me puzzling about the plot as I went about my day, and sneaking a couple of pages in at every opportunity. In particular, I appreciated how the title character, Linda, was not painted as a paragon of a woman, or endowed with increased spirituality or discernment simply because she was the bishop’s wife, or the main character.
Linda struggles with the demands put on her by loved ones and irritating people in her ward, she makes snap judgments and really dislikes some people – exactly how real people (how we) can be in our lives. The ongoing complications and effects of situations from long ago still resonate in Linda’s life, and the difficulties and rash decisions Linda makes are not sugar coated, unbelievable or unrealistic. I also appreciated how the patriarchal structure of the church is presented, and the ongoing struggles different characters have with the interpretation thereof in many areas of faith and life.
The Bishop’s Wife is a mystery story, but is also an honest exploration of how women can be pulled in too many directions by personal history, the best of intentions, sick individuals and loved ones. This is not a light, fluffy, Disney fairy-tale story, but it’s all the more honest, compelling and relatable because of it."
Kelle George, Segullah.
" “The Bishop’s Wife” turns a critical eye toward some long-held norms of a historically patriarchal religion. Throw in a wickedly twisted mystery – actually, two – and you have the makings of a page-turner that is revealing and thought-provoking. Linda, the local ward’s bishop’s wife, is provoked when a member of her ward arrives at their doorstep claiming his wife has gone missing. Linda suspects something more sinister has happened and is dismayed that church authorities do not agree. Yet she is torn between doing what is expected of her and doing what she believes is right. This novel examines the institutions of both marriage and faith, all the while unraveling a haunting mystery.
Reminiscent of the “The 19th Wife” by David Ebershoff, which tells a fictionalized account of Brigham Young’s 19th wife, “The Bishop’s Wife” is a modern suspense tale based on a real crime."
Author Melanie Green, The Hutchinson News.
From the flap:
"Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward’s designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward’s unofficial mother, and her days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling.
But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church’s patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward. One cold winter morning, a neighbor, Jared Helm, appears on the Wallheims’ doorstep with his 5-year-old daughter, claiming that his wife, Carrie, disappeared in the middle of the night, leaving behind everything she owns. The circumstances surrounding Carrie’s disappearance become more suspicious the more Linda learns about them, and she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as an abandoned husband.
Kurt asks Linda not to get involved in the unfolding family saga, but she has become obsessed with Carrie’s fate, and with the well-being of her vulnerable young daughter. She cannot let the matter rest until she finds out the truth. Is she wrong to go against her husband, the bishop, when her inner convictions are so strong?"
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