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‘Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories’ by Mary Higgins Clark
Published by Simon & Schuster, 14 January 2016. ISBN:
This book of short stories actually begins with a novella with the same
title as the book itself. Janice Broad's sister Alexandra seems to have
disappeared. She even neglected to collect her luggage on arrival at the
airport after travelling from a modelling assignment.
The agency she works for is very anxious to find her
as the commercial she is appearing in for a new beauty mask is nearing the
deadline for its completion, can she be found before they lose the contract?
The next story is Stowaway
which tells of a young lad escapee from the regime in Danubia hiding on a
plane and how he makes a bid for freedom to Frankfurt.
This is followed by When the Bough Breaks, in which we meet Marion who is haunted by
guilt of the death of her son three months before.
Voices in the Coalbin is a creepy of Laurie who was brought up by a
grandmother who used to terrify her with stories of people who lived in the
coalbin and the effect it has on her later on in life.
The Cape Cod Masquerade tells of a couple Alvira and Willy who have recently
won forty million dollars on the lottery. She becomes an amateur sleuth and has
helped to solve past crimes. When they rent a cottage on Cape Cod she thinks
she recognises the neighbour next door as a woman wrongly accused of murdering
her stepfather. She sets about helping her to find an elusive witness who never
came forward and can prove her innocence.
Definitely a Crime of Passion tells of ex-president Henry Britland and how he tries
to prove that Tommy, his former secretary of state is innocent of the murder of
his lover Arabella.
The Man Next Door is a chilling story of a serial killer and how he
sets about trapping his next victim who happens to live next door to him.
Haven’t We Met Before relates how an inhabitant of a hospital for the
criminally insane, William Koenig believes he has been reincarnated several
times and how it affects his life leading to at least ten murders. Jack Carroll
a District Attorney believes he is not criminally insane and sets about to
The Funniest Thing Has Been Happening
Lately tells of Fred Rand setting out
to murder four people he considers responsible for the death of his eighteen
year old daughter fifteen years ago.
The final and shortest story is The Tell Tale Purr, a black comedy about a grandson plotting to
kill his grandmother for her money.
I'm not usually too keen on short stories but I
thoroughly enjoyed these. A real mixture of themes ending on an amusing one to
lighten the mood. I must thank Lizzie for introducing me to Mary Higgins Clark,
Mary Higgins Clark
is the author of twenty-two worldwide bestselling works of fiction and a
memoir. She lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with her husband.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love
is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.