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LINDA WALLHEIM MYSTERY, A 4
Not of This Fold
By (author): Mette Ivie Harrison
9781641290937 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths Nov 19, 2019
$20.95 CAD
Active 4.97 x 7.46 x 0.88 in 336 pages Soho Press Soho Crime
The fourth installment in Mette Ivie Harrison’s nationally bestselling Linda Wallheim mystery series, set in Mormon Utah, explores the effects of alienation, immigration, and extortion from the inner workings of the Mormon church.


Draper, Utah: 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. She has befriended Gwen Ferris, a woman in her ward who is quickly losing faith in the church. Gwen has a calling in Draper’s local “Spanish ward,” which is made up of both legal and undocumented immigrants who Gwen feels don’t always get the support they need from their bishop.

When Gabriela Gonzalez, an undocumented mother of three, is found strangled at a gas station, Gwen decides the police aren’t doing enough and decides to track down the killer herself. Fearing for her young friend’s safety, Linda reluctantly joins her, but what they find during their vigilante investigation may put them both in danger.

Story Locale: Draper, Utah

Series Overview: Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop in Utah. Linda’s unofficial job as bishop’s wife is to support her husband and act as de facto mother to the ward. But when those close to her are in danger, she can no longer suppress her misgivings about the church’s patriarchal structure and secrecy.

BESTSELLING SERIES: This is the fourth installment to the national bestselling series which will garner tons of media coverage, critical acclaim, and consumer name recognition.

CULTURAL RELEVANCE: The contemporary setting of the novel is extremely relevant with direct references to the 2016 election. There are undertones about the dissatisfaction with Mormon leadership, particularly regarding its stance on women, POC, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals.

PERENNIAL APPEAL: Mormonism is a fascinating religion that many outsiders have questions about. The study on religious multi-level marketing schemes is well researched, and an important topic to discuss.

REGIONAL APPEAL: Marketing and publicity with be targeted to the region, with author events incoming.

Mette Ivie Harrison is the author of the Linda Wallheim mystery series, as well as numerous books for young adults. 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 five children

Author Residence: Outside Salt Lake City, Utah

Author Hometown: Outside Salt Lake City, Utah

Marketing: Jointly advertised with the Passport to Crime ($9.99) release of her series debut: Salt Lake City Tribune, Deseret News, and via trade publications.

Advertising with mystery-specific publications and websites.

Promotion of author and series as featured item (with robust digital advertising) on our new vertical site: www.discovermysteries.com.

Promotion through the Soho site, Crime newsletter, Soho Crime bookclub, Facebook and Twitter.

Outreach to independent bookstores, with particular focus on Mystery specialty stores.

Regional and LDS targeted digital advertising campaign.



Publicity: National media campaign seeking to engage reviewers and journalists in an issues driven appreciation of the author’s activism as well as more traditional book review coverage.

An ABA IndieNext Pick for December 2018

Praise for Not Of This Fold

“Mormon bishop’s wife Linda Wallheim…offers help only someone inside the church can give. I really enjoy her thoughtful, faith-based inner monologue.”
The News & Observer

“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.”
—Booklist

Not of this Fold is the fourth and best installment in this series.”
—By Common Consent

“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.”
—Crime Reads 

“As always, Harrison’s plotting is tight, her pacing compelling…As Linda continues to test the resilience of her marriage, her own faith, and her sense of responsibility to women in the area, questions and insights tumble and align. For readers of the Linda Wallheim Mystery Series, this is a must-read book.”
—New York Journal of Books 

“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.”
—Association for Mormon Letters 

“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.”
—Fresh Fiction

“An engaging murder mystery that should satisfy any fan of the genre…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

“We’re given enough evidence to join the investigation ourselves, and there are enough twists that you’re never too sure who did it until the end. However, the mystery isn’t what makes this novel a compelling read. It’s the protagonist.”
—Reviewing the Evidence 

“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 won’t want to miss. I know I don’t.”
—Kittling Books

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 (Lawrence, KS)

Praise for the Linda Wallheim Mormon mysteries

 
The Bishop’s Wife has good reason to draw a large readership…Ms. Harrison’s Linda is such a welcome character: In her role as Sister Wallheim, she encourages women to speak freely.”
The New York Times

“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 of the Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries
 

“Sane, wise, likable…Linda has an engrossing voice, at once modest and assured.”
USA Today
 
“Excellent…Watching Linda Wallheim take on the church and its entitled male members as she unravels the mystery of Carrie’s and Helena’s disappearances is one of the chief pleasures of this richly detailed debut.”
—Los Angeles Times 

“A provocative piece of work.” 
—Salt Lake City Tribune 
 
 “Eye-opening…A novel so far from my reality I needed a telescope, but I think that’s why I enjoyed this debut so much.”
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
 

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