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Stalking Susan Mass Market Paperback – June 23, 2009
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“A rocking good story…. Chilling, twisty, and clever.”
“A snappily paced debut thriller.... Truly scary no matter what your name is.”
“Riley Spartz is a classic spunky investigator. She'll have readers cheering for her gutsy determination to stop the killings and boost her ratings.”
“Stalking Susan is a fantastic debut. Julie Kramer has crafted a thriller that will get your heart racing.”
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This novel's serial killer plot is a little on the pedestrian side. STALKING SUSAN deals with a series of "cold cases" that took place over a decade in the past, so there is very little tension or conflict during the first half of the story. This novel doesn't contain a lot of big twists or surprises, and the identity of the killer will be quite predictable to veteran mystery readers.
Still, author Julie Kramer's writing style is both witty and readable, and she provides a lot of interesting insights into the world of television news. Kramer is a freelance television producer herself, so all of descriptions of a TV newsroom have an air of authenticity to them.
All in all, STALKING SUSAN is a fun enough read, the type of book that fans of Janet Evanovich or Lisa Scottoline might enjoy. It's worth a try if you like mysteries with a comedic bent.
Riley is persistent and has a great sense of humor. The author made it easy to like her.
The pacing was spot on and kept the pages turning. I look forward to reading Missing Mark, the next in the series, soon.
Riley Spartz, a television reporter in the Twin Cities, is handed two files from a retired Minneapolis homicide detective that show a connection between two dead women named Susan and the date of their deaths. With that pattern set, the deeper she digs, more bodies appear and the killer is leaving clues.
As the November 19th anniversary date looms, Riley must find this serial killer before he can claim his next target. All the while doing additional research work to placate the higher ups at the station with what appears to be a silly little story emanating from a veterinarian’s clinic.
As Riley is still reeling from the death of her husband, she is fighting for her job and her next 40-audience share. Reporting is a cutthroat business and with November also being a sweeps month, she must solve this crime before her news director cuts her out altogether.
During an on air interview, Riley plays one last card in hopes of drawing the killer out. Little did she know that she might be the next victim.
There are a few “could be’s” in the story. The reader bounces back and forth not wanting it to be one but at the same time admitting that it was a possibility. Without it being obvious all along, the conclusion makes perfect sense. If it were not for Riley’s suspect board, the answer would not have been so clear.
I really liked this book; Julie Kramer did not talk down to her readers, but slowly revealed just enough to keep each chapter interesting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved Riley Spartz and after reading this, worked through the series as quickly as possible. Riley gets fooled sometimes, but the stories are great and I've come to really like... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hope Capps
I hated to put this book down, it was really good. Had to recharge the
kindle or drain the battery, I drained the battery.
I loved the author's voice - warm and humorous while the case itself was engaging. Just the right amount of tension.Published 9 months ago by girly girl
Great book and immediately had me order the second in this series!Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book back in March, and it is now December. Ah, yes...it was winter then, and it is winter now. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jean F. Coldwell
I love Julie's books. Well thought out plot, great dialogue, interesting exposure to the TV newscaster world. Great reading from beginning to end!Published 20 months ago by Karen Hagan