Alvirah and Willy Books In Publication Order
- Weep No More, My Lady (1987)
- The Lottery Winner (1994)
- All Through the Night (1998)
- Deck the Halls (2000)
- The Christmas Thief (With: Carol Higgins Clark) (2004)
- Santa Cruise (With: Carol Higgins Clark) (2006)
- Dashing Through the Snow (With: Carol Higgins Clark) (2008)
- I’ll Walk Alone (2011)
- The Lost Years (2012)
- As Time Goes by (2016)
- All By Myself, Alone (2017)
Under Suspicion Books In Publication Order
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin (2014)
- The Cinderella Murder (2014)
- All Dressed in White (2015)
- The Sleeping Beauty Killer (2016)
- Every Breath You Take (2017)
- You Don’t Own Me (2018)
- Piece of My Heart (2020)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Aspire to the Heavens / Mount Vernon Love Story (1968)
- Where are the Children? (1975)
- A Stranger is Watching (1977)
- The Cradle Will Fall (1980)
- A Cry in the Night (1982)
- Stillwatch (1984)
- Caribbean Blues (1988)
- While My Pretty One Sleeps (1989)
- Loves Music, Loves to Dance (1991)
- All Around the Town (1992)
- I’ll Be Seeing You (1993)
- Remember Me (1994)
- Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1995)
- Silent Night (1995)
- Pretend You Don’t See Her (1995)
- Moonlight Becomes You (1996)
- You Belong To Me (1999)
- We’ll Meet Again (1999)
- Before I Say Good-Bye (2000)
- Daddy’s Little Girl (2001)
- On the Street Where You Live (2001)
- He Sees You When You’re Sleeping (2001)
- The Second Time Around (2003)
- Nighttime is My Time (2004)
- No Place Like Home (2005)
- Two Little Girls in Blue (2006)
- I Heard That Song Before (2007)
- Ghost Ship (2007)
- Where Are You Now? (2008)
- Just Take My Heart (2009)
- The Shadow of Your Smile (2010)
- The Magical Christmas Horse (2011)
- Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (2013)
- The Melody Lingers On (2015)
- I’ve Got My Eyes on You (2018)
- Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry (2019)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- The Anastasia Syndrome (1989)
- Death on the Cape and Other Stories (1989)
- My Gal Sunday (1996)
- Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories (2015)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- Kitchen Privileges (2002)
Regan Reilly Mystery Books In Publication Order
- Decked (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (1991)
- Snagged (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (1993)
- Iced (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (1994)
- Twanged (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (1997)
- Deck the Halls (2000)
- Fleeced (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2001)
- Jinxed (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2002)
- Popped (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2003)
- The Christmas Thief (With: Carol Higgins Clark) (2004)
- Burned (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2005)
- Hitched (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2006)
- Laced (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2007)
- Zapped (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2008)
- Cursed (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2009)
- Wrecked (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2010)
- Mobbed (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2011)
- Gypped / Scammed (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2012)
- Knocked (By:Carol Higgins Clark) (2021)
Malice Domestic Books In Publication Order
- Malice Domestic 1 (By:Elizabeth Peters) (1992)
- Malice Domestic 2 (1993)
- Malice Domestic 5 (By:Phyllis Whitney) (1996)
- Malice Domestic 7 (By:Sharyn McCrumb) (1998)
- Malice Domstic 8 (By:Margaret Maron) (1999)
Fearless Jones Books In Publication Order
- The Plot Thickens (With: Janet Evanovich,Lawrence Block,Linda Fairstein,Nelson DeMille,Donald E Westlake,Carol Higgins Clark,Nancy Pickard,Walter Mosley,Edna Buchanan,Ann Rule) (1997)
- Fearless Jones (By:Walter Mosley) (2001)
- Fear Itself (By:Walter Mosley) (2003)
- Fear of the Dark (By:Walter Mosley) (2006)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Murder on the Aisle (1987)
- Caribbean Blues (1988)
- Murder in Manhattan (1988)
- Sisters in Crime 2 (1990)
- Women of Mystery (1992)
- Malice Domestic 2 (1993)
- Bad Behavior (1995)
- The Crown Crime Companion (1995)
- The Plot Thickens (1997)
- The Night Awakens (1998)
- The Best American Mystery Stories 1998 (1998)
- Master’s Choice: Mystery Stories by Today\’s Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them (2000)
- On a Raven’s Wing (2009)
- By Hook or By Crook and 30 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year (2010)
- Inherit the Dead (2013)
- Manhattan Mayhem (2015)
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Mary Higgins Clark Books Overview
Weep No More, My Lady
Elizabeth Lange has arrived at Cypress Point Spa in Pebble Beach, California, weary of heart and soul. Still grieving for her beloved sister, a famous actress who plunged to her death from her Manhattan penthouse, Elizabeth is determined to unearth the truth about how Leila died. Dashing multimillionaire Ted Winters stands accused of her murder, but Elizabeth has doubts. Along the windswept cliffs of the Monterey coast, in luxurious bungalows, between gourmet meals and beachfront walks, uneasiness stalks Elizabeth while she begins opening doors to the past. As glimpses of the dark truth about Leila’s life and death and about Elizabeth herself start to crash against her mind, an ominous wave from an unexpected source threatens to engulf her entirely.
The Lottery Winner
SOLVING CRIMES FROM COAST TO COAST! Alvirah Meehan, the ever resourceful former cleaning lady who struck it rich in the lottery, won the hearts of millions of readers and listeners when she narrowly survived a stalking killer in the 1 bestseller Weep No More My Lady. Now she returns with her occasionally befuddled mate Willy in this dazzling collection of interconnected stories. From the glittering streets of New York City to the shores of both California and Cape Cod, Alvirah and Willy come to the aid of a vacationer accused of murder in ‘Death on the Cape,’ assist a fellow lottery winner in distress in ‘A Clean Sweep,’ return to the Cypress Point Spa to solve a brutal slaying among the rich and beautiful in ‘The Lottery ‘Winner,’ and track down a kidnapper at Christmas time in ‘Bye, Baby Bunting.’ Written with Mary Higgins Clark’s trademark wit, romance, and keen eye for thrilling detection, and presented here in unabridged recordings, these Alvirah and Willy stories are destined to become perennial favorites.
All Through the Night
With Silent Night, Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, gave her listeners their best Christmas present ever. Now, with All Through the Night, she once again celebrates the Christmas season with a tale of suspense that will keep us listening All Through the Night. At the center of the novel are two of Mary Higgins Clark’s most beloved characters, Alvirah, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and her husband Willy, both of them caught up in a Christmas mystery that calls on all of Alvirah’s deductive powers, as well as Willy’s world class common sense. When the story begins, Willy is looking forward to playing Santa Claus at the after school center his sister Cordelia has established to care for the children of working parents on New York’s Upper West Side, while Alvirah is busy with rehearsals for the Christmas pageant. But suddenly a pall falls upon the Christmas cheer. The center itself is threatened with being closed down, a substitute that has been promised is withdrawn, a desperate young woman appears who begs for Alvirah’s help in finding the baby she abandoned seven years earlier, and the final blow the little girl who is to play the Blessed Mother in the Christmas pageant vanishes…
. Alvirah is soon on the trail of the truth, which must be found before Christmas, which leads to the theft of a valued chalice that is somehow at the heart of the mystery. A missing chalice. A missing child. A desperate mother. Who but Alvirah can sort it out in time for Christmas?
Deck the Halls
Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, have joined forces for the first time to create a brilliant and exciting story of high stakes intrigue and detection in a kidnapping played out against a holiday setting. Three days before Christmas, Regan Reilly, the dynamic young sleuth featured in the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, meets Alvirah Meehan, the famous lottery winner and amateur detective who has appeared in several previous books by Mary Higgins Clark, when they both arrive at a New Jersey dentist’s office. Alvirah is to accompany her husband home after a particularly grueling session, while Regan is there in hopes of connecting with her busy father, who is scheduled for a routine visit. Once it becomes apparent that Luke Reilly is not going to keep his appointment, Alvirah offers the deeply troubled Regan a lift home. When a call comes through on Regan’s cell phone, telling her that her father and his driver, Rosita Gonzalez, are being held for $1,000,000 ransom, Alvirah insists that Regan allow her to lend a hand in trying to gain their release, for while Regan may be a licensed private detective, based in Los Angeles, Alvirah has many valuable contacts among the ranks of New York’s law enforcement community. Further complicating the situation is the fact that Regan’s mother, the popular and very successful mystery writer Nora Regan Reilly, was hospitalized only the day before with a badly broken leg, and Regan must comfort her while trying to meet the harsh demands of her father’s kidnappers and their tough deadline. With Alvirah’s help, Jack Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, is called back from his Christmas holiday to lead the investigation, which becomes more and more tricky as the kidnappers, two men who are not just rank amateurs but also laughably inept and, therefore, all the more dangerous and unpredictable make known their demands. Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita, held captive in a decrepit houseboat moored in the Hudson River, become increasingly concerned not only for their welfare, but for that of their loved ones as well. Luke’s wife is in the hospital, and Rosita’s two small boys are with a young, unreliable babysitter, while a winter storm gathers force, further endangering them and complicating events. In Deck the Halls, a story filled with twists and turns, intrigue and danger, as well as a hearty dose of holiday cheer, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark have created a breathless and at the same time remarkably heartwarming story of suspense a Christmas classic for many holiday seasons to come.
The Christmas Thief (With: Carol Higgins Clark)
Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark, have again joined forces to create a suspenseful and humorous holiday tale.
Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery. In Deck the Halls, they rescued Regan’s kidnapped father. This time they get in the middle of a case involving a beautiful eighty foot blue spruce that has been chosen to spend the holidays as Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas tree. The folks who picked the tree don’t have a clue that attached to one of its branches is a flask chock full of priceless diamonds that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just released from prison, had hidden there over twelve years ago.
An excited Packy breaks his parole and heads to Stowe, Vermont, to reclaim his loot. Once there, he is horrified to discover that his special tree will be heading to New York City the next morning. With a bumbling crew consisting of Jo Jo, Benny, and an unsuccessful poet, Milo, he knows he has to act fast.
What Packy does not know is that Alvirah and Regan are on a weekend trip to Stowe with Alvirah’s husband, Willy; Regan’s fianc , Jack; Regan’s parents, Luke and Nora; and Alvirah’s friend Opal, a lottery winner who lost all her winnings in Packy’s scam. On Monday morning when they’re supposed to head home, they learn that the tree is missing, Packy Noonan may be in the vicinity, and Opal has disappeared.
From two of America’s beloved storytellers, The Christmas Thief is filled with suspense, comic characters, and holiday cheer, and is sure to delight its readers.
