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Julie Kramer launches new Spartz mystery, 'Killing Kate'

It may not be light beach reading, but add "Killing Kate" to your summer reading list anyway.

"Killing Kate" by Julie Kramer

The fourth novel in Minnesota author Julie Kramer's best-selling mystery series set in the desperate world of TV news, "Killing Kate" is sharp, fast-paced and chillingly suspenseful.

Readers who relished Kramer's unique mix of murder and Minnesota Nice in "Stalking Susan," "Missing Mark" and "Silencing Sam" won't be disappointed by this latest installment.

The book's publisher, Atria, provides this teaser:

Not all angels are divine...

As TV reporter Riley Spartz discovers a serial killer drawing angel-shaped chalk outlines around the bodies of his victims, she unearths an eerie legend dating back nearly a century. Tracking the story to an Iowa cemetery, Riley finds an infamous Black Angel monument that may be connected to the string of homicides throughout the Midwest. Now she is up against a delusional young man who believes the statue is urging him to kill.

There's nothing like a good Midwestern murder mystery to bring a book club discussion to life. And that's what Julie Kramer does best.

Kramer's upcoming author appearances include:

Author talk and book signing
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011
Place: The Bookcase, 607 E. Lake St., Wayzata, MN 55391
Cost: Free

Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011
Place: Dock Cafe, 425 E. Nelson St., Stillwater, MN 55082
Cost: $10; call Valley Booksellers for tickets 651-430-3385

Author talk and book signing
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Friday, Aug. 5, 2011
Place: Turtle Town Books (formerly Rainy Day Books), 25491 Main St., Nisswa, MN 56468
Cost: Free

Author talk and book signing
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011
Place: The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802
Cost: Free

For more details on Kramer's "Killing Kate" author tour, visit Julie Kramer Books.

Julie Kramer
Julie Kramer

A journalist turned novelist, Kramer formerly ran WCCO-TV's nationally award-winning investigative unit in Minneapolis. She continues to work as a freelance network news producer, in addition to devoting time to writing. Kramer is a winner of the Minnesota Book Award and the RT Reviewers Award for Best First Mystery. She has also been a finalist for the Anthony, Barry, Shamus, Mary Higgins Clark and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

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