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A devout Mormon turns sleuth in the excellent 'Bishop's Wife'
A devout Mormon turns sleuth in the excellent 'Bishop's Wife'

Some of the mystery genre's most beloved sleuths are women of a certain age. Although their gray hair or wrinkles may relegate them to the shadows of a youth-obsessed culture, their vantage point provides an intimate perspective on their communities that often surpasses that of even law enforcement (think of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple or television's Jessica Fletcher). And when the sleuth is also part of a religion that proscribes specific roles for women, her observations from the sidelines can be even more crucial in understanding the context and consequences of crime in a community. Such is the case with Linda Wallheim, a sixtysomething sleuth in practicing Mormon...

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