Santa Cruise (With: Carol Higgins Clark)
America’s Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark joins forces with her daughter Carol bestselling author of the Regan Reilly mysteries in this fast paced novel set on a special holiday cruise that sets sail from Miami the day after Christmas. Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth; her husband, Willy; recently hitched private detective Regan Reilly and her groom, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad; and Regan’s parents, Nora and Luke, are guests on the Royal Mermaid’s maiden voyage, the Santa Cruise. The cruise is Commodore Randolph Weed’s gift to a select group of people who in the last year ‘made the world a better place.’ What he really wants is good publicity that will generate future bookings for his struggling new venture. He also plans to scatter his beloved mother’s ashes at sea during this four day odyssey in the Caribbean. What he doesn’t know is that his ne’er do well nephew, Eric, has smuggled two escaping criminals on board. Alvirah won the cruise at a charity auction and persuaded the Reillys to accompany her and Willy. Other passengers include members of the Oklahoma Readers and Writers group, who volunteer their time teaching people to read. The group is planning a mystery seminar dedicated to a Ghost of Honor, the late Left Hook Louie, a champion prizefighter turned bestselling author. There are also ten men on board who had donated their time playing Santa Claus during the holiday season as well as assorted other charitable folk, all planning on a restful post Christmas vacation. The hoped for tranquility soon vanishes. A terrified mystery fan swears she has spotted the Ghost of Honor in the ship’s chapel. Two Santa suits disappear from a locked supply room. A storm develops, and in the infirmary an attempt is made on the life of a seemingly feeble passenger. Back in Miami, a TV reporter is turning the cruise into a public relations nightmare, thanks to her spies on the ship. As the Royal Mermaid sails through troubled waters, Alvirah, Regan, and Jack are uncovering the clues that lead them to dangerous criminals who were not on the original guest list! Filled with suspense and humor, Santa Cruise is a holiday mystery you won’t want to miss. Join the Clarks as they bring this unpredictable voyage to a hair raising and heartwarming conclusion and ring in the New Year.
Dashing Through the Snow (With: Carol Higgins Clark)
From beloved mother daughter duo Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and Carol Higgins Clark, author of the hugely popular Regan Reilly mystery series, comes Dashing Through the Snow, a holiday treat you won’t want to miss. In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first and many hope annual Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. One of their co workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing. A second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the next town, but the winner hasn’t come forward. Could Duncan have secretly bought it? The Clarks’ endearing heroes Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly have arrived in Branscombe for the festival. They are just the people to find out what is amiss. As they dig beneath the surface, they find that life in Branscombe is not as tranquil as it appears. So much for an old fashioned weekend in the country. This fast paced holiday caper will keep you dashing through the pages!
I’ll Walk Alone
THE QUEEN OF SUSPENSE IS BACK! Mary Higgins Clark’s new novel the thirtieth and most spine chilling of her long career as America s most beloved author of suspense fiction is about the newest and most up to date of crimes: identity theft. Who has not read about or experienced with a sinking feeling the fear that someone else out there may be using your credit cards, accessing your bank account, even stealing your identity. In I ll Walk Alone, Alexandra Zan Moreland, a gifted, beautiful interior designer on the threshold of a successful Manhattan career, is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards and manipulating her financial accounts to bankrupt her and destroy her reputation, but may also be impersonating her in a scheme that may involve the much more brutal crimes of kidnapping and murder. Zan is already haunted by the disappearance of her own son, Matthew, kidnapped in broad daylight two years ago in Central Park a tragedy that has left her torn between hope and despair. Now, on what would be Matthew s fifth birthday, photos surface that seem to show Zan kidnapping her own child, followed by a chain of events that suggests somebody but who? Zan asks herself desperately, and why? has stolen her identity. Hounded by the press, under investigation by the police, attacked by both her angry ex husband and a vindictive business rival, Zan, wracked by fear and pain and sustained only by her belief, which nobody else shares, that Matthew is still alive, sets out to discover who is behind this cruel hoax. What she does not realize is that with every step she takes toward the truth, she is putting herself and those she loves most in mortal danger from the person who has ingeniously plotted out her destruction. Even Zan s supporters, who include Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner and amateur detective, and Father Aiden O Brien, who thinks that Zan may have confessed to him a secret he cannot reveal, believe she may have kidnapped little Matthew. Zan herself begins to doubt her own sanity, until, in the kind of fast paced explosive ending that is Mary Higgins Clark s trademark, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place with an unexpected and shocking revelation. Deeply satisfying, I ll Walk Alone is Mary Higgins Clark at the top of her form.
The Lost Years
In her long career as America’s most beloved suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark s The Lost Years is her most astonishing and dramatic novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history the holiest of the holy and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world. Dr. Jonathan Lyons, a seventy year old biblical scholar, believes he has found the rarest of parchments a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican library in the fifteenth century, it was assumed to be lost forever. Under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan attempts to confirm his findings with several other biblical experts. But on the eve before his own murder, he confides to Father Aiden O Brien, a family friend, that one of those whom he trusted most is determined to keep it from being returned to the Vatican. The next evening Jonathan Lyons is found shot to death in his New Jersey home. His daughter, twenty seven year old Mariah, finds her father s body sprawled over his desk in his study, a fatal bullet wound in the back of his neck, and her mother, Kathleen, an Alzheimer s victim, hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. The police suspect that Kathleen, who in her lucid moments knows that Jonathan was involved with a much younger woman Lily Stewart, has committed the murder. But Mariah believes that the key to her father s death is tied to another question: Where is the missing parchment? Whom, among his close circle of friends, might he have consulted? And did one of them kill to keep possession of the letter?What Mariah doesn t know is that there was an eyewitness to the murder, someone whose unwise attempt to blackmail the killer begins a new circle of death, with Mariah as the ultimate target of one person s obsession with a priceless historical treasure. With all the elements that have made her a worldwide bestseller, Mary Higgins Clark s The Lost Years is at once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archeological treasure of all time.
As Time Goes by
Mass Market Paperback, Simon & Schuster Export
Aspire to the Heavens / Mount Vernon Love Story
Charming, insightful and immensely entertaining in its unique presentation of one of America’s legendary figures, Mount Vernon Love Story, by famed suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark, shows the reader the man behind the legend, a man of flesh, blood and passion, and in the author’s skilled hands, the story and the man come fully and dramatically alive. Mary Higgins Clark’s interest in George Washington was first sparked by a radio series she was writing in the 1960s, called ‘Portrait of a Patriot,’ vignettes of American presidents. Always a lover of history, she wrote this biographical novel her first book and titled it Aspire to the Heavens, which was the family motto of George Washington’s mother. With all events, dates, scenes and characters based on historical research, the book was published in 1969. Its recent discovery by a Washington family descendent led to its reissue under its new title, Mount Vernon Love Story. In researching George Washington’s life, Mary Higgins Clark was surprised to find the engaging man behind the pious legend. He was a giant of a man in every way, starting with his physical height. In an era when men averaged five foot seven inches, he towered over everyone at six foot three. He was the best dancer in the colony of Virginia. He was also a master horseman, which was why the Indians gave him their highest compliment: ‘He rides his horse like an Indian.’ She dispels the widespread belief that although George Washington married an older woman, a widow, his true love was Sally Carey Fairfax, his best friend’s wife. Martha Dandridge Custis was older, but only by three months she was twenty seven to his twenty six when they met. Mary Higgins Clark describes their relationship from their first meeting, their closeness and his tenderness toward her two children. Martha shared his life in every way, crossing the British lines to join him in Boston and enduring with him the bitter hardship of the winter in Valley Forge. As Lady Bird Johnson was never called Claudia, Martha Washington was never known as Martha. Her family and friends called her Patsy. George always called her ‘my dearest Patsy’ and wore a locket with her picture around his neck. In Mount Vernon Love Story, Mary Higgins Clark tells the story of a rare marriage and brings to life the human side of the man who became the ‘father of our country.’
Where are the Children?
Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, is the author of twenty national bestsellers. Her career as one of the most successful writers of our time was launched with the publication of Where are the Children?? This debut suspense thriller, originally published by Simon & Schuster in 1975, was Mary Higgins Clark’s first bestseller. It marked a turning point in her life and set the standard for her distinctive page turning style.
Where are the Children?? is the story of a woman whose past holds a terrible secret. Nancy Harmon had been found guilty in a California court of murdering her two young children, but she was released from prison on a legal technicality. Deciding to make a fresh start, to change her identity, she left San Francisco and sought tranquillity on Cape Cod.
Seven years later, Nancy is remarried and has two small children: five year old Michael and three year old Missy. Finally she feels that she has been able to reclaim all that she had lost. Then the nightmare begins again.
One day a local Cape Cod paper runs an article about a famous California murder trial involving a mother accused of killing her two children. Along with the article is a photo of Nancy. On that same morning, Michael and Missy disappear. They had been playing in the yard, but when she looked for them, they were gone…
all that remained was Missy’s red mitten.
While Nancy becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of her children, no one in the small Cape Cod town is aware of a stranger in their midst someone whose plans for revenge have been festering for seven long years.
A Stranger is Watching
Ronald Thompson knows he never killed Nina Peterson…
yet in two days the state of Connecticut will take his life, having found him guilty via due process of law. But Thompson’s death will not stop the pain and anger of Nina’s husband, Steve. Thompson’s death will not still the fears of Nna’s six year old son, Neil, witness to his mother’s brutal slaying. Not even the love and friendship of Sharon Martin, a journalist who is slowly becoming a part of their world, will ever erase their bitter memories. Only time, perhaps, will heal their wounds. But in the shadows a stranger waits, a cunning psychopath who has killed before, who has unfinished business at the Peterson home…
The Cradle Will Fall
County prosecutor Katie DeMaio lands in hospital after a minor car accident. During the night, she sleepily watches through the window as a man loads a woman’s body into the boot of a car. Is it just a medicated nightmare, or is the scene horrifyingly real? Back at work, a suspicious suicide investigation leads Katie into acquaintance with Dr Richard Carroll, a medical examiner whose concerns about brilliant fertility specialist Dr Edgar Highley begin to entwine with her own findings. Dr Highley’s pioneering work ‘curing’ infertile women is controversial and potentially dangerous and Dr Carroll is determined to prove it. But Katie’s treatment for the car crash has already begun, and to Dr Carroll’s horror he finds she is under the care of the man he is investigating. Soon enough, as his own discoveries and the scene she witnessed cross paths, Katie’s life is placed in terrible danger…
A Cry in the Night
When Jenny MacPartland meets the man of her dreams while working in a New York art gallery, she’s ecstatic. Painter Erich Krueger whose exquisite landscapes are making him a huge success is handsome, sensitive…
and utterly in love with her. They marry quickly and Jenny plans a loving home on Erich’s vast Minnesota farm. But lonely days and eerie nights strain her nerves to the breaking point and test her sanity. Caught in a whirlpool of shattering events, Jenny soon unearths a past more terrifying than she dares imagine…
tragic secrets that threaten her marriage, her children, her life.
‘I TOLD YOU NOT TO COME…
‘ Slipped under the door of her Georgetown home, the note was an ominous reminder of Pat Traymore’s past. The beautiful young television journalist had come to glamorous, high powered Washington to produce a TV series. Her subject: Senator Abigail Jennings, slated for nomination as the first woman vice president of the United States. With the help of an old flame, Congresman Sam Kingsley, Pat delves into Abigail’s life, only to turn up horrifying facts that threaten to destroy senator’s reputation and her career. Worse still, sinister connections to Pat’s own childhood and the nightmare secrets hidden within are surfacing secrets waiting to destroy her.
POISON, SEX, MAYHEM, WILD ACCUSATIONS, WISECRACKS, VILE BEHAVIOR, AND SLICK, SLIPPERY SLEUTHING IN THE NIGHT…
If Agatha Christie had dreamt she was Sybil, Sniffed laughing gas, and sat down to write a mystery she might have written Caribbean Blues She Didn’t. Instead our greatest writers of mystery and adventure teamed up to do it. If you can hear ‘Mood Indigo’ played to a West Indian beat, if you can chase a hot clue to a cold dead end, and if you can read with your tongue in your cheek, you’ll have as much fun with Caribbean Blues.
While My Pretty One Sleeps
Neeve Kearny may be the only person in New York worried about the disappearance of Ethel Lambston. Ethel, a bestselling author famous for her juicy expos& 233;s, is one of the best customers at Neeve’s exclusive Madison Avenue boutique. But Ethel’s ex husband, her parasitical nephew, and the fashion moguls skewered in her latest article all have reason to be glad she’s no longer around.
