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A Suspenseful Stocking Stuffer
Mary Higgins Clark, the reigning queen of suspense, gives her millions of fans an early Christmas gift with All Through the Night. Clark's new novel is an engrossing suspense tale that reunites readers with Alvirah and Willy Meehan, that lucky couple who won $40 million in The Lottery Winner and decided to do what any other multimillionaire couple would do — solve deadly crimes. And All Through the Night gives the Meehans their most interesting case yet.
Actually, the first chapter of All Through the Night leaves the Meehans completely out of the picture. Instead, it focuses on young, aspiring musician Sondra Lewis — who decides to abandon her newborn baby daughter on the local church steps in hopes of it having a better home than she could provide for it. To say that that plan is misconceived is an understatement. Sondra figures for the few minutes the baby will be on the steps, it would be warmer in a shopping bag. Coincidentally, a thief inside the church is in the process of stealing a valuable chalice. On his way out of the church, he sees the shopping bag, figures he'll grab it as well, and soon finds himself with a baby daughter — one that could possibly smooth a rift between him and his mother, who grudgingly allows him to stay with her so he can care for the child.
Jump forward seven years. Sondra can't stop thinking about her child, and feeling overwhelming guilt at having abandoned the baby without making sure it was well cared for. The thief now has a beautifulseven-year-olddaughter whom he plans to use in an upcoming scheme. And in those seven years, Willy and Alvirah Meehan have won 40 million dollars, allowing them to spend all their free time sleuthing away.
But the case the Meehans begin snooping around in isn't, at least initially, related to either the stolen chalice or the abandoned baby. It seems that the Meehans are very much in the Christmas spirit, and eager to help the neighborhood children any way they can. However, the local after-school shelter for the neighborhood kids has been condemned. At first, it seems there's nothing to fear — the kids can use a nearby beautiful brownstone building that has been willed to good-hearted Kate Durkin by her sister, who has recently passed away. But Alvirah's nose for crime tingles when a mysterious second will turns up — one that inexplicably leaves the building to a couple who certainly could not possibly care less about helping needy kids. The witty and intelligent Alvirah only has a few days to try to prove the will a fake before the building is turned over to the suspicious couple — a challenge that surprisingly manages to tie into the church crime seven years prior.
All Through the Night is a perfect holiday gift from Clark to her fans. The suspense and mystery is lighter here than in her usual novels, but that doesn't mean it's any less engrossing. Clark has placed the likable and amusing Meehans in the middle of a suspense tale that may not give you nightmares, but certainly will keep you guessing as to how it will all be resolved. All Through the Night is the ideal stocking stuffer for the suspense lover in your life.
— Matt Schwartz, barnesandnoble.com