The number one New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark wrote over forty suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a historical novel, a memoir and two children's books. She partnered with bestselling author Alafair Burke to write the Under Suspicion series, including I've Got You Under My Skin, The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, Every Breath You Take, You Don't Own Me and Piece of My Heart, and with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark she co-authored five more suspense novels. Her books are international bestsellers with more than one hundred million copies in print in the United States alone.
Erin Kelly and Darcy Scott, best friends in college, have continued their close association after graduation: they both live in New York, pursuing successful careers. Nona Roberts, whom they met at their health club, has persuaded them to help her do research for a special on the cable network where she is a producer. Nona is investigating personal ads: who places them, who answers them, and what experiences do these people have. In the first six weeks of the project, Darcy has only one date. In comparison, Erin has had eight and one more that night. Three days later, Erin's body is found wearing one leather boot and one dancing slipper. Clark writes her usual riveting mystery, with multiple potential villains hiding behind every building, and the listener is led down many false trails hunting the crazed serial killer. Reader Christina Moore is excellent; she differentiates among the characters so well that it is easy to tell who is speaking. Highly recommended for mystery collections, particularly where Clark is a favorite.-Nancy Reed, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Darcy Scott, the plucky heroine of Clark's disappointing latest suspense novel, is a promising young decorator whose best friend, Erin Kelley, has disappeared. At Darcy's behest, Erin had agreed to participate in research for a mutual friend's documentary on personal ads. When her body is found on an abandoned Manhattan pier, she is wearing two different shoes--her own boot and a high-heeled dancing slipper. Once the investigation into her death begins, two facts stand out: first, that this is the work of a serial killer whose MO includes adorning the victim with a dancing shoe, and second, that Erin met her killer through the personals. Guilt-ridden, Darcy sets out to meet the men Erin dated, hoping to find the killer herself. A hazardous pursuit, to say the least, but one which might thrill Clark fans, so great is the potential for terror as unwitting heroine stalks madman. Unfortunately, too much is revealed too soon and the reader, generally one step ahead of Darcy, is more frustrated than frightened. A surfeit of insignificant minor characters and one too many red herrings make the novel's sleight-of-hand ending seem very forced indeed. Literary Guild selection. (May)
YA-- Darcy Scott and Erin Kelley, best friends since college, decide to help Nona Roberts with her research for a television documentary dealing with the types of people who place and answer personal ads. It starts out as a lark, but it turns to tragedy as Erin is found murdered after one of her dates. When her body is discovered, there is a clue that connects her death to those of seven other women in the New York area. In an attempt to find her friend's murderer, Darcy sets out to date the men Erin met through the personals. One of them could be the killer--but which one? Clark weaves a terrifying tale of life in the '90s that is sure to draw YAs into its web of suspense. Engrossing, even for reluctant readers. --Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA