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The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin (Hardscrabble Books–Fiction of New England) by [Robert J. Begiebing]

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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.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Mesmerizing. Slowly, subtly, the story twists on itself like a pinned snake."--E. Annie Proulx "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."--E. Annie Proulx "The Denver Post"

"Striking and original."--E. Annie Proulx "The New York Times Book Review"

"Striking and original."--
The New York Times Book Review

Mesmerizing. Slowly, subtly, the story twists on itself like a pinned snake. E. Annie Proulx,
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"

Striking and original.
The New York Times Book Review"

Striking and original. "The New York Times Book Review""

New York Times Book Review"

The Denver Post"

The New York Times Book Review"

"Striking and original." The New York Times Book Review

"Striking and original."--The New York Times Book Review
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07NP8NS52
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University Press of New England; 1st edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 14, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 336 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 248 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1565121457
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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I've published seven books and more than thirty articles and stories. My fiction has been supported by grants from the Lila-Wallace Foundation and the New Hampshire Council for the Arts. In 2007, Governor John Lynch appointed me to the Council for the Arts. In 2009, I served both as one of the inaugural faculty members at the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony and as finalist judge for the Langum Prize. Currently, and am an emeritus professor at Southern NH University, where I founded both the undergraduate and graduate programs in creative writing. To see my complete biography and works, please link to www.begiebing.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mistress Coffin is my 9th Great Grandmother
By Deborah B. on August 2, 2017
Its always nice to read books about our history. And when its a family member, its much more so. The true story of Hannah Coffin.
She is my 9th Great Grandmother. (Begiebing changed her name to Kathrin in the book). In real life, she was born to a sea Captain
Shubael and Mary Coffin. Married Belsazzar Willix. I still loved this book, even though he changed several historical facts that made this book a historical Fiction. It was also nice to read about the Dover area of New Hampshire where so many of my ancestors started their life in America in the 1600's.
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