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The Cinderella murder : an under suspicion novel
Clark, Mary Higgins.
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[Large print ed.]
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Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
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465 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under suspicion, is a success. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under suspicion: the Cinderella murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why was Susan so concerned about her roommate's infatuation with a new-age religious sect? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of lawyer and Under suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood's elite and tech billionaires.
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorIn a first-time collaboration, "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark and bestselling author Alafair Burke deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, it helped solve an infamous murder in the very first episode. Now she has the ideal case to feature in the next episode: the Cinderella Murder. Laurie knows the unsolved murder of Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, will attract great ratings -- but is Cinderella's murderer ready for a close-up?

Author Notes

Mary Higgins Clark was born in the Bronx, New York on December 24, 1927. After graduating from high school and before she got married, she worked as a secretary, a copy editor, and an airline stewardess. She supplemented the family's income by writing short stories. After her husband died in 1964, leaving her with five children, she worked for many years writing four-minute radio scripts before turning to novels. Her debut novel, Aspire to the Heavens, which is a fictionalized account of the life of George Washington, did not sell well. She decided to focus on writing mystery/suspense novels and in 1975 Where Are the Children? was published. She received a B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University in 1979.

Her other works include While My Pretty One Sleeps, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Moonlight Becomes You, Pretend You Don't See Her, No Place Like Home, The Lost Years, The Melody Lingers On, and As Time Goes By. She is also the co-author, with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, of several holiday crossover books including Deck the Halls, He Sees You When You're Sleeping, Santa Cruise, and The Christmas Thief. She writes the Under Suspicion series with Alafair Burke. She received numerous honors including the Grand Prix de Literature of France in 1980), the Horatio Alger Award in 1997, the Gold Medal of Honor from the American-Irish Historical Society, the Spirit of Achievement Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University the first Reader's Digest Author of the Year Award 2002 and the Christopher Life Achievement Award in 2003. Many of her titles have made the best sellers list. In 2017 her title, All By Myself, Alone made the New York Times Best Seller List

(Bowker Author Biography) Mary Higgins Clark has written nineteen novels & three short story collections since 1975. She has served as president of the Mystery Writers of America & lives in Saddle River, New Jersey.

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Booklist Review

Rosemary Dempsey is delighted when the crime-solving reality show Under Suspicion features her daughter's case from 20 years prior, known as the Cinderella Murder. Producer Laurie relates to victims' families because her husband was killed, and she and her son were pursued by the killer in the first case solved on the program. Laurie travels around California to investigate Susan Dempsey's murder, uncovering that the victim was connected to a religious scandal, a billion-dollar Internet company, and an Academy Award-nominated director. Meanwhile, Rosemary's neighbor is murdered, and more people close to the case are hurt. Laurie keeps pressing for answers, with the help of her family and lawyer Alex. Each person Susan saw on the day of her death is hiding something, and the filming of the show spotlights far-reaching secrets and motivations. The snappy pace, layered characters, and many plot surprises will keep readers guessing in this fascinating mystery by two talented writers.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

MWA Grand Master Clark uses the main characters of her thriller I've Got You Under My Skin for this engaging collaboration with Burke (If You Were Here). The novel launches a series centered on Under Suspicion, a TV show that purports to re-enact (and often solve) cold cases. One such case is the 20-year-old "Cinderella Murder." Susan Dempsey, a UCLA theater student with a talent for computer programming, missed her father's birthday party to audition for a part in director Frank Parker's latest film, but she never made it to the audition. Her body was found the next day in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon Park, 10 minutes from Parker's house. Laurie Moran, the producer of Under Suspicion, decides to bring all the potential suspects together with Susan's friends and family to see whether new evidence will come to light. The plot occasionally stumbles-Laurie's romance with Alex Buckley, the criminal defense lawyer who narrates the show, feels shoehorned in-but these few slips do not detract from the authors' expert grip on their narrative. Agent: Robert B. Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.



