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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Clare O'Donohue  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1964 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.clareodonohue.com
-- Clare O'Donohue on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=clare++o%27donohue


Illinois Connection

Clare O’Donohue grew up on Chicago’s South Side, the youngest of four children of Irish parents. She now lives in LaGrange, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Clare began her writing career as a newspaper reporter for a small weekly paper outside Joliet, Illinois. She covered everything from school board meetings to murder trials, and wrote a weekly column. For the last thirteen years she has worked in television, writing and producing for shows on HGTV, truTV, The History Channel, Food Network, A&E and others. In 2008 she published her first novel, The Lover's Knot. She currently writes two mystery series: The Someday Quilts books about an upstate NY quit shop called "Jane Marple on steroids" by Suspense Magazine, and The Kate Conway Mysteries about a freelance TV producer and the odd, funny and sometimes painful friendship she has forged with her late husband's mistress. Mystery Gazette has called the latest in the series, "An exhilarating whodunnit with a psychological underpinning"


Published Works

    The Someday Quilts Mystery Series:
  • The Lover's Knot, Plume, 2008
  • A Drunkard's Path, Plume, 2009
  • The Double Cross, Plume, 2010
  • The Devil's Puzzle, Plume, 2011The Kate Conway Mystery Series:
  • Missing Persons, Plume, 2011
  • Life Without Parole, Plume, 2012


Selected Titles At Your Library

The lover's knot :
ISBN: 0452289793. OCLC Number:

Plume,. New York :. 2008.

Nell Fitzgerald's joy is short-lived when her fiance announces he's calling off the wedding. Heartbroken, Nell flees to her grandmother's home in quaint Archers Rest. When the body of a local handyman is found murdered in the quilt shop, Nell finds herself drawn into the case.

A drunkard's path /
ISBN: 0452295580. OCLC Number:

Plume,. New York :. ©2009.

In the sleepy town of Archers Rest, Nell Fitzgerald is finishing her first quilt and preparing for her first date with the police chief, but she is stood up when the body of a murdered young woman has been discovered near the Hudson River. After a second body is found, Nell enlists the aid of her quilting circle to patch together clues.

The double cross :
ISBN: 0452296420. OCLC Number:

Penguin Group,. New York :. 2010.

"Nell Fitzgerald is thrilled to be able to take a break from her complicated romantic life in Archers Rest as she helps the women of Someday Quilts teach a quilting class at a new bed-and-breakfast in upstate New York. Her hopes for an idyllic escape disappear, however, when the inn's proprietor is found shot through the heart--and one of the members of the quilting group is named as the chief suspect. With smart, spirited Nell leading the charge to clear her friend's name, the ladies must rely on their craftiest thinking as they embark on their most personal case yet"--Page 4 of cover.

The devil's puzzle /
ISBN: 0452297370. OCLC Number:

Plume,. New York :. ©2011.

After their quilting retreat upstate, the Someday Quilts ladies return to Archers Rest to prepare for the town's big anniversary celebration. But their plans are unexpectedly derailed by the discovery of a human skeleton in Nell's grandmother's backyard-making Eleanor the prime suspect in a murder. But a skeleton isn't the only thing that's long been buried. When a wave of vandalism raises fears that the town's bygone history of witchcraft has been reawakened, secrets are unearthed that could change life in Archers Rest forever.

Missing persons /
ISBN: 0452297060. OCLC Number:

Plume,. New York :. ©2011.

The cause of death is "undetermined," but the cops peg Chicago television producer Kate Conway as the main suspect when her soon-to-be ex-husband, Frank, is found dead. To make matters worse-and weirder- Frank's new girlfriend suddenly wants to be friends. Happy for the distraction, Kate throws herself into a new work assignment for the television program Missing Persons: the story of Theresa Moretti, a seemingly angelic young woman who disappeared a year earlier. All Kate wants is a cliché story and twenty-two minutes of footage, but when the two cases appear to overlap, Kate needs to work fast before another body turns up -- her own.

Life without parole /
ISBN: 0452297826. OCLC Number:

Plume,. New York :. ©2012.

"Kate Conway's life is only getting more complicated in the wake of her husband's death. She's busy at work and feeling more stable but growing bored with ho-hum domesticated TV shows. So when she's offered a chance to produce a documentary about lifers in the state prison, she jumps at it. It's only a matter of time before someone turns up dead. And then the heat is on while Kate races to exonerate the innocent, uncover the guilty, and keep her own sanity"--


Speaking Engagements

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Contact Clare at clare@clareodonohue.com