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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Kramer Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Riley Spartz Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780307714510
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In this page-turning sequel to Stalking Susan, TV reporter Riley Spartz pursues a curious story of a bride left at the altar and finds herself caught in a dangerous missing-person case.

When Riley Spartz sees a want ad reading “Wedding Dress for Sale: Never Worn,” her news instincts tell her that the backstory might make an intriguing television sweeps piece.

The groom, 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. His own mother, eager to spare him further embarrassment, waited weeks before filing a missing-person report and then learned how difficult it is to get police, or the media, interested in missing men.

Now Riley is up against a boss who thinks that finding a famed missing fish will net the station higher ratings, a meth cartel trying to assassinate a K-9 dog because of his powerful nose for drugs, and a neighbor who holds perpetual garage sales that attract traffic at odd hours.

When her missing-person case leads to a murder investigation, Riley discovers a startling motive for Mark's disappearance—and a TV exclusive guaranteed to win the ratings . . . if she lives to report it.



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Quotes & Awards

  • "Smart dialogue and a fleet pace make this second outing in Kramer's fledgling series (after 2008's Stalking Susan) a crowd-pleaser. People
  • 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

    "Kramer has a winning series here.
  • "Every bit as entertaining as her first [book], and even more intriguing... Kramer fills the book 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
  • The twists and turns keep the adrenaline racing. Library Journal
  • Slick...clever.... a fun mystery thriller. Publishers Weekly
  • A fast pace, a smart heroine, and fresh voice. Julie Kramer has what it takes to keep readers turning pages. Tami Hoag

    Praise for Stalking Susan
  • “Riley Spartz is a classic spunky investigator. She'll have readers cheering for her gutsy determination to stop the killings—and boost her ratings. USA TODAY
  • "Truly scary, no matter what your name is. People
  • "Dazzling debut...Readers who enjoy novels by authors like Janet Evanovich will soon be stalking Julie Kramer—on the bookstore shelves, that is. Chicago Tribune
  • Kramer writes with heart and pizzazz. Her past as a TV producer lends authority to an entertaining story. Kirkus
  • Impressive debut thriller . . . readers will look forward to seeing a lot more of the appealing Riley. PW starred review
  • Stalking Susan is a fantastic debut. Julie Kramer has crafted a thriller that will get your heart racing. Vince Flynn
  • Julie Kramer knows both the TV newsroom and the art of telling a rocking good story. Stalking Susan is chilling, twisty, and clever. Kathy Reichs
  • Tough, edgy, filled with sharply drawn characters from the world of television news, Stalking Susan grips you from the beginning with its fast, compelling action, its mystery and, not least, with its intriguing heroine. John Sandford
  • Julie Kramer has written a serial-killer novel I found too scary to read after dark, too poignant to read without crying, and too gripping to put down. I was also glad my name isn’t Susan. A dashing debut with wit, pace, depth of character, and a fascinating look inside the world of television news. Harley Jane Kozak

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 5/11/2011

    " A missing bridegroom case too conveniently (and violently) solved in the final pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 3/8/2011

    " Light reading. Enjoyable mystery with a sympathetic heroine. Some plot points too predictable and some predicaments too outlandish. Still a great book for a vacation at the beach. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 2/18/2011

    " This was my second Julie Kramer and it was a fun book to read. It was not as good as Stalking Susan and I think she took a number of slightly unbelievable liberties for the sake of the plot, but it was still a fun book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/22/2011

    " This was a light, funny book. It takes place in Minneapolis. An enjoyable, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/15/2011

    " Not quite as exciting as Stalking Susan. I did like the conclusion more though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/18/2010

    " This book had engaging characters. But the author took so long to solve the initial mystery. And added a few subplots in between. I lost interest 1/2 through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/22/2010

    " While I liked this sequel to Stalking Susan I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book. I didn't feel as connected to Riley and I wasn't particularly happy with the resolution of the mystery. I like the writing and would definitely read another book in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/16/2010

    " Liked it fine, not as good as the first one, and way too much review of the plot points from the first book. Once that was behind us, moved along at a nice clip and delivered a decent thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 10/1/2010

    " I did not enjoy this mystery as much as the first Riley Spartz novel, but I still liked it and it was fun the go to places I know outside Minneapolis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/17/2010

    " Riley number two and it was great. The bride was face blind and that is an interesting disorder. Loved the Minnesota ties. Great mystery and slight romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johnna | 7/25/2010

    " I liked her first book a lot, but this one seemed just more of the same. Kinda disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/23/2010

    " This was a quick and fun read, made a bit more enjoyable when you are familiar with the Minneapolis area. The writing was breezy and light, but the plot interesting enough to keep me engaged. A good summer book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 7/18/2010

    " Enjoyable read. Liked the variety of storylines being developed by the news reporter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen | 7/16/2010

    " Nice and fun. The character holds up well in this sophomore outing. I'm going to have to break down and go hardcover for #3! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 7/5/2010

    " Putting this one down. Not likely to pick it up again. "

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About the Author
Author Julie Kramer

Julie Kramer writes thrillers set in the desperate world of television news. A former news producer for NBC, CBS, and WCCO-TV, she’s won the Minnesota Book Award and the RT Book Reviewer’s Best First Mystery. She has also been a finalist for the Anthony, Barry, Shamus, Mary Higgins Clark, and Daphne du Maurier Awards. She lives with her family in Minnesota.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.