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Consent, Whitney Award finalist,
a retelling of
The Book of Mormon
from Laman's point of view.
A new Urban Fantasy series "Vampires and Mormons," set in an alternate history of Mormonism, with "homo vampirus."
Mette Ivie Harrison is the author of numerous books for young adults, including The Princess
and the Hound and Mira, Mirror. The Bishop's Wife is her first adult mystery and the first in the Linda Wallheim series set in Mormon Utah,
which includes His Right Hand For Time and All Eternities, and Not Of This Fold.
Now Out: Book 4 in the Linda Wallheim series:
Not Of This Fold, 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."
"Harrison has continued to use her work to tackle a series of issues facing the modern Mormon world . . . another fascinating dive into the internal politics of Mormonism."
"A spellbinding murder investigation amidst crises of faith . . . Mette Ivie Harrison's Not of This Fold is in a class by itself: a captivating story in which intelligence reigns supreme, where right and wrong are examined from various points of view."
"Not of This Fold again ventures into the world of Mormon women fighting for power and a voice . . . [Harrison's] 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."
Kelly Barth, Raven Books
"The fourth novel, Not of this Fold, which was released this week, moves the needle up to Great. It is a notch above the others and an indicator that Harrison has hit her stride as a front-rank mystery novelist. . . .Come for the engaging intellectual puzzle and stay for the nuanced treatment of Mormonism. Or do it the other way around. But definitely come and stay. You won’t be sorry."
Michael Austin, AML
"The mystery in Not Of This Fold is first-rate, with plenty of red herrings . . . The added bonus of learning more about another culture makes Harrison's entire series one you don't want to miss. I know I don't.
"Not of This Fold is Harrison's very to-the-moment probe of immigration issues and the treatment of darker skinned members within the church and its gospel . . . As always, Harrison's plotting is tight, her pacing compelling, and her attack on the morality of the Mormon church sharp-clawed, yet heart-breaking. . . For readers of the Linda Wallheim Mystery Series, this is a must-read book."
"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
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 calling in Draper’s local “Spanish ward.” The ward’s members are both legal and undocumented immigrants who aren’t always getting the community support they should be from their church, and have been assigned a bishop who has been taking advantage of them.
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.
Here is an interview with Mette at Publishers Weekly.
Here is a blog post about other Mormon mystery novels written with a "neutral" tone by Mormons writing for a national audience (and a few thoughts on Mormonism as a boogey man in many, MANY mainstream mystery novels written by non-Mormons).