Shunning Sarah : Riley Spartz

  • by Julie Kramer
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • Series: Riley Spartz
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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Customer Reviews

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Good listen

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.

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- Aryn

Ask Julie To Tell You The Original Ending!

What made the experience of listening to Shunning Sarah the most enjoyable?

I liked the pacing of the story and the narrator.


What did you like best about this story?

This one really kept me guessing, right up until end.


Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I have listened to Bernadette and she's as good here as she was previously.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Ha! You can't trick me that easily! No spoilers from me!


Any additional comments?

Give this a listen and then get in contact with author Julie Kramer -- she will tell you the alternate/original ending of this book!

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- MountainGoat

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2012
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC