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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark- Feature and Review

In this exciting thriller from Mary Higgins Clark, the #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense,” a news reporter tries to find her birth mother just as she is assigned to cover the high-profile trial of a woman accused of murdering her wealthy husband.

Television journalist Delaney Wright is on the brink of stardom after she begins covering a sensational murder trial for the six p.m. news. She should be thrilled, yet her growing desire to locate her birth mother consumes her thoughts. When Delaney’s friends Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy offer to look into the mystery surrounding her birth, they uncover a shocking secret they do not want to reveal.

On trial for murder is Betsy Grant, widow of a wealthy doctor who has been an Alzheimer’s victim for eight years. When her once-upon-a-time celebrity lawyer urges her to accept a plea bargain, Betsy refuses: she will go to trial to prove her innocence.

Betsy’s stepson, Alan Grant, bides his time nervously as the trial begins. His substantial inheritance hangs in the balance—his only means of making good on payments he owes his ex-wife, his children, and increasingly angry creditors.

As the trial unfolds, and the damning evidence against Betsy piles up, Delaney is convinced that Betsy is not guilty and frantically tries to prove her innocence. A true classic from Mary Higgins Clark, As Time Goes By is a thrilling read by a master of the genre.


As Time Goes ByAs Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As Time Goes By- by Mary Higgins Clark is a 2016 Simon & Schuster publication.

Mary Higgins Clark - Wow! What can you say? She is eighty-eight years old and still writing quality stories.

I will admit,though, the Alvirah and Willy series is hit or miss with me, and I don’t actively seek them out. I didn’t realize this book was a part of that series when I checked it out, but I’m glad I did.

Besty’s beloved husband, Ted, has been murdered and she is facing prosecution for the crime. Her chances aren’t good and only a miracle will prevent her from being convicted.

Television journalist, Delaney Wright, gets the chance of a lifetime when she is assigned to cover the trial. Although her star is rising, Delaney is still troubled about finding her birth parents. Alvirah feels compelled to do a little snooping on Delaney’s behalf and makes a startling discovering along the way.

This story is one of the better installments in this series. I liked the courtroom scenes, which we rarely encounter anymore, and the mystery is solid enough that I never guessed whodunit.

Alvirah and Willy are not featured prominently in this one, as Alvirah mainly sticks to the adoption angle of the story, but want she helps to uncover is a big part of the story.

While all of MHC novels are devoid of explicit sex, graphic violence, and harsh language, this series really does belong in the cozy category, I think. This is super light reading, and not at all complex. The suspense that is a MHC trademark is notably toned down in this series, which is why I haven’t always been overly enthusiastic about it.

This story has a few threads going on at once, but everything comes together in a short time frame, quite nicely, although there are some details that are glossed over a little too quickly. Still, I thought this was a pretty solid addition to the series and after reading some heavier material recently, it provided me with a much needed break and was entertaining as well.

It is amazing to see that this author is still putting out a material and should be an inspiration to us all. I hope to see many more books by MHC in the future.





Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting: she’s 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 has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Higgins Clark and The Cinderella Murder, a new thriller in collaboration with bestselling novelist Alafair Burke.

Clark’s books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone. Her books are beloved around the world and have made her an international bestseller many times over.

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