When Ethel Lambston is found with her throat cut, Neeve’s memories of her mother’s long unsolved murder loom up once again. Now as an innocent witness in the Lambston investigation, Neeve is drawn into a new nightmare…
a sinister labyrinth of greed and ambition that will lead her into mortal danger…
A stunning tale of murder, glamour and romance, While My Pretty One Sleeps is the most exciting novel yet from Mary Higgins Clark, America’s undisputed master of suspense.
Loves Music, Loves to Dance
New York’s trendy magazines are a source of peril when a killer enacts a bizarre dance of death, using the personal ads to lure his victims…
After college, best friends Erin Kelley and Darcy Scott move to the city to pursue exciting careers; Erin is a promising jewelry designer, Darcy finds success as a decorator. On a lark, Darcy persuades Erin to help their TV producer friend research the kinds of people who place personal ads. It seems like innocent fun…
until Erin disappears. Erin’s body is found on an abandoned Manhattan pier on one foot is her own shoe, on the other, a high heeled dancing slipper. Soon after, startling communiques from the killer reveal that Erin is not the first victim of this ‘dancing shoe murderer.’ And, if the killer has his way, she won’t be his last. Next on his death list is Darcy.
All Around the Town
Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense, crafts a terrifying story of murder and obsession with ‘a slambam finish’ Los Angeles Times Book Review. All Around the Town When Laurie Kenyon, a twenty one year old student, is accused of murdering her English professor, she has no memory of the crime. Her fingerprints, however, are everywhere. When she asks her sister, attorney Sarah, to mount her defense, Sarah in turn brings in psychiatrist Justin Donnelly. Kidnapped at the age of four and victimized for two years, Laurie has developed astounding coping skills. Only when the unbearable memories of those lost years are released can the truth of the crime come out and only then can the final sad*istic plan of her abductor, whose obsession is stronger than ever, be revealed.
I’ll Be Seeing You
Covering the story of a stabbing victim, television news reporter Meghan Collins stares down at the sheet wrapped body of a beautiful young woman in a New York City hospital. What she sees in the dead girl’s face draws her into a terrifying web of treachery, where nothing is as it seems and the truth may be too devastating to pursue…
. In a tragic bridge accident, Meghan’s father has disappeared but no trace has been found of his body or his car. Meghan’s mother, neither widow nor wife, is unable to convert joint assets she needs to retain ownership of the family’s Connecticut inn. Before his disappearance, Edwin Collins had taken all the cash out of his substantial insurance policies. Now, in absentia, he has become the suspect in a brutal murder. Trying to identify the dead girl, find her murderer, and clear her own father’s name, Meghan finds that her search is entwined with a story she is doing on the Manning Clinic, an in vitro fertilization center where women seek the children nature has denied them. On a twisting trail of deadly passions and deceit, Meghan is venturing ever closer to the truth…
a nightmare journey that may cost her her very life.
A Mother’s Love…
Haunted By Ghosts Of Terrors Past…
Menley Nichols as never stopped blaming herself for the accidental death of her two year old son, a tragedy that strained her marriage and her sanity. When she and her husband Adam, a high profile attorney, are blessed with a beautiful new baby daughter, they dedicate themselves to rebuilding their lives together unaware that someone in their midst has a very different agenda for them. Yearning to return to his Cape Cod roots for a late summer respite, Adam moves his family into Remember House, an 18th century sea captain’s house as legendary as it is picturesque. But the Nichols are immediately drawn into a dark and threatening web of events that disrupt the seemingly peaceful seaside town. As mysterious incidents amass into a cloud of menace, Menley must soon confront the shadows of the past…
and the mounting fear for her beloved daughter’s life…
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Sweetheart roses the traditional gift of lovers. Yet they had been an important clue in the murder 10 years ago of strikingly beautiful Suzanne Reardon, whose husband, Skip, is now serving a life sentence for that murder.
Kerry McGrath had only begun to work in the county prosecutor’s office at the time of the infamous ‘Sweetheart Murder Case,’ yet she remembers being impressed by both the ability her new boss, Frank Green, displayed in successfully pursuing the conviction, and the general ineptness of the defense counsel. Skip Reardon’s fate was sealed, and Green’s reputation made.
Now Kerry herself has gained quite a reputation as a smart and relentless prosecutor, so much so that her name has been given to the governor as a candidate for a new judgeship he is about to award. It is something she wants desperately, not only a chance to enter a level of the legal world open to only a few, but an opportunity to prove to her ex husband, Bob Kinellen, that she is indeed special.
Then suddenly Kerry’s plans are turned upside down. When Kerry’s beloved daughter, Robin, is injured in an automobile accident, suffering superficial but nonetheless potentially disfiguring cuts to her face, she is treated by a well known plastic surgeon. It is in the doctor’s office that Kerry first sees the woman with the beautiful face, a face she remembers from the past but can’t place. Then, on another visit to the plastic surgeon, she sees the same haunting face again but not on the same woman as before!
Suddenly she remembers the face those women share was the same face she had seen in the pictures of Suzanne Reardon, the ‘Sweetheart Murder’ victim, killed 10 years ago!
But why would someone be giving these women the face of a dead woman? When Kerry begins to ask questions, it soon becomes clear that almost no one involved not her boss, Frank Green; not her ex husband and his shady ‘Irish Mafia’ client Jimmy Weeks; not her long time friend and benefactor, State Senator Jonathan Hoover; and most especially not Dr. Smith, the plastic surgeon wants to see the case reopened. And it soon becomes apparent that one of them will stop at nothing to prevent it.
Still Kerry persists, aided by Skip Reardon’s appeals lawyer, Geoff Dorso, the first man to whom she has felt any real attraction since the breakup of her marriage.
But what she doesn’t know is that no matter what she decides, it is already too late she is in great, growing danger.
In Silent Night, America’s most beloved writer of suspense has crafted a very special story about the power of love, and of a child’s courage and faith. When her husband was diagnosed with leukemia, Catherine Dornan and their two young sons accompanied him to New York, during the Christmas season, for a life saving operation. Hoping to divert the boys from worry about their father, and to temper her own near despair, on Christmas Eve Catherine takes the boys to see Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas tree. When they stop to listen to a street musician, Brian, the younger boy, sees a woman take his mother’s wallet, which holds a precious memento his grandmother has just given them, a St. Christopher medal that saved her husband’s life in World War II, and which she and Brian believe will save his father’s life now. Unable to get his mother’s attention, Brian impulsively follows the woman who has taken the wallet into the city’s subways, thereby beginning a journey that will threaten his life and change that of his mother and of the thief, as well. Written with warmth, yet set against a background of menace and thrilling suspense, Silent Night is about courage in the face of adversity, and faith renewed and faith rewarded. It is Mary Higgins Clark’s Christmas gift for readers of all seasons.
Pretend You Don’t See Her
What happens when a young woman is accidentally caught up in a dangerous murder investigation, having merely been in the wrong place at the wrong time? What happens when she is placed under protective care, forced to give up her identity and move to another part of the country, at least until the killer can be firmly identified and apprehended? What happens when in her new life she meets and falls in love with the perfect man, only she can’t marry him because she can’t tell anyone even him, especially him who she really is? Pretend You Don’t See Her is the story of Lacey Farrell, a rising star on Manhattan’s high powered real estate scene. Lacey becomes the witness to a murder and bears the dying words of the victim, a woman who is convinced that her attacker was after a diary her daughter had kept up until the day she supposedly took her own life. Lacey gives the diary to the police but not before she makes a copy for herself. Obliged to give up her family, her job, her very identity, Lacey is placed in the Witness Protection Program. She must assume a new life, at least until the killer can be found and brought to trial…
But she soon realizes that her sanctuary is not safe. Lacey is caught in a race against time as she tries to uncover what happened before she is killed herself…
Moonlight Becomes You
A tale of brilliantly sustained terror from america’s ‘queen of suspense’ Set in Newport, Rhode Island, Moonlight Becomes You has as its center Maggie Holloway, an independent young woman who has put personal tragedy behind her and become one of the fashion world’s most successful photographers. While accompanying her date to his family reunion, Maggie is reunited with a woman who had once been her stepmother. Nuala, now widowed, invites Maggie to visit her, but when Maggie arrives, she finds Nuala dead the victim of an apparently random break in. Maggie is stunned when she learns Nuala had changed her will, leaving her Victorian house to Maggie the only proviso that she occasionally visit her old friend Greta Shipley. When she accompanies Mrs. Shipley to the cemetery to visit Nuala’s grave as well as those of other friends recently lost Maggie discovers that something is terribly wrong. Using her skills as a photographer to aid her in uncovering the secrets hidden on the gravesites, she realizes that these deaths may not have been random, but part of a diabolical scheme. What Maggie doesn’t realize is that she too has become a target and each clue brings her closer to a shocking, unimaginable fate. With the sense of swiftly mounting danger that has made all of Mary Higgins Clark’s works major bestsellers, Moonlight Becomes You is enthralling suspense.
You Belong To Me
A killer who targets lonely women on cruise ships is at the center of Mary Higgins Clark’s newest thriller You Belong To Me, a masterful combination of page turning suspense and classic mystery. When Dr. Susan Chandler decides to use her daily radio talk show to explore the phenomenon of women who disappear and are later found to have become victims of killers who prey on the lonely and insecure, she has no idea that she is exposing herself and those closest to her to the very terror that she hopes to warn others against. Susan sets out to determine who is responsible for an attempt on the life of a woman who called in to the show offering information on the mysterious disappearance from a cruise ship, years before, of Regina Clausen, a wealthy investment advisor. Soon Susan finds herself in a race against time, for not only does the killer stalk these lonely women, but he seems intent on eliminating anyone who can possibly further Susan’s investigation. As her search intensifies, Susan finds herself confronted with the realization that one of the men who have become important figures in her life might actually be the killer. And as she gets closer to uncovering his identity, she realizes almost too late that the hunter has become the hunted, and that she herself is marked for murder. In its review of her previous novel Pretend You Don’t See Her, the Detroit News said of Mary Higgins Clark, ‘What’s amazing…
is how expertly she manages to keep us hooked time after time, and even better, create new plots, each as fresh as a mountain stream.’ You Belong To Me is Mary Higgins Clark at her thrilling best.
We’ll Meet Again
At the heart of Mary Higgins Clark’s stunning new novel of suspense is a brutal murder: that of Gary Lasch, a respected and successful young Greenwich, Connecticut doctor. He was found dead at home, his skull crushed by a blow with a Remington bronze sculpture, a prized piece from his art collection. The news strikes Greenwich society like a thunderbolt as does the news that Molly Carpenter Lasch, the beautiful young wife of the slain doctor, has been arrested for her husband’s murder. Nobody believes Molly’s claim to have no memory of the events of the night of the crime and evidence against her is overwhelming. To escape a murder conviction, she accepts a plea bargain, and subsequently her lawyer wins her early parole. A few years later, on Molly’s release from prison, she reasserts her innocence in front of TV cameras and reporters gathered at the prison gate. Among them is an old schoolmate, Fran Simmons, currently working as an investigative reporter for the True Crime television series. Determined to prove her innocence, Molly convinces Fran to research and present a program on Gary’s death. Fran agrees and uncovers a chilling plot hidden in the heart of Greenwich’s prestigious medical community. We’ll Meet Again is Mary Higgins Clark at her chilling best.
