Missing Persons (Kate Conway Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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.

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Missing Persons (Kate Conway Series #1)

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Overview

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.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (May)
Library Journal
Kate isn't prepared to be the prime suspect when her 37-year-old almost-ex-husband dies of a heart attack. A freelance TV producer of true crime shows, she finds her work converging in a very uncomfortable way with her personal life. While researching and interviewing people for a missing person story, Kate soon wonders if the two cases overlap. The dual mystery clouds Kate's viewpoint, so we have plenty of suspects to consider as the tension builds. If you've enjoyed O'Donohue's "Someday Quilts" series (The Double Cross), be sure to try her new protagonist. VERDICT Perfect for fans of Hank Phillippi Ryan's "Charlotte McNally" series (Prime Time), this title provides a true traditional mystery with two puzzles to solve and plenty of motives.
Kirkus Reviews
A Chicago TV producer considers herself a cynic until her new project draws her into a heartbreaking investigation.

Kate Conway's assignment for a new show,Missing Persons, starts with the case of Theresa Moretti, a young nurse who's been AWOL for a year. Kate's life is a bit of a disaster since she split with her husband Frank, a talented but feckless charmer she met in high school. When he suddenly dies, Kate becomes the chief murder suspect when the police learn that she's due to receive a big life-insurance settlement and an autopsy shows an overdose of digitalis. Kate likes Frank's girlfriend Vera, an apparently nice person from a very wealthy family whom Kate meets at the hospital the night of Frank's death. But Frank's parents want Kate to find out if Vera murdered him, and Frank's best friend complicates the situation further by telling Kate that Frank had been hoping for reconciliation with her. In the meantime, Kate finds herself more involved in the case of the missing girl, who was not nearly as angelic as her mother claimed. When Theresa's body is found, Kate has a plethora of suspects, including Theresa's volatile brother, various boyfriends and a wealthy lawyer who seems suspiciously eager to help. Kate's finely honed interviewing skills will be necessary to find a killer and clear herself in Frank's death.

This series kickoff from O'Donohue (The Double Cross, 2010, etc.) introduces a smart and cynical sleuth. The killer is guessable, but the ending provides some welcome surprises.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101528730
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Series: Kate Conway Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 165,654
  • File size: 299 KB

Meet the Author

CLARE O’DONOHUE is a freelance television writer/producer. She produced television’s most popular quilting show, Simply Quilts, on HGTV, and she is currently producing and writing for a variety of television crime shows, including Forensic Files. This is her first novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Love this series. Great characters.

    Love this series. Great characters.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Clare O’Donohue’s MISSING PERSONS is a delight to r

    Clare O’Donohue’s MISSING PERSONS is a delight to read, and the main reason is protagonist Kate Conway. An independent producer who has a knack for getting a good story out of other people’s misfortunes—and making them feel as though she isn’t using them, even while she is—Kate Conway is sympathetic and likeable, even when she’s at her manipulative best. “Is it just now occurring to you that I work for a television show that exploits people’s pain for ratings?” she explains to another character after she coaxes the victim’s ex-boyfriend to the scene of the crime resulting in the victim’s brother beats the hell out of him. Her crew breaks up the fight, but not before she gets the footage she needs. It’s all in a days work. She may be cynical, but at least she’s honest.

    And she does end up caring about the family she’s manipulating for a new show about missing persons. The angelic Theresa Moretti, who disappeared a year previous, is the subject, and Theresa’s mother is ready to recount all her good deeds. But Kate discovers some devilish disconnects as digs into the story, and comes up with a somewhat different picture of the young woman. When Theresa’s body shows up and she’s not missing anymore, the angle of the story changes. This wouldn’t be so bad for Kate if she weren’t also trying to prove her own innocence in the case of her almost ex-husband Frank, whose mysterious death at the age of 37 turns out to be poisoning. Kate is the beneficiary of his large insurance policy. The police find it suspicious. Kate could use the money.

    When the two cases seem to be merging, figuring out who killed Theresa Moretti, who killed Frank, and who might be threatening her puts a lot on her plate.

    Both cases hold the reader’s interest, and Kate is an excellent narrator who tells the story in an entertaining way. Although I was a bit disappointed at the end to learn how Frank died—I had hoped it would be more sinister than it turns out—I found the story compelling and I would definitely read the next in the series.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Enjoyable Mystery

    Kate Conway is a television producer working on crime shows, but she never thought she'd find herself smack-dab in a murder mystery. In the midst of a divorce to her husband of twenty years, she gets a call from her soon-to-be ex husband Frank's new girlfriend in the middle of the night. Racing to the ER, Kate discovers Frank has passed away from a heart attack. The doctor is suspicious, and suddenly the police are investigating Frank's cause of death, and the soon-to-be ex-wife, Kate, is the prime suspect. Not only is she the prime suspect While the investigation into Frank's death is going on, Kate gets a call to produce a new show called Missing Persons. This is a perfect distraction from her life. Her first Missing Persons case involves twenty-two year old, Teresa Moretti. Teresa seems to be almost saint like, but the deeper Kate digs the more questions arise and the list of suspects grows. Suddenly, it seems both cases intertwine in Kate's life and she begins to fear if she doesn't solve the mysteries she might just be the next victim. I thoroughly enjoyed Missing Persons. This was a fast paced action filled book. Since O'Donohue herself is a producer, I felt like I really got an idea of how some television shows are made. I loved Kate. She seemed so real to me, going through all sorts of emotions and self-examination. I also really enjoyed all the supporting characters. But most of all, I enjoyed the ending. I was surprised by the outcome of the mysteries. This isn't some dark dreary who did it book, but a fun entertaining who did it. I highly recommend Missing Persons.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    The Aftermath of Loving a Missing Person!

