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Killing Kate: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Julie Kramer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

THE NEW NATIONAL BESTSELLER IN AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR JULIE KRAMER’S “WINNING SERIES” (BOOKLIST)!

Crime-solving means high ratings for Minnesota TV reporter Riley Spartz when she nails the culprit behind Silencing Sam (“Sexy, sinister.” —Linda Fairstein). But the stakes rise when Riley must piece together a serial killer’s murderous motive for Killing Kate.

Channel 3’s news director sends Riley on a dog rescue story sure to win over Minneapolis–St. Paul’s viewers. But when the Twin City’s latest murder victim is someone from Riley’s past, she can’t stay away. Kate Warner was her college roommate’s sister, and the killer’s signature—a chalk outline of a winged angel—links him to a string of homicides across the Midwest. Unearthing his agenda leads Riley to the legendary Black Angel statue in an Iowa cemetery—and may lead to a twisted trap designed just for her by the angel killer himself.


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"With her newest book, Julie Kramer's reputation and following ought to soar. This wonderfully sardonic look at murder is not only surprisingly poignant, but a flat-out tour de force of harrowing twists and turns."

—New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger



"Julie Kramer has one of the best new series in crime fictions....You'll be turning the pages all night." --New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline

"Snappy repartee, tauntingly written, drum tight in its execution."

—New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

"Julie Kramer's Killing Kate offers everything a novel should—a most engaging protagonist, page-turning thrills, plot twists, and a host of characters that jump off the page. I loved it!"

—New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham

“Kramer tells the tale from both Riley's and the killer's points of view, and this strategy . . . keeps the pages turning. . . . Kramer gives readers a strong sense of a reporter's daily routine, drawing in details of other news stories and Riley's personal life to add texture to the novel." - Booklist

"Best-selling author Kramer surpasses her previous three Riley Spartz titles with this feverishly suspenseful, nail-biting thriller with a gutsy heroine." - Library Journal

“The fourth Riley Spartz mystery by Minnesota author Julie Kramer is her best yet...The writing is so crisp, it will keep readers turning the pages. TV reporter-investigative journalist Spartz is at her feistiest, the dialogue is at its sharpest and the main plot is chillingly suspenseful. There's plenty of action and a jaw-dropping penultimate scene that sets up the potential for another book in the series.” —Associated Press

About the Author

Julie Kramer is a freelance network news producer. She formerly ran WCCO-TV’s nationally award-winning investigative unit in Minneapolis. Her debut thriller, Stalking Susan, won the Minnesota Book Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Mystery, was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and is also a finalist for the Anthony Award. She lives with her family in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

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  • File Size: 2030 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439178011
  • Publisher: Atria Books (July 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK9C8E
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars K is for Kate who was struck with an axe July 25, 2011
Format:Hardcover
The headline above is an old Edward Gorey quote that I couldn't resist using. No, the eponymous Kate of Julie Kramer's fourth Riley Spartz mystery was actually bludgeoned with a baseball bat. So close. Kate's death basically opens the novel, and straight off the reader learns that she is the fourth victim of a serial killer. The authorities are not yet aware of this fact.

Local news reporter Riley has been lying off the violent crimes lately, since she had been making more news than covering it. But hearing the familiar address of this homicide, she grabs it before anyone can object. And her memory is correct. The crime happened at a house she once knew well. It was the home of her former college roommate, Laura, and the victim is Laura's younger sister, Kate. Kramer has the mechanics of creating suspense down pat. She keeps readers turning pages, ending chapters with lines like: "I didn't know yet that Kate had led a secret life, and that her secret did not die with her."

Riley and Laura, once the closest of friends, had split in a rift more than a decade ago. But this tragedy paves the way to an uneasy reconciliation. Investigative reporter that she is, Riley, of course, becomes far too involved in the hunt for this killer. As always, there's a "b" story in the novel involving an animal story her crazy news director wants her to cover. And the third narrative thread is Riley's long distance relationship with Nick Garnett.

I have outlined several things I like about this series in past reviews. I find Riley to be an immensely likable character with a distinctive voice. Reading each novel feels like visiting with an old friend. Also, I love the television news setting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not up to her usual standard April 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read Kramer's previous three books, I was really looking forward to this one. I am disappointed though. There are a half dozen plots, none of them well developed. The chapters are short and shallow. We get no sense of ago the victim was or why we should care about her death. The killer is a psycho killer straight out of central casting. His motives are...he's evil? Crazy? Who knows. Unnecessary and implausible plot twists and a hurried resolution made the end especially unsatisfying.

