Published: Soho Crime, December 2015
Source: Amazon Vine
Linda Wallheim is back, and once again, there is trouble in her Mormon community. The murder of her husband’s colleague in the bishopric is scandalous enough, but when it is revealed that this gentleman was biologically a woman, chaos ensues. The subject of such a controversy in a conservative community with strictly defined gender roles is quite the hot-button issue. It was somewhat comical that considering how sheltered Linda is, everything she knew about transgenderism she gleaned from internet searches.
Compared to how she was portrayed in The Bishop’s Wife, I found Linda much more tolerable in this book. She wasn’t quite as judgmental, and though she was certainly nosey and interfering, she was much less abrasive. Linda’s mysterious past was finally divulged, as it related to the situation with her youngest son. In addition to a murderer being at large in her ward and the higher-ups in the church interfering with the police investigation, she has some significant personal and family matters to overcome. She’s relatively unconventional in her views and really tries to be tolerant and progressive, but Linda is still a Mormon wife, no matter how liberal she considers herself.
I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.
Book one in the Linda Wallheim mystery series: The Bishop’s Wife