After working as a freelance television producer for almost twelve years, Kate Conway relishes her job. The shows she works with, for example the current show called Caught! hires freelancers like Kate to conduct interviews and write episodes as they tell the story of criminals who have been captured.
As emotionally challenging as that gig could be, she was also going through a divorce. That evening, after a particularly emotional interview, she received a call from her estranged husband’s new girlfriend telling her that he was on his way to the emergency room. Kate quickly joined her in the waiting room.
Frank didn’t make it, and when a drug was found in his system during an autopsy, and an unexpectedly large insurance policy appeared with Kate listed as beneficiary, her name jumped to the top of the suspect list.
During the ensuing police investigation, Kate tentatively became friendly with Franks alleged fiancée, Vera. As the case progressed and more family and friends were interviewed, Kate received unexpected news that sent her into an emotional tailspin.
In the meantime, Kate began working on her next investigative report for a show called Missing Persons. While she was studying the information about a woman who had been missing for the past year, her investigation found a number of possible suspects. As she prepared for her husband’s funeral and for the next episode of the show, she began to realize someone was stalking her, and that somehow the two cases could be connected. Although the police suspected she might have caused her husband’s death, Kate wondered if she might be the next victim.
Missing Persons is the first novel in the new Kate Conway series by Clare O’Donohue, author of the popular Someday Quilts mysteries. A freelance television writer and producer herself, O’Donohue writes from personal knowledge of the behind-the-scenes action after working on shows for the Food Network and the History Channel among other networks.
It is obvious in this new mystery series that the author knows her stuff. Her characters are believable, the mystery intriguing, and the potential for future stories sure. The swift pace keeps the storyline moving to a satisfying conclusion.
A special thank you goes to the Penguin Group for providing a complimentary copy for review. If you are interested in picking up your own copy of Missing Persons, it is available at Amazon.com.