I hope the next one is better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Writing for Killing Kate August 1, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have read all in the Riley Spartz series by Julie Kramer. Killing Kate is now my favorite of her four books. The dialogue is very quick and smart, the writing keeps the storyline moving fast. She brings back all my favorite characters, especially her parents and her pastor, Fr. Mountain. This book is a darker storyline than the others, besides writing from Riley's point of view, we are taken into the killers mind and what is driving him/her. Her personal life keeps taking twists and turns along with the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller April 3, 2012
Format:Hardcover
One of the crucial elements of this series is its platform. It's a platform the author knows well and uses to full effect. It's the reality and atmosphere of the television new operation. Riley Spartz, newshen of a local television station in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, sometimes is a bit of a loose cannon. It drives her bosses up the wall. In today's broadcast television business, tension and often frantic pursuit of ratings rules. Ratings are tied directly to advertisers and what they can be charged for air time.

Spartz is a veteran reporter, well aware that her skills and experience are being constantly measured against younger, cheaper, upcoming talent. It pushes her to extend herself and sometimes into mortal danger. Author Julie Kramer has a strong background in television new production and she uses that experience to excellent effect. The novel rings with authenticity.

Almost accidentally Riley discovers an odd chalk outline around the body of a dead woman in south Minneapolis. She's chasing a solution to the murder of a young woman when Riley, against her boss's wishes, learns of her own personal connection to the dead woman. That connection gives her more incentive to follow the story. Almost as an aside, on a hot day in Minneapolis she comes across a dog locked in a truck in a parking lot. Riley's instincts kick in and a live feed from a liquor store parking lot sends ripples through the community and incenses the dog's owner. Between the two stories, Riley has a lot to juggle And then violence flares all around her.

The novel is cleanly and smoothly written, with a powerful forward thrust that grabs the reader and contributes to its page-turning intensity. The characters are multi-dimensional and interesting. One of the author's strengths is her ability to surprise us while retaining the essential dimensions of the characters. "Killing Kate" is a terrific novel and I'm looking forward to the next in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Killing Kate April 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Disappointed in my Kindle version. Had large spaces of blanks with just single letters along the right side. Then it would contiue and after several pages start again. I have read many Kindle books and never experience this problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, wonderful climax! April 7, 2012
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I just found this series and every book is wonderful! A word of caution, I've seen this series compared to the Stephanie Plum books and I don't find that accurate...these books are sharper, grittier and far better written. The author also took some chances with this last book to allow the series and the main characters to grow. I've already pre-ordered the next book and can't wait to read it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun summer read.
Another in the series of Riley Spartz, investigative reporter, turned coincidentally into a detective a
nd unwillingly into a potential victim, this quick read has relatable... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Betsy Marvin
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Kramer's Smart Spartz
A murdered erotica writer with books of coded messages. An urban legend about a cursed angel statue in a cemetery. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Benjamin Sobieck
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing Kate
I ordered this as a used book and it came and you could not even tell that it had been read before I was very happy with it
Published 7 months ago by Carolyn Quale
4.0 out of 5 stars Print issue - must use smaller font or hold horizontal t resolve
I enjoy the author very Much and while the first two novels (Susan and Mark) were fine, both Sam and Kate novels had problems with the portion of the text that is supposed to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bruce Liggett
4.0 out of 5 stars Die First
Second book that I have read by this author. Quick read and enjoyable but followed same format as first book I read. Would like to see a variation of wriing. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kathleen H. Sampson
3.0 out of 5 stars chatt worm
I liked the book, but being from IA I thought the original Black Angel was in Council Bluffs not the eastern part of the stTE. pERHAPS SOME RESEARCH SHOULD BE MADE.
Published 23 months ago by Pamela Malchow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This was a great book in a great series. The author keeps the suspense going thru the entire story. Looking forward to the next one.
Published on March 17, 2012 by Karen Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery for fun
Maybe I've been reading too much heavy stuff. Or maybe it was just
time for me to laugh a little. For whatever reason I found this book
to be exactly what I needed. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by Gayle G. Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Kramer's Best Yet
I have loved Kramers writing style and characters from book one. Killing Kate is a fantastic read for any one who enjoys a fun mystery.
Published on January 16, 2012 by drb
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More About the Author

Julie Kramer is a freelance network television producer. Prior to that she was a national award-winning investigative producer for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.

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.She now writes thrillers set in the desperate world of television news.

Her upcoming novel, SHUNNING SARAH, centers on homicide amid a clash of cultures: flashy TV news and the reclusive Amish.

Her debut STALKING SUSAN, won the Minnesota Book Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. It was also a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark, Anthony, Barry, and Shamus Awards.

Her second book, MISSING MARK, was a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mystery/suspense.

Library Journal described her third book, SILENCING SAM, as her best yet, calling it "Riveting" in a starred review.

Kramer lives with her family in White Bear Lake, MN.

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