By Julie Kramer
Pocket, $7.99, 423 pages

Riley Spartz’s life has been full of ups and downs, most obviously the death of her husband three years ago. Things have been getting back on track lately, though – Riley is doing well as a TV reporter at work and has started seeing Nick Garnett, a security specialist at Homeland Security. The death of local gossip columnist Sam Pierce changes Riley’s luck – after a recent public altercation with him, she is framed for his death. Working to solve the mystery and save herself jail time, Riley tries to unravel the clues before she becomes the next victim.

Silencing Sam is a fun mystery by author Julie Kramer and the third book in the Riley Spartz series. The book is paced nicely, goes along well and has a nice, if shockingly naïve, lead character. The mystery portion of the book is not particularly original or interesting and the secrets uncovered are not surprising. However, readers looking for a light vacation read will enjoy this novel.

Reviewed by Barbara Cothern