Shunning Sarah by Julie Kramer
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An insular Amish town . . . A secret that won’t stay buried . . .

Minneapolis’s star investigative reporter Riley Spartz is constantly in search of her next TV sweeps piece. When she hears that a young boy is trapped at the bottom of a sinkhole, she smells ratings. Little does she know just how big the story will be—not only does it involve a tragic murder, but the local Amish community as well. Once Riley is on the case, though, she sees that solving it will be anything but easy.

When Riley finds a clue the cops have missed, she uncovers a dark web of fraud and deception in the community—driven by motives as old as the Bible: sex and money. Riley will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice, and she is determined to do so before anyone—including herself—becomes the next target.

About Julie Kramer

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Julie Kramer writes thrillers set in the desperate world of television news. A former news producer for NBC, CBS, and WCCO-TV, she’s won the Minnesota Book Award and the RT Book Reviewer’s Best First Mystery. She has also been a finalist for the Anthony, Barry, Shamus, Mary Higgins Clark, and Daphne du Maurier Awards. She lives with her family in Minnesota.
Published August 7, 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Only Linda Kloeckner, the Lamplight Inn owner who put up Sarah when she ran away from home shortly after committing her life to the community, and Isaac Hochstetler, who briefly employed her at Everything Amish, are willing to talk to Riley, and their information doesn’t do much to sensitize the ...

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In Shunning Sarah, the fifth in her Riley Spartz mystery series, Julie Kramer takes a decidedly different direction here.

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The latest Riley Spartz mystery, set in Amish country, should appeal to fans of the series as well as newcomers.

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Reviewing the Evidence

In each of Kramer's five mysteries featuring television news reporter Riley Spartz, the author gives readers the primary story involving a crime and a secondary story - one with more of a human interest twist.

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