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The Pastor's Wife: The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking Death that Divided a Family
The Pastor's Wife The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking Death that Divided a Family
Author: Diane Fanning
A HOUSE OF WORSHIP — When Pastor Matthew Winkler was found dead at his Fourth Street Church of Christ parsonage in Selmer, Tennessee, both police investigators and parishioners were shaken and mystified: How could evil strike this cradle of faith? Meanwhile, Mrs. Winkler and her three daughters were still missing… — A FAMILY SHROU...  more »

A frantic search for Mary Winkler and the girls ensued. Once they were found, on a beach in Alabama, Mary was charged with murdering her husband in cold blood. But why did Mary pull the trigger? What sexual and psychological abuses did she allege she had suffered?

 A CASE THAT SHOCKED THE NATION

 In the months that followed, the crime -- and the Winkler’s marriage -- would be exposed by the national media; Mary herself even appeared on Oprah. Set in a world of domineering men, obedient wives, and unshakable faith, this is the true story about what happened to Matthew Winkler and THE PASTOR’S WIFE
PBS Market Price: $7.59 or $3.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780312949297
ISBN-10: 0312949294
Publication Date: 11/4/2008
Pages: 320
Edition: First Edition
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  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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I really enjoyed this book. I think the author presented the story in such a way that you did walk away with several questions about the case, which I guess we will never know the answers to. I highly recommend the book if you are a fan of true crime.
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This book is about the pastors wife in Tennessee that killed her husband then fled to the coast of Alabama with her children A real life drama. Very good!
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reviewed The Pastor's Wife: The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking Death that Divided a Family on + 2 more book reviews
Second time I've tried Diane Fanning and, well, fool me twice ...

It's BORING. Fanning puts no life whatsoever into her writing. There is no sense that the people we are reading about are alive, reacting, mourning, scheming, lying, weeping, whatever. It's like reading an insurance report. In fact, I stopped reading the book before its 'super-duper' finale, and I figure I'll live without looking at it. If you are into reading novels that go down like laundry lists, please be my guest.

I learned this same lesson with the Olsen authors, who are brothers: no matter what the title or how interesting it sounds, you always read Jack Olsen and never Gregg Olsen. There's just no comparison. Jack's gifted and Gregg just flails about.

In summation, don't waste your time on this flat and disappointing attempt of Fanning's to cover what should have been a very poignant, emotional story. It's like chewing on cardboard; it ain't never gonna be Chateaubriand.
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The writing style was there but the research was not. The first few chapters show promise in the author's ability to weave a story but comes up short toward the middle. The author builds a background for the characters then seems to quit writing and instead put a copy of the court transciption in. If I wanted to read the court transciption I would have ordered a copy. Overall, I felt the story was incomplete and disapointing.


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