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The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin
Robert J. Begiebing

Hardscrabble Books–Fiction of New England

2012 • 252 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Historical Mystery / Historical Fiction

$16.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-338-7
$9.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-339-4

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“Mesmerizing. Slowly, subtly, the story twists on itself like a pinned snake.”—E. Annie Proulx, New York Times Book Review

Based on an actual unsolved murder from the records of colonial America, Robert J. Begiebing’s The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin is at once a spellbinding mystery and a fascinating evocation of life in early America.

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.

Reviews / Endorsements

“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

ROBERT J. BEGIEBING is professor of English emeritus at Southern New Hampshire University. He is the author of six books, including two other novels in this historical trilogy: The Adventures of Allegra Fullerton and Rebecca Wentworth’s Distraction.

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