Not of This Fold

Not of This Fold

Book - 2018
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Random House, Inc.
The fourth installment in Mette Ivie Harrison's nationally bestselling Linda Wallheim mystery series, set in Mormon Utah, explores the effects of alienation, immigration, and extortion from the inner workings of the Mormon church.

Now that all five of her sons have left home, Mormon bishop’s wife Linda Wallheim has quite a bit of time on her hands, most of which she spends worrying about the state of the country and how her youngest son, Samuel, who is openly gay, is faring on his mission in Boston. She has also become close with one of the women in her ward, Gwen Ferris.
 
But Gwen is quickly losing faith in the church, and her issues with the Mormon power structure are only reinforced by her work in Draper’s local “Spanish ward.” The ward’s members comprise both legal and undocumented immigrants who aren’t always getting the community support they should be from their church.
 
When Gabriela Gonzalez, a young mother and Gwen’s friend in the Spanish Ward, is found strangled at a gas station, Gwen is paralyzed with guilt. The dead woman’s last phone call was to Gwen, and her voice mail reveals that she knew she was in danger. When Gwen decides the police aren’t doing enough to get justice for Gabriela, who was undocumented, she decides to find the killer herself. Linda reluctantly takes part in Gwen’s vigilante sleuthing, fearing for her young friend’s safety, but what the pair discovers may put them both in danger.

Baker & Taylor
When local authorities dismiss the strangling of an undocumented immigrant who had reached out to her for help, Mormon bishop's wife Linda Wallheim battles dogmatic Church power dynamics to find the killer and advocate for better community support.

Publisher: New York :, Soho Crime,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781616959425
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HAR
Characteristics: 341 pages ;,22 cm

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Apr 20, 2019

Mix up illegal immigration, multi-level marketing, and the Mormon faith, and you have this book, the fourth installment in the Linda Wallheim mysteries - the continuing story of a devoted wife of a bishop alias amateur gumshoe who is a thinly disguised version of the author. Involved in the story, as previously, is the lead character who like the author, Harrison, is frustrated with how the LDS religion seems to be increasingly out of step with many mainline believers, particularly when it comes to feminism and LGBT rights. Noteworthy is mention of a real Facebook group of activist women Mormons who are trying to effect social and political change outside of the chain of command. As usual, well written, with several possibilities put forward before the solution is presented.

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