The Mormon church may have disavowed the polygamy it became so infamous for in the 19th century, but for some Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints, "plural marriage" isn't just ancient history.
Mormon bishop’s wife Linda Wallheim couldn’t be more surprised to learn that her son Kenneth is engaged. Kenneth has left the Mormon church, and met his fiancée, med student Naomi Carter, at a “Mormons Anonymous” meeting. Naomi was also raised Mormon—but her family belongs to a group that practices polygamy. Naomi’s father, Stephen, invites the Wallheims to visit the family compound. Though Stephen and his five wives seem to live normal, modern lives, Linda can’t shake the feeling that the family dynamics are off. When tensions on the compound escalate to murder, Linda delves into the many Carter family secrets to find the killer.
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 mother of five and member of the Mormon Church, she lives in Salt Lake City.
Praise for For Time and All Eternities
"An intriguing murder mystery, as alluring and confounding as the inscrutable history of polygamy itself—told with refreshing honesty and a ton of heart." —Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
"A provocative piece of work." —Salt Lake City Tribune
"Harrison’s mystery also offers a fascinating insider’s look at a faith that is strange and mysterious to outsiders. Linda’s struggle to accept church doctrines is an issue to which many readers can relate. Highly recommended." —Library Journal
"A compelling read—one that will have readers considering if their love for family is stronger than their preconceived expectations for each other. Readers will become wrapped in the Wallheim family’s idiosyncrasies, which will leave them looking forward to the next book in the series." —Dialogue
"Totally spellbinding! I couldn't read quickly enough." —Fresh Fiction
"A very talented writer. She's also very rave for writing these books." —Kittling Books
"Plural marriage in Harrison's hands is not like it is on Sister Wives or Big Love; nor is it like reading about the Jeffs family or other extreme fundamentalist Mormon families (despite the compound; I guess they all need compounds). It's a nuanced imagining of what it might be like to have made that choice; each wife has different reasons for living in a plural marriage and a distinct personality." —LitHub
"An exciting and well-crafted mystery." —MysteryPeople, Pick of the Month
Praise for the Linda Wallheim mysteries
“The Bishop’s Wife has good reason to draw a large readership . . . Ms. Harrison’s Linda is such a welcome character.” —The New York Times
“The issues the book raises will make readers hungry for more of Linda and her close-knit community.” —Los Angeles Times
“A fast moving crime story, but also far more than that. Deep social and moral issues dealt with, and made real with compassion and honesty. I couldn’t put it down!” —Anne Perry
“Absorbing . . . Rich with real-life details that often get lost in stereotypes.” —NPR’s All Things Considered
“Sane, wise, likable . . . [The] solution is nicely surprising, and Linda has an engrossing voice, at once modest and assured.” —Charles Finch, USA Today
“A heartfelt story that opens outsiders to a fascinating world.” —The Boston Globe
“Edgy and engrossing . . . Harrison delivers a provocative tale that doesn’t shy away from timely social issues.” —Ft. Worth Star-Telegram