Stalking Susan (Riley Spartz #1)
Inside the desperate world of TV ratings, an investigative reporter discovers that a serial killer is targeting women named Susan and killing one on the same day each year.
Television reporter Riley Spartz is recovering from a heartbreaking, headline-making catastrophe of her own when a longtime police source drops two homicide files in her lap in the back of a dark movie t...more
At the beginning of this novel, Riley’s police contact gives her a file on the deaths of two women named Susan, who each died by strangulation on the same day, a year apart. Riley is on the case, because she wants to make it the lead piece of November news sweeps; add to that investigation a feature about a lying v ...more
A winner! Interesting characters. Tricky plot. Not too much blood.
It's told in the first person--newspaper investigative reporter, Riley. A cop friend gives her a tip about cold case murders that might be linked (same date, different years, same name, SUSAN).
Riley Spartz is an investigative reporter returning to work after a personal leave that she needed because her husband had died tragically. She immediately finds herself up to her eyeballs in not one, but two stories. One is about a veterinari ...more
Riley is an investigative journalist for channel 3 in Minnesota. Riley's returning to work after a three-month personal leave and finds two stories dropped into her lap. One is about a vet who is charging grieving pet owners for cremation services that he's not delivering and the other involv ...more
She is fed a story about two Susans that are killed one year apart. This turns into four-plus Susans. The investigation takes her all over the state. Her boss pulls her off the story, makes Riley work on a worthless tip-line story, and hand it to Mike Flagg, the ladder climbing, leech rep ...more
So Riley is intrigued when a long-ti ...more
Riley Spartz is a television reporter for the Twin Cities Channel 3. She has been on leave recovering from an on-air catastrophe that killed her husband. Now, she meets a long-time police contact in the back of a theater, their usual meeting place, and he gives her two cold case files. They involve two murders, one year apart on exactly the same day, both women named Susan ...more
This review is from: Stalking Susan: A Novel (Hardcover)
I enjoyed this debut of a series featuring spunky 36-year-old television news reporter, Riley Spartz. (She reminds me of a smarter, more sophisticated Stephanie Plum.) This funny, improbable, and likeable heroine uses her investigative talents to bring some closure to two homicides.
An old friend, ex cop Nick Garnett, has retired from the force to take a job in security at the Mall of Americ ...more
Riley Spartz, a television reporter in the Twin Cities, is handed two files from a retired Minneapolis homicide detective that show a connection between two dead women named Susan and the date of their deaths. With that pattern set, the deeper she digs, more bodies appear and the killer is leaving clues. ...more
Every once in a while, I need to read a thriller. A quick mystery, something that makes me want to race to the end of the book while savoring every page. This is that book.
Riley Spartz is an investigative reporter for a local television station. She recently had a horrific loss and is just easing herself back into work. While doing a story about a homicide, she begins to piece together the evidence of a ...more
I was bored after the first couple of pages. Nothing grabbed my attention. But I decided to drudge through and it give it a chance. It was a quick read and before I knew it I was up to page 198. I put the book down and reflected on how I felt about the book at that point. It wasn’t horrible. Worse. It was forgettable.
I still had no bonds to the characters even tho ...more
A potential serial killer may have been killing women called Susan on the same date every year, but has managed to get away with it be being very clever in concealing the causes of death. Riley Spartz may have found a link between them and needs to use all her journalistic skills to get to the bottom of it all - as we ...more
The story has some minor flaws, but for a debut novel, I thought it was very good. This is an interesting story with a couple of decent subplots. The ending not contrived, but easy to guess. Now I have to get her other books to see if I will enjoy them as much.
Inside the desperate world of TV news, a reporter discovers a serial killer is targeting women named Susan.Riley Spartz is recovering from a ...more
Her thrillers, STALKING SUSAN, MISSING MARK, SILENCING SAM, KILLING KATE, SHUNNING SARAH and soon to come - DELIVERING ...more