Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

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by Mary Higgins Clark
     
 

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A collection of short stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark, including the never-before-published novella Death Wears a Beauty Mask.

From Clark’s first-ever published story (1956’s “Stowaway”), to classic tales featuring Alvirah and Willy, My Gal Sunday and many more

Overview

A collection of short stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark, including the never-before-published novella Death Wears a Beauty Mask.

From Clark’s first-ever published story (1956’s “Stowaway”), to classic tales featuring Alvirah and Willy, My Gal Sunday and many more, Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories gives readers the chance to revisit the short story highlights from the “Queen of Suspense.” The jewel of this collection is the novella showcasing the dazzling and dangerous world of high fashion in 1970s New York City: Death Wears a Beauty Mask, which Mary began in 1974 and put aside to write Where Are the Children, the book that launched her career. Mary returned to Death Wears a Beauty Mask nearly forty years later and the result is spectacular.

Featuring the same chills and heart-pounding drama we’ve come to expect from a Mary Higgins Clark title, and including an exclusive author’s introduction, Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories is a spine-tingling read and glimpse into the evolution of the remarkable career of the “Queen of Suspense.”

Editorial Reviews

Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Clark, known rightly as the Queen of Suspense, performs her usual magic.”

Booklist
Praise for I'll Walk Alone

“Teeming with tantalizing twists, Clark’s crackling tale of identity theft, revenge, and murder is a tempting and thought-provoking thriller.”

Bookreporter.com
Praise for Daddy’s Gone A Hunting

“Mary Higgins Clark has penned yet another mystery that will keep her at the top of the suspense writers list for a very long time….Daddy’s Gone A Hunting will chill readers….This one is not to be missed.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Praise for The Lost Years

“They say that Agatha Christie was the Grand Dame of Mystery. If that’s true, then Mary Higgins Clark must be the Marquise, because this book is a royal treat. . . . The Lost Years is truly a keeper.”

The New Yorker
Praise for New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark

“The mistress of high tension.”

The Washington Post Book World
“A flawless storyteller.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“The grande dame of American thriller writing.”
Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
MWA Grand Master Clark assembles a selection of nine previously published tales, including her first published story (1958's "Stowaway") and one long original tale—begun in 1972 but only finished recently—that lends its name to the volume. Blending Clark's trademark mystery, suspense, and romance, "Death Wears a Beauty Mask" focuses on famous model Alexandra Saunders. When Alexandra disappears, her lookalike sister, Janice, and Janice's new husband, Michael Broad, try to find her. Since three sinister men are also on Alexandra's trail and one is a killer, Janice and Michael must get to her first. Clark's sleuths range from lottery-rich oldsters Alvirah and Willy Meehan in "The Cape Cod Masquerade" to former U.S. president Henry Parker Britland IV and his wife, Sandra, who use his still potent influence to rescue his former secretary of state, Thomas Shipman, from a murder charge in "Definitely, A Crime of Passion." This collection nicely illustrates Clark's range and superlative storytelling talent. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
“This collection nicely illustrates Clark's range and superlative storytelling talent.”
Publishers Weekly

“A gem…a tale with all of Clark’s trademarks: multiple twists, rising tension and a true whodunit. It’s a story to savor, as are the remaining pieces – all previously published – in the collection…There’s something about Mary, and that something is her unfailing ability to grip her legion of readers. And those fans are in for a triple treat as her anniversary year proceeds.”
—Richmond Times-Dispatch

Praise for The Cinderella Murder

"Fans of MWA Grand Master Clark will find plenty of intrigue and excitement in this contemporary thriller...Clark keeps readers guessing and in suspense."
Publishers Weekly

"The snappy pace, layered characters, and many plot surprises will keep readers guessing in this fascinating mystery by two talented writers."
—Booklist

"This serendipitous series launch, or continuation, will satisfy Clark's legion of fans and may well win her some new ones."
—Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal
02/01/2015
Forty years ago, Higgins Clark put aside this book's title novella to write Where Are the Children, which made her career. Now she gives the novella a fresh look while also digging up stories that start with her first publication ever, 1956's "Stowaway."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501111006
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
01/19/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
73,627
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-four suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel; two children’s books; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 24, 1929
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979
Website:
http://www.simonsays.com/subs/index.cfm?areaid=12

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Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Happy-GG More than 1 year ago
Very different with a series of short stories that are all interesting. It makes for easy quick reading.
lefty68 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this Mary Higgins Clark book but not as much as her others.I like her style of writing and her mysteries and reading it through to the finale. This book is good and anyone who wishes to sample hr writing will enjoy it.
ElizabethMD More than 1 year ago
When I ordered my copy of "Country Living", there were no problems. I have ordered many books online with no problems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a Mary Higgins Clark fan for many years, but really did not care for this book at all. Most of the short stories had endings that left you hanging. Not her best work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of her books and I did not care for this one.  It was boring.  Wait and pick it up at a garage sale.
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Pleade disreguard my previous review. I purchased the wrong book.. i thought that i putchased the April 28th new book. I am sorry, old aand sometimes confused.