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The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin

The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin The time is the late s the place the New England coast A young woman has been found dead stripped naked and thrown in a river Her husband has mysteriously halted his legal proceedings against t

  • Title: The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin
  • Author: Robert J. Begiebing
  • ISBN: 9781565121454
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • The time is the late 1640s, the place, the New England coast A young woman has been found dead, stripped naked and thrown in a river Her husband has mysteriously halted his legal proceedings against the most likely suspect, who has disappeared into the wilderness Based on an actual unsolved murder that took place in colonial New Hampshire, Robert J Begiebing s THE STRAThe time is the late 1640s, the place, the New England coast A young woman has been found dead, stripped naked and thrown in a river Her husband has mysteriously halted his legal proceedings against the most likely suspect, who has disappeared into the wilderness Based on an actual unsolved murder that took place in colonial New Hampshire, 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 Unusual and mesmerizing A striking and original work by a gifted writer with an extraordinary feeling for the past E Annie Proulx, The New York Times Book Review Begiebing illuminates the dark and wonderful intricacy of the human heart Yankee A MYSTERY BOOK CLUB MAIN SELECTION and a LITERARY GUILD SELECTION.

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    1 thought on “The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin

    1. Maybe 2-1/2 stars. I went from not much liking this book and struggling through it, to being very interested, then back to meh again. Too much 1600-era philosophizing.

    2. I liked the setting of this story and the pace was steady, and although the circumstances were the focal point surrounding Mistress Coffin's death, I felt as though Elizabeth Higgins was the actual mystery, especially with the questions raised by her death.

    3. An odd book and compelling. Based an a fairly grim unsolved murder in 1648 New Hampshire- the tone, language, characters and resolution hold true to the period. Begiebing is an English and History professor and this is one of three published books that evoke a novel which might have been written in this era. The women characters are rendered both dependent of the men and community- but independent in thinking and remarkably competent- which wouldn't one HAVE to be to survive the rigors of settli [...]

    4. I read this book when it first came out; it's survived several moves and bookshelf purges. I don't remember all the details but I remember that it gave me much to think about. I still think about how complicated the relationships between the settlers and the Natives were, and also how diverse the agendas and concerns within the Colonial communities. Peter Ackroyd, in his novel First Light, makes the case that we are really the same as we have ever been, while Hilary Mantel argues the opposite in [...]

    5. It's a good thing that this book, originally published in 1991, came back on the market. Robert Begiebing, professor of English and historian, succeeded in evoking the spirit of the time when the first pioneers took hold on the Piscataqua region in New Hampshire. The reciprocity between the settlers and the Native Americans, as well as the constant fear of "savage attacks," the hard labor and the possible fruits thereof, religion and superstition, all those things are never far away while the my [...]

    6. The premise of this short novel, a mysterious and brutal death, is intriguing, as is its setting. The writing is intelligent and the main character, Richard Browne, is well explored. His uncertainty and mis-steps are particularly appealing. Most of the detail regarding life in 17th century New England is accurate. Once the plot line is laid out, however, the story never goes anywhere else, sinking into 100 pages of dialogue and inner monologue.

    7. I normally don't gravitate towards books set in New England around 1648. This book was "based on an actual unsolved murder from the records of Colonial America". This intrigued me, but the book was disappointing. The author would start going off on what the country was doing at the time and would leave the main story.

    8. New England, puritan era, 1600's murder mystery. wonderful for its depiction of the landscape of Boston and its environs at this time and the extraordinary isolation of the tiny village this takes place in (maybe 10-15 from Boston.) A vision of the great wilderness that was early New England that we rarely see written about.

    9. I wish allowed half stars so that I could award it another half star. The location and characters are interesting and the crime is intriguing (if horrible and brutal), but the execution consists of a lot of inner monologue and, at the end, a lot of quoted poems and songs. I kept putting it down, which is not a good sign.

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