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The Pastor's Wife: The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking Death that Divided a Family (St. Martin's True Crime Library) | [Diane Fanning]

The Pastor's Wife: The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking Death that Divided a Family (St. Martin's True Crime Library)

Beneath a veneer of respectability and religion, Mary Winkler's soul festered as she struggled to be obedient and loving to her husband and her God. Her suppressed anguish exploded in a shotgun blast that took the life of her husband, preacher Matthew Winkler. Mary packed up her three young daughters and fled to the beach, leaving an endless trail of questions in her wake. Would anyone ever make sense of the tragedy in Selmer, Tennessee?
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Beneath a veneer of respectability and religion, Mary Winkler's soul festered as she struggled to be obedient and loving to her husband and her God. Her suppressed anguish exploded in a shotgun blast that took the life of her husband, preacher Matthew Winkler.

Mary packed up her three young daughters and fled to the beach, leaving an endless trail of questions in her wake. Would anyone ever make sense of the tragedy in Selmer, Tennessee?

About the author: Diane Fanning is the author of the Edgar Award finalist Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret that Tore a Family Apart. Her other works of true crime include the best seller Mommy's Little Girl, A Poisoned Passion, Gone Forever, and Through the Window. She is also the author of the Lucinda Pierce Mysteries. She has been featured on 48 Hours, 20/20, Court TV, The Today Show, and the Discovery Channel, and has been interviewed on dozens of radio stations coast to coast. Her books are sold throughout the English-speaking world, including the UK and Australia, and there are more than half a million copies in print. Before becoming a writer, Fanning worked in advertising, and she earned more than 70 Addy Awards.

©2008 Diane Fanning (P)2012 Diane Fanning

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    farmhouselady farmland, PA USA 12-04-12
    farmhouselady farmland, PA USA 12-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Satisfies your curiosity about this murder."
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    I had read available stories that were in the news about this when it happened and like a lot of people I suppose, I had the uncomfortable feeling there had to be more to it than what I was reading. I couldnt understand how she got off so easy.

    Actually, this question still bothers me slightly.

    The author did a very good job, by my standards, though. She presented what information she was able to gather in her research and, what is important to me, she did not try to FILL IN where there was no satisfactory documentation on why things happened as they did. It left me still wanting to know, but realizing that in real life, we usually have to accept that some questions will remain, for extreme events such as a murder.

    In any case, I WAS much more satisfied after listening to the book than before, that most of my questions were answered. Most of them were tracked right back to the wife who shot her husband - some might say she was half batty but not batty enough to be guilty of capital murder, others might say she was an example of battered wife syndrome or PTSD. To me it looked like some of both. But this woman was not easy to figure out, not by a long shot. I do not think she was just coy, or pulled a fast one, I think she was damaged goods due to one cause or the other.

    Quite a fascinating study, however. For you true-crime lovers, go ahead, you will like it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Piggy Marietta, GA United States 07-19-12
    Miss Piggy Marietta, GA United States 07-19-12

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    "Extremely pleasant voice to listen to. Good story"
    Where does The Pastor's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First one I've heard on audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not sure. I guess anything with mystery intrigues me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Nothing specific


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    I loved the performer's voice. It was so easy to listen to. I've actually returned audio books to the library because I cannot stand listening to the person reading!!! This one is really good and I'd like to listen to more of her books. I will search for them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Felician Milwaukee, WI 03-28-13
    Ellen Felician Milwaukee, WI 03-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Lots of filler used"

    I was excited to read/listen to a Diane Fanning book since I see her on Deadly Women quite a bit. However, this book was pretty boring. Lots of filler used on history of the location...nothing to do with the case. It seemed like she got most of her references from the media...which we have all read all ready.
    The narrator's voice was pretty annoying too when she read the conversations.
    I will try another Diane Fanning...hoping it has more information that what the average joe can read in the newspaper or crimelibrary
    I definitely wouldn't recommend this one though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Benjamin SCRANTON, PA, US 09-08-12
    Christine Benjamin SCRANTON, PA, US 09-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to The Pastor's Wife the most enjoyable?

    I thought it was a good book that explained in depth what had happened, and what I had been hearing about in the media in this case.


    What other book might you compare The Pastor's Wife to and why?

    I am not sure if I would compare it to any.


    What does Julie Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I believe she read the story very well, and I enjoyed listening to her


    If you could give The Pastor's Wife a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Wife gets away with murder, or did she?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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