Husband and Wives

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Husbands and wives, secrets and lies . . . The brilliant new Milt Kovak mystery
When Mary Hudson is discovered on her kitchen floor, bludgeoned to death with a meat tenderizer, Sheriff Milt Kovak of Prophesy County, Oklahoma, and his psychiatrist wife Dr Jean McDonnell are drawn into a murder investigation that is as intriguing as it is chilling. It soon emerges that Mary’s husband, Jerry, is a polygamist, and the family belong to a church called the New Saints Tabernacle. As ...

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Overview

Husbands and wives, secrets and lies . . . The brilliant new Milt Kovak mystery
When Mary Hudson is discovered on her kitchen floor, bludgeoned to death with a meat tenderizer, Sheriff Milt Kovak of Prophesy County, Oklahoma, and his psychiatrist wife Dr Jean McDonnell are drawn into a murder investigation that is as intriguing as it is chilling. It soon emerges that Mary’s husband, Jerry, is a polygamist, and the family belong to a church called the New Saints Tabernacle. As Milt and Jean delve deeper into the church and its customs, they soon become embroiled in a murky and mysterious world.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"A clever and complex plot, agreeable down-home dialogue, a likable hero, and plenty of red herrings make Cooper’s latest a pleasing and engaging read"
Publishers Weekly
At the start of Cooper’s absorbing 11th mystery featuring Oklahoma sheriff Milt Kovak (after 2009’s Rude Awakening), a phone call from a hysterical teenage girl takes Milt to a gated community in “Prophesy County’s answer to Beverly Hills,” where he finds the body of Mary Hudson, the caller’s mother, lying on her kitchen floor in a pool of blood. Milt discovers that Mary was one of three wives of Jerry Hudson, who recently moved from Oregon and bought three houses at the end of a cul-de-sac for his wives and 14 children. The two surviving wives paint a rosy picture of plural family life for Milt’s psychiatrist wife, Jean McDonnell, who assists with the murder investigation. Who would have wanted the beloved Mary dead remains a puzzle, until Milt and his deputies start unearthing some unsavory links to the Hudson family. Sympathetic characters, sharp dialogue, and a twisty plot help make this a winner. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency. (May)
Library Journal
Oklahoma-based husband-and-wife team Sheriff Milt Kovak and psychiatrist Jean McDonnell (Rude Awakening) investigate a polygamist's world when one of his wives turns up dead.
Kirkus Reviews
The sheriff of Prophesy County, Okla., tackles a murder case involving several wives, all married to the same man. Since polygamy, as you may have heard, is against the law, it's no surprise that multiply-married members of the New Saints Tabernacle have tried to maintain a low profile. But all that changes when Mary Hudson, the oldest of engineer Jerry Hudson's three wives, is bludgeoned to death. Sheriff Milt Kovak arrives at the gated community to find Mary's corpse and a group of oddly dressed children standing outside in fear. The sheriff is less interested in arresting Hudson for polygamy than in determining who wanted the perfectly organized wife and mother dead. Naturally, he looks first at the husband and two other wives. Together with his own wife Jean, a psychiatrist and police consultant who's called in to interview the wives and children, Milt discovers that all is not peaceful in the polygamous community. The Hudsons' plural family in particular has been strained by jealousy and backbiting among the wives and their extended families. Of course, there are also the religious bigots who may have thought the family evil enough to merit murder. The Kovaks must sift through the evidence and explore the complex family relationships before they can solve the crime. This latest case for Milt (Rude Awakening, 2009, etc.) artfully combines a twisted mystery with a look at polygamy from a feminist point of view.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727896223
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/29/2013
  • Series: A Milt Kovak Series , #11
  • Edition description: First World Large Print
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Rogers Cooper is half-Texan, half-Yankee, and now lives with her family in a small town in central Texas. She is the author of the ‘E.J. Pugh’ series and the ‘Milt Kovak’ series, amongst other books.

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