04 September 2012

two mysteries

I've been reading...

Wicked Autumn (A Max Tudor Mystery #1)Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely loved it. The book is positively overstuffed with tea, baked goods, British characters, and sly wit. I can not wait to read the next in the series, and the next. 

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I was disappointed. When the author was on The Daily Show, I thought the book would go deeper into how a "Mormon feminist" would inter-react with LDS theology. She does go into detail about her fight against the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, and how against-the-tide her marriage to a Jewish man is, but the rest of the details in the book are more cultural: food, clothing, relationships, etc.

I was impressed by her tales of Mormon industriousness - the sheer energy used to stockpile food, baptize their own (and everyone else's) ancestors, learn survival techniques, and bond with their history. Except for brief mentions of End Time philosophy, though, I did not get a sense of what beliefs separate LDS from other Christians. In fact, I was puzzled by the way she depicts how many evangelical Christians target Mormons even though both believe that the End Times are near.

Overall, not a terribly interesting book.


Madame Purl said...

Wicked Autumn has just gone on my "wishlist."

Madame Purl said...

Wicked Autumn has just gone on my "wishlist." Love anything overstuffed with tea, etc.