The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin

Robert J. Begiebing

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.

Paper: $16.95 | E-book: $9.99
ISBN-13: 9781611683387
Pages: 252 | Size: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
Date Published: August 14, 2012

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  • 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

About the Author

Robert J. Begiebing

Robert J. Begiebing is the author of many articles and stories and ten books, including fiction, criticism, memoir, and collected journalism. His novels represent a historical tetralogy spanning the 1630s to the late 1800s. His first novel in the series, The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin, was chosen as a “Main Selection” for the Mystery and Literary Guild Book Clubs. The second novel in the series, Rebecca Wentworth’s Distraction, won the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction. All …


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