By Julie Kramer
(Anchor, Mass Market Paperback, 9780307388520, 400pp.)
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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From the award-winning author of Stalking Susan, TV reporter Riley Spartz returns in another breathtaking, furiously-paced thriller.
When Riley Spartz sees a want ad reading “Wedding Dress for Sale: Never Worn,” she finds a jilted bride unsure whether her groom got cold feet or has become a cold case himself. Her betrothed, Mark, last seen at the rehearsal dinner, never showed up for the wedding, humiliating his bride, Madeline—and her high-strung, high-society mother—in front of 300 guests. When Riley’s curious missing person case leads to a dangerous murder investigation, she discovers a startling motive for Mark’s disappearance. Riley now has a TV exclusive guaranteed to win the ratings . . . if she lives to report it.
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 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Mystery and was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Anthony Award. She lives with her family in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
“A suspenseful story with a wonderful heroine, and it keeps the reader guessing until the final pages. . . . If you enjoy Sue Grafton’s alphabet series with Kinsey Millhone, or Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta books, you will enjoy Missing Mark.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Smart dialogue and a fleet pace make this second outing . . . a crowd-pleaser.” —People
“A fast pace, a smart heroine, and fresh voice. Julie Kramer has what it takes to keep readers turning pages.” —Tami Hoag
“Entertaining and intriguing. . . . Kramer’s characters, plotting and pace are spot-on.” —RT Book Reviews
“Julie Kramer has proven that she has what it takes. Her books are light but a bit edgy and her heroine is fun, spunky, and completely loveable.” —BookBitch
“Riley Spartz is at it again—digging up news and looking for ratings.” —St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Kramer fills Missing Mark with wonderful characters and a story that never quits. A new star in the mystery skies, Kramer will be one to watch as she gets better with each book.” —Crimespree Magazine
“The sense of place is wonderful, and Riley is a person it is easy to ‘root’ for. It’s easy to see why this author received first mystery award nominations.” —Deadly Pleasures Magazine
“If you liked Jon Hassler’s take on central Minnesota in Staggerford; if you liked Thomas Gifford’s take on Taylor’s Falls in The Wind Chill Factor, if you liked Mary Logue’s picture of river rats along the St. Croix, you’ll enjoy Kramer’s informed look into the nuts and bolts and screw-ups of our news media.” —River Falls Journal
“Kramer has written a very enjoyable mystery. . . . Riley is an interesting character, a woman I think I’d like to know. . . . I am looking forward to reading more about Riley and her adventures.” —P.J. Coldren, Reviewing the Evidence
“Slick. . . . [A] fun mystery thriller.” —Publishers Weekly
Nicely done. . . . [Kramer] nails everything from the interaction between on-air talent and producers to all the showbiz hustle that goes into grabbing ratings. . . . [Riley Spartz is] a likable heroine in an intriguing profession.” —Kirkus
“Issues of class, complications of a rare medical condition, and elements of romance add to the interest of this sequel, which has a surprising final twist and a neatly satisfying ending. Kramer has a winning series here.” —Booklist