A young boy's freak accident leads Riley Spartz to investigate a homicide in the closed religious society of the Amish. No women near the small Minnesota tourist town have been reported missing and because the victim's face is damaged, she can't be identified without the help of a forensic artist. When she finally is recognized as Sarah Yoder, a young Amish woman, the police have difficulty investigating the case because the Amish believe in forgiveness rather than prosecution, and no one in the community is talking. But when Riley finds a clue the cops miss, she uncovers a dark web of fraud and deception in the community - driven by motives as old as the Bible: sex and money.
©2012 Julie Kramer (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC
"Remember Witness - that truly thrilling movie with Harrison Ford in his heyday? Shunning Sarah is an even better suspense story filled with horse-driven buggies and folks in black hats." (James Patterson)
"Julie Kramer superbly blends two very different worlds - that of television news and the mysterious world of the Amish. Shunning Sarah is a compelling novel chock-full of all the elements readers of crime fiction crave. Riley Spartz is a very human heroine - and a force to be reckoned with. You will remember her and this story long after you finish the book - and anxiously await the next installment." (Linda Castillo)
"A stunning entry in this dynamic series with a fascinating glimpse into two worlds unknown to most of us: the Amish and the behind-the-scenes truth about local TV news. Talk about a culture clash!" (Karen Harper, New York Times best-selling author)
Interesting story, well-researched without being a 'snooze', and I like the main character. The story is believable, the characters act like people with real issues and problems. There were a few things toward the end that rather had me scratching my head and wondering if it were believable, but then, this is fiction.
I've enjoyed this entire series, and while this book stands alone quite well, I'll find myself going back a couple of books to catch up on some of the back story. I suspect those that HAVE read the entire series and have a better memory than I might find some of the frequent references a tad boring.
The narrator does a wonderful job; the pacing is great and no annoying to me lilts and cadences that tend to grate after a while.
I have read the previous Riley Spartz mysteries and was anxiously waiting for this one. Riley's character is realistic that I really enjoy. She is ambitious and caring. When she finds a good story she digs until she learns everything and presents a complete story to the public. Her parents are really sweet and I enjoy their relationship. Riley is not very lucky in love but that only makes her realistic. I recommend all of the books in this series.
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