Before I Say Good-Bye
Mary Higgins Clark, America’s ‘Queen of Suspense,’ delves into the mystery of psychic powers and communication with the dead in her gripping new thriller, Before I Say Good Bye. When Adam Cauliff’s new cabin cruiser, Cornelia II, blows up in New York harbor with him and several close business associates aboard, his wife, Nell MacDermott, is not only distraught at the loss but wracked with guilt because she and Adam had just had a serious quarrel and she had told him not to come home. The quarrel was precipitated by Nell’s decision to try to win the congressional seat long held by her grandfather Cornelius MacDermott. Orphaned at age ten, she had been raised by ‘Mac,’ as she called him, and was always at his side on Capitol Hill. Politics was in her blood, and Adam had known her ambitions when they married. Suddenly, however, he became opposed to her plan to run for Congress. Nell, like her great aunt Gert, possesses psychic gifts, which her grandfather scoffingly dismisses as ‘flights of fantasy.’ As a child she had been aware of the deaths of both her parents and grandmother at the exact moment they died. She knew because at that very moment she sensed their presence near her. Even though Nell has the rare gift of extrasensory perception, she is much too levelheaded to accept most of the claims made by many so called psychics and is skeptical about Aunt Gert’s fascination with mediums. After Adam’s death, however, Gert begs Nell to see a medium, Bonnie Wilson, who has contacted her, claiming she is in touch with Adam. Still regretting her last angry words to Adam, Nell agrees, hoping that she will be able to reach him through the medium and part from him in peace. As the investigation into the boat’s explosion proceeds, Nell is shocked by the official confirmation that it was not an accident but the result of foul play. Adam, an architect, had been involved in a major construction project on land he had recently purchased and which had since had a spectacular rise in value. Was Adam the target of the explosion? Or was it Winifred Johnson, his self effacing, fifty two year old assistant, who knew too much about bribery in the construction business and who was openly in love with him? Or was it Sam Krause, a builder with a questionable reputation who was involved in the new project? Or Jimmy Ryan, the debt ridden construction foreman whose wife, after his death, discovers money hidden in their home? Or was it Peter Lang, the wealthy man about town real estate entrepreneur, whose minor traffic accident caused him to miss the fatal meeting on the boat? As Nell searches for the truth about Adam’s death, she carries out instructions from Adam transmitted through the medium. What she does not know is that she is being closely watched, and the nearer she comes to learning what actually happened on the boat that night, the nearer she is to becoming the next victim of a ruthless killer.
Daddy’s Little Girl
From Mary Higgins Clark, America’s best selling ‘Queen of Suspense,’ comes a dark and chilling story of murder, and its effects years later on the man convicted of the crime and the woman who helped convict him. It is a novel that takes the reader to the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind. Ellie Cavanaugh was only seven years old when her fifteen year old sister, Andrea, was murdered near their home in Oldham on the Hudson, a rural village in New York’s Westchester County. There were three suspects: Rob Westerfield, nineteen year old scion of a wealthy, prominent family, whom Andrea has been secretly dating; Paul Stroebel, a sixteen year old schoolmate, who had a crush on Andrea; and Will Nebels, a local handyman in his forties. It was Ellie who had led her parents to a hideout in which Andrea’s body was found a secret hideaway in which she met her friends. And it was Ellie who was blamed by her parents for her sister’s death for not telling them about this place the night Andrea was missing. It was also Ellie’s testimony that led to the conviction of the man she was firmly convinced was the killer. Steadfastly denying his guilt, he spent the next twenty two years in prison. When he comes up for parole, Ellie, now an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, protests his release. Nonetheless, the convicted killer is set free and returns to Oldham. Determined to thwart his attempts to whitewash his reputation, Ellie also returns to Oldham, intent on creating a Website and writing a book that will conclusively prove his guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying and heretofore unknown facts that shed new light on her sister’s murder. With each discovery, she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer. Gripping and relentlessly compelling, Daddy’s Little Girl, a portrayal of a family shattered by crime, reflects Mary Higgins Clark’s uncanny insight into the twisted mind of a killer and is further evidence of why she is America’s favorite author of suspense.
On the Street Where You Live
In the gripping new novel from America’s Queen of Suspense, a young woman is haunted by two murders that are closely linked despite the one hundred and ten years that separate them. Following the acrimonious breakup of her marriage and the searing experience of being pursued by an obsessed stalker, criminal defense attorney Emily Graham accepts an offer to leave Albany and work in a major law firm in Manhattan. Feeling a need for roots, she buys her ancestral home, a restored Victorian house in the historic New Jersey seaside resort town of Spring Lake. Her family had sold the house in 1892, after one of Emily’s forebears, Madeline Shapley, then still a young girl, disappeared. Now, more than a century later, as the house is being renovated and the backyard excavated for a pool, the skeleton of a young woman is found. She is identified as Martha Lawrence, who had disappeared from Spring Lake over four year ago. Within her skeletal hand is the finger bone of another woman with a ring still on it a Shapley family heirloom. In seeking to find the link between her family’s past and the recent murder, Emily becomes a threat to a devious and seductive killer, who has chosen her as the next victim.
He Sees You When You’re Sleeping
Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, have followed the successful publication of last year’s holiday bestseller ‘Deck the Halls’ with a heartwarming tale that combines much of the charm of the classic movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with unexpected menace. Meet Sterling Brooks. His was not an exemplary life he was too self absorbed to ever really think about anyone else or make a commitment to the woman he loved. On the other hand, he had endearing qualities. His actual misdeeds were few his were sins of omission, not commission. It is a few days before Christmas. For forty six years Sterling has lingered in the celestial waiting room outside the heavenly gates, awaiting summons by the Heavenly Council. Will he be deemed fit for entrance into heaven? At last the day comes and the council settles on a test for Sterling he will be sent back to earth and given an opportunity to prove his worthiness by helping someone else. Sterling Brooks finds himself in Manhattan, at the skating rink in Rockefeller Center. Among the skaters is a heartbroken seven year old named Marissa, and as Sterling soon realizes, it is ‘she’ he has been sent to help. Marissa’s sadness comes from her separation from the father she adores, a talented young singer, and her sparkling grandmother, owner of a popular restaurant. Both have been forced into the Witness Protection Program because two mobsters, the Badgett brothers, have put a price on their heads to prevent their testifying against them in an arson case. Sterling, able to move back and forth in time and place, masterminds a plan to eliminate the threat from the Badgettbrothers and reunite Marissa with her loved ones. Filled with suspense and humor, ‘He Sees You When You’re Sleeping‘ is a perfect story for the holidays, a delightful and warmhearted tale of perseverance, redemption, and love.
The Second Time Around
In a novel that reaffirms her reputation as ‘America’s Queen of Suspense,’ Mary Higgins Clark delivers a gripping tale of deception and tantalizing suspense. Nicholas Spencer, charismatic head of the medical research company Gen stone, involved in the development of an anticancer vaccine, suddenly disappears. His private plane crashes en route to Puerto Rico, but his body is not found. Early results of the vaccine seemed highly promising. Yet, coinciding with Nicholas Spencer’s disappearance comes news that the FDA is denying approval. Then follows the shocking revelation that Spencer had looted Gen stone of huge sums of money including the lifetime savings of people who had risked every penny they had. Marcia ‘Carley’ DeCarlo, the thirty two year old columnist for the Wall Street Weekly, is assigned to cover the story. Carley is the stepsister of Spencer’s wife, Lynn, an aggressive PR woman and socialite, whom she dislikes and distrusts. The day after news of her husband’s disappearance rocks the financial and medical world, Lynn attends a meeting of the stockholders of Gen stone, flaunting expensive clothing and jewelry. Accused of having participated in the scam, she appears indifferent to the anger and despair of the people attending, among them a man whose child has cancer and who is now about to lose his home. That night, she narrowly escapes death when her mansion in Bedford, New York, is set on fire. She turns to Carley, begging her to use her investigative skills to prove that she was not her husband’s accomplice. As Carley proceeds with her investigation, she is confronted by seemingly impenetrable questions: Is Nicholas Spencer dead or in hiding? Was he guilty or set up? Why the sudden reversal in medical opinion of the vaccine from recognition to condemnation? And as the facts begin to unfold, she becomes the target of a dangerous group involved in a sinister and fraudulent scheme. The Second Time Around is Mary Higgins Clark at her best, telling a story that intertwines fiction with the stuff of real life headlines in a novel of breathtaking suspense and surprises.
Nighttime is My Time
‘The definition of an owl had always pleased him: a night bird of prey…
sharp talons and soft plumage which permits noiseless flight…
applied figuratively to a person of nocturnal habits. ‘I am The Owl,’ he would whisper to himself after he had selected his prey, ‘and Nighttime is My Time.” Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out to her hometown in Cornwall on Hudson, New York, to attend the twenty year reunion of alumni of Stonecroft Academy, where she is to be honored along with six other members of her class. There is, however, something uneasy in the air: one woman in the group about to be feted, Alison Kendall, a beautiful, high powered Hollywood agent, died just a few days before, drowned in her pool during an early morning swim, the fifth woman in the class whose life has come to a sudden, mysterious end. Also adding to Jean’s sense of unease is a taunting, anonymous fax she has just received, referring to her daughter, Lily, a child she had given up for adoption twenty years ago, the offspring of a romance between her and a West Point cadet killed in an accident a week before graduation. She had always kept the child’s existence a secret, so who has found out? And why the implied threat now? Struggling to conceal her fears, Jean arrives at the hotel where the reunion is being held. One by one she sees the other honorees, including Laura Wilcox, the class beauty, whose dazzling exterior belies the fact that her television career is sinking, and the four men who, like Jean, had spent four bitterly unhappy years at Stonecroft: Carter formerly Howie Stewart, an acerbic and successful playwright, once the class nerd; renowned child psychiatrist and talk show celebrity Mark Fleischman, who has never been able to resolve the pain of his own adolescence; Gordon Amory, a media mogul, hardly recognizable as the awkward boy who was the butt of cruel jokes; Robby Brent, a popular comedian, whose caustic humor emanates from a childhood of rejection. Omnipresent is an old classmate, Jack Emerson, the chairman of the reunion, whose reasons for spearheading the event may be motivated by something other than class spirit. At the award dinner, Jean is introduced to Sam Deegan, a detective obsessed for years by the unsolved murder of a young woman in Cornwall, who may also hold the key to the identity of the Stonecroft killer and the source of the anonymous threat to her child. She does not suspect that among the distinguished people she is greeting is The Owl, a murderer nearing the countdown on his mission of vengeance against the Stonecroft women who had mocked and humiliated him, with Jean his final intended victim. In Nighttime is My Time, Mary Higgins Clark creates a riveting novel of psychological suspense, penetrating behind the pervading fa ade of status and respectability to depict the mind of a killer.
No Place Like Home
A New York Times Bestselling Author
At the age of ten, Liza Barton had shot her mother, trying desperately to protect her from her estranged step father, Ted Cartwright. At age twenty eight, a successful interior designer in Manhattan, Liza now Celia marries a childless sixty year old widower, Laurence Foster, and they have a son. Before their marriage, she reveals to him her true identity.
Two years later, after Laurence’s death, Celia is happily remarried, but her happiness is shattered when her new husband, Alex Nolan, surprises her with a gift the house in Mendham, New Jersey, where she killed her mother. More and more, there are signs that someone in the community knows Celia’s true identity. When Georgette Grove, the real estate agent who sold the house to Alex, is brutally murdered and Celia is the first on the crime scene, she becomes a suspect. As Celia fights to prove her innocence, she is not aware that she and her son, Jack, are now the targets of a killer.
