Betty Webb

Lena Jones Mysteries: Desert Wives (Paperback)

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorBetty Webb
Publication DateDecember, 2009
ISBN-139781590586877
GenreFiction/Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths

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Now in its second edition, Betty Webb's Desert Wives is a startling, real look into the polygamous communities of Northern Arizona. When private detective Lena Jones helps thirteen-year-old Rebecca escape from Purity, a polygamy compound hidden in a desolate area straddling the Utah/Arizona border, she uncovers more than she bargained for. Rebecca's mother has now been arrested for the murder of Prophet Solomon Royal, Rebecca's intended husband. So Lena enters Purity masquerading as a polygamist wife to uncover the real murderer. What secrets are the Circle of Elders so desperate to protect?

Lena thinks she's put her own past behind her, but the sins of Purity's mothers and fathers force her to reexamine the scant memories of her early childhood. At the age of four she was found lying unconscious by the side of an Arizona highway, a bullet in her head. Raised in a series of foster homes, Lena does not remember her real name or the names of her parents. Are Lena's past and this new case somehow connected?

Specifications

Series Title
Lena Jones Mysteries
Publisher
Poisoned Pen Press, Inc.
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Betty Webb
Title
Desert Wives
ISBN-13
9781590586877
Publication Date
December, 2009
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1590586875

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Arizona private eye Le...

Arizona private eye Lena Jones returns in a mystery thriller that finds her going undercover in a compound of polygamist renegade Mormons to solve the murder of its patriarch. Her client, a former resident whose 13-year-old daughter was kidnapped by her ex-husband and was scheduled to marry the 80-ish murder victim, is the prime suspect. Betty Webb isn't afraid to say what she thinks about current affairs, nor is her protagonist. A very good book.

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I enjoyed this very mu...

I enjoyed this very much, as it gave so many details of polygamy in the present day, and the mystery was quite interesting as well. I liked the complexity of the people, in that good guys weren't all good and bad guys weren't all bad, and many of them were pretty much brain washed or uneducated and who was to blame really? Especially interesting considering the sect that has been in the news in Texas...

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this very mu...

I enjoyed this very much, as it gave so many details of polygamy in the present day, and the mystery was quite interesting as well. I liked the complexity of the people, in that good guys weren't all good and bad guys weren't all bad, and many of them were pretty much brain washed or uneducated and who was to blame really? Especially interesting considering the sect that has been in the news in Texas...

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I will admit something...

I will admit something- I was prepared not to like this book for numerous reasons ( having nothing to do with the subject matter). However, Ms. Webb has written a very well researched book on polygamy and the polygamous settlements on the Arizona/Utah border. The book , is, of course, fiction, being written as a mystery, with the central mystery being who killed the Prophet. The plot is thin and predictable, but it does accomplish it's purpose- taking you inside an imaginary compound of polygamists. The book on this score, is well written and does an admirable job of describing/depicting life in the settlements and more particularly, the devastating effect of the polygamous lifestyle on the women and children of the settlements. If you have an interest in this subject, or would like to know something about the subject, I would recommend this book, it is well done..

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This is the 2nd book i...

This is the 2nd book in a series of 7 about Lena Jones, Scottsdale PI. All modern PI's and police detectives carry an abundance of personal baggage - Lena's is that her mother shot Lena in the head when she was 4 and still has the scar to prove it. "Desert Wives" is probably the best known and most highly regarded of the series, dealing with a polygamist compound on the Arizona-Utah border. The Prophet has been killed and Lena's client is accused; the client's young teen-aged daughter, Rebecca, is pursued by the father so that he can effect a trade of his daughter for two young teen brides. The compound is huge, the law against polygamy is skirted via divorce, and it becomes clear that while this story is fiction, polygamy remains a shameful and significantly large practice in this section of the country. Large, like 30-50,000 current polygamist family members. The author, Betty Webb, does not pull her punches in describing these "families", nor the Mormon faithful and Utah officials that turn a blind eye to the practice - nor to the evils which result. As a piece of crime fiction, the whodunit aspects are so-so. There is a lot of set-up and description in the first 60% of the book with no real tension. But theplot is well developed, and the book does cast a less than scenic view of the Arizona-Utah region. It's well done on that basis and I recommend it. I'll likely read another book in the series.


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