Missing Person by Clare O’Donohue is the first book in the new “Kate Conway” mystery series. Publisher: Plume (Penguin), May 2011
A mysterious death hits home when Chicago television producer Kate Conway is the main suspect in her husband’s murder.
Kate Conway’s husband—strike that—soon-to-be ex-husband is dead. And the cops think she did it. The divorce might have been killing her, but it certainly didn’t make her kill Frank. To make matters worse—and weirder—Frank’s new girlfriend suddenly wants to be friends.
So when she’s offered a new work assignment on a series called “Missing Persons” it’s a welcome distraction. Kate eagerly throws herself into the story of Theresa Moretti, a seemingly angelic young woman who disappeared a year earlier. All Kate wants is a cliched story and twenty-two minutes of footage to take her mind off her own messy life, but when the two cases appear to overlap, Kate needs to work fast before another body turns up—her own.
When Kate Conway is called to the hospital to find her soon-to-be ex-husband had died, his death is labeled suspicious and Kate becomes the primary suspect. Meanwhile, Kate is working on a missing person assignment and as she probes the disappearance, she’s also looking into her ex-husband murder. 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.