    This is a most unusual novel, two parallel mysteries interwoven with some clues and conversations not only providing enlightening material for one but also the other mystery being followed!

    Kate Conway is a TV producer who's job is to gain the trust of her interviewees and present them to a jury in a pleasant but factual way. She has produced one show called "Caught" and is now beginning to work on one called "Missing Persons." But this job becomes complex when her own ex-husband is found dead, his new girlfriend attempts to befriend Kate, and investigators are questioning everyone who knew him, with the suggestion that his natural death was not so innocent!

    Theresa Moretti is the missing young woman whose case reveals Kate Conway's very skilled performance not only as a producer but a crime solver. It seems Kate had two boyfriends who may know of her whereabouts, but a control-freak mother, suspicious best friend, and suavely repulsive local politician all claim to know more than they do. Kate's cameramen also contribute to the theories behind this disappearance, but these change every few minutes, increasing the tension the reader is experiencing as he or she attempts to figure it all out even before Kate might do so!

    Missing Persons is an excellent mystery that is totally unpredictable regarding both stories. There's also an additional tender and endearing quality, a deeply caring spark, that threads throughout the whole story without diminishing the crime or mystery aspects of what should be a well-deserved best seller!!! Superbly done, ClareO'Donohue!

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Well-written Mystery

    What a great read that kept me riveted to the pages as I could not put this book down. I was so caught up in this story following the clues and every time I thought I had it figured out, but the author had other ideas with all those twists and turns that kept me guessing. Kate is a sharp, intelligent and in-your-face television producer and it showed in her determined pursuit of both cases. She even learned a little about herself, which I liked. With a strong cast of characters and great dialogue, I look forward to my next visit with Kate Conway in this well-written series.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Better than I expected

    The pacing and flow of this novel really worked for me. I just got into it and didn't put it down until I'd finished. The storyline has a few small holes in it, which is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5, but all in all, I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    So much more than a cozy, True Crime lovers will love this story too!!

    Plume
    Published by The Penguin Group


    A Kate Conway Mystery
    First In A Brand New Series
    ISBN-10: 0452297060
    ISBN-13: 978-0452297067


    Kate Conway's soon to be ex-husband Frank is dead and the cops always think the spouse did it so Kate becomes the number one suspect. Strange too is that his new girlfriend wants to be her new best friend.

    She decides to bury herself in work to get her mind off his death and give the police time to find the real killer. She is offered a new assignment for a brand new series, Missing Persons.

    Kate starts researching the story of Theresa Moretti, a young woman who has been missing for a year. Her family is still holding out hope Theresa is alive and believes Kate will find her. Kate just wants to get enough footage to tell the missing girl's story and move on but Theresa's family has really touched her which causes her to dig a little deeper and the more she digs she finds the death of her ex may be related to this Missing Person story. She also finds the deeper she digs she may be putting her own life in danger.

    I LOVED IT!!!!!

    This is an edgy story that not only draws you in but educates on how these True Crime shows are made and with an author that has a background in television all the jargon rings true, especially how long it takes, how much film is needed, and how much is cut to tell a story in about 22 minutes.


    The unexpected is that as each clue is uncovered you feel you are actually right on the scene. This can happen with a lot of stories but this one actually played in my mind's eye like a television program. It made you almost forget this is a work of fiction and that you were actually reading a book. It really is hard to believe the same author who wrote the Someday Quilts series in the same person who wrote this book. Clare you have a wonderful imagination and I LOVE IT!!!


    I am sure readers of the previous series will love this book but I see it bringing in a whole new group of readers, those who love true crime. This story fits the description of a cozy mystery in the way that the crime solver in an intelligent female amateur sleuth, but this series seems to go further just because of Kate's job and takes place in the big city of Chicago.


    This series has a wealth of information available as people go missing and crimes are committed everyday. I look forward to being on the scene of the next Kate Conway Mystery.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Plume, A Division of Penguin Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

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    a superb amateur sleuth mystery

    After almost two decades of marriage having met in high school, Chicago TV producer Kate Conway and her artist husband Frank are obtaining a divorce. His lover Vera Bingham calls Kate to inform her that Frank, after playing basketball, collapsed and was rushed to St. Anthony's Hospital. The wife and the soon to be wife meet at St. Anthony where Frank died from a heart attack.

    An autopsy of Frank shows he had extreme excessive amounts of digitalis in his body. The two women in his life are the prime suspects especially the wife who has a strong motive. As Vera wants to be her friend, Kate learns about their affair. To not focus on Frank's death and her grief, Kate concentrates on her show Missing Persons as she investigates the disappearance of well liked community volunteer twentyish Theresa Monetti. However, the Monetti vanishing and Frank's death comingle with Kate fearing she will star on her show as the third victim.

    Missing Persons is a superb amateur sleuth mystery starring a wonderful protagonist who keeps the story line focused. Kate's musing over the years with Frank add to the strong introspection while her Missing Persons gig helps distract her a bit though Vera seems to have the knack of bringing her back to Frank. Readers will enjoy the TV producer's investigation that to her chagrin and soon fear leads from Monetti to Frank with Kate in the crosshairs as the connector.

    Harriet Klausner

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