His Right Hand by Mette Ivie Harrison



Release Date - December 2015

Mette Ivie Harrison
Soho Crime

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Linda Wallheim is the wife of a Mormon bishop. She's raised her sons, she assists in their community as needed, but her evening is not off to a great start when she gets into a slight argument with a neighbor and fellow Mormon. Later, Carl Ashby is found dead, and that's when things really take a weird turn. Linda soon learns that Carl was, in fact, born a woman.

With police doing all they can to find Carl's killer, Linda delves into the case herself. The Mormon church's higher-ups may be trying to keep the entire case hush-hush and make it go away, but Linda feels she owes Carl and his family more. She is determined to unravel the events leading to Carl's death.

I had a friend in high school who was Mormon, and I never knew that the coffee she drank was against her religion. That tidbit is something that stuck with me as I read His Right Hand. The details into Linda and her community's way of life are intriguing, but what I really loved was that the author did not shy from the transgender Carl. The writing was honest, touching, and I appreciated the forthright nature.

This is not the first Linda Wallheim mystery, but it did stand alone for me as I was unfamiliar with the series. I was hooked pretty quickly too. It's a touch cozy mixed with some real grit that made me enjoy every minute of the metaphorical ride.

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