Riley Spartz

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 98 ratings

Stalking Susan Publisher's Summary

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 theater. Both cold cases involve women named Susan strangled on the same day, one year apart. Last seen alive in one of Minneapolis' poorest neighborhoods, their bodies are each dumped in one of the city's wealthiest areas. Riley senses a pattern between those murders and others pulled from a computer database of old death records. She must broadcast a warning soon, especially to viewers named Susan, because the deadly anniversary is approaching.

November is television sweeps month, and every rating point counts at Channel 3. Riley must go up against a news director who cares more about dead dogs than dead women, a politician who fears negative stories about serial killers will hurt the city's convention business, and the very real possibility that her source knows more about the murders than he is letting on.

When Riley suspects the killer has moved personal items from one victim to the next as part of an elaborate ritual, she stages a bold on-air stunt to draw him out and uncovers a motive that will leave listeners breathless.

©2008 Susan Kramer; (P)2008 Books on Tape
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  • Book 1

    • Stalking Susan

    • By: Julie Kramer
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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 theater. Both cold cases involve women named Susan strangled on the same day, one year apart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent debut

    • By Sonja on 12-27-11

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 2

    • Missing Mark

    • By: Julie Kramer
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    When her missing-person case leads to a murder investigation, Riley discovers a startling motive for Mark's disappearance - and a TV exclusive guaranteed to win the rating...if she lives to report it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By michelle on 04-20-18

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 3

    • Silencing Sam

    • A Novel
    • By: Julie Kramer
    • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    TV reporter Riley Spartz publicly clashes with local gossip writer Adam Lorenzo and throws a drink in his face after he implies in his newspaper column that she cheated on her dead husband. When the gossip is found shot to death, she is shocked to be charged with murder. Though the victim was widely despised, police seem unwilling to look any further for suspects, and Riley must use her skills to secretly investigate the case before it's too late and she winds up in jail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun, Easy, Listen

    • By tcols on 11-22-11

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

    • Shunning Sarah

    • A Riley Spartz Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Julie Kramer
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    A young boy's freak accident leads Riley Spartz to investigate a homicide in the closed religious society of the Amish. No women near the small Minnesota town have been reported missing and because the victim's face is damaged, she can't be identified without the help of a forensic artist. When she finally is recognized as Sarah Yoder, a young Amish woman, the police have difficulty investigating the case because the Amish believe in forgiveness rather than prosecution, and no one in the community is talking.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good listen

    • By Aryn on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $34.99