Title: Killing Kate
Author: Julie Kramer
Review: This is a fast paced book with great pacing, short chapters and memorable characters. Riley is an investigative reporter who is bold and resourceful. Her parents are great, I find myself laughing at their parts in her stories, and I can identify them with other people I know from this area. Her parents are protective and even a bit underhanded at time. I love the fact that she writes about Minnesota and Minnesota nice, even when mixed with murder and Iowa at times.
The mystery and murder keep you on your toes wondering whodunit. The small on-going plot weaved into her stories continues, even if it didn’t end the way I would have liked it to (actually I doubt if it is over and look forward to more in the next book.) Riley’s co-workers are unique individuals that have endearing and not so endearing qualities about them. Her characters feel real and as I read the book I could place many of my friends and acquaintances in their places making the book come to life.
If you have never read Julie Kramer then start now, you will not be disappointed. Stalking Susan review here, Missing Mark review here, Silencing Sam review here. Her mysteries are interesting and she uses real places in her stories, place you can visit if you feel so inclined to do. I have to say that I wish she wrote them faster, but then I wouldn’t want the quality to drop in the haste. This book is number 4 in the series and it will not disappoint. Go pick it up today.
Publisher: July 26th 2011 by Atria
Pages: 336 pages
Quick Review: 4 Stars out of 5.
Why I Read it: I was waiting for this book to be released, I’ve read the other three and enjoyed them.
Where I Obtained the Book: This book was sent to us by Julie, we met her at a signing last fall and she emailed us asking if we would like an ARC. Of course we did, thanks Julie for remembering us.
Synopsis: Not all angels are divine...
As TV reporter Riley Spartz discovers a serial killer drawing angel-shaped chalk outlines around the bodies of his victims, she unearths an eerie legend dating back nearly a century. Tracking the story to an Iowa cemetery, Riley finds an infamous Black Angel monument that may be connected to the string of homicides throughout the Midwest. Now she is up against a delusional young man who believes the statue is urging him to kill.
The local police are convinced the killer has left their territory and Riley's boss is convinced viewers are tired of hearing about so much crime, but a personal connection with the latest victim, Kate Warner, makes Riley determined to solve the case.
Riley also gets the scoop on a dog left locked in a hot car. Her pet-loving news director is crazy about this story, but the dog owner goes crazy, too. Is he now stalking Riley? Or has the angel-killer put Channel 3's top investigator on his hit list? Yearning for love and ratings, it's unsure whether Riley will find either before the killer finds her.
When she meets a mysterious stranger, Riley must decide whether he is her guardian angel or an angel of death. The answer doesn't come until a graveyard confrontation where God is the only witness.
Author Biography: Julie Kramer is a journalist. She works as a freelance producer for NBC's Today show, Nightly News, and Dateline.
Julie grew up along the Minnesota-Iowa state line, fourth generation of a family who raised cattle and farmed corn for 130 years. Her favorite childhood days were spent waiting for the bookmobile to bring her another Phyllis A. Whitney novel. An avid reader, she tired of fictional TV reporters always being portrayed as obnoxious secondary characters who could be killed off whenever the plot started dragging, so her series features reporter Riley Spartz as heroine.
Currently, she resides in White Bear Lake, Minnesota with her husband and sons.