Loves Music, Loves to Dance

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New York's trendy magazines are a source of peril when a killer enacts a bizarre dance of death, using the personal ads to lure his victims...
After college, best friends Erin Kelley and Darcy Scott move to the city to pursue exciting careers; Erin is a promising jewelry designer, Darcy finds success as a decorator. On a lark, Darcy persuades Erin to help their TV producer friend research the kinds of people who place personal ads. It seems ...

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Overview

New York's trendy magazines are a source of peril when a killer enacts a bizarre dance of death, using the personal ads to lure his victims...
After college, best friends Erin Kelley and Darcy Scott move to the city to pursue exciting careers; Erin is a promising jewelry designer, Darcy finds success as a decorator. On a lark, Darcy persuades Erin to help their TV producer friend research the kinds of people who place personal ads. It seems like innocent fun...until Erin disappears.
Erin's body is found on an abandoned Manhattan pier — on one foot is her own shoe, on the other, a high-heeled dancing slipper. Soon after, startling communiques from the killer reveal that Erin is not the first victim of this "dancing shoe murderer." And, if the killer has his way, she won't be his last. Next on his death list is Darcy.

New York's trendy magazines are a source of peril when a killer enacts a bizarre dance of death, using the personal ads to lure his victims. And if the killer has his way, decorator Darcy Scott will be his next "date." "Full of characters like people we know, in situations that suddenly, grippingly, get turned inside out."--Cosmopolitan.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This suspense story of a murderer whose victims are found wearing one dancing shoe was a Literary Guild main selection and spent 22 weeks on PW 's hardcover bestseller list, achieving the
School Library Journal
YA-- Darcy Scott and Erin Kelley, best friends since college, decide to help Nona Roberts with her research for a television documentary dealing with the types of people who place and answer personal ads. It starts out as a lark, but it turns to tragedy as Erin is found murdered after one of her dates. When her body is discovered, there is a clue that connects her death to those of seven other women in the New York area. In an attempt to find her friend's murderer, Darcy sets out to date the men Erin met through the personals. One of them could be the killer--but which one? Clark weaves a terrifying tale of life in the '90s that is sure to draw YAs into its web of suspense. Engrossing, even for reluctant readers. --Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671758899
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 308,623
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She is also the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five holiday suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

Biography

The Queen of Suspense, Bronx-born and -bred Mary Higgins Clark has achieved international success against heavy odds. Her father died when she was 11, and her mother struggled to raise and provide for Mary and her two brothers. Clark attended secretarial school after high school and worked for three years in an advertising agency before leaving to become a stewardess for Pan American Airlines. Throughout 1949, she flew international flights to Europe, Africa, and Asia. " I was in a revolution in Syria and on the last flight into Czechoslovakia before the Iron Curtain went down," she recalls. In 1950, she quit her job to marry Warren Clark, a neighbor nine years her senior whom she had known and admired since she was 16.

In the early years of her marriage, Clark began writing short stories, making her first sale in 1956 to Extension Magazine. Between writing and raising a family, the decade flew by. Then, in 1964, Warren Clark suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving his young widow with five children to support. She went to work writing radio scripts; and, around this time, she decided to try her hand at writing books. Inspired by a radio series she was working on, she drafted a biographical novel about George Washington. It was published in 1969 under the title Aspire to the Heavens. (In 2002, it was re-issued as Mount Vernon Love Story.) Her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, appeared in print in 1975. It was a huge hit and marked a turning point in her life. Since then, she has developed a loyal fan base, and each of her novels has hit the bestseller lists. She has also co-written stories and novels with her daughter Carol, a successful author in her own right.

In the 1970s, Clark enrolled in Fordham University at Lincoln Center, graduating summa cum laude in 1979. A great supporter of education, she has served as a trustee of her alma mater and Providence College and holds numerous honorary degrees. She remains active in Catholic affairs and has been honored with many awards. Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, funds an annual award in her name to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition.

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    1. Hometown:
      Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 24, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979
    2. Website:

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Chapter One

The room was dark. He sat in the chair, his arms hugging his legs. It was happening again. Charley wouldn't stay locked in the secret place. Charley insisted on thinking about Erin. Only two more, Charley whispered. Then I'll stop.

He knew there was no use protesting. But it was becoming more and more dangerous. Charley was becoming reckless. Charley wanted to show off. Go away, Charley, leave me alone, he begged. Charley's mocking laugh roared through the room.

If only Nan had liked him, he thought. If only she'd invited him to her birthday party 15 years ago...He'd loved her so much! He'd followed her to Darien with the present he'd bought her at a discount house, a pair of dancing slippers. The cardboard shoebox had been plain and cheap, and he'd taken such trouble to decorate it, drawing a sketch of the slippers on the lid.