Mary Higgins Clark is America’s undisputed ‘Queen of Suspense.’ Clark’s first book was a biographical novel about the life of George Washington, Aspire to the Heavens. It was remaindered as it came off the press. Her second book was a suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, which became a bestseller. Mary Higgins Clark lives in Saddle River, New Jersey; but also has an apartment in Manhattan and summer homes in Spring Lake, New Jersey and Dennis, Massachusetts.
Two Little Girls in Blue
In a riveting new thriller, worldwide bestselling suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark weaves the mystery of twin telepathy into a mother’s search for a kidnapped child, presumed dead.
Margaret and Steve Frawley celebrate the third birthday of their twin girls, Kelly and Kathy, with an afternoon party in their new home, a modest fixer upper in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
The evening of the twins’ birthday party, Steve and Margaret attend a black tie dinner in New York. When they return home, the police are in the house, and they are told that the babysitter had been found unconscious, the children are gone, and a note demanding an eight million dollar ransom had been left in their room.
Steve Frawley’s firm, a global investment company, agrees to pay the ransom. The kidnapper, who identifies himself as the ‘Pied Piper,’ makes his terms known on delivery of the ransom, a call will come, revealing the girls’ whereabouts. The call comes, but only Kelly is in the car parked behind a deserted restaurant. The driver is dead from a gunshot wound and has left a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and had dumped her body in the ocean.
At the private memorial Mass for Kathy, Kelly tugs Margaret’s arm and says: ‘Mommy, Kathy is very scared of that lady. She wants to come home right now.’ More unexplainable occurrences follow, indicating that Kelly is in touch with Kathy. At first, no one except the mother believes that the twins are communicating and that Kathy is still alive. As Kelly’s warnings become increasingly specific and alarming, however, FBI agents set out on a search for Kathy. The novel reaches a breathtaking climax as they close in on the Pied Piper and his accomplices, while Kathy’s life hangs by a thread.
In delving into the well documented but still unexplained phenomenon of twin telepathy, Mary Higgins Clark tells a spellbinding tale that takes us deep into the minds of her characters while lifting us to the heights of suspense.
I Heard That Song Before
At the center of her novel is Kay Lansing, who has grown up in Englewood, New Jersey, daughter of the landscaper to the wealthy and powerful Carrington family. Their mansion a historic seventeenth century manor house transported stone by stone from Wales in 1848 has a hidden chapel. One day, accompanying her father to work, six year old Kay succumbs to curiosity and sneaks into the chapel. There, she overhears a quarrel between a man and a woman who is demanding money from him. When she says that this will be the last time, his caustic response is: ‘I Heard That Song Before.’
That same evening, the Carringtons hold a formal dinner dance after which Peter Carrington, a student at Princeton, drives home Susan Althorp, the eighteen year old daughter of neighbors. While her parents hear her come in, she is not in her room the next morning and is never seen or heard from again.
Throughout the years, a cloud of suspicion hangs over Peter Carrington. At age forty two, head of the family business empire, he is still ‘a person of interest’ in the eyes of the police, not only for Susan Althorp’s disappearance but also for the subsequent drowning death of his own pregnant wife in their swimming pool.
Kay Lansing, now living in New York and working as a librarian in Englewood, goes to see Peter Carrington to ask for permission to hold a cocktail party on his estate to benefit a literacy program, which he later grants. Kay comes to see Peter as maligned and misunderstood, and when he begins to court her after the cocktail party, she falls in love with him. Over the objections of her beloved grandmother Margaret O’Neil, who raised her after her parents’ early deaths, she marries him. To her dismay, she soon finds that he is a sleepwalker whose nocturnal wanderings draw him to the spot at the pool where his wife met her end.
Susan Althorp’s mother, Gladys, has always been convinced that Peter Carrington is responsible for her daughter’s disappearance, a belief shared by many in the community. Disregarding her husband’s protests about reopening the case, Gladys, now terminally ill, has hired a retired New York City detective to try to find out what happened to her daughter. Gladys wants to know before she dies.
Kay, too, has developed gnawing doubts about her husband. She believes that the key to the truth about his guilt or innocence lies in the scene she witnessed as a child in the chapel and knows she must learn the identity of the man and woman who quarreled there that day. Yet, she plunges into this pursuit realizing that ‘that knowledge may not be enough to save my husband’s life, if indeed it deserves to be saved.’ What Kay does not even remotely suspect is that uncovering what lies behind these memories may cost her her own life.
I Heard That Song Before once again dramatically reconfirms Mary Higgins Clark’s worldwide reputation as a master storyteller.
‘I am so pleased to have written my first children’s book and to have my dear friend Wendell Minor illustrate it. I thought it would be a daunting project, but with six grandchildren and eleven stepgrandchildren, I’ve been telling stories to children for a long time.’ Mary Higgins Clark Thomas loved his summer visits to his grandmother’s on Cape Cod. He spent hours wondering about the sailing ships of the past and imagining their stories. He dreamed of being on a sailing ship himself. One afternoon after a night of terrible thunderstorms, Thomas finds, deep in the sand, a weathered, old fashioned belt buckle. When he picks it up, a boy his own age, Silas Rich, who was a cabin boy on a ship called the Monomoy that sailed almost 250 years ago, appears. Suddenly the world of sailing ships is very near as Silas tells his tale. Beloved and bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark tells a story of mystery and adventure that will transport readers to a time and place beyond their imaginings in her first book for children. Wendell Minor’s inspired paintings make a time long ago very real.
Where Are You Now?
From America’s Queen of Suspense comes a gripping tale of a young woman trying to unravel the mystery of a family tragedy a quest with terrifying repercussions.
It has been ten years since twenty one year old Charles MacKenzie Jr. ‘Mack’ went missing. A Columbia University senior, about to graduate and already accepted at Duke University Law School, he walked out of his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side without a word to his college roommates and has never been seen again. However, he does make one ritual phone call to his mother every year: on Mother’s Day. Each time, he assures her he is fine, refuses to answer her frantic questions, then hangs up. Even the death of his father, a corporate lawyer, in the tragedy of 9/11 does not bring him home or break the pattern of his calls.
Mack’s sister, Carolyn, is now twenty six, a law school graduate, and has just finished her clerkship for a civil court judge in Manhattan. She has endured two family tragedies, yet she realizes that she will never be able to have closure and get on with her life until she finds her brother. She resolves to discover what happened to Mack and why he has found it necessary to hide from them. So this year when Mack makes his annual Mother’s Day call, Carolyn interrupts to announce her intention to track him down, no matter what it takes. The next morning after Mass, her uncle, Monsignor Devon MacKenzie, receives a scrawled message left in the collection basket: ‘Uncle Devon, tell Carolyn she must not look for me.’
Mack’s cryptic warning does nothing to deter his sister from taking up the search, despite the angry reaction of her mother, Olivia, and the polite disapproval of Elliott Wallace, Carolyn’s honorary uncle, who is clearly in love with Olivia.
Carolyn’s pursuit of the truth about Mack’s disappearance swiftly plunges her into a world of unexpected danger and unanswered questions. What is the secret that Gus and Lil Kramer, the superintendents of the building in which Mack was living, have to hide? What do Mack’s old roommates, the charismatic club owner Nick DeMarco and the cold and wealthy real estate tycoon Bruce Galbraith, know about Mack’s disappearance? Is Nick connected to the disappearance of Leesey Andrews, who had last been seen in his trendy club? Can the police possibly believe that Mack is not only alive, but a serial killer, a shadowy predator of young women? Was Mack also guilty of the brutal murder of his drama teacher and the theft of his taped sessions with her?
Carolyn’s passionate search for the truth about her brother and for her brother himself leads her into a deadly confrontation with someone close to her whose secret he cannot allow her to reveal.
Just Take My Heart
In her new thriller, America’s 1 bestselling Queen of Suspense delves into a legal battle over the guilt or innocence of a man accused of murdering his wife. Woven into her plot is an eerie, little understood but documented medical phenomenon the emergence of a donor’s traits and memories in the recipient of a heart transplant. Natalie Raines, one of Broadway’s brightest stars, accidentally discovers who killed her former roommate and sets in motion a series of shocking events that puts more than one life in extreme peril. While Natalie and her roommate, Jamie Evans, were both struggling young actresses, Jamie had been involved with a mysterious married man to whom she referred only by nickname. Natalie comes face to face with him years later and inadvertently addresses him by the nickname Jamie had used. A few days later, Natalie is found in her home in Closter, New Jersey, dying from a gunshot wound. Immediately the police suspect Natalie’s theatrical agent and soon to be ex husband, Gregg Aldrich. He had long been a ‘person of interest’ and was known to have stalked Natalie to find out if she was seeing another man. But no charges are brought against him until two years later, when Jimmy Easton, a career criminal, suddenly comes forward to claim that Aldrich had tried to hire him to kill his wife. Easton knows details about the Aldrich home that only someone who had been there to plan a murder, for instance could possibly know. The case is a plum assignment for Emily Wallace, an attractive thirty two year old assistant prosecutor. As she spends increasingly long hours preparing for the trial, a seemingly well meaning neighbor offers to take care of her dog in her absence. Unaware of his violent past, she gives him a key to her home…
As Aldrich’s trial is making headlines, her boss warns Emily that this high profile case will reveal personal matters about her, such as the fact that she had a heart transplant. And, during the trial, Emily experiences sentiments that defy all reason and continue after Gregg Aldrich’s fate is decided by the jury. In the meantime, she does not realize that her own life is now at risk. A compelling novel that probes the mysteries of the human heart and mind, Just Take My Heart is Mary Higgins Clark’s most spellbinding tale.
The Shadow of Your Smile
In The Shadow of Your Smile, worldwide bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark weaves a spellbinding thriller revolving around a long held family secret that threatens to emerge and take the life of an unsuspecting heiress. At age eighty two and in failing health, Olivia Morrow knows she has little time left. The last of her line, she faces a momentous choice: expose a long held family secret, or take it with her to her grave. Olivia has in her possession letters from her deceased cousin Catherine, a nun, now being considered for beatification by the Catholic Church the final step before sainthood. In her lifetime, Sister Catherine had founded seven hospitals for disabled children. Now the cure of a four year old boy dying of brain cancer is being attributed to her. After his case was pronounced medically hopeless, the boy’s desperate mother had organized a prayer crusade to Sister Catherine, leading to his miraculous recovery. The letters Olivia holds are the evidence that Catherine gave birth at age seventeen to a child, a son, and gave him up for adoption. Olivia knows the identity of the young man who fathered Catherine’s child: Alex Gannon, who went on to become a world famous doctor, scientist, and inventor holding medical patents. Now, two generations later, thirty one year old pediatrician Dr. Monica Farrell, Catherine’s granddaughter, stands as the rightful heir to what remains of the family fortune. But in telling Monica who she really is, Olivia would have to betray Catherine’s wishes and reveal the story behind Monica’s ancestry. The Gannon fortune is being squandered by Alex’s nephews Greg and Peter Gannon, and other board members of the Gannon Foundation, who camouflage their profligate lifestyles with philanthropy. Now their carefully constructed image is cracking. Greg, a prominent financier, is under criminal investigation, and Peter, a Broadway producer, is a suspect in the murder of a young woman who has been extorting money from him. The only people aware of Olivia’s impending choice are those exploiting the Gannon inheritance. To silence Olivia and prevent Monica from learning the secret, some of them will stop at nothing even murder. Clark’s riveting new novel explores the juxtaposition of medical science and religious faith, and the search for identity by the daughter of a man adopted at birth.
