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The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin

The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin

by Robert J. Begiebing
     
 

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New England. 1648. The Piscataqua Settlement. A young woman has been found dead, her violated body stripped naked and thrown in a river. Her husband, a reclusive and learned man, has mysteriously halted his legal proceedings against the most likely suspect, who has disappeared into the wilderness. The settlement’s elders call on a young Englishman, Richard

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New England. 1648. The Piscataqua Settlement. A young woman has been found dead, her violated body stripped naked and thrown in a river. Her husband, a reclusive and learned man, has mysteriously halted his legal proceedings against the most likely suspect, who has disappeared into the wilderness. The settlement’s elders call on a young Englishman, Richard Browne, to discover the truth about what happened. But the more he learns, the more puzzling the crime becomes, and the more he finds himself drawn to the wife of the missing suspect.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in 17th-century New England, Begiebing's first novel revolves around the rape and murder of a reclusive scholar's wife. (May)
Library Journal
Inspired by an actual unsolved murder in 17th-century New Hampshire, Begiebing's moody, atmospheric mystery unfolds tantalizingly slowly. A young woman is brutally raped and murdered. Her scholarly husband accuses Jared Higgins of the crime, then suddenly withdraws his accusation. Higgins disappears, abandoning his family. The husband disappears. The facts of the case are laboriously pieced together by Englishman Richard Brown, a newcomer with legal training asked by leading citizens to investigate the crime that so disturbs their peace. Brown, however, finds his investigation hampered by his growing love for Higgins's wife. The novel succeeds as an examination of the complex roots of a crime and its painful aftereffects. Literate and introspective, this will appeal to the thoughtful reader rather than the sensation seeker.-- Beth Ann Mills, New Ro chelle P.L., N.Y.
From the Publisher
“Mesmerizing. Slowly, subtly, the story twists on itself like a pinned snake.”—E. Annie Proulx, New York Times Book Review

“Striking and original.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Stereotypes we learned in grade school simply don’t exist here; instead, there are passionate, complex characters, including unexpectedly strong and often rebellious women.”—The Denver Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611683387
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
08/14/2012
Series:
Hardscrabble Books-Fiction of New England Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT J. BEGIEBING is professor of English emeritus at Southern New Hampshire University. He is the author of six books, including two other novels in this historical trilogy: The Adventures of Allegra Fullerton and Rebecca Wentworth’s Distraction.

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