Her birthday was on March twelfth, during spring break. He'd driven down to Darien to surprise her with the present. He'd arrived to find her house ablaze with lights. Cars were being parked by valets. He'd driven slowly past, shocked and stunned to recognize students from Brown there.

It still embarrassed him to remember that he'd cried like a baby as he turned around to drive back. Then the thought of the birthday gift made him change his mind. Nan had told him that every morning at seven o'clock, rain or shine, she jogged in the wooded area near her home. The next morning he was there, waiting for her.

He remembered, still vividly today, her surprise at seeing him. Surprise, not pleasure. She'd stopped, her breath coming in gasps, a stocking cap hiding her silky blond hair, a school sweater over her running suit, her feet in Nikes.

He'd wished her a happy birthday, watched her open the box, listened to her insincere thanks. He'd put his arms around her. "Nan, I love you so much. Let me see how pretty your feet look in the slippers. I'll fasten them for you. We can dance together right here."

"Get lost!" She pushed him away, threw the box at him, started to jog past him.

It was Charley who had run after her, grabbed her, thrown her to the ground. Charley's hands squeezed her throat until her arms stopped flailing. Charley fastened the slippers on her feet and danced with Nan, her head lolling on his shoulder. Charley lay her on the ground, one of the dancing slippers on her right foot, replacing the Nike on her left.

A long time had passed. Charley had become a blurred memory, a shadowy figure lurking somewhere in the recesses of his mind, until two years ago. Then Charley had started reminding him about Nan, about her slender, high-arched feet, her narrow ankles, her beauty and grace when she danced with him...

Eeney-meeney-miney-mo. Catch a dancer by the toe. Ten piggy toes. The game his mother used to play when he was small. This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed home.

"Play it 10 times," he used to beg when she stopped. "One for each piggy toe."

His mother had loved him so much! Then she changed. He could still hear her voice. "What are these magazines doing in your room? Why did you take those pumps from my closet. After all we've done for you! You're such a disappointment to us."

When he reappeared two years ago, Charley ordered him to place ads in the personal columns. So many ads. Charley dictated what he had to say in the special one.

Now seven girls were buried on the property, each with a dancing slipper on the right foot, her shoe or sneaker or boot on the left...

He'd begged Charley to let him stop for a while. He didn't want to do it anymore. He'd told Charley that the ground was still frozen -- he couldn't bury them, and it was dangerous to keep their bodies in the freezer...

But Charley shouted, "I want these last two to be found. I want them found just the way I let Nan be found."

Charley had chosen these last two the same way he had chosen the others after Nan. They were named Erin Kelley and Darcy Scott. They had each answered two different personal ads he'd placed. More important, they had each answered his special ad.

In all the replies he'd received, it was their letters and pictures that had jumped out at Charley. The letters were amusing, the cadence of the language attractive, almost like hearing Nan's voice, that self-deprecating wit, that dry, intelligent humor. And there were the pictures. Both were inviting in different ways...

Erin Kelley had sent a snapshot of herself perched on the corner of a desk. She'd been leaning forward a bit as though speaking, her eyes shining, her long, slim body poised as though she were waiting to be asked to dance.

Darcy Scott's picture showed her standing by a cushioned windowseat, her hand on the drapery. She was half-turned toward the camera. Clearly, she'd been surprised when her picture was taken. There were swatches of material over her arm, an absorbed, but amused, expression on her face. She had high cheekbones, a slender frame, and long legs accentuated by narrow ankles, her slim feet encased in Gucci loafers.

How much more attractive they would be in dancing slippers! he told himself.

He got up and stretched. The dark shadows falling across the room no longer disturbed him. Charley's presence was complete and welcome. No more nagging voice begged him to resist.

As Charley willingly receded into the dark cave from which he had emerged, he reread Erin's letter and ran his fingertips over her picture.

He laughed aloud as he thought of the beguiling ad that had summoned Erin to him.

It began: "Loves Music, Loves to Dance."

