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'When an old murder is unearthed by police, a young woman begins to suspect her new husband isn't all he seems...A puzzling thriller, where rumours are beginning to arise about the mysterious death of a wealthy widower's first wife in a family swimming pool and a startling revelation about a husband's habit of sleepwalking could hold the key to the whole affair' 'An old-fashioned murder mystery, which makes compulsive reading - this book is thoroughly recommended.' Book Group in My Weekly Magazine 'An old-fashioned murder mystery, which makes compulsive reading -- this book is thoroughly recommended' Book Group in My Weekly Magazine 10/01
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If I were to define myself in one sentence, I would say, "I'm a nice Irish Catholic girl from the Bronx."
I was a Christmas Eve baby all those years ago, the second of the three children of Nora and Luke Higgins. Mother was pushing forty when they married and my father was forty-two. My older brother was named Joseph. Nineteen months later I, Mary, was born. Three and a half years later, my little brother, John, came along.
We lived in a very nice section of the Bronx on a street off Pelham Parkway. I loved our house. I still love it. After my father died, when I was eleven, my mother had to sell it.
I went to Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School. Two years ago I went back and was Principal for a Day. Escorted by two of the tiniest children, I was led into the auditorium while the whole student body sang "Hello Mary. You're back where you belong." I still tear up thinking about it.
I was awarded a scholarship to Villa Maria Academy which is in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, otherwise I couldn't have afforded to set foot in it.
I went to Woods Secretarial School and at eighteen had my first full-time job as Secretary to the creative director of Remington Rand's in-house advertising agency. If I were making that choice now I would have gone to college even though God knows we needed the income. On the other hand the three years I spent in Remington Rand was a tutorial in advertising which served me well when I was widowed with five small children. Another plus was that I left Remington to be a flight stewardess with Pan American Airways and when my contemporaries were seniors in college, I was flying to Europe, Africa and Asia.
Warren Clark and I were married on December 26, 1949 and had five children in the next eight years; Marilyn, Warren, David, Carol and Patricia. Warren died of a heart attack in 1964. The highest compliment I can pay my kids are that they are like him.
I sold my first short story when I was twenty-eight. It was alled 'Stowaway'. It had been rejected forty times before a magazine in Chicago bought it for one hundred dollars.
My first book was about George Washington. It was published in 1969 and disappeared without a trace. Three years ago Simon and Schuster co-published it with the Mount Vernon Historical Society and retitled 'Mount Vernon Love Story', it became a bestseller.
My first suspense novel 'Where Are the Children' was bought in 1974 for three thousand dollars by Simon and Schuster. Thirty-three books later, I'm still with S&S.
Time to wind up - at least for the present. As soon as I sold 'Children' I enrolled in Fordham College. Went there for five years at night and earned a B.A. in Philosophy. Summa cum laude, if you please.
I never thought I'd marry again but ten years ago I threw a cocktail party on St. Patrick's day. My daughter, Pat, urged me to invite John Conheeney. Her opening words about him were, "Have I got a hunk for you!" He came to the party and we were married eight months later.
I'm Honorary Chairman of FraXa Research. My grandson, David, has the Fragile X syndrome, which is the second leading cause of retardation after Downs Syndrome. Basically the brain of the people who have it can't send out the proper signals because there's a kind of short circuit in the synapses that carry the signals. We raise money for research with the goal of finding a medication that will work around that short circuit. I go all over the country to the fund-raisers as new chapters of FraXa are opened.
I'm always asked to name my favorite book. They're ALL my favorites. If there is one book that is very special to me, it is my memoir 'Kitchen Privileges' because writing it made me relive my early life including those first struggles to become a writer. I think 'Kitchen Privileges' is both tender and funny and it's me.
Mary Higgins Clark has been a must-read for me most of my adult life. Her well-plotted, faced-paced novels are easily devoured in a day or two and always leave me thinking, "I should have seen that coming!"
This one is particularly good not only because of her trademark brand of short chapters with cliff-hanger endings but because each of the characters is so well-defined. Sometimes she has so many characters that it is hard to keep track of them, but in this novel each is unique and easily identifiable.
The action takes place at the Carrington family mansion in New Jersey. Our young protagonist, librarian Kay Lansing, asks Peter Carrington for permission to hold a fund-raiser for a literacy program at his estate. Love blooms and not long after the fund-raiser and a whirlwind courtship Kay finds herself married to the much older Carrington. He has been living under a cloud of suspicion for over twenty years and is still considered a "person of interest" in the disappearance of neighbor Susan Althorp as well as in the drowning death of his first wife. What possesses a woman to marry a man under such a cloud of suspicion and could her life be in jeopardy as well?
Add to this mix a former stepmother now in residence on the estate, a long-time employee, a married couple who cook and serve for the family, an art gallery owner with a gambling addiction, an irate caller who never gets a return call, a grieving mother, and a private investigator intent on cracking a cold case. Suspicion falls on everyone before all the red herrings are cleared away and all questions are resolved.
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This is my second MHC book that I've read. The author uses her fine tactics of deeply defined characters, brief chapters, & cliff hanger endings to create a modestly good read. The story takes place at the Carrington family mansion in New Jersey. The young librarian Kay Lansing, asks Peter Carrington for permission to hold a fundraiser for a literacy program at his estate. Soon romance blooms & a dizzying courtship finds Kay married to the far older Carrington.
For two decades the latter has lived under a cloud of suspicion in the disappearance of Susan Althorp his neighbor, as well as in the drowning death of his pregnant first wife. Could the naieve Kay be in danger? Now a former step-mother resides at the estate, a married couple who runs the kitchen, a gambling addict- art gallery owner, a cranky caller who gets no responce, a grieving mom, & a private detective who is ardently trying to solve a cold case. Some of the dialogue felt forced & seemed very unrealistic. Nonetheless, you will enjoy this novel. I just think you will prefer "On The Street Where You Live More?"
Mary Higgins Clark is a national treasure. I read her first book, WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN?, when it was first published 30 years ago, and I've faithfully read every one since. When it comes to neo-Gothic romantic suspense, she never disappoints. Her new novel is particularly enjoyable.
Let's see--we have the heroine, Kay, the daughter of the landscaper for a great estate house in New Jersey. We have the house itself, complete with lush gardens and hidden chapel. And we have the brooding master of the house, with whom Kay falls in love against her own better judgement. It seems a young woman in his past disappeared mysteriously, then his pregnant first wife committed "suicide." Nearly everyone suspects him of being a ladykiller, including the police. And Kay just might be the next lady on his list....
Clark is one of the few writers who can take these classic ingredients and mix them together into a story that always seems fresh and new. It is a remarkable talent. If you enjoy her stories as much as I do, you'll want to read this one.
I've been a MHC fan for many years and although I enjoyed this book I couldn't help but think that she's becoming very Danielle Steel-like. By that I mean cranking out mediocre books that become immediate best sellers because of her fan base, but not great mysteries as she used to write years ago. Readable yes, but good entertainment for the mystery lovers?...not really.
MHC tackles the subject of sleepwalking in this one - as well as sundry themes and ideas she has traversed extensively in her earlier books. This one is surprisingly unengaging. I never connected with the heroine at all. On one page, Kay Lansing tells us the cloud of suspicion following mega-rich Peter Carrington, the man she has met once. On the very next page, they get married. Huh? I am wondering if Clark was sleepwalking herself when she wrote this. I knew by page 20 who the bad guy was because she telegraphed it. The plot never really came together, but still I kept reading. Why? because I couldn't quite believe how bad it was. If she was a new writer, Clark wouldn't get past the publishing house's initial slush pile with a book as bizarre and half-baked as this.
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