The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife

Book - 2014
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"In the predominantly Mormon city of Draper, Utah, some seemingly perfect families have deadly secrets...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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2014]
ISBN: 9781616954765
Branch Call Number: MYS HARRI-M
Characteristics: 345 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 13, 2019

​​2015; Soho Crime/Soho Press
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Honestly, if I had not listened to this on audio, I might have DNF'd this one. The mystery was a bit interesting and okay, but the main character, Linda Wallheim, was a bit of an annoying character. She is the wife of the Bishop (ha ha ha, as the title says), and now that all but one of her children have left the house she seems to be looking to keep herself busy. While the author explains the Mormon faith, sometimes the history lesson just went on for too long. The commentary on the faith is being seen as on media, layman and public was also a bit too much.

One of my favourite mystery series (Kate Burkholder) is by Linda Castillo where it has the Amish faith/culture. Though in that series it is gritty and the main character has left the Amish and is in law enforcement, the way you learn about the Amish culture is more enjoyable, for a lack of a better word. It feels like it adds to the story, and the judgement is coming from the characters not the author. There is compassion and curiosity behind it. While Linda tries to show she is not judgemental, I find that she comes off more judgemental on what people are thinking. She tries to hard. She has a commentary about everyone and their decisions and at times, it feels like it is the author not Linda who has these thoughts. Linda elects herself on solving the case and at times it seems like a stretch. She does not have the humorous arrogance of Miss Marple or Agatha Raisin.

The one aspect I did really enjoy about this book was Anna's storyline and Linda befriending her. Linda is a mother to sons and with her husband being Bishop deals more with men. It is nice to see her interacting with women and showing a bit of what it is like for Mormon women. Though it feels like you only get a few sides. I will try book 2, as I agreed to review them, and I don't like stopping at book one. I have read series where book one was meh and the rest have been fabulous. An author usually gets better in their craft.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Mar 16, 2018

The only thing I like about this book was learning about the crazy, misogynistic details of Mormon culture. Interesting and disturbing all at the same time. The main character was difficult to like unless you are into busybody middle aged stay at home moms with too much time on their hands. She's like an older, Mormon Nancy Drew who doesn't have enough sense to call the police when she suspects there's a body buried in her neighbourhood. "God will take care of things", she says, and then goes off to scrub another bathroom. Don't waste your time.

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.

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 was very repetitious...Id like to hear from other readers what they thought of this book

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.

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.

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.

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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