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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Kramer Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400187874
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TV reporter Riley Spartz publicly clashes with local gossip writer Adam Lorenzo and throws a drink in his face after he implies in his newspaper column that she cheated on her dead husband. When the gossip is found shot to death, she is shocked to be charged with murder. Though the victim was widely despised, police seem unwilling to look any further for suspects, and Riley must use her skills to secretly investigate the case before it's too late and she winds up in jail. Everyone focuses on revenge as the motive in the gossip homicide, but Riley discovers the murder might actually have been a preemptive strike by new Channel 3 reporter Clay Burrel, after the gossip columnist stumbled upon evidence that could prove the reporter killed his wife-for ratings. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Kramer has delivered her finest Spartz novel to date; fiction readers will love this riveting, action-packed journey into television news investigations. Library Journal Starred Review

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 2/20/2014

    " This is my favorite Kramer novel to date. Riley Spartz, a Minnesota based news reporter, finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation, this time as the prime suspect. In the meantime, she tries relentlessly to interest her newsroom boss in what could be the next big sweeps piece, about wind turbines and bats. Riley's parents are a charming addition to this story and other secondary characters that play a big part in Riley's life return as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 2/18/2014

    " Fun, easy read. While the mystery and other story lines are great, a little tired of the main character being accused of the murders.... Overall though, it was very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/17/2014

    " Another interesting plot with some revelations about the hidden dangers of wind turbines technology. Riley does some time on the anchor desk, which is fun, but not for her. She continues to butt heads with her bosses, and finds the investigation into Sam's death to be heightened since she is the primary suspect. No white knight rides to her rescue, she does it all herself. Atta girl Riley! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smoochys | 2/10/2014

    " Silencing Sam is an okay book is you are stuck in an airport with a couple of hours to kill that would have been wasted people watching. It wasn't a bad book, it wasn't a good book either. Maybe it's because I never read the first two books in the series, but I just didn't get the feel of a senior investigative journalist out of the title character. The murderer was obvious, and the subplot was ridiculous. If you really feel the need to read this book check it out from the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Kosel | 2/6/2014

    " Her best so far. Fun to read about places in the Twin Cities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derk | 1/15/2014

    " Another pleasant, if not exciting, read. No particular faults noted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 1/3/2014

    " Predictable - I knew who the killer was from the start, but still enjoyable readable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 12/29/2013

    " While I enjoy the Minneapolis location and the TV reporter angle, I found this story to be less than suspenseful. I prefer the more colorful and fatally flawed characters of Evanovich's books and with that I move on to sizzling sixteen... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/30/2013

    " Another quick and good read in the Riley Spartz series. I agree with Courtney that the ending seemed rushed. I would have liked a little more resolution and explanation, especially with the main "mystery". Overall, though, a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 4/25/2013

    " I got this because the author was at the library, and I liked her. I read the first 2 so thought I'd try this one. It's ok, actually liked all the info about the wind turbines and the bats better then the story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Wilson | 3/3/2013

    " Another great book by one of my new favorite writers. The ending was far-fetched, but a nice element of surprise. My TV news friends would especially like the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne Daggett | 1/12/2013

    " Fun to read. Author is from White Bear Lake and this series takes place in the Twin Cities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Downs | 1/2/2013

    " Julie knows her stuff re: tv. A fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/20/2012

    " 3rd book in the Riley Spartz series. Seriously took me 2 days to finish. I picked up the audio cd's and listened every chance I had (even while working)...had the hardcover on hand too, finished it up tonight. Looking forward to reading more from this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 10/23/2012

    " Another solid entry for Julie Kramaer. Sam is an obnoxious gossip colomnist for a Minneapolis newspaper. Riley is the series protagonist, a television reporter, who is accused of murdering him. We also learn about wind farms & meet some truly memorable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/5/2012

    " I love Riley and I love this series. I felt this one was a little more predictable than the others, at least as far as 'whodunnit'. some of the side stories were pretty interesting though. still a great fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William Hochmuth | 1/26/2012

    " Getting pretty old. Trying to be cute like Evanovich, but not really succeeding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/29/2011

    " I really liked the mystery solving in this book. The main character's tendency to put work before relationships drives me crazy, somehow she needs to almost die to figure out what is really immportant over and over. I did have the killer pegged, but the victim was a surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 10/6/2011

    " I didn't like this one as well as I did Stalking Susan. I'm actually not sure I know why! Maybe because Sam was really so unlikable? Not sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 9/20/2011

    " Another fun, quick read. I liked this one a bit better than #2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 7/12/2011

    " I love that I always learn something when I read Julie's books. This time about wind turbines. I did not see the killer coming until quite late, which tickles me no end. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T.L. Haddix | 6/29/2011

    " Loved it. So far I've really liked this series. I am not going to say how it ends, but I will say that I'm glad it went the way it did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 5/12/2011

    " Another solid mystery in the Riley Spartz series. However, my complaint is that it felt like too many mysteries were happening at once. The ending happened very quickly, with the shortest of epilogues. I thought one plot point was a little too far-fetched as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 4/29/2011

    " I really enjoyed the first book of this series. I liked this one but not nearly as much as the first or even the second. They are easy to read and keep my attention enough that I have a hard time putting it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 cindy | 4/26/2011

    " Another good book by Minnesota author, Julie Kramer. "

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

    " The third book in the series is less intersting than the second, which was less intersting than the first. A quick read with a few twists and turns. But the story is jumbled and the loose ends are all tied up too quickly and too neatly. Good beach reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 2/19/2011

    " Another solid entry for Julie Kramaer. Sam is an obnoxious gossip colomnist for a Minneapolis newspaper. Riley is the series protagonist, a television reporter, who is accused of murdering him. We also learn about wind farms & meet some truly memorable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/5/2011

    " Her best so far. Fun to read about places in the Twin Cities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/25/2011

    " I really liked the mystery solving in this book. The main character's tendency to put work before relationships drives me crazy, somehow she needs to almost die to figure out what is really immportant over and over. I did have the killer pegged, but the victim was a surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa | 12/13/2010

    " too much this n that not enough mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 7/15/2010

    " While I enjoy the Minneapolis location and the TV reporter angle, I found this story to be less than suspenseful. I prefer the more colorful and fatally flawed characters of Evanovich's books and with that I move on to sizzling sixteen... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 6/29/2010

    " I went back and read my reviews of the first two books in the series and feel the author continues to improve, as much of my issues with the writing style of the first two books have been resolved.
    Riley is hitting her stride and continues to be an interesting character to follow. "

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About the Author
Author Julie KramerJULIE KRAMER is a freelance television news producer for NBC’s Today show, Nightly News, and Dateline. Prior to that, she was a national award-winning investigative producer for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. She lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, with her husband and sons.
About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.