Copyright © 1991 by Mary Higgins Clark

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    So amazig

    This book is so good! I was not expecting the ending. Well done mary

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2010

    Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

    I thought this book was terrific! I don't usually like to read mystery books, but this one sure was good. It was a very suspenseful and mysterious book. I choose this book first because my mom recommended it to me and said that she liked it. Second, I wanted to try a different genre then I normally like read and I never read mystery. And third, the title pulled me in "Loves Music, Loves to Dance". I love Music and I love to dance. So why not read it? It turns out that the book was nothing like I thought it was going to be like. I was expecting more dancing and music in the book. Well, don't judge a book by its cover or a title in this case. I also connected with the characters. Two best friends that live in New York, Erin Kelley is a Jewelry Designer and Darcy Scott is an Interior Decorator. Two things that interest me and that I would like to do someday. I would also like to visit or to live in New York. In this book, the two girls Erin and Darcy put personal ads in magazines for their friend who was filming a documentary about people who placed ads and their experiences. One day Erin goes missing and turns up dead on a pier wearing one dancing high-heel and her original shoe on her other foot. She wasn't the only one to end up this way. A serial killer by the alias of Charles North is using personal ads to lead innocent people to their deaths the same way. Why does he do this? When did this start? Who is he? Is Darcy next, or what will happen to her? Read this book to find out. I was interested and excited to the very end. I wanted to find out who the killer was. I kept guessing who the killer was. It turned out that I was way wrong. It is fun to guess what happens while reading. The message of this book might be to watch your back and to be careful about putting information in magazines or online. Also, try to avoid dangerous situations. I liked how it was written and the word choice. It was very descriptive. I could easily visualize the characters and what was going on. It was written by multiple people's perspectives. I thought it was a good way to write it like this. One chapter would be from Darcy's perspective, and then it would be from the serial killer Charles North's perspective. It was fun reading from other perspectives and what they were thinking in the same book. I recommend it to anyone that likes mysteries, romance or just a good book to read. This book you won't ever put down, reading all through the night. It was never boring and easy to get into. Like I said, don't put it down or stop. I was hooked just after the first chapter! It was on a just right reading level and if you like this book then read other books by Mary Higgins Clark. They are all very suspenseful and mysterious to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    LOVED IT!!!

    This was seriously one of the best of Mary Higgins Clark! Soo freakin amazing!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Recommended

    I somewhat enjoyed this book, however, I expected more drama, suspense and mystery in the book. I love many of the Mary Higgins Clark books and have always enjoyed them. I will be looking forward to many of her books in the future. She is very inspirational in her writings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Super!

    This book kept me glued to it! Quick, great read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    fan forever!

    This book got me hooked on Mary Higgins Clark! I love how she jumps to all the characters & then you get to see how they all fit together! Read this book, you'll love it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Amazing

    Loved it, hard to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Liz (Crime and Punishment by Miku Hatsune English Sub)

    If only you had ears I had, I would a sing a song from the bottom of my heart. But would you, hear me? If only you had the heart I had, I would fill you with all the love I had. Would you feel me? Hey, if are predisposed to hate me, I would just kill myself now and save me from this misery. If I can't earmn your love, you don't need me at all, at all, at all. Baah. If we found love it wouldn't have got to me now. "Let's do it" + "How do we?" = Suicide. It's not my choice, but i'll have to play it. Hey, if you agreed and hate me, won't you love the me caring beyond your feelings? The girl who cared is gone, she isn't here anymore at all, at all, all. Today, I don't need to reach your deafened ears, because you would just ignore me. And just as I don't need to reach your ignorant heart.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Brian

    This needs more ads. Play some music.... ill be right back.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Dawn

    Welcome music lovers here u can post songs chat or sing lyrics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Excellent Read!

    I have read almost all of MHCs books and this still proves to be one of my favorites. Excellent read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Kept me on the edge of my seat

    Wonderful read

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Very Exciting

    This book is a great suspense mystery page turner!!

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

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    Just OK

    No Character building. The plot was predictable. I had an idea of how the story was going to end. I was correct. Easy read and not to long. I would pass on this one.

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

    The Best

    This is my all time favorite Mary Higgins Clark book and I've read a lot of them. It's absolutely great. I recommend it for all mystery lovers out there. It's one of those stay-up-all-night-because-you-can't-bear-to-stop-before-you-find-out-what-happens sort of books.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    A Classic

    This book is a Mary Higgins Clark classic. I love trying to guess "who done it".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2008

    Made me want to read more

    It was thrilling and unexpected. I could not put the book down and I could felt my heart beating during the killer's chapters. It was vivid and thrilling. I will recommend this book to all my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    Loved it!

    It was amazing! I often read books quickly, but this was done in less than a day. I liked how the point of view changes, making each chapter that much more interesting. This is one of my favorites!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    This was my very first Mary Higgins Clark book and I was amazed at how much I loved it. It grabs your attention and leaves you wanting more. Once you read this book, your hooked and will forever be a MHC fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Outstanding,Most Recommended Book!

    I love MHC books! Normally I dont read but, her books are wonderful to read! My favorite would defintely have to be Loves Music,Loves to Dance! I have also seen the movie of this book on lifetime! It was pretty close when it came to comparing the book to the movie

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