Revenge isn't the only dish served cold... Ali Reynolds's longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn't so lucky. Meanwhile, married life agrees with Ali. But any hopes that she and her husband, B. Simpson, will finally slow down and relax now that they've tied the knot are dashed when Ali's new daughter-in-law approaches her, desperate for help. The girl's grandmother, Betsy, is in danger: she's been receiving anonymous threats, and someone even broke into her home and turned on the gas burners in the middle of the night. But the local police think the elderly woman's just not as sharp as she used to be. While Ali struggles to find a way to protect Betsy before it's too late, Sister Anselm needs her help as well, and the two race the clock to uncover the secrets that The Family has hidden for so long-before someone comes back to bury them forever. From the New York Times bestselling author hailed for her "inimitable, take-no-prisoners style" (Kirkus Reviews), Cold Betrayal forces Ali to confront the face of evil, and the women who are being hunted.
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by J.A. Jance
"Narrator Karen Ziemba captivates listeners with her low-key portrayals of Westerners, Minnesotans, and Native Americans in the latest Ali Reynolds mystery. The ex-newscaster and her sidekick, Sister Anselm, investigate a situation in Arizona involving a young mother who has escaped with her newborn from a polygamous religious group. In Minnesota, a relative has a break-in after receiving threatening lettersÑbut the police donÕt take the elderly woman seriously. Ziemba's pace is often measured, and her tone is grave while still changing pitch and cadence. She excels at portraying the storyÕs many strong women, adding personality to their dialogue. Ziemba shines a light on Ali as she uses high-tech means to get to the bottom of both mysteries. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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