The Anastasia Syndrome
In the short novel The Anastasia Syndrome, prominent historical writer Judith Chase is living in London and preparing for her marriage to Sir Stephen Hallett, expected to become England’s next Prime Minister. Orphaned during World War II, Judith wants to trace her origins. In this quest, she goes to a renowned psychiatrist and becomes the victim of his experiments in regression. When a woman in a dark green cape sets off bombs in London, Sir Stephen and Judith are faced with an intangible, mysterious force threatening their very existence. Obsessive love is the subject of Terror Stalks the Class Reunion; psychic contact with a dead twin sister is the only defense against a murder in Double Vision; Lucky Day, compared to O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi, begins premonition of imminent danger; in The Lost Angel, mother follows her intuition in a harrowing search for her missing child.
My Gal Sunday
A dashing ex president and his young congresswoman bride become an irresistible sleuthing duo in four acclaimed stories from the Queen of Suspense. Henry Parker Britland IV wealthy, worldly, and popular is enjoying an early retirement. His new wife, Sunday as clever as she is lovely has just been elected to Congress in a stunning upset victory that has made her a media darling. Henry and Sunday make a formidable team…
and never more so than when they set out to solve baffling high society crimes. From a long unsolved case they reconstruct aboard the presidential yacht to a kidnapping that brings Henry frantically back to the White House, the former president and his bride engage in some of the most audacious and original sleuthing ever imagined. Only Mary Higgins Clark can so seamlessly meld spellbinding suspense, wit, and romance. My Gal Sunday is entertainment of the highest order.
In her long awaited memoir, Mary Higgins Clark, America’s beloved and bestselling Queen of Suspense, recounts the early experiences that shaped her as a person and influenced her as a writer.
Even as a young girl, growing up in the Bronx, Mary Higgins Clark knew she wanted to be a writer. The gift of storytelling was a part of her Irish ancestry, so it followed naturally that she would later use her sharp eye, keen intelligence, and inquisitive nature to create stories about the people and things she observed.
Along with all Americans, those who lived in New York City’s borough of the Bronx suffered during the Depression. So it followed that when Mary’s father died, her mother, deciding to open the family home to boarders, placed a discreet sign next to the front door that read, FURNISHED ROOMS. Kitchen Privileges. Very shortly the first in a succession of tenants arrived: a couple dodging bankruptcy who moved in with their wild eyed boxer; a teacher who wept endlessly over her lost love; a deadbeat who tripped over a lamp while trying to sneak out in the middle of the night…
The family’s struggle to make ends meet; her days as a scholarship student in an exclusive girls’ academy; her after school employment as a hotel switchboard operator happily listening in on the guests’ conversations; the death of her beloved older brother in World War II; her brief career as a flight attendant for Pan Am a job taken after a friend who flew with the airline said ever so casually, ‘God, it was beastly hot in Calcutta’; her marriage to Warren Clark, on whom she’d had a crush for many years; sitting at the kitchen table, writing stories, and finally selling the first one for one hundred dollars after six years and some forty rejections! all these experiences figure into Kitchen Privileges, as does her husband’s untimely death, which left her a widowed mother of five young children.
Determined to care for her family and to make a career for herself, she went to work writing scripts for a radio show, but in her spare time she began writing novels. Her first, a biographical novel about the life of George Washington titled Aspire to the Heavens, found a publisher but disappeared without a trace when the publisher folded. Recently it was rediscovered by a descendant of the Washington family and was reissued under the title Mount Vernon Love Story. The experience, however, gave her the background and the preparation for writing Where Are the Children? which went on to become an international bestseller. That novel launched her career and was the first of twenty seven and still counting! bestselling books of suspense.
As Mary Higgins Clark has said when asked if she might consider giving up writing for a life of leisure, ‘Never! To be happy for a year, win the lottery. To be happy for life, love what you do.’
In Kitchen Privileges, she reflects on the joy that her life as a writer has brought her, and shares with readers the love that she has found.
Decked (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
The daughter of a successful mystery writer and a P.I. with pizzazz, Regan Reilly is attending her class reunion at St. Polycarp’s England, when the long dead body of her former roommate turns up under the bushes. It’s a case Regan would love to solve, but a prior commitment puts her on a transatlantic cruise. She shouldn’t have fretted. The clues to the crime are following her on the Queen Guinevere. Here, on a ship awash with secret lovers, a fortune hunter, a jewel thief and an assassin, Regan is sailing home and into the hands of a young girl’s killer.
Snagged (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
Snag, Run, Rip…
It’s Sheer Murder! Murder at a Miami panty hose convention? It’s a perfect case for a sleuth with panache and great legs. Coming to trendy South Beach for a wedding, Regan Reilly meets the bride’s favorite relative, the seventy something Uncle Richie. He’s also headed for a legwear bash with his newest invention: run less nylons that women and rival manufacturers would kill for! After two attempts on Uncle Richie’s life and the discovery of another suspicious death, Regan finds herself in a rollicking Miami hotel filled with suspects of every stripe and knee high deep in a caper that could cost her her life…
Iced (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
It’s Christmas in Aspen and P.I. Regan Reilly is vacationing with her parents and hoping to meet an unmarried man. Soon, however, all thoughts of romance turn to sleuthing when million dollar paintings start disappearing, along with an old friend of Regan’s who happens to be an ex con. The snow is falling, the plot is thickening, and the danger is closing in on Regan.
After assorted hijinks, adventures, false alarms, and yes plain old silliness, the plot finally gets all tied up in a nice, neat, mostly happy ending that will no doubt charm even the most Scrooge like reader. Solidly entertaining, mostly clever, occasionally funny, and always fun, this one is sure to please the author’s growing audience.
‘A fun and funny read.’ USA Today
‘The quintessential beachbook…
Clark writes with a breezy style that will quickly refresh readers.’ Publishers Weekly
Twanged (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
Regan Reilly plans to spend her Fourth of July week vacationing in the Hamptons at her parents’ home and also with her best friend, Kit, who has a share in a group house. A last minute phone call, however, casts Regan’s trip in a new light. Brigid O’Neill, a rising country star, has been getting frightening ‘love notes’ and she hires Regan as her bodyguard for a Fourth of July concert in Southampton. Brigid plans to play a fiddle given to her in Ireland and said to have magic powers. She later learns the rest of its legend whoever takes it out of Ireland will have an accident or face death.
A guest found floating face down in a pool at Chappy’s welcoming party for Brigid is only the first in a series of ominous incidents. As Brigid’s Fourth of July concert nears, it looks as if the cursed fiddle should be shipped back to Ireland Express Mail! It’s Regan’s job to hold the curse at bay and fend off Brigid’s pursuers.
exactly what Clark fans have been craving.’ USA Today
‘A superb mystery writer…
makes it fun for her readers. ‘ Washington Times
‘A breezy cosy, full of crazy characters…
A pleasant and charming outling.’
San Francisco Chronicle
Fleeced (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
Regan Reilly is back. The smart, saucy sleuth featured in all of Carol Higgins Clark’s bestselling novels was last seen in Deck the Halls, the holiday thriller Carol wrote with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark. Now Regan is in New York to attend a crime conference organized by her celebrity author mother. A friend, Thomas Pilsner the frenetic president of the Settlers’ Club on Gramercy Park calls Regan, desperately pleading for help. Thomas is distraught over the sudden suspicious deaths of two members of the Settlers’ Club. The men had promised to donate a cache of valuable diamonds to save the Club. But now the diamonds are gone, the men are dead, and Thomas is a mess. He fears the police will suspect he is at the heart of both mysteries, and worse yet, he’ll lose his job. Enter Regan. Who better than the star of Decked, Snagged, Iced, and Twanged to solve the mystery of the missing diamonds and suspicious deaths? Who better to contend with the quirky characters around the Club, such as Lydia Sevatura, the self styled ‘Princess of Love,’ who operates a dating service, and her butler, Maldwin Feckles, who has just opened the first school of butlering in New York City? And who better than Carol Higgins Clark, with her sparkling, canny prose, to keep the readers guessing to the end ‘who done it’? Published to coincide with the paperback of Deck the Halls, Fleeced is a witty portrait of modern urban life. This fifth Regan Reilly mystery proves once again that Carol Higgins Clark is a uniquely talented writer.
Jinxed (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
Carol Higgins Clark, bestselling author of ‘Fleeced’ and co author with Mary Higgins Clark of ‘He Sees You When You’re Sleeping,’ returns in top form in her new Regan Reilly mystery, blending her talent for intriguing locales, eccentric characters, and fast paced suspense laced with humor. In ‘Jinxed,’ smart, saucy sleuth Regan Reilly faces a new challenge the case of the missing wedding guest. Regan, an L.A. based private detective, returns to her office after a vacation with her beau, Jack ‘no relation’ Reilly. Their tour of the wineries in Napa Valley and Santa Barbara County is cut short when Jack has to fly back to New York City, where he is the head of the Major Case Squad of the NYPD. Their last stop had been at Altered States, a run down winery owned by three siblings who are all former hippies Lilac, Earl, and Leon Weldon. Not knowing how soon it would be put to use, Regan leaves her business card behind. Within minutes of being back to work, Regan gets an excited call from Lilac. The Weldon family has been invited to the wedding of ninety three year old Lucretia Standish, a former silent screen star, who made a killing in a dot com before it went bankrupt. Lucretia had been married to the Weldons’ Uncle Haskell and had invested the money she inherited from Haskell in the dot com. Lucretia’s maid, Phyllis, clues Lilac in on the fact that Lucretia plans to give the Weldons $2 million each if they all show up at the wedding. The wedding is two days away, and there is only one problem Lilac’s daughter, Whitney, aka Freshness, a young actress, has taken off on one of her go with the flow weekends. Whitney is out of touch and goes where the wind blows. If itdoesn’t blow her back into town by Sunday morning, the Weldon family will be out $8 million. Regan’s job is to find Whitney. But unbeknownst to Regan, there’s someone else on the hunt. Lucretia’s fiance, the much younger Edward Fields, has hired an accomplice in crime to locate Whitney and keep her away from the wedding. Edward knows Whitney will recognize him as the con man she’d met in acting class in New York. He wants to say ‘I do’ to Lucretia and her millions before Whitney can protest. When Edward finds out that Regan Reilly has been hired to find the missing Whitney, he gives the order to get rid of her as well. Meanwhile, Lucretia is befriended by a gang of bikers, the story of her upcoming nuptials is featured on national television news, and wildfires are threatening to consume the barn where Whitney is being held captive. As in her previous novels, Carol Higgins Clark has created a novel that is both exciting and vastly entertaining. As no less a master of suspense than Nelson DeMille has said, ‘Clark’s writing is elegantly clear and concise, her characters are witty and engaging, and her plots and pacing are perfect.’ And in ‘Jinxed,’ she is at her very considerable best.
