Missing Persons by Clare O'Donohue.*
Kate Conway's husband left her for an older woman and filed for divorce. Home alone one night and feeling sorry for herself, she gets a call from Vera, the new girlfriend, telling her that she's had to call an ambulance for Frank. Soon after Kate gets to the hospital, the doctor informs them that Frank has died.
When the doctor asks for an autopsy, and the police come to visit her, Kate is certain that there was something fishy about her the death, and tries to find out what happenedKate also accepts a new gig from Crime TV, producing a series about real missing persons cases. The first episode will be about a young woman named Theresa Moretti, an apparently flawless young woman who disappeared a year earlier.
Suddenly, Chicago begins to seem like a very small town, with many of the people involved in her husband's death also turning up in the Moretti case, and it appears that Kate has a stalker.
Also the author of the Someday Quilts mystery series, much cozier than this first book of the Kate Conway series, O'Donohue writes from experience as a television producer of several programs for several networks, including truTV, TLC and The History Channel. Writing in the first person from Kate's point of view, the author somehow manages to allow the reader to draw her/his own conclusions rather than accepting what the character believes.
No indication of when the next Kate Conway novel might appear, though there is a new book in the Someday Quilts series (The Devil's Puzzle) due in September.
*Along with my review copy, the publisher was kind enough to send me a copy of Missing Persons to give away. US entries only, please. Deadline is midnight, Saturday July 2nd.