Betty Webb

Do read Betty Webb’s fascinating and informative “Desert” mysteries about the world of fundamental polygamists in the southwest. So far I’ve read Desert Wives, Desert Noir, and (most recently) Desert Lost, all of which I can recommend. Please note that the polygamists in question are not Mormons: they are members of various offshoots of the Mormon Church. Since everything in Webb’s novels has been carefully researched, the novels ring with authenticity — perhaps too much so, since sometimes the reader has the impression of being handed a treatise or a documentary rather than a work of fiction. But the lead characters are always sympathetic, and the plots hold together. You may learn more about the polygamist sects than you wanted to know, but you will be reading some engaging mysteries along the way. Give them a shot!

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