• The Pastor's Wife

  • The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking Death that Divided a Family (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
  • By: Diane Fanning
  • Narrated by: Julie Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 18-07-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Diane Fanning
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (5 ratings)


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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4 out of 5 stars
By farmhouselady on 04-12-12

Satisfies your curiosity about this murder.

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Miss Piggy on 19-07-12

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

Any additional comments?

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.

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