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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147674906X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476749068
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She is also the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five holiday suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

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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.

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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By boswell on April 3, 2014
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I didn't realize, until I read some of the other reviews of this book, that Clark is 86 years old. That fact makes it even more amazing to me how she can still write such top quality books. In fact, I thought this one was somewhere in the top 5 or so books she has written - almost as good as some of her great initial works like Where are the Children and A Stranger is Watching. The way she interweaves two very interesting mysteries, and the tension she creates as to both, was absolutely riveting. I hope Ms. Clark is able to continue writing well into her 90's as has PD James, because her work is still at such a high level. A must read for any Clark fan (and a good introduction to a great writer for someone who may not have read any of her books).
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 2, 2014
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‘I've Got You Under My Skin’ written by Mary Higgins Clark is a new novel from a queen of suspense novels, which for four decades entertains readers with her books full of twists and turns. Although her few last novels were of slightly lower quality compared to her best novels of the nineties such as ‘All around the Town’ and ‘I'll Be Seeing You’ with this one Higgins Clark seems to hit again at the center.

The story starts with three-year-old Timmy Moran being the only witness of his father murder that will like a nightmare haunt this boy for many years since unfortunate event happened. On the other hand Tommy’s mother Laurie all those years is haunted by the words that the killer sent with a little boy that two of them are next. ..

Laurie, who in present time works as a producer of TV crime show, as subject of her series deals with the murder known throughout the country of Betsy Powell that remained unresolved for 20 years. Betsy was killed in her bedroom after coming home from the party where she celebrated entry into the adult world of her daughter after she graduated.

Once Laurie for the purpose of her series will reopen the story that has long stood intact, with the help of the people with whom Betsy spent the evening some long-hidden secrets will start to uncover. In addition, Laurie will gradually see the mystery about tragedy that marked her life begins to unravel as well…

To talk about the style of the world-famous author who has wrote fifty novels and behind her in her long career has numerous television and movie adaptations is unnecessary because it is fully known.
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56 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Online Book Reviews TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 1, 2014
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I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark is a thrilling and beautifully written crime mystery about a widowed mother and her son haunted by a nightmare. Five years after the death of her husband, Laurie Moran and her young son Timmy are still living in the shadows of that fateful day, always fearful of her husband's killer, who threatened to come back for them.

When her professional work demanded something creative, Laurie settled for unsolved crime cases for her television show, hoping to strike gold. She got more than she bargained for. She and Timmy are perilously perched as the killer strikes again, in the process, giving the cold case a chance to be solved or the killer making good on his threat to Timmy, "Tell your mother she's next, then it's your turn..."

While Mary Higgins Clark is a good story-teller, some of her recent books have not been really that appealing. I've Got You Under My Skin is one of her finer books and offers a chance to redeem herself. The mystery is wrapped beautifully while there is some depth to the story. The characters are both fascinating and likeable. I'm sure many readers will really enjoy this latest mystery from the #1 international and New York Times bestselling author.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Pamela McCarter on April 3, 2014
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I truly enjoyed this book. I am an avid reader and love trying to predict who the killer is. 99.9% of the time I get it before I am half way through the book. I was bouncing back and forth trying to figure it out. I never came to a conclusion before the book told me.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Susan on April 3, 2014
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One thing I love about Mary's books is the Manhattan sophistication and descriptions of clothes, apartments, restaurants, etc. Another thing I really appreciate about her books is the integrity and decency - no language and no smut - thank you, Mary, you are very rare among authors today! This book is one of her best - a very interesting plot and great characters - quite a few 'who's' to try and decide 'who done it'... I love it and now have to wait another year for the next one. I only have a few authors that I will go back and re-read several times over, and MHC is one of them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By raskls on April 26, 2014
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Whodunit?
Who cares?

What a disappointment. What an awful book.

For some time now I’ve wanted to read Mary Higgins Clark. She’s been well known for decades and has numerous books on library shelves. I finally decided to pick one up, “I’ve got You Under My Skin.’ I really wanted to like this book. I really was hoping to find a new author I enjoyed and stumble into a huge catalogue of novels I could peruse.

I’m writing this review without having finished the book, something I’ve only done one other time. I probably wont even bother.
The premise itself is a bit hard to believe. Laurie is a TV producer who stakes her career on a show that’s like ‘Unsolved Mysteries.’ Her first case is to revisit an unsolved murder of Betsy Powell 20 years ago. The dead woman’s husband, Robert, is a multi-millionaire, who, for some reason in an attempt to clear his own name and the name of some suspects, pays the suspects $300,000 to participate in this reenactment. However, for some reason, rather than using actors, she uses the real people themselves—those who were witnesses. She also has them wear the exact same clothes. Not sure why but I went with it. Laurie, camera crew and a cast of numerous possible killers show up to ‘recreate’ the murder while being questioned by a former detective. In other words, it’s a reenactment/trial.

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In some ways, this is a classic whodunit. There were 4 recently graduated students who were present the night of the murder. They are all suspects. The husband, Robert, who was having an affair, is another suspect. There’s the mother of one of the students—another suspect—who was having an affair with Robert. There’s also the obligatory housekeeper as well as the suspicious limo driver.
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