The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark

December 19th, 2014 Kimberly Review 62 Comments

19th Dec
The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark
The Cinderella Murder
by Mary Higgins Clark
Series: Under Suspicion #1
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Alafair Burke
Genres: Mystery
Source: Publisher
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Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program - a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected - is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan's boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood's elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen - but is Cinderella's murderer ready for a close-up?

It has been a while since I read a mystery by Mary Higgins Clark and was excited to listen to The Cinderella Murder the first in the Under Suspicion series. The stories feature cold cases, unsolved murders for a television program and the Cinderella Murder introduced us to Laurie Moran the producer of the television series Under Suspicion. Clark offered a compelling campus mystery with plenty of likely suspects.

Five reasons to curl up with the Cinderella Murder this holiday season

  • If you are a fan of unsolved murder mysteries and reality crime shows than Clark’s new series will delight you, as we interview those involved with the crime and piece together clues. Clark makes us privy to the behind the scenes workings of a reality drama show.
  • The case is fascinating. Susan Dempsey a talented UCLA student is found dead. Despite suspects, the police were never able to solve the crime. Now ten years later thanks to her mother’s persistence Laurie Moran and her show Under Suspicion re-interview those closest to her and the lead suspects.
  • Clark provides us with an interesting cast of characters. Laurie Moran and her young son know firsthand about unsolved crimes, and this makes Laurie very successful at her job. Laurie’s Dad, takes care of her young son. As a retired police officer, he aids the investigation. Laurie is intelligent, quick thinking and level headed. She loves her son and excels at her career. While not without flaws and luggage, she felt genuine. Alex Buckley is the host of Under Suspicion and a lawyer. Smooth and patient best describe Alex. I would like to see the man get a little excited. Friends and associates of the victim make for a curious case. Even Laurie’s young son makes an impact on the case at hand, notching up the suspense. Clark did an excellent job of fleshing out characters and we even see hints of romances. I loved how diverse the suspect list was from actors to scientists.
  • The Cinderella Murder was a fantastic audio listen. Alafair Burke did a wonderful job of creating unique voices for each character. Her pacing, breath and emotions allowed me to slip into the story.
  • Mary Higgins Clark is a seasoned author who knows how to let the story unfold, weaving in red herrings, clues and notching up the suspense. Nothing felt forced or rushed. The mystery was well crafted with an air of believability danger and action. I had a blast piecing things together and enjoyed the twists and turns.

For fans of reality dramas and murder mysteries, The Cinderella Murder will make a wonderful edition to your audio collection. I am looking forward to continuing this series on audio.

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About Mary Higgins Clark

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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62 Responses to “The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It has been at least 15-20 years since I have read her books and it was wonderful experiencing it through audio

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Exactly Linda..my grandmother had a whole shelf of them and I remembered enjoying them

  1. Camille

    It has been ages since I last read a Mary Higgins Clark book. I sometimes miss reading her books. They’re the most books I have of any author really, since I read almost nothing but her when I was in high school many, many years ago. I’m so happy she’s still writing books. I haven’t tried an audiobook of her story yet so maybe I’ll get one when I receive my next Audible credit lol 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The audio was good, and it was nice way to experience this author again

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am glad I am not the only one who hasn’t read her works in a while

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No this was fairly well laid out with twists to keep you guessing

  2. kindlemom1

    I use to devour her books and then the last few that I read just weren’t up to her usual greatness and I took a break from her work but when I saw this I just knew I needed to read it. You don’t even know how excited I am to see this is fabulous Kim! I am so happy that it is because her books truly, are the ones that got me back into reading in high school so yay!

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I have enjoyed MHC books for years, but until recently, it had been a while. Then I read I’ve Got You Under My Skin, the book that also features Laurie Moran and the launching of the Under Suspicion series.

    I have The Cinderella Murder waiting on my stacks to begin the New Year. Thanks for sharing…

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I see a trend we all fell away from her books. I think you can OD on a genre/author

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet, I haven’t thought that far ahead, I know there will be Kate Daniels, Alpha and Omega books, Anna Bishop and Stephen King for sure in my audio pile for 2015

  4. Katherine

    I haven’t read Clark in ages but I used to love her books! They were the perfect after finals books when I was in college because they didn’t require much brainpower and pulled you in almost immediately. I’ll have to look for this one.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      :snort: it sounds like we all read her books intensely at one time! Enjoy Nick I was glad to rekindle with the author

  5. Heidi

    Gosh I haven’t read something by this author in years. I must pick her up again and this one sounds terrific. You are really knocking out the audiobooks lately. I need to get back to mine but the kids keep wanting to listen to Christmas music in the car.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, yes I have become a little audio addicted. Now that publishers are sending me audio copies expect to see more, well that and I am currently in a Briggs, Andrews Urban Fantasy addiction kick

  6. Sam

    Thanks for drawing my attention to this. Not usually a big mystery reader, but this sounds intriguing.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is different and the tv show plot will appeal to a lot of non-mystery readers

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Who has been reading her books? It looks like we all were addicts at one time. I think I simply burned out, but this was fun!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You crack me up, I use to love them as a teen. It was my grandmother’s bookshelf though

  7. Tyler H Jolley

    I know this sounds ridiculous, but for some reason, MHC has been off my radar lately. I’m so glad you did this review and reminded me why I love her work so much.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehe..just read the previous 20 comments and you will find you are not alone. I haven’t read her book since I was teen.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yep..it has been forever for me too, I am really glad I accepted the audio for review..it was a nice change up

  8. Rashika

    I saw this one on NG I believe and while I was intrigued I wasn’t intrigued enough to check it out, reading your review though, I feel like I should have! I love mysteries and while I haven’t read anything by the author this definitely sounds like a place to start (or that one book of hers I own :P)

    Lovely review, Kimba!! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I enjoyed it. I have done that as well and kicked myself. .lol

  9. Lupdilup

    I’d love to listen to this one on my trip, but I’m afraid I have to wait until I get back..I have to keep my listens light coz DH get in a talking mood a lot…LOL Poor thing…. But he likes to drive. But you can bet, I’ll be listening as soon as I get back 😉
    Sounds great!
    P.S. I’m not sure I got this on Tribber, but I could be wrong…I’ve been going crazy getting ready for the trip.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Lol..this would make a great car ride listen. I think it would hold his,attention as well.

  10. Stephanie

    I have read many of her books over the years. I read one this summer (after not reading a book by Ms. Clark for a few years) and was instantly pulled into the story. She is quite the storyteller. A couple of years ago my mom and I went to hear Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter talk about writing. So fascinating! Glad to hear this is a great mystery!

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  11. Olivia

    I love a good mystery, and this seems like it could be one. And I also like the hinting of a Cinderella themed murder, what with the victims shoes being missing. Looks like it could take a lot of twists to keep me guessing who it could be! I might go back and read the first one to begin with though 🙂 Great review!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was a nice change up, and I have read a few reviews of the novel and it seems it was well liked by others as well.