The debut of an exciting new mystery series featuring a cynical, crafty television producer turned amateur sleuth.
The cause of death is "undetermined," but the cops peg Chicago television producer Kate Conway as the main suspect when her soon-to-be ex-husband, Frank, is found dead. To make matters worse-and weirder- Frank's new girlfriend suddenly wants to be friends.
Happy for the distraction, Kate throws herself into a new work assignment for the television program Missing Persons: the story of Theresa Moretti, a seemingly angelic young woman who disappeared a year earlier. All Kate wants is a cliché story and twenty-two minutes of footage, but when the two cases appear to overlap, Kate needs to work fast before another body turns up-her own.
O'Donohue, the author of the Someday Quilts series (The Double Cross, etc.), puts her real-life expertise as a freelance TV writer and producer to good use in this sharp first in a new series. Late one night, Chicago TV producer Kathleen "Kate" Conway receives a surprise phone call from Vera Bingham, the mistress of her soon-to-be ex-husband, Frank. Frank, a 37-year-old artist, has collapsed after playing basketball all afternoon in the park. The two women meet at the hospital, where they learn Frank has died of an apparent heart attack. An autopsy, which reveals too much digitalis in his system, suggests murder. Kate's personal and work worlds collide as she learns more about Frank's affair with Vera and starts looking into the disappearance of 22-year-old Theresa Monetti, a popular community volunteer, for Missing Persons, a new crime TV show. A well-constructed plot, credible characters, and an insightful exploration of the grieving process make for an absorbing read.
Great read! Loved the two twisting stories, how they connected and looking at life (or murder!) through the eyes of a TV producer. Look forward to more stories with Kate! Am already a fan of O'Donohue's "Someday Quilts" mystery series. Keep 'em coming!