I've never read much LDS fiction, for two reasons; one, the library doesn't have much and two, it tends to be too sentimental for my tastes. I prefer histories to historical fiction, a real biography to a fictionalized account. But I saw this at the library and thought I would give it a shot.
It was nice to read a book written from my cultural point of view. To have people react to situations as I would. When a main character is in trouble and her first reaction is to pray it felt like a breath of fresh air. No cursing, no drinking, no excusing sin and wrong choices, no attempt to show wickedness as happiness. It was refreshing to read a book and not spend any time mentally arguing with it. This is one reason I don't read a lot of regular fiction, I spend too much of my time thinking about how much the main characters would benefit from a visit with the missionaries.From this books rating on Deseret Book I guess I lucked out and got a very good example of LDS mystery for my first experiment. I have avoided the historical LDS books, but maybe I will look into the LDS books in other genres. There is getting to be quite a few YA fantasy novels coming out of Deseret's non-church imprint, Shadow Mountain. The head children's librarian at our library is the RS president in another ward and I think she is partial to them.
I probably will not get in the habit of reading this author though. The library only has one other, and honestly, it was too short. I like great big books because it takes me more than an hour or two to finish them. Though if you have them at your house, could I borrow some?
Poisoned Pedigree. G.G. Vandagriff. Deseret Book. 2002