The Bishop's Wife : A Linda Wallheim Mystery

  • by Mette Ivie Harrison
  • Narrated by Kirsten Potter
  • Series: A Linda Wallheim Mystery
  • 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the predominantly Mormon city of Draper, Utah, some seemingly perfect families have deadly secrets.
Inspired by an actual crime and written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop's Wife is both a fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons and a grim and cunningly twisted mystery.
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 whose 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 five-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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Thoroughly Entertaining

I really enjoyed this book, far more than I thought I would. It is very predictable in places, and it took some time to get used to the writing style, but overall it was a good listen. The Bishop's Wife of the title is the main narrator and she tells us about life in her small Mormon community. A woman is missing, the Bishop's Wife is grieving from a lost child and throws herself into helping the child of the missing woman. I felt I learnt a lot about the Church and it only occasionally came across as preachy. Told in the first person, there is a lot of internal reflection, so the writer describes an event and this is followed by the Bishop's Wife thinking and reflecting on what that means, what she should do and what she thinks happened. This style was irritating at times, but it did allow her character to be well defined. Overall recommended easy listen.
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- Suzy

Good read

This was a thought provoking work -well written and beautifully narrated. I found Kirsten quite soothing to listen to. Great.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-12-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.