Moonlight becomes you A novel

Mary Higgins Clark

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Published
New York : Simon & Schuster c1996.
Language
English
Physical Description
332 p.
ISBN
0671867113
0684810387
Main Author
Mary Higgins Clark (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Pretty photographer Maggie Holloway begins Clark's latest (after Silent Night) lying in a coffin buried in a grave, pulling desperately at a string that leads to a bell with no clapper. How she got there is the essence of a convoluted tale of a ritzy Newport, R.I., retirement home whose well-heeled residents seem to die with alarming frequency, leading to high-profit turnover of their apartments there. Latest to shed her mortal coil was Maggie's much-loved stepmother, a fact that led intrepid Maggie to take an unwise amount of interest in the deaths-and also to question why several of the graves seemed to have little funerary bells on them. As usual with Clark, there is a stalwart admirer whose love does not immediately speak its name, and a surfeit of suspicious characters, including a scholarly funeral nut, a shady investment broker, a venal lawyer, a drunken, inept doctor and a nosy nurse. There's some fun in the sprightly Newport oldsters, and the many scenes and characters are shifted around smoothly and with a practiced hand. The bells gimmick seems no more than that, however, and the book is light on thrills-though there's nothing to put off Clark's myriad fans. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild main selection; Reader's Digest Condensed Books selection; paperback rights to Pocket Books; author tour. (May). Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This murder-thriller set in Newport, R.I., spent 14 weeks on PW's bestseller list. (May) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

More scary stuff from one of America's best-known suspense writers. Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews

Review by Publisher Summary 1

During a visit to her former stepmother's home in Newport, Rhode Island, Maggie Holloway, a young photographer and amateur sculptor, seeks the truth about the mysterious murder of her stepmother, an investigation that leads to a nursing home plagued by a series of sudden deaths

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Horrified when her long-lost stepmother turns up murdered, fashion photographer Maggie begins to suspect that she, too, is being targeted by the killer and uncovers a diabolical plot. Reprint.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark, a thriller &;that grabs you with the first paragraph and never lets go&; (USA TODAY) about a woman desperate to uncover the truth behind her beloved stepmother&;s death.At a party in Manhattan, Maggie Holloway&;one of the fashion world&;s most successful photographers&;is thrilled to be reunited with her beloved stepmother. A widow now, Nuala Moore is equally delighted to see her long-lost stepdaughter, and she invites Maggie to spend a few weeks at her home in Newport, Rhode Island. But when Maggie arrives, she finds Nuala murdered, apparently by a burglar. Heartbroken, Maggie is stunned to learn she had inherited Nuala&;s stunning Victorian home...and horrified when she begins to suspect that Nuala&;s death was not random, but part of a diabolical plot conceived by a twisted mind. When Nuala&;s dear old friend, Greta Shipley, dies suddenly of supposedly natural causes, Maggie is convinced that there is a link between these two and other recent deaths among the older women of Newport. What she doesn&;t realize is that she has now become a target for the killer as well, and that each clue she uncovers brings her closer to an unimaginable fate.