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Thirty-year-old Barbara Weaver was content to live as the Amish have for centuries - without modern convenience - but her husband, Eli, wanted a life beyond horses and buggies. Soon he gave in to the temptation of technology and found ways to go Online and meet women. When Barbara was found dead, shot in the chest at close range, all eyes were on Eli... and his mistress, a conservative Mennonite named Barb Raber. 

Barb drove Eli to appointments in her car. She gave him everything he asked for: a laptop, rides to his favorite fishing and hunting spots, and sex. Above all, she gave him the cell phone he would use to plan a murder. The Weaver case marked only the third time an Amish man was suspected of killing his wife in more than 200 years in America. But the investigation raised almost as many questions as it answered: Was Barb Raber the one who fired the fatal shot? Or was Barbara Weaver dead before someone entered the house? What did Eli's friends, family, and church really know about him? And will life among the "Plain People" ever be the same?

©2016 Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris (P)2018 Tantor Audio

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Solid True Crime novel

I had known about this tragic murder from a TV show, so I expected to enjoy Olsen's storytelling and learn more details of the case. The book did not disappoint. as I expected. I'd love to see Gregg's entire catalogue on audible, and someday we might just have that.

He provides lurid and fascinating details taken from Barb Raber's recorded jail calls. She thought she could dupe the police by speaking in Penn Dutch, but of course law enforcement had their own fluent officer! As I said, you learn a lot more about the relationship between not just Eli and Barb, but also with several other girls in his "stable". Most heartwrenching, you hear Barbara Weaver's own words in the form of her diary. The cycle of abuse and specifically spousal abuse, is the same whether in the suburbs of middle America or in the secluded world of the Andrew Weaver Amish.

The narrator was excellent as always, although I'd like to see a little more diversity in her voices. I give a 4 star rating because the book was great, but Olsen sets his own bar pretty high. if you love true crime then get this book, I expect you'll enjoy this one. As is the the case in many crimes of this nature, the real truth is left to some conjecture. Rest assured, the perpetrators are punished, but imo the punishment does not fit the heartless, brutal crime.

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