Popped (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
It’s up, up, and away with sleuth Regan Reilly in a lively new caper from beloved ‘New York Times’ bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark.L.A. based private detective Regan Reilly flies to Las Vegas the mythic city of cash and flash, glamour and kitsch to help an old school chum, Danny Madley. Danny is producing the pilot of a reality TV show, ‘Love Above Sea Level.’ The show features three couples who all have experienced the proverbial Seven Year Itch and are now vying for the chance to renew their wedding vows and win one million dollars. But someone is trying to sabotage the show before Danny can shoot the final scene at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Danny’s show is in competition with the sitcom ‘Take Me Higher’ for a coveted permanent slot on Hot Air Cable, also known as the Balloon Channel. Both shows involve hot air ballooning, and both have casts of characters who are more than capable of disrupting production of ‘Love Above Sea Level.’ Regan’s job is to find out who is making trouble and why. Is the culprit one of the contestants on ‘Love Above Sea Level?’ Could it be the advice columnists Danny has hired Aunt Agony and Uncle Heartburn who are there to help rekindle the sparks between the husbands and wives? Is it Danny’s right hand man, Victor, a local Vegas boy Danny met while gambling? Or his cameraman Sam, who would much rather be surfing than working? Is it Bubbles Ferndale, producer of the sitcom, who is desperate to make her show the one that wins the competition? Is it Danny’s ex girlfriend, the Vegas showgirl Honey? Or her friend Lucille, a dealer in one of the casinos? Could local entrepreneur Roscoe Parker, the owner of theBalloon Channel and mastermind behind the TV competitions, be the source of all Danny’s problems? There is no shortage of suspects and no shortage of mishaps. From their base in the Fuzzy Dice Hotel, a decidedly third rate establishment, Regan tries to help Danny keep his production on an even keel. Danny’s well meaning, meddlesome parents complicate matters. Jealousy among the ‘Love Above Sea Level’ contestants escalates. Mysterious, inexplicable events keep occurring. Regan is determined to keep Danny’s show on schedule, and she’ll do whatever it takes on land and in the air!’Popped’ is a funny, fast paced jaunt that takes readers from the fancy Vegas casinos to the run down hotels off the Strip, from the grounds of the hot air balloon fields up into the heavens as the balloons fly over the arid Southwest.’Popped’ is written with Clark’s expert light touch and filled with the richly drawn, quirky characters so relished by her fans. As Nelson DeMille says, ‘Clark keeps her readers entranced and entertained from cover to cover.’
Burned (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
New York Times bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark’s trademark light touch, humor, and quirky characters make for another wonderfully unpredictable mystery. Say ‘Aloha’ to an unforgettable Hawaiian adventure!
L.A. based private detective Regan Reilly gets a call from her best gal pal, urging her to come to Hawaii for one last girls’ weekend before Regan ties the knot with Jack ‘no relation’ Reilly, and so she happily packs her bags.
At the Waikiki Waters Playground and Resort, the body of Dorinda Dawes, the hotel’s gossipy PR woman, washes ashore wearing a valuable lei that once belonged to a Hawaiian princess and was stolen from a museum in Honolulu thirty years ago.
The resort manager doesn’t believe that Dorinda drowned accidentally and persuades Regan to take on the case. The more she starts digging, the more danger she is in. Can Regan find out what really happened before it’s too late for her and the other vacationers at the Waikiki Waters?
Hitched (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
The date is Saturday, April 2. Five April brides discover their wedding dresses have been stolen. One of the brides is private investigator Regan Reilly. Her wedding is in seven days. Regan Reilly and her fianc , Jack ‘no relation’ Reilly head of the NYPD Major Case Squad are getting married! Regan had the perfect dress made by two young designers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Arriving at the bridal salon to pick up her gown, Regan discovers the shop has been broken into, the designers bound and gagged, and wedding dresses for four of the April brides her dress included are missing. A fifth dress is in shreds on the floor. Even though it’s a week before her wedding, Regan gets on the case, and in the process she meets an unusual mix of brides and grooms to be, or perhaps ‘not to be.’ Over at One Police Plaza, Regan’s bridegroom, Jack, is trying to solve a perplexing series of bank robberies. The robber, nicknamed ‘The Drip’ by the NYPD because he always strikes during rainstorms, has been eluding the police for months. Jack is determined to crack the case before his upcoming nuptials. Carol Higgins Clark fuses the two seemingly unrelated mysteries with an ingenious twist, taking readers from the streets of New York City, to the casinos of Atlantic City, and finally to that most popular wedding spot the one and only Las Vegas. She weaves a web of mystery around a charming, humorous tale of five April brides and the trials and tribulations they face planning their weddings.
Laced (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
A haunted Irish castle, international jewel thieves,
and a hotel fire New York Times bestselling author
Carol Higgins Clark has sent Regan and Jack Reilly
on a honeymoon like no other!
Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her new husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are off to Ireland. But their very first night at romantic Hennessy Castle is interrupted by a fire alarm that distracts hotel employees from the theft of a valuable antique lace tablecloth out of the castle’s memorabilia room. A taunting note is left for Jack by the culprits a notorious pair of jewel thieves whom he has been pursuing for over a year. Disguised as an elderly couple, they had checked out in the midst of the mayhem. Regan’s cousin Gerard Reilly, a Galway resident, is eager to help with the hunt, but their search takes as many twists and turns as the winding country roads of the Emerald Isle.
With Carol Higgins Clark’s unique talent for creating quirky characters, this is a classic caper that will keep you laughing, turning pages, and maybe even believing in ghosts.
Zapped (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
It’s a hot, humid July night in New York City. Where were you when the lights went out?
A New York City resident for many years, Carol Higgins Clark was there during the blackout of 2003. Not surprisingly, she felt that Regan and Jack Reilly should one day share the experience!
As Zapped begins, the Reillys return home from a summer weekend to the loft in Tribeca they are in the agonizing process of renovating and expanding. They are looking forward to a quiet supper on their newly acquired rooftop terrace. But it’s not meant to be. While Jack goes to pick up Chinese food, Regan enters their apartment, unaware that a nervous thief, who preceded her by minutes, is hiding in the front closet. A thief who knows about a hidden safe that Regan and Jack have yet to discover. Minutes later, the blackout strikes, and both Reillys are called into action.
A new gallery in SoHo, featuring treasured glass sculptures from all over the world, has been burglarized. As head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, Jack oversees several departments. Art theft is one of them.
PI Regan hears from her best friend, Kit, who is in Manhattan on business. She’s been abandoned at a comedy club by a colleague from an insurance convention, Georgina Mathieson, who ran out for a cigarette moments before the blackout struck and never came back. Kit gets a call that Georgina is disturbed and dangerous. Fueled by her rage at a college boyfriend who dumped her, Georgina seeks revenge on unsuspecting young blond men. She was last seen getting into a cab outside the club with a tall blond. Regan heads the search for Georgina and her potential victim.
Meanwhile, Lorraine Lily, an almost famous actress, returns to New York City the night of the blackout, after spending three months in England doing a play, and is informed by her estranged husband, Conrad Spreckles, that he’d sold his loft to their next door neighbors, the Reillys. Lorraine had never told him about the hidden safe she’d had installed in the closet. If she doesn’t get back what’s in there, she’s sure her budding career will be ruined.
In Zapped, Clark takes readers on a tour of the city they won’t forget and introduces them to a wonderful cast of colorful, eccentric characters whose stories intersect in precarious and often humorous ways during one very dark and hot summer night.
Cursed (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
Private Investigator Regan Reilly moved from Los Angeles to New York City when she married her husband, Jack ‘no relation’ Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad. To help a friend she ends up taking on a case that calls her back to her old stomping ground…
Cursed opens on a cold and gray January morning. Sleet and snow are swirling as Regan arrives at a warehouse in Long Island City with a trunk full of her old case files from Los Angeles. After carting all her boxes into a storage unit, she heads back out into the snow, and her cell phone rings.
Abigail Feeney, a young woman who had lived across the hall from Regan in an apartment complex in the Hollywood Hills, is on the line. Abigail believes her life has been cursed since birth. She was born on Friday the 13th of January, and her parents gave her a name with 13 letters. A hairdresser on movie sets, Abigail was recently injured at work when a piece of scaffolding fell and knocked her over, and her arm was broken in two places. But that isn’t why she is calling. ‘Regan!’ she exclaims. ‘The ‘no good bum’ has been spotted in town. I desperately need the money he owes me. Can you please come out here and help me find him?’
Regan immediately knows the identity of the ‘no good bum.’ From her L.A. apartment, Regan had often seen Abigail’s ex, Cody Castle, sitting by the pool, bent over his cell phone, text messaging nonstop. Before he disappeared three months ago, he borrowed $100,000 from Abigail. He promised to pay her back in three months.
‘Find him?’ Regan asks.
‘Yes! My grandmother is flying here tomorrow. There’s a condo she wants to buy me. But we need that money. She can’t find out I don’t have it. Regan, can’t you spend a few days with me?’
If Regan weren’t freezing, she might have made an excuse. But Jack was away at a seminar, Regan had never liked the ‘no good bum,’ and Abigail had brought her chicken soup when she’d had the flu last winter. Within hours Regan is on a flight to Los Angeles where her adventure with Abigail will take her from the beaches of Malibu, to the mountains north of the city, to the renovated lofts of downtown L.A.
Regan starts to feel Abigail’s curse is contagious as she encounters a cast of characters who aren’t always welcoming. Some are downright dangerous. And there’s one who is the most dangerous of all…
Wrecked (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack ‘no relation’ Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They are looking forward to a quiet romantic weekend out of town. Wouldn t you know their choice of destination provides them with anything but! Regan and Jack had considered going to Bermuda, but instead they decide to spend four days at his parents beautiful beachfront home on Cape Cod, a wonderful spot where they d never been alone. During the summer the house overflowed with Jack’s family, bubbling with activity from morning until night. But to be up there for a weekend in April, just the two of them, sounded like a perfect escape. Arriving at the Cape late at night, Regan and Jack are just in time to experience the beginning of a major storm. The next morning, Cape Cod Bay is quite a sight, churning with whitecaps. The wind is howling ferociously. Sheets of rain are pelting the house. Regan is looking forward to settling in the den with Jack and watching the storm. However, the best laid plans…
In the bedroom, Regan opens the curtains to find Skip, the Reillys young caretaker, pressing his nose against the glass, supposedly checking for leaks. A moment later, Jack arrives home from the market, two gossipy older women who live up the street in tow. A branch crashed through their living room window, and they need a place to stay. When Regan thought things couldn t get any worse, Skip comes running into the house, distraught that he d just discovered Adele Hopkins, the woman renting the house next door, in a heap at the bottom of her staircase to the beach. Regan and Jack run back down with him, but huge waves are crashing on the shore. Hopkins is gone, presumably swept out to sea. Who was Adele Hopkins? No one knows. The sixty ish loner, who moved in five months ago, shunned her neighbors. Even her landlords, friends of the Reillys, have no idea how to locate her next of kin. Discovered in her dining room are stacks of apology cards she d not yet sent and bags of decorative pillows that are embroidered with the saying grudge me, grudge me not. Regan and Jack begin an investigation to help their friends track down Hopkins s family. They start by interviewing two young women who own the shop where Adele had bought the pillows. Pippy and Ellen opened Pillow Talk after they both lost their jobs. When a newspaper article revealing the terrible way the women had been treated by their former employers was posted on the Internet, business took off, they started to become well known, and the Pillow Talk website became a place for people who had had similar experiences to vent their feelings. Pippy and Ellen just received an anonymous e mail from someone who spews venom about her former rowing coach Adele Hopkins. Could she be the same Adele Hopkins? Regan and Jack s search for clues to this mysterious woman s identity makes for an anniversary weekend they ll never forget!
