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Missing Mark

A Riley Spartz Mystery by Julie Kramer

Missing Mark by Julie Kramer

Review: Minneapolis television investigative reporter Riley Spartz is looking for a story that will capture viewers and increase ratings when she happens upon a most unusual want ad that piques her interest in Missing Mark, the second mystery in this series by Julie Kramer.

"For Sale: Wedding Dress, Never Worn" reads the ad. Riley sees a story here, but her editor tries to steer her in other directions: "Big Mouth Billy", a large mouth bass, has been stolen from an aquarium at the Mall of America; a K-9 unit is being targeted by a meth cartel; a serial killer is at large. Riley agrees these are all newsworthy but she still wants to learn more about that wedding dress.

It turns out the dress belongs to Madeline Post, a wealthy young woman engaged to Mark Lefevre. The groom-to-be attended the rehearsal dinner and then vanished … six months ago. His mother was embarrassed by his action and didn't report him missing for quite some time, and when she did, the police didn't take her seriously. The man got cold feet, that's all. But there's a twist here for Riley the reporter: the presumed bride, Madeline, suffers from prosopagnosia, a disorder that prevents her from recognizing or remembering facial features. And the case turns deadly when just days after Riley interviews Mark's mother, she apparently kills herself. This may be the story that makes Riley's career.

Riley Spartz is a smart, likeable character who makes the story in Missing Mark shine. She also enjoys a delightful repartee with her co-workers, which keeps the dialog amusing and witty. The plot has just enough twists and turns to capture the one's attention, and keeps it as the Riley's investigation moves along at a brisk pace. Readers will be looking forward to more breaking news stories from this reporter.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Missing Mark.

Acknowledgment: Knopf Doubleday provided a copy of Missing Mark for this review.

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Location(s) referenced in Missing Mark: Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Missing Mark by Julie Kramer

Missing Mark by A Riley Spartz Mystery

Publisher: Doubleday
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-385-52477-3
Publication Date:
List Price: $25.00

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