T.S. Eliot be damned. April is a most kindly month for Mary Higgins Clark, the acknowledged grande dame of mysteries – Simon & Schuster has been successfully publishing Clark’s hardcovers and mass market reprints in April for many years. Last year, for example, Where Are You Now?, Clark’s 32nd hardcover, landed atop our (Publisher’s Weekly) list on April 21 (and ran for six weeks) that book’s mass market landed at #1 two weeks ago, on April 6. Just take My Heart hits today’s list in second place, narrowly edged out by Jim Butcher. Following local New York and New Jersey events, Clark took to the road on April 18 on an 11-city jaunt, traveling with daughter Carol Higgins Clark. Look for the duo May 1 on Today.
(Publisher’s Weekly, Apr. 20)
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“It began three months ago when the world as I knew it shattered. My name is Emily O’Connor, Ph.D., age thirty-four, and I teach criminology at Boston Layman College. Three months ago, on September 5th, the first day of the new term, I remember coming into my office feeling pretty good about life…”
So begins the latest thriller from bestselling author and international sensation Mary Higgins Clark – America’s undisputed queen of suspense who “posesses an awesome gift for storytelling” (New York Times).
Clark‘s stunning new novel takes her into uncharted new territory, as Emily, one of three inseparable friends since childhood, learns that Natalie is on life support after a terrible accident. She begs the doctors to allow the third friend, Alice – near death herself – to be the recipient of her heart. But what Emily does not realize is that Natalie’s death was no accident, and that she has unknowingly set in motion a series of shocking and dangerous revelations that will put her own life at risk. Probing as deeply into the human mind as she does into the human heart, Mary Higgins Clark has written a novel of rare suspense and deep emotional terror.
(Publisher’s Weekly, Mar 30)
In this intense novel of suspense from bestseller Clark (Where Are You Now?), the obvious suspect in the shooting murder of famous actress Natalie Raines at her Closter, N.J., home is her husband and theatrical agent, Gregg Aldrich, whom she was divorcing. Gregg never wavers from his innocent plea, but Bergen County assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace nails his conviction thanks to the evidence of an ex-con, who testifies Gregg tried to hire him to kill Natalie. Clark neatly details the courtroom proceedings, though of more dramatic interest is a subplot involving oddball serial killer Zach Lanning, who’s been stalking Emily while pretending to be a good neighbor. Clark slowly reveals that Emily’s recent heart transplant has given the attorney extra sensitivity to Natalie’s past. As Emily’s doubts about Gregg’s guilt grow, the action hurtles to a surprising if abrupt resolution. (Apr.)
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(The Sacramento Bee, Dec. 1, Allen Pierleoni)
Is it the start of December already? We’d best get on with rounding up some holiday- oriented books, which include mystery, humor, feel-good and romance:
“Dashing Through the Snow” by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, 240 pages): The mother-daughter (respectively) mystery writers set their fifth yuletide suspense novel in a small New Hampshire town. Two visiting sleuths must solve a puzzle involving a multimillion-dollar lottery ticket and a missing person.
“The Spy Who Came for Christmas” by David Morrell (Vanguard, 220 pages): The award- winning thriller novelist tells a Christmas Eve story about a wounded American spy in Santa Fe, N.M. who is trying to keep a very special baby safe from kidnapping by the Russian mob. He finds help from a distraught single mother and her 12-year-old son, who are themselves in a different kind of danger.
“Six Geese a-Slaying” by Donna Andrews (St. Martin’s, $22.95, 288 pages): The 10th title in the series involves amateur sleuth Meg Langslow’s search for a Santa killer (she’s hoping he won’t spoil the Christmas pageant).
“A Christmas Grace” by Anne Perry (Ballantine, 224 pages): The veteran novelist’s sixth Christmas-themed book is serious, but fast-moving. At a priest’s request, a niece travels to the remote Irish coast to comfort an ailing (more…)