Mobbed (By:Carol Higgins Clark)
New York Times bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark is a native of New Jersey. So is her sleuth Regan Reilly. In Mobbed, Clark sends Regan down the shore where they have both vacationed since childhood. But this trip turns out to be no vacation for Regan! PI Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, plan to spend the weekend at the Jersey shore with her parents. Regan’s mother, suspense writer Nora Regan Reilly, will be celebrating her birthday on Saturday. But Regan s weekend gets off to an early start when she receives a phone call from her mother asking if she d hop on a train right away. Regan had just finished delivering bad news to a high school classmate. Hayley Patton is a successful New York City event planner, who had become suspicious that her beau, Scott, was seeing other women and hired Regan to follow him. When Hayley got the lowdown on Scott s treachery, she vowed revenge with such vehemence that Regan is worried that Hayley might go too far. Turns out Nora had also just spoken to an agitated high school classmate. Karen Frawley Fulton, who lives in San Diego, called Nora after learning her mother s plans for the day. To Karen s shock, Edna Frawley just sold their home at the Jersey shore and is having a garage sale to end all garage sales. Everything the beautiful young actress Cleo Paradise left behind when she recently rented the house is up for grabs. The irrepressible Edna even rented a plane to fly over the beach touting the sale, using Cleo s name as bait. Karen s heading East but asks Nora to please go to the house and, she hopes, curtail any other outrageous antics her mother probably has in mind. Nora agrees and asks Regan to join her. Regan and Nora arrive at the Frawley home to find a mob of garage sale junkies waiting at the front gate. Regan is astonished to see Scott s brand new fianc e, who quickly makes herself scarce. Once inside the house, Regan becomes increasingly suspicious about why Cleo left so many belongings behind when she vacated Edna s home unexpectedly. Was she in that much of a hurry? Regan wonders. Where did Cleo go? is a question too many people are suddenly asking. But no one has the answer. It isn t long before Regan finds herself searching for Cleo, whose next hours may be her last. Mobbed is another fast paced mystery with unexpected plot twists and Clark s trademark humor The Daily Beast.
Malice Domestic 1 (By:Elizabeth Peters)
A collection of mystery tales presents the work of such masters of the genre as Charlotte MacLeod, Barbara Paul, Charlotte and Aaron Elkins, and Audrey Peterson.
Malice Domestic 2
An anthology of 17 tradidtional mysteries collected by master mystery writer Mary Higging Clark. Pages 6. 38′ x 4. 12′
Malice Domestic 7 (By:Sharyn McCrumb)
The Malice Domestic mystery is a mystery of manners. No blood, no body parts, just nice civilized murder. And in this collection, thirteen outstanding mystery writers explore the unlucky fates of those who indulge their most murderous fantasies.
Malice Domstic 8 (By:Margaret Maron)
Margaret Maron Presents MALICE DOMESTIC 8 An Anthology of Original Traditional Mystery Stories Bear witness to murder most fouls and its finest scribes: Nevada Barr Amanda Cross Mary Daheim Jonathan Gash Edward D. Hoch Susan Holtzer H.R.F. Keating Susan Kenney Alanna Knight Janet Laurence Miriam Grace Monfredo Sister Carol Anne O’Marie Abigail Padget & Douglas Dennis Sample a delectable bit of the mysterious, the bizarre, and the murderously outrageous Cyber love meets sabotage in a case of romance gone dreadfully wrong A writer with an exclusive story finds a way to keep his source quiet for good London during the blitz provides an excellent place to bury trouble AND MORE!
The Plot Thickens (With: Janet Evanovich,Lawrence Block,Linda Fairstein,Nelson DeMille,Donald E Westlake,Carol Higgins Clark,Nancy Pickard,Walter Mosley,Edna Buchanan,Ann Rule)
Joining together for a good cause brings out the best in today’s top mystery and suspense writers! For this marvelously entertaining anthology, these outstanding contributors rose to a unique literary challenge: each penned a tale that ingeniously features a thick fog, a thick book, and a thick steak. The result is a collection of wonderfully imaginative tales that both chill the spine and warm the heart: proceeds from The Plot Thickens will help bring the gift of reading to millions of disadvantaged Americans.
Fearless Jones (By:Walter Mosley)
Penzler Pick, June 2001: Those of us who have been waiting for Walter Mosley to return to mystery writing and there are many of us have cause to rejoice. Not only has Mosley written a mystery, he is introducing a new character who could turn out to be as popular as Easy Rawlins. Fearless Jones has a lot in common with Easy, but he also has some characteristics reminiscent of Socrates Fortlow, the ‘hero’ of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned. When the story begins, the reader is transported to the Los Angeles of the 1950s, a dangerous place and time for a black man. But Paris Minton seems to have beaten the odds. He owns a moderately successful and very satisfying business a used book store. He spends the time he’s not in the store scouring libraries for discarded books and selling them in just enough quantity to be independent and happy. Yes, he is visited on a regular basis by members of the LAPD who want him to prove to them that he did not steal the books, but that is a small price to pay for independence. Minton’s peaceful life is interrupted one day when a beautiful woman walks into his store and asks for the Reverend William Grove. In no time flat, Paris has been beaten into unconsciousness by a man following her and has been rewarded by the woman with sex. The lovely Elana Love is obviously trouble, but Paris jumps in feet first and, as a consequence, his store is burned to the ground. It is obviously time to call in Fearless Jones, a man well named. Jones is afraid of nothing, but there is a little matter to be taken care of before he can help. He’s in jail and Paris must raise bail to get him out. Once he does that, the pair embark on a wild ride through Los Angeles on behalf of Elana Love. As always, Mosley depicts the hard boiled L.A. in a powerful and distinctive way, and we can only hope that this is the first of a series. Otto Penzler
Fear Itself (By:Walter Mosley)
Paris Minton doesn’t want any trouble. He minds his used bookstore and his own business. But in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble finds him, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it. When the nephew of the wealthiest woman in L.A. is missing and wanted for murder, she has to get involved no matter if she can’t stand him. What will her church think? She hires Jefferson T. Hill, a former sheriff of Dawson, Texas, and a tough customer, to track him down and prove his innocence. When Hill goes missing too, she tricks his friend Fearless Jones and Paris Minton into picking up the case. Paris steps inside the world of the black bourgeoisie, and it turns out to be filled with deceit and corruption. It takes everything he has just to stay alive through a case filled with twists and turns and dead ends like he never imagined. Written with the voice and vision that have made Walter Mosley one of the most entertaining writers in America, FEAR ITSELF marks the return of a master at the top of his form.
Fear of the Dark (By:Walter Mosley)
Fearless Jones and Paris Minton, stars of the bestsellers Fearless Jones and Fear Itself, return in a fast paced thriller about family and revenge. For Paris Minton, a knock on his door is often the first sign of trouble. So when he finds his lowlife cousin, Ulysses S. Grant, or Useless, on the other side of his front door, Paris keeps it firmly closed. With family like Useless, who needs enemies? Yet trouble always finds an open window, and when Useless’s mother, Three Hearts, shows up to look for her son, Paris has no choice but to track down his wayward cousin. Turns out that Useless is involved in some high stakes blackmailing. Now, he and a briefcase full of money and incriminating photos are missing, and Paris is not the only one looking for him. Paris enlists the help of his invincible friend Fearless Jones, but mysterious women, desperate blackmail victims, and cheating business partners are all they encounter not to mention the dead bodies found along the way. With the sheer nerve plotting and brilliant characterizations that have made him one of the great stars of crime fiction, Fear of the Dark is masterful Mosley.
Murder in Manhattan
This suspense filled collection includes Mary Higgins Clark’s ‘Lucky Day,’ Whitley Strieber’s ‘Vaudeville,’ Dorothy Salisbury Davis’ ‘Till Death Do Us Part,’ and Thomas Chastain’s ‘Directed Verdict.’ 4 cassettes.
Women of Mystery
A diverse collection of stories of drama and suspense from writers such as Ruth Rendell, Sara Paretsky and Mary Higgins Clark. From cops to private eyes to ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations, these stories feature hero*ines who face danger and solve crimes with panache.
Malice Domestic 2
A collection of original mysteries stories written by masters of the traditional tale includes works by Amanda Cross, Susan Dunlap, Robert Barnard, Sally Gunning, Sarah Shankman, Margaret Maron, and others.
The Crown Crime Companion
The Crown Crime CompanionThe Top 100 Mystery Novels Of All TimeSelected by theMystery Writers Of AmericaAnnotated by 0tto Penzler and Compiled by Mickey FriedmanFor The Crown Crime Companion, the Mystery Writers of America have compiled a list of the best 100 mystery novels of all time, as well as a list of favorites in ten categories. Fully annotated and reviewed by Otto Penzler, this list of the top 100 mysteries will be a valuable resource to fans, introducing them to new novels and reminding them about books by favorite writers they may have missed. Each of the ten category lists is introduced by a master of that category:Classics:Suspense:Hardboiled/Private Eye:Police Procedural:Espionage/Thriller:Criminal:Cozy/Traditional:Historical:Humorous:Legal/Courtroom:H.R.F. KeatingMary Higgins ClarkSue GraftonJoseph WambaughJohn GardnerRichard CondonMargaret MaronPeter LoveseyGregory McdonaldScott Turow
The Night Awakens
The crowned Queen of Suspense, 1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, has no peer in the realm of stylish, sophisticated thrillers brilliant, breathtaking tales that delve into the deepest affairs of the heart, the darkest crimes of passion. Now, in that same haunting tradition, she invites a star studded cast of authors to share original stories of men and women joined in love…
and driven to murder.
Sara Shankman puts a chilling new spin on payback…
Joseph Hansen slaps a rancher with a cold wake up call out on the trail…
Loren D. Estleman cuts a honeymoon short when a bride learns she’s married to the mob…
Brendan DuBois drives a brother to distractionon the road to revenge…
Sally Gunning pushes jealousy to a murderous extreme…
Nancy Pickard exposes the truth behind the headlines as a young love leads to old fashioned homicide…
and a panoply of other renouned writers spellbind us with the seductive charms of love, lust, and other lethal attractions.
The Best American Mystery Stories 1998
Bestselling writers such as Mary Higgins Clark, Walter Mosley, Lawrence Block, Jay McInerney, and Donald E. Westlake stand alongside an impressive array of new talent. As guest editor Sue Grafton writes in her Introduction, ‘Nowhere is iniquity, wrongdoing, and reparation more satisfying to behold than in the well crafted yarns spun by the writers represented here’.
On a Raven’s Wing
Twenty contemporary writers commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe with chilling stories inspired by the master himself.
Nearly two centuries after they were penned, Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre tales are still working their eerie magic on readers of every stripe thrill seekers, filmmakers, even fellow writers of suspense. Collected here to honor and celebrate Poe’s genius are original stories by some of the best mystery writers at work today.
A son attempts to connect with his dying father in Thomas H. Cook’s ‘Nevermore.’ John Lutz’s ‘Poe, Poe, Poe’ combines elements from several of Poe’s stories in a twisted tale of madness and mayhem. ‘Poe, Jo, and I,’ by Don Winslow, examines the curious bond literature can form between the most unlikely of friends. And in Jon L. Breen’s ‘William Allan Wilson,’ getting even has never felt so good.
With contributions by Mary Higgins Clark, Jeremiah Healy, Peter Lovesey, P. J. Parrish, Daniel Stashower, and Angela Zeman, among others, On a Raven’s Wing is a fitting tribute to the one and only Edgar Allan Poe.
The Mystery Writers of America, founded in 1945, is the foremost organization for mystery writers and other professionals dedicated to the field of crime writing.
Don’t miss In the Shadow of the Master, a new collection of Poe’s stories, edited by Michael Connelly and featuring essays from Stephen King, Sue Grafton, and others.
By Hook or By Crook and 30 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year
In this annual staple of the crime fiction world, Ed Gorman and Martin Greenber collect the best short crime fiction of 2009.