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Delivering Death


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The most appealing mystery heroine since Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, TV reporter Riley Spartz is a star investigative journalist for Channel 3—and no stranger to the seedier side of her hometown. But when she receives a package of smelly human teeth in the mail at work, she's quickly embroiled in a homicide investigation that spirals into one of the odder cases the Minneapolis police force has ever seen. Though the cops try to keep certain grisly details quiet, this murder has a strange twist—it seems that the killer wants the crime publicized.

Is it a revenge killing, or something more? Riley's investigation takes her inside a lucrative identity theft ring that links low-life crooks like now dead Leon Akume to white-collar opportunists like once wealthy Jack Clemens. Despite a prime motive for murder, Jack also has the ultimate alibi: he's behind bars. While Riley pushes to keep the homicide in the news, her boss is convinced that coverage of the Mall of America's unique version of a royal wedding is key to the station winning the ratings. As the stakes continue to rise for her job and her life, Riley and the killer try luring the other into a trap that could leave yet another dead body.

An irresistible suspense novel that will keep readers turning pages until the stunning conclusion, Delivering Death brings the humor, intrigue, and twists and turns Julie Kramer's fans have been waiting for.

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"Riley, intrepid as ever, shows her humanity as the various plot threads are woven together with a highly satisfying epilogue. This sixth Riley Spartz outing features the fast-paced action laced with humor that originally marked this as a winning series."

"Prose and pacing reflect her insider's knowledge of TV news and the needs of an audience. Like the others in this series, this is a lively mystery with snappy dialogue and a plot punctuated with enough twists to keep you tuned in until the credits roll."
   —Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Delightfully gruesome...A suspenseful mystery filled with humor and heart."
   —Cedar Rapids Gazette

"A truly great story; the plot lines are so well-drawn that the reader will not be able to put the book down until the truth comes to light...Riley Spartz is one character in suspense fiction that should be around for a good long time."
   —Suspense Magazine

"A feel-good book with a fresh, nicely complicated plot, and a gutsy heroine with a sense of humor...The author shows she can write an entertaining and suspenseful crime novel without excessive violence and language."
   —Mystery Scene Magazine

"TV crime reporter Riley Spartz is one of my favorite heroines! She'll stop at nothing to solve the crime—and secure her ratings. Delivering Death delivers Kramer's trademark suspense, wit, and pitch perfect pacing. An excellent addition to a fantastic series."
   —New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan

"Fast-paced, fun and full of surprises."
   —NY Times Bestselling author Nancy Bush

"Witty and wicked. Julie Kramer mixes murder and the media in ways you won't see coming. A great read!"
   —Allison Leotta, bestselling author of Speak of the Devil

"This is a great story. The plot lines are perfect and the reader will not be able to put the book down....a definite keeper."
   —Night Owl Reviews/Top Pick Suspense

"It's rare and, to use a cliché, magical, when a character draws me in immediately....Whenever a review focuses on the characters of a book, I start to wonder what sort of plot I will find. I am happy to report that this book has great characters and a great plot."

"No where else can you find fun, crazy antics and a hot man all in one place. Death, weddings, art and even a coffin will have you guessing as you turn the pages. Julie has a winner with her Riley Spartz novels. She is at the top of her game."
   —Destiny's Book Blog

"Another page-turning, alternately funny and bone-chilling mystery from Julie Kramer."
   —Judith Starkston

"Kramer balances the gritty side of journalism (and chasing dead bodies) with humor and snappy dialogue. More importantly, Delivering Death has a solid, twisty plot—one that delivers a fine mystery."

Atria, Hardcover, January 2014, ISBN: 978-1451664669