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In the predominantly Mormon city of Draper, Utah, some seemingly perfect families have deadly secrets.

Inspired by an actual crime and written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop’s Wife is both a fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons and a grim and cunningly twisted mystery.

Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward’s designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward’s unofficial mother whose days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling.

But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church’s patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward. One cold winter morning, a neighbor, Jared Helm, appears on the Wallheims’ doorstep with his five-year-old daughter, claiming that his wife, Carrie, disappeared in the middle of the night, leaving behind everything she owns. The circumstances surrounding Carrie’s disappearance become more suspicious the more Linda learns about them, and she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as an abandoned husband.

Kurt asks Linda not to get involved in the unfolding family saga, but she has become obsessed with Carrie’s fate—and with the well-being of her vulnerable young daughter. She cannot let the matter rest until she finds out the truth. Is she wrong to go against her husband, the bishop, when her inner convictions are so strong?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Set against the unusual backdrop of a tight-knit Mormon congregation, The Bishop’s Wife is both a terrific crime novel and a wrenching story of faith, doubt, and personal tragedy.”

    Michael Wallace, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of The Righteous

  • “Sane, wise, likable…[The] solution is nicely surprising, and Linda has an engrossing voice, at once modest and assured.”

    USA Today

  • The Bishop’s Wife has good reason to draw a large readership. It places heavy emphasis on domestic abuse and on the question of how dangerous fire-breathing extremists really are…That’s why Ms. Harrison’s Linda is such a welcome character: In her role as Sister Wallheim, she encourages women to speak freely, at least to her, and to escape the shame that has burdened some of them since childhood.”

    New York Times

  • “A wonderfully written mystery…The Bishop’s Wife is not only a great story but a revealing look at Mormonism and its followers.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Turns a critical eye toward some long-held norms of a historically patriarchal religion. Throw in a wickedly twisted mystery—actually, two—and you have the makings of a page-turner that is revealing and thought-provoking.”

    Hutchinson News (Kansas)

  • “A stunning contemporary mystery set in Mormon country…Harrison, a Mormon herself, easily transports readers into a world most will find as unfamiliar as a foreign country.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “As the wife of a Mormon bishop, Linda Wallheim should be the truest of the true believers, but goings-on in her small Utah community are feeding her doubts. Carrie Helm, a young mother, is missing, and it seems that she has fled an abusive relationship, leaving her five-year-old daughter behind…The mystery surrounding Carrie drives the plot, but Linda herself is the most compelling thing about young adult author Harrison’s debut adult mystery about a world she knows well.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Linda Wallheim, a Mormon homemaker and bishop’s wife, is drawn into the dark underside of her ward in her unofficial role as confidant to the ward’s members…YA author Harrison’s debut novel is a measured exploration of a small religious community filled with dark secrets…For fans of unembellished, character-centered novels.”

    Library Journal

  • “Harrison, herself a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is known for her children’s fantasy books. This decidedly adult tale adds twists aplenty to an insider’s look at a religion replete with its own mysteries.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “As she unravels these multilevel whodunits, Linda takes us through some of the intriguing complexities of Mormonism and her own fascinating doubts. I hope a sequel, with Kirsten Potter narrating again, is in the works.”

    BookPage (audio review)

  • “Kirsten Potter portrays a strong, intelligent, outspoken woman in Linda Wallheim, who is the bishop’s wife of the title…Potter is reserved as Linda reveals secrets that sully the picture-perfect ideal of the LDS church. Potter’s voice takes on a gravitas appropriate to the revelations of misogyny behind the male-dominated religion, including the abuses that occur behind closed doors.”


  • Selected for the January 2015 Indie Next List
  • A LibraryReads Pick for January 2015
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick for Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2014
  • A Voice Arts Award Nominee
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About the Author

Mette Ivie Harrison is the author of numerous books for young adults, including the critically acclaimed Princess series. 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 children.