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Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

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Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

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."
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."
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  • The number one New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-five suspense novels; four collections of short stories; a historical novel, a memoir, two children's books, and most recently partnered with Alafair Burke to collaborate on a new series: The Under Suspicion novels. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, Clark has co-authored five more suspense novels. Her books are international bestsellers with more than one hundred million copies in print in the United States alone.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 27, 2015
    Tony Award–nominated actress Maxwell, the narrator of many of bestseller Clark’s audiobooks, reads the author’s informative introduction and seven of the eight short stories in this collection, as well as the title novella. All of the shorts are entertaining and well performed, but a few of them stand out. In “Stowaway,” first published in 1958, a stewardess on a flight from an occupied (and only vaguely identified) country hides a young member of the underground from a brutal police commissioner, and Maxwell presents her with a teeth-clenched, nerves-of-steel delivery while portraying the commissioner, in all his unpleasantness, with a snarling Russian accent. “A Crime of Passion” features former U.S. president Henry Parker Britland IV and his wife, Sandra, who give off a Nick and Nora vibe as they try to defend his secretary of state from a murder charge. As for the one entry not read by Maxwell, “The Tell-Tale Purr” is a goof on the famous Poe short story. Petkoff does a splendid job of giving voice to the effete, homicidal narrator, but the story and its final joke are about as thin as, well, a cat’s whisker. A Simon & Schuster hardcover.

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    April 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.

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