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The Lottery Winner: Alvirah And Willy Stories Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1995

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From Publishers Weekly

This collection of six mystery stories featuring Alvirah Meehan and her husband, Willy, spent 12 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
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Clark's books are always megahits, and her fans love the nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat suspense that is her trademark. So it's a little surprising that this collection of six interrelated stories featuring Willy and Alvirah Meehan lacks Clark's usual energy and pizzazz. The Meehans, who first appeared in Clark's Weep No More, My Lady, have struck it rich in the lottery. No longer do they slave away at housecleaning (Alvirah) and plumbing (Willy). Their days are spent pursuing the hedonistic pleasures of the idle rich, although, to their credit, Alvirah and Willy haven't lost touch with their roots. Alvirah seems to have a "talent" for murder, both for being in the general vicinity when one occurs and for uncloaking the villain before anyone else. For readers who enjoy the nouveau riche approach to crime solving ({ }a la Jonathan and Jennifer Hart or Nick and Nora Charles), these stories may prove mildly entertaining, but because they're so short, there's little opportunity for any real development of motive, plot, or character. And while the Meehans are basically nice, easy-to-like folks, the stories about their escapades are flat, facile, and distinctly lacking in suspense. Still, the Clark name ensures demand, and with a 500,000-copy first printing, you can be sure Simon & Schuster plans a full-throttle promotional effort. Buy accordingly. Emily Melton --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671867172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671867171
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Beverley Strong on February 2, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Lottery Winner" is a compilation of 6 short stories and is ideal for the times that you're in the mood for picking up a book and enjoying a quick,light read with old friends Alvirah and Willie.Alvirah and Willie won the lottery several years ago but, unlike a lot of winners who find themselves out of money in a very short time, they have invested wisely and are thoroughly enjoying their retirement years in luxurious comfort. Alvirah, a former cleaner, has the knack of being in the right place at the wrong time and has developed into quite a sleuth, helping the police to solve murders and mysteries and sometimes finding herself in dangerous situations. Willie was a former plumber who adores his outgoing wife and tries to help her in her detective work to the best of his abilities.These 6 stories are quite diverse and just the thing to read if you have only 30 minutes or so to spare.I normally don't like short stories but these are an exception as I liked the main characters so much.
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The Lottery Winner, by Mary Higgins Clark, is series of short stories about a couple the recently had won a forty million dollar lottery. Alvirah and Willy were the lucky couple. With their newfound money they take exotic trips and develop many friendships. Along with these trips Alvirah almost always stumbles upon a mystery, and always saves the day. In the Lottery Winner Mary Higgins Clark develops the two main characters superbly and in each of the short stories does an equally awesome job developing them. I really enjoyed her style of writing. Her fluency in switching viewpoints between the characters is phenomenal. Although this style of writing can be confusing, it keeps you guessing who did it.
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By A Customer on April 4, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
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Alvirah and her husband Will never really had the best life they didn't have very much money but they always seemed to manage. Alvirah always had high spirits she even got excited when they got one number on their lottery tickets to match. But the one that would change their life was they winning ticket they won four million dollars. So their life style changed to a very ritzy life in a hurry but they always kept their poorer roots with them. They moved near high powered people and celebrities. Alvirah also was on the Donahue show she works her dream job and her dream life.
Three things that I liked and didn't like about this book was the beginning it really doesn't grab you like most of her books do. It seems to drag on for a while just describing their life style what they look like and what they do and have done. I think that she would have put it in the middle to so you find out more and more as you go along. Then in the middle when it finally gets going it almost seems to go really fast and just zoom by you before you realized what happened. I liked how descriptive it was though Mary Higgins Clark always seems to have very descriptive books and they seemed to always just grab you from the beginning but this one was lacking that aspect.
This book was a great book overall! I recommend it to people that enjoy mysteries and have just a little patience for slow starting books but also can keep up when it starts moving along fast.
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By A Customer on February 17, 2000
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I love this suspenseful thriller It kept on the edge of my sit with each story. I could hardly put the book down. Mary Higgins Clark is a great mystery/suspense writer, which is why she is called the "Queen of Suspense." This book is a plus. If you haven't read it, you need to go and pick up this award-winning novel.
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By A Customer on May 18, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Lottery Winner by: Mary Higgins Clark The book is a collection of murder mysteries. My favorite section is "Bye-Bye Baby Bunting;" it is about a baby who is stolen from a hospital room. It is suspenseful, but short. My least favorite section is "The Lottery Winner;" it is about someone's stolen diamonds and Aliviah and Willy came to the rescue and turns out someone gets killed. It dragged on and got boring. Overall the book was good and I would recommend it to anyone who likes these types of books.
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I love this book! My favorite stories from the queen of mystery! Alvirah and Willie are lovable characters who help people and solve crimes. Of course the stories are well written, so just read the book!
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Mary Higgins Clark did it again! I LOVE Alvirah and her husband Willie. It's like right along with them on their escapades and I'm always surprised at the way she figures things out. I can't wait for the next Lottery Winner episode. Would totally watch this if it were made into a TV series.
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I've read almost twenty novels by Mary Higgins Clark so far, but Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy are by far my favourite characters because they represent the world as it should be, full of generosity, good feelings, faith, good sense and also the ability of seeing the positive side of life...... why can't we be a little like Alvirah?
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