His Right Hand

Mette Ivie Harrison

ISBN: 9781616956103

Published: December, 2015

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In Draper, Utah, a tight-knit Mormon community is thrown into upheaval when their ward’s second counselor — one of the bishop’s right-hand men — is found dead in an elaborately staged murder on church property. Carl Ashby was known as a devout Mormon, a pillar of the community, and a loving husband and father. Who would want him d...

In Draper, Utah, a tight-knit Mormon community is thrown into upheaval when their ward’s second counselor — one of the bishop’s right-hand men — is found dead in an elaborately staged murder on church property. Carl Ashby was known as a devout Mormon, a pillar of the community, and a loving husband and father. Who would want him dead?

Linda Wallheim, the wife of the ward’s bishop, can’t rest as long as the ward is suffering. She is particularly worried about Carl’s grieving family. But the entire case is turned upside down by the autopsy report, which reveals Carl Ashby was a biological female. In the Mormon church, where gender is considered part of a person’s soul, some people regard transgenderism as one of the worst possible transgressions of faith. Church officials seem to be more upset by Carl’s gender than by his murder, and more concerned with hushing up the story than solving the crime.

Linda realizes that if the police are to catch the killer, they are going to need an ally on the inside — and she is the only one who can help. Carl was living a life of secrecy for twenty years. What else was he hiding — and can Linda ferret out the key to his death before the rumors tear her community apart?

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“A very well written, fast moving crime story, but also far more than that. Deep social and moral issues dealt with, and made real with compassion and honesty. I couldn't put it down!”
—Anne Perry
“Does a wonderful job of parting the curtain on many of the Mormon Church's mysteries. ”
–Kirkus Reviews
“Harrison provides a fascinating look into the Mormon church from the point of view of a woman who sometimes struggles with its strict rules. Linda’s insider’s perspective is almost as engrossing as the mystery itself. Recommended for mystery lovers.”
–Library Journal