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Missing Persons: A Kate Conway Mystery by [O'Donohue, Clare]
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Editorial Reviews


STARRED REVIEW A well-constructed plot, credible characters, and an insightful exploration of the grieving process make for an absorbing read. (May) --Publishers Weekly

TOP PICK! With a fresh, sophisticated plot, snappy dialogue, cleverly placed red herrings and a brisk pace, there's not a single sentence in this novel that isn't thoroughly enjoyable. --RT Book Reviews

Fascinating characters, multi-faceted story lines, and plenty of action.. Missing Persons is an entertaining read that pulls readers in from the first.  --Midwest Book Review

What makes O'Donohue's writing so compulsively readable is how realistically she draws her main characters. --Bookloons

I can't recommend Missing Persons enough! --Fresh Fiction

From the Author

I used the reality (good and bad) of my years as a television producer to create Kate Conway. I wanted her to have bills to pay, in-laws to deal with, and friends she can't always count on. With just enough humor to keep her sane. Kate isn't perfect, but she isn't as tough as she pretends to be. She'd lie in a heartbeat, but she'd feel bad about hurting a friend. She still loves her late husband, still hates him, still misses him - and can't seem to get five minutes to herself to figure it out.

Once I had the idea I wrote the first draft in ten weeks. Kate and the other characters seemed so alive and the story poured out of me - often I'd get up at three in the morning because a scene had grabbed hold and wouldn't let go until I'd written it.

I don't always like Kate, or agree with her choices, but I admire her grit, her reluctant determination, and her willingness to help someone even though what she really wants is to sit on her couch and eat take-out. 

I love this book, and I hope you will too.

Product Details

  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Lori Caswell/Dollycas VINE VOICE on June 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Published by The Penguin Group

A Kate Conway Mystery
First In A Brand New Series
ISBN-10: 0452297060
ISBN-13: 978-0452297067

Kate Conway's soon to be ex-husband Frank is dead and the cops always think the spouse did it so Kate becomes the number one suspect. Strange too is that his new girlfriend wants to be her new best friend.

She decides to bury herself in work to get her mind off his death and give the police time to find the real killer. She is offered a new assignment for a brand new series, Missing Persons.

Kate starts researching the story of Theresa Moretti, a young woman who has been missing for a year. Her family is still holding out hope Theresa is alive and believes Kate will find her. Kate just wants to get enough footage to tell the missing girl's story and move on but Theresa's family has really touched her which causes her to dig a little deeper and the more she digs she finds the death of her ex may be related to this Missing Person story. She also finds the deeper she digs she may be putting her own life in danger.


This is an edgy story that not only draws you in but educates on how these True Crime shows are made and with an author that has a background in television all the jargon rings true, especially how long it takes, how much film is needed, and how much is cut to tell a story in about 22 minutes.

The unexpected is that as each clue is uncovered you feel you are actually right on the scene. This can happen with a lot of stories but this one actually played in my mind's eye like a television program. It made you almost forget this is a work of fiction and that you were actually reading a book.
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By A Customer on June 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
After almost two decades of marriage having met in high school, Chicago TV producer Kate Conway and her artist husband Frank are obtaining a divorce. His lover Vera Bingham calls Kate to inform her that Frank, after playing basketball, collapsed and was rushed to St. Anthony's Hospital. The wife and the soon to be wife meet at St. Anthony where Frank died from a heart attack.

An autopsy of Frank shows he had extreme excessive amounts of digitalis in his body. The two women in his life are the prime suspects especially the wife who has a strong motive. As Vera wants to be her friend, Kate learns about their affair. To not focus on Frank's death and her grief, Kate concentrates on her show Missing Persons as she investigates the disappearance of well liked community volunteer twentyish Theresa Monetti. However, the Monetti vanishing and Frank's death comingle with Kate fearing she will star on her show as the third victim.

Missing Persons is a superb amateur sleuth mystery starring a wonderful protagonist who keeps the story line focused. Kate's musing over the years with Frank add to the strong introspection while her Missing Persons gig helps distract her a bit though Vera seems to have the knack of bringing her back to Frank. Readers will enjoy the TV producer's investigation that to her chagrin and soon fear leads from Monetti to Frank with Kate in the crosshairs as the connector.

Harriet Klausner
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Clare O'Donohue knows what she is talking about in "Missing Persons," a satirical and amusing novel about a Chicago-based freelance television producer who specializes in true crime stories. Since O'Donohue has been a producer, she understands "the frustration, annoyance, and craziness" that go with the territory.

Kate is an adorable character who is bright, hard-working, blunt, sassy, and very skilled at what she does. However, she would be the first to admit that she is driven and will do almost anything to get a good sound bite. It's her mission to manipulate the people she interviews. If she wants someone to cry, she knows how to make it happen. It is no wonder that Kate has become so jaded. Her commitment to her work may be one of the factors that broke up her fifteen-year marriage. She is separated from her soon to be ex-husband, Frank, an aspiring artist. While Kate earned a living, Frank dreamed, puttered, and made promises that he never kept. Now he has found a new significant other and is moving on with his life.

A shocking tragedy changes everything and Kate becomes involved in her own personal drama. In addition, she has a new assignment for a show called "Missing Persons." With the help of her cameraman and audio guy, Kate is conducting interviews with everyone who knew Theresa Moretti, a twenty-two year old woman who vanished over a year ago. Did Theresa walk away from her life voluntarily or did someone abduct her? Kate, an amateur sleuth, conducts her own informal inquiries into the Moretti case.

This is a clever and engrossing mystery that, happily, avoids most of the clichés that make readers wince.
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By karen on October 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In the beginning, this book didn't have much going for it. I found it in a thrift store (sorry Amazon) -- a book I'd never heard of by an unfamiliar author. Worse yet, some prior owner had torn the bottom right corner off the cover to use as a bookmark. Still, something about this tattered little book called out to me-- and I'm glad it did. Now I have a new author to start tracking.

Kate Conway, low-level freelance TV producer extraordinaire, is funny, dedicated, brave -- and occasionally really stupid, which makes all of us readers feel good about ourselves. At one point in the book, I'm sure there were a half-million readers, at least, who jumped out of our seats, shouting, "For crying out loud, don't eat those cookies!" A great moment -- and it's good thing Kate is a serial protagonist, because she kept grazing her way through all kinds of potentially deadly hazards, not just cookies, but candies from Scotland, iced tea and burgers of all kinds. She obviously has a strong constitution, our girl Kate.

Two mysteries play off against each other here -- the unexpected death of Kate's about-to-be-ex husband, and the disappearance of a 22-year old woman, who's the subject of the reality-crime TV show Kate is producing. Fascinating trivia about the world of television production, something I knew nothing about, was fun, especially since Kate has a habit of editorializing, coming up with clever little observations about the nature of the world, of the people in it, and about some of our odd propensities, all of us. That part of the book was almost as good as the mystery itself, in which whole schools of red herrings swim by, some of which I bit on, others I didn't, but all of which were great fun.
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