Robert Begiebing
Author and Teacher

The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin

New England 1648. The Piscataqua Settlement. A young woman has been found dead, her violated body stripped naked and thrown into 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... Based on an actual unsolved murder from the records of Colonial America.

The University Press of New England has published a new, 20th anniversary edition of the novel (in both e-book and hard copy formats) and is available along with the other two novels in the trilogy from their website at

New, 20th Anniversary Edition of THE STRANGE DEATH OF MISTRESS COFFIN is now available in paperback and e-book formats.

20th Anniversary Edition

"Begiebing's artistry is all the more appealing for the ease in which The Turner Erotica makes what is long past feel as close as yesterday, bringing its people and their passion into a most compelling contemporary focus."--Provincetown Arts
“Just imagine Peyton Place as Hawthorne might have written it.” --Booklist
“Art, philosophy, religion, slavery, sexual propriety, suffrage—all are addressed with candid clarity... Highly recommended.” --Library Journal, starred review
“…The best university press novel of 2003 to make the rich history of America accessible to the educated general public.” --Langum Prize for Historical Fiction Prize citation