All By Myself Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

All By Myself Alone

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Traveling With T bought this book for her personal reading.

All By Myself, Alone

Summary: A glamorous cruise on a luxurious ocean liner turns deadly in the latest mystery from “Queen of Suspense” and #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark.

Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship—the Queen Charlotte.

On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, “Lady Em,” as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise.

Three days out to sea Lady Em is found dead—and the necklace is missing. Is it the work of her apparently devoted assistant, Brenda Martin, or her lawyer-executor, Roger Pearson, and his wife, Yvonne, both of whom she had invited to join them on the cruise? Or is it Professor Henry Longworth, an acclaimed Shakespeare scholar who is lecturing on board? Or Alan Davidson, a guest on the ship who is planning to spread his wife’s ashes at sea? The list of suspects is large and growing.

Celia, with the help of her new friends Willy and Alvirah Meehan, who are celebrating their forty-fifth wedding anniversary, sets out to find the killer, not realizing that she has put herself in mortal danger before the ship reaches its final destination.

Never, in all her long career as a #1 bestselling suspense novelist, has Mary Higgins Clark been in better form.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Oh it pains me to say this…. but this book was just ok.

I came late, late, LATE to the MHC party- having just in the last five or so years started reading her books. Many I LOVE, some I like. The last couple have just been ok in my opinion- a good quick read, but not as thrilling as some of her earlier books.

In fact, seeing that Willy and Alvirah were going to be in this book almost made me not buy it. I like W&A in small doses, but it seems these recurring characters are showing up more in these later books and Alvirah (quite frankly) gets on my nerves. Yes, please be smart about spending your lottery winnings, but you know some indulgences along the way never hurt anyone because you can’t take it with you when you pass away. And seriously, Alvirah, let Willy have a first class plane ticket every once in a while- the man deserves to be able to stretch his legs a bit. SIGH.

The mystery was interesting and I actually did not figure it out!

I also like MHC’s signature of big casts of characters- it can be hard to keep track of at first, but I still like it!

Bottom line: If you are new to MHC, read some of her earlier books to get some great MHC stories! Already a fan? Then this will satisfy your need for a new MHC book!


*Traveling With T purchased this book for her own personal reading.*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

4 thoughts on “All By Myself Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

  1. Love your balanced, insightful, and always honest take, Tamara! Thank you for bringing us more of the Queen, with recs to go back to other works as well. My favorite will always be WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN. Shiversssss.

    • You are SO welcome. I liked Where The Children Are too, but there were many of her early works that I just enjoy going back to re-read. I think I would love to see this one made into a movie!

    • I liked it, but I hold her to such a high standard based on her previous books and this just didn’t meet them. It was fine, enjoyable, but I’m so used to an A+++++++++ from her!

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well. We’re supposed to get rain tomorrow so I’m going to stay in and blog, blog, blog!

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