Not of This Fold (A Linda Wallheim Mystery #4) (Hardcover)
Following up on her debut novel in the Linda Wallheim mystery series, Mette Ivie Harris's new novel, Not of This Fold, again ventures into the world of Mormon women fighting for power and a voice. Wallheim is pulled by her friend and fellow doubter, Gwen Ferris, into the investigation of a murder of a Latina mother whose death threatens to reveal corruption at the very highest levels of church leadership. Harris also deftly handles the side plot of Wallheim's son Samuel's struggles as an openly gay man on his first mission. Her intimate understanding of Mormonism and carefully drawn, complex characters will draw readers into a world and a faith tradition in transition, mirroring the struggles of the larger culture. Review by Kely Barth.— From Not of This Fold by Mette Ivie Harris
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.
About the Author
Mette Ivie Harrison is the author of the Linda Wallheim mystery series, as well as numerous books for young adults. She holds a PhD in German literature from Princeton University and is a nationally ranked triathlete. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she lives in Utah with her husband and five children
An ABA IndieNext Pick for December 2018
Praise for Not Of This Fold
"The plight of immigrants comes home to the Mormon community of Draper, Utah, in Harrison’s exceptional fourth Linda Wallheim mystery . . . Readers of all faiths will relate to kindhearted, thoughtful Linda, a devout Mormon who isn’t afraid to question the policies and leadership of the LDS church."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Harrison often scathingly confronts religious doctrine, immigration injustice, racism, homophobia, marriage inequity, and male power abuses, all while deftly choreographing a multi-tentacled criminal cover-up . . . readers will continue to applaud Linda’s (thankfully) defiant tenacity."
"Not of This Fold is an engaging murder mystery that should satisfy any fan of the genre."
—Association For Mormon Letters
"Good fiction writers utilize the fantastical, the mysterious, the seemingly incredible to bring awareness to universal issues that just might inspire readers to do something about injustices they see in the day-to-day . . . with Not Of This Fold, Harrison has done exactly that."
—Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
Praise for the Linda Wallheim Mormon mysteries
“The Bishop’s Wife has good reason to draw a large readership . . . Ms. Harrison’s Linda is such a welcome character: In her role as Sister Wallheim, she encourages women to speak freely.”
—The New York Times
“Critically acclaimed author Mette Ivie Harrison’s mystery debut is an insider’s nuanced look at the workings of the Mormon church. Beautifully written, and spellbinding in its unflinching examination of marriage, family and faith, The Bishop’s Wife is an absolute must-read!”
—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of the Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries
“Sane, wise, likable . . . Linda has an engrossing voice, at once modest and assured.”
“Excellent . . . Watching Linda Wallheim take on the church and its entitled male members as she unravels the mystery of Carrie's and Helena's disappearances is one of the chief pleasures of this richly detailed debut.”
—Los Angeles Times
“A provocative piece of work.”
—Salt Lake City Tribune
“Eye-opening . . . A novel so far from my reality I needed a telescope, but I think that’s why I enjoyed this debut so much.”