The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife

Book - 2014
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"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?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Soho Crime,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781616954765
1616954760
Characteristics: 345 pages

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DorisWaggoner
Jul 08, 2017

Linda, the main character, is an interesting/odd mixture of an intelligent and impulsive woman. She and her Mormon Bishop husband have a good marriage, but he doesn't understand women and truly believes men should have power over them. Yet the church couldn't function without them and the work they do. Her role as his wife is in the background, but when she sees a name on the refrigerator, she knows he wants her to visit the person because he trusts her to get through to them where he can't. Two murders in the ward (congregation) cause Linda's curiosity to be aroused, and she sticks her nose in where it's not wanted, nor does she have the expertise to follow through. Yet she manages to make a new friend, keep her husband happy (most of the time), and help solve the murders. The first in a new series of mysteries. Not a proselytizing book about the LDS church, but if you don't know anything about them, you'll learn some things, including its history and how things are done today, without being hit over the head.

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MillieBT
Feb 25, 2016

This book is hard to rate...I liked it yet disliked it but had to read till the end to see who and why they did it...there were funny parts and weepy parts...I also learnt some history of the Mormon traditions..it was very repetitious...Id like to hear from other readers what they thought of this book

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rpavlacic
Jan 13, 2016

From an acclaimed author of books for young people comes this outstanding book in what promises to be a great mystery series. Linda Wallheim, the wife of a Mormon bishop, finds herself donning gumshoes when a respected church member mysteriously vanishes, then finds herself investigating yet another unrelated disappearance. The book not only deals with the struggle between the liberal and conservative wings of the LDS church but also the clash between men and women in the church (and, in turn, that of traditional and modern women), as well as overbearing grandparents who seem to think they know better for their grandchildren - and parents who don't always live up to their proper roles as nurturers. Harrison weaves an impressive tale, particularly for "non-members" who have wanted an insider's view of what it's like to live in Mormon country. Followed by "His Right Hand". Can't wait for part three of the series.

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calvoer
Oct 16, 2015

Pretty good mystery and fascinating look inside Mormon family life.

soblessed59 Oct 09, 2015

Gripping murder mystery within the Mormon community. All the 'god-talk' was hard for me as an atheist to take, but due to the setting ,I cannot fault it for that.

I really ,really liked Linda, the bishop's wife. I had to admire the good sense that she and two of her sons showed in the ability to see that their god does not even protect innocent children in this life, despite the malarkey that is preached to the contrary about god's love and power, and being in control!

The story immediately grabbed me, and I felt like it was me seeking the answers, because Linda had exactly the same thoughts ,suspicions and doubts that I would have had. I also would have done the same things she did.

I had no idea where this story was going, and the twists and turns were surprising and shocking!This book was an emotional roller-coaster ride. There are characters that I love and characters that I detest, the same as Linda.

I normally avoid books that contain some of the elements that this book contains, but I did not see them coming, so I was surprised by them. Since it doesn't go into detail, I was able to finish and do not regret reading this book at all.

It does an excellent job of illustrating the vast difference between how men and women are viewed and treated within the church hierarchy not just in Mormonism, but in all religions!

Highly recommended for mystery and 'True Crime' readers.

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shapjul
Oct 07, 2015

I was quite disappointed in this book. I thought it got off to a promising start, but I may have just found the initial details of life within a Mormon community really interesting. As the story developed, the flatness of the characters became a problem. Indeed, if I had to use one word, it would be "flat." So an interesting insider's view, but not a very compelling mystery from a reader's perspective.

modboi5 Sep 18, 2015

A terribly depressing look at the plight of women in the Church of Latter Day Saints written by a card carrying member in good standing. I feel like I need a primer on Mormonism whilst reading this murder mystery. As it is, 'The Bishop's Wife' is a slow uninteresting drive by through a suburban Utah ward characterized by mysogeny, murder, & the afterlife.

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Cauliflower11
Apr 14, 2015

Simplistic writing and story which portrays Morman beliefs as superstitious as they may well be. Not worth reading unless you are curious and have excess free time.

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jerksister1
Apr 06, 2015

An interesting mystery set in a Mormon society. Informational as well as sometimes critical but not at all preaching. Still had some questions about the mystery part of the novel at the end but all-in-all quite good.

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brangwinn
Mar 22, 2015

A slow paced mystery can be a good thing, especially when it allows the non-LDS reader to look at the life of a Mormon woman. In investigating the disappearance of a neighbor, Linda discovers a number of marriages that are more troubled than they appear. Do I see another Jessica Fletcher (Murder She Wrote) in Linda. This is a good vehicle for showing Mormon women are as independent as women of other faiths. Linda, the Bishop’s wife, is a good role model.

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