His Right Hand

His Right Hand

Large Print - 2016
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An ABA Indie Next PickIn the follow-up to the controversial and critically acclaimed mystery The Bishop's Wife, Mormon housewife Linda Wallheim finds herself ruffling feathers in Draper, Utah, as she assists a murder investigation that is being derailed by transphobia within the LDS community.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan :, Gale Cengage Learning,, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410488060
1410488063
Characteristics: 465 pages ; 22 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Jul 12, 2017

Linda, her husband Bishop Kurt, and some of the characters from the first book in the series develop more in this second outing. Linda still can't keep from interfering, at some risk, when things go wrong. One of Kurt's best friends is murdered, and the autopsy finds that he's transgendered, and probably bore a child before transitioning to a male. Mormon prudery in discussing anything about sex make plausible his wife of 20 years' denial that he's trans, and Kurt's distress. This case brings out several other sexual secrets, both past and present, with some healing ultimately taking place in the Bishop's family. While it's not discussed in these terms, the Mormon unwillingness to take their problems to the police interfere with solving the case, and to my mind almost amount to corruption. I did enjoy the book, and am looking forward to the third one.

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Candaceb108
Sep 12, 2016

I did not read Harrison's 1st book, so I cannot relate any progress in the work. This is a pretty typical murder mystery set in Utah within Mormon community. The story and characters do catch you.
There's a lot of Mormon lore involved. To a non-Mormon it is gobsmacking how rule based and monitored every aspect of their lives are.

The author needs a better proofer. There were several instances where sentences where repeated, some thing returned suddenly appeared not returned, one paragraph kind of folded in on itself and, again sentences were repeated.

A fun quick read.

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lshore
Sep 06, 2016

The glimpse into the Mormon church, and in particular its treatment of gays and transgendered individuals was interesting. But the characters are one-dimensional and the plot beyond belief (a woman is married to a man for 20 years and doesn't know he is really a woman????). Most irritating was the main character Linda Wallheim who plays detective and behaves like a clueless idiot, constantly getting into fixes because she refuses to share information with her husband or the police.
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brangwinn
Jul 30, 2016

I was impressed with Harrison’s first book, and enjoyed the second even more. For most of us non-Mormons, Linda Wallheim doesn’t fit the cookie-cutter image we have of a Morman wife, particularly a ward bishop’s wife. She’s no second fiddle to her husband rather she’s a force to be reckoned with, a woman with her own strengths. This is really evident in this book when she tackles the mystery surrounding the death of a transsexual, born a woman but living as a respected husband in the ward. Yes, I had some difficulty swallowing the fact that a wife would not know she was married to a former woman, but Harrison does a good job explaining how this could be possible. Along with solving the mystery, finding out she has a gay son, and disclosing she was married and divorced in her distant past, Wallheim goes a long way in demonstrating how independent some LDS women have become while remaining true to their faith.

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rpavlacic
Jan 12, 2016

Amateur sleuth Linda Wallheim is drawn into a bizarre murder investigation when she discovers one of the leaders of her Mormon church stake, who seems to have very definite views about the roles of men and women - is found murdered, turns out to be born female and may have had a child before her / his current marriage. As the story evolves, the reader gets deep into church politics and the willingness of some congregations to interfere with police investigations to keep awful truths from coming out. Given the ongoing debate about the role of LGBTs in churches, especially in one of the most conservative ones, the author gives a refreshing and balanced look at the issue while the search for the killer continues. Second in the series, the first is "The Bishop's Wife" which I will be reading next.

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