More Details Original Title. Alvirah and Willy Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about As Time Goes By , please sign up. This is not a question about this book, just a general question about Mary Higgins Clark.
She has a series of books co-written with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark that I really enjoyed. I haven't seen any in a couple of years. Does anyone know why, or if they plan to write any more? For that matter, is Carol still writing? I haven't seen anything by her in quite a while. Terri Lynn Carol will have her 16th Regan Reilly mystery coming out in It is called "Knocked. See all 3 questions about As Time Goes By…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 23, Kavita rated it did not like it Shelves: usa , mystery. Where is the woman who wrote classics such as Where are the Children?
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This book lacks any suspense at all and is about as dull as watching paint dry. I wonder if the creation of the absolutely useless Alvirah and Willy have sapped all of MHC's creative juices, leaving her with nothing interesting to write about. Betsy Grant, widow of Doctor Ted Grant, is on trial for her husband's murder.
At stake are fifteen million dollars, which would be shared equally between Betsy and Alan Grant, Where is the woman who wrote classics such as Where are the Children?
At stake are fifteen million dollars, which would be shared equally between Betsy and Alan Grant, Ted's son. If Betsy is found guilty, then Alan would get the entire inheritance. Delaney Wright, a news reporter struggling with her non-issues, covered the Grant trial, but she is somehow convinced that Betsy is innocent.
There is no reason whatsoever for Delaney to so firmly believe in Betsy but she does, because convenient schmaltzy plot! Delaney also keeps weeping about her unknown mother, even though she had been adopted into a loving and supportive family.trofcalfameha.tk
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Enter Alvirah, who I believe the author thinks is the best thing since sliced bread. In my opinion, she is just mouldy and stale bread. Alvirah, with her stupid sunburst pin, and her apparently endless money, goes and distributes bounty like she was some queen of yore, in order to find Delaney's birth mother.
It is quite obvious who this birth mother is, and then schmaltzy ending! And let me just mention here that Alvirah is the most annoying character ever created in detective fiction. Did Betsy do it? There is the son, and there are a couple of doctors with whom Ted Grant used to practice. The solution, when it comes out, is not just obvious, but also pretty convoluted and unbelievable.
As if things weren't bad enough, there were two other plots that were completely unnecessary to the main story. One was a petty thief who went around stealing things and saw the murderer pulling out in a car. But since his story never stood up in court, it was useless and could have just been skipped.
Another was a drug story angle, which was simply pointless. The story is told through courtroom scenes and interrogations, and I was heartily bored with them. There simply wasn't enough character building, action or suspense to hold my interest. View all 19 comments. Aug 28, Phrynne rated it liked it Shelves: books. I have only read a few of this author's books so far but I think this may be lighter than her usual fare because it was virtually suspense free and she is described as the "queen of suspense.
Maybe a little too much time spent in the court room, but that is just personal preference. I know many people love a good court room drama, just not me! The plot was good, the characters interesting and the dialogue okay if a bit stilted from time to time. A pleasant enough read and I will read more of her books in due course. View all 3 comments.
Sep 28, Carol rated it really liked it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Interesting twists and turns that make it so intriguing to listen to.
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As the trial plays out in the courtroom and on the nightly news, De I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Tapped to assume the anchor spot on the network news, Delaney is quickly rising in her chosen profession and should be happy. But, haunted by a need to know the circumstances of her birth and adoption, Delaney feels an urgency to find her birth mother and is determined to know the truth, no matter what the cost. Highly recommend. Sep 23, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: law , fiction , murder , mystery , thriller. I was expecting some sappy love story, so I'm glad this compelling thriller turned out to be anything but.
The mystery was pretty simple to figure out but the real depth here is in the powerful friendships the characters share with each other. Apr 12, Dana rated it liked it.
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Mary Higgins Clark has been a favorite of mine since I was about While they have become somewhat predictable, they are a quick, light read that is always enjoyable. I don't think this one is as good as some of her earlier books View all 4 comments. Apr 11, Julie rated it liked it. Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors.
I treasure her suspense novels and keep a complete set on hand to reread on occasion. The older ones are my favorites, but I enjoy all of them. There is just a certain class and storytelling to her books that is like sliding on a cozy, favored sweater and wrapping cold fingers around a mug of steaming tea.
Extra points when the weather is foul or spooky-windy and so was the case with my first reading of this book.
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The characters are likable, the plot is suspenseful, the scenery descriptions enjoyable, and the overall tone is a win for me. Or, in the case of the villains, despise in real life. I'm very thankful for the shelf filled with MHC novels, because the wait until the next new novel being a year away would be very hard to endure without them. Oct 14, Melissa A. For the most part, Mary Higgins Clark has a formula: The heroine is always white, wealthy or about to inherit a million-dollar fortune should the crime is solved , living in New York or a neighboring city , she and her acquaintances love to drink coffee, and she's beautiful even if so is not explicitly stated.
The Queen of Suspense is obviously a formidable writer, but this was not one of her finest works. MHC -- consistent and easy to read View 1 comment. Apr 26, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-shelf , overdrive , e-book , suspense. Mary Higgins Clark - Wow! What can you say? She is eighty-eight years old and still writing quality stories.