The Cinderella Murder 1 It was two o'clock in the morning. Right on time, Rosemary Dempsey thought ruefully as she opened her eyes and stirred. Whenever she had a big day ahead she would inevitably wake up in the middle of the night and start worrying that something would go wrong. It had always been like this, even when she was a child. And now, fifty-five years old, happily married for thirty-two years, with one child, beautiful and gifted nineteen-year-old Susan, Rosemary could not be anything but a constant worrier, a living Cassandra. Something is going to go wrong. Thanks again, Mom, Rosemary thought. Thanks for all the times you held your breath, so sure that the birthday upside-down cake I loved to make for Daddy would flop. The only one that did was the first one when I was eight years old. All the others were perfect. I was so proud of myself. But then, on his birthday when I was eighteen, you told me you always made a backup cake for him. In the single act of defiance that I can remember, I was so shocked and angry I tossed the one I had made in the garbage can. You started laughing and then tried to apologize. "It's just that you're talented in other ways, Rosie, but let's face it, in the kitchen you're klutzy." And of course you found other ways to tell me where I was klutzy, Rosemary thought. "Rosie, when you make the bed, be sure that the spread is even on both sides. It only takes an extra minute to do it right." "Rosie, be careful. When you read a magazine, don't just toss it back on the table. Line it up with the others." And now, even though I know I can throw a party or make a cake, I am always sure that something will go wrong, Rosemary thought. But there was a reason today to be apprehensive. It was Jack's sixtieth birthday, and this evening sixty of their friends would be there to celebrate it. Cocktails and a buffet supper, served on the patio by their infallible caterer. The weather forecast was perfect, sunshine and seventy degrees. It was May 7 in Silicon Valley and that meant that the flowers were in full bloom. Their dream house, the third since they'd moved to San Mateo thirty-two years ago, was built in the style of a Tuscan villa. Every time she turned into the driveway, she fell in love with it again. Everything will be fine, she assured herself impatiently. And as usual I'll make the birthday chocolate upside-down cake for Jack and it will be perfect and our friends will have a good time and I will be told how I'm a marvel. "Your parties are always so perfect, Rosie . . . The supper was delicious . . . the house exquisite . . . ," and on and on. And I will be a nervous wreck inside, she thought, an absolute nervous wreck. Careful not to awaken him, she wriggled her slender body over in the bed until her shoulder was touching Jack's. His even breathing told her that he was enjoying his usual untroubled sleep. And he deserved it. He worked so hard. As she often did when she was trying to overcome one of her worry attacks, Rosemary began to remind herself of all the good things in her life, starting with the day she met Jack on the campus of Marquette University. She had been an undergraduate. He had been a law student. It was the proverbial love at first sight. They had been married after she graduated from college. Jack was fascinated by developing technology, and his conversation became filled with talk of robots, telecommunications, microprocessors, and something called internetworking. Within a year they had moved to Northern California. I always wanted us to live our lives in Milwaukee, Rosemary thought. I still could move back in a heartbeat. Unlike most human beings, I love cold winters. But moving here certainly has worked out for us. Jack is head of the legal department of Valley Tech, one of the top research companies in the country. And Susan was born here. After more than a decade without the family we hoped and prayed for, we were holding her in our arms. Rosemary sighed. To her dismay, Susan, their only child, was a Californian to her fingertips. She'd scoff at the idea of relocating anywhere. Rosemary tried to wrest her mind away from the troublesome thought that last year Susan had chosen to go to UCLA, a great college but a full five-hour drive away. She had been accepted closer to home at Stanford University. Instead she had rushed to enroll at UCLA, probably because her no-good boyfriend, Keith Ratner, was already a student there. Dear God, Rosemary thought, don't let her end up eloping with him. The last time she looked at the clock, it was three thirty, and her last impression before falling asleep was once again an overwhelming fear that today something was going to go desperately wrong. Excerpted from The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. 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