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Deadly Little Secrets

The Minister, His Mistress, and a Heartless Texas Murder
Narrated by: Gillian Vance
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
4.5 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)

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A man of God...driven by the devil

To his parishioners, minister Matt Baker seemed a pious and good man. To his wife, Kari, he was a devoted husband and caring father. Always sunny and vivacious, Kari never questioned their frequent relocations from one small Texas Baptist church to another. Even when tragedy struck, Kari remained strong - until one day, inexplicably, she took her own life.

To friends and family, Kari's suicide made no sense - and they struggled with questions they couldn't answer. Why couldn't Matt hold a job with any one church? Why did he cut off all contact with Kari's devastated parents soon after her death? And who was the blonde companion he began appearing with just days after the funeral? But it would take a team of investigators and dogged determination to bring Matt Baker's dark secrets to light - revealing a shocking history of lies, infidelity, cruelty, and sexual obsession that may have led a serial predator cloaked in God's word to commit murder.

©2012 Kathryn Casey (P)2013 Kathryn Casey

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Preach on

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A bit lengthy, this book could have been cut in half. I would say it I was killing time, no pun, this book was mediocre.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Well with true crime nothing is shocking.

What three words best describe Gillian Vance’s voice?

Far too fast

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Ann rule, by another name.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Outrageous

What did you love best about Deadly Little Secrets?

Justice was served in the end. All the details aren't wrapped up with a bow, and the reader walks away knowing the road to recovery will be long for this family, but it was the best possible result.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Deadly Little Secrets?

I think the most memorable was Matt Baker when convicted and his mother shared a tight smile at the reception of the verdict. It was as if they were saying: "This isn't the end of this."

Which scene was your favorite?

A tale this sad doesn't really promote a favorite scene. The best I can do for this one is say that the best was when Kari's parents gained custody of her daughters with the plan of doing everything possible to get them the help they will need to recover.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this all in one sitting, driving, walking, working.

Any additional comments?

If it weren't for Kari's parents, she would have seen no justice. Kudo's to them for having the courage to keep pushing for an answer.

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Excellently written... Excellently Narrated

I loved this book. It was/ is absolutely riveting ! The best book I've listened to so far. I also absolutely loved the narrator. Gillian Vance. She really does a fantastic job with her different usees of different characters in this book and got their dialect top notch. I hope she narrates a lot more. I'm looking now for another from Kathryn Casey... Narrated be Gillian Vance.

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Excellent Book

Excellent depiction of true story-truly moving. The narration was often irritating to the point of distracting. I'm glad all the people I know living in Waco do not have the portrayed "texas" accent.

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 01-02-14

Kathryn Casey is BAAAACK!

I thoroughly enjoyed this true crime book by Kathryn Casey. She left enough details to keep you riveted, even providing new information during the custody trial rather than revealing everything all at the beginning and allowing us to slog through a boring trial or two. The narrator's voice was crisp and clear, as it was with A Descent into Hell... well worth the credit!

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  • jaye
  • GREENWICH, CT, United States
  • 04-22-13

GREAT TRUE CRIME BOOK.

Would you listen to Deadly Little Secrets again? Why?

YES. I REALLY ENJOYED THE STORY. AND IT DID NOT JUST END AT THE TRIAL. THE STORY CONTINEUED ON AND IT WAS QUITE COMPREHENSIVE.

What did you like best about this story?

THAT IT WAS SO WELL RESEARCHED. IT EWENT A LITTLE FURTHER THAN A LOT OF CRIME BOOKS.

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

GREAT READER. CRISP VOICE. EASY TO LISTEN TO.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

ALL ABOUT ME, MATT BAKER

Any additional comments?

IF YOU LIKE TRUE CRIME, YOU WILL LIKE THIS STORY. IT IS SATISFYING ANG LEAVES NO QUESTIONS. I WILL READ THIS ONE AGAIN.

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Take just a few moments with this book.

It has been a long time since I've enjoyed a book this much., and this the first Kathryn Casey book I've read. Please take some time for yourself, you will NOT be sorry, a great read (or listen) awaits you!

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I'm Losing Faith in Clergy- Pun Intended

I'm serious. Being raised in Catholicism and hearing about all the child abuse I don't trust anyone anymore. I have no use for that organization anymore.
Here we have a perverted preacher of another faith ( I believe it was Baptist).
Before anyone gets upset I realize there are monsters out there of all/no religious persuasions and good people of the same.
This story is absolutely outrageous.
I believed the perpetrator used his position to get away with so many horrible deeds.
Very well written and well narrated, although Kevin Pierce is my favorite true crime reader.
This is my first time with Kathryn Casey and she's a very good writer and researcher.
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interesting read

enjoyed this book...sad that this predator wasn't caught sooner...pure sociopath and one with no conscience whatsoever.

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A Texas Minister Kills His Wife.

A shameful tragedy as a respected minister from conservative Texas murders his wife in exchange for his mistress.