In Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark, the suspense starts right off with the reader being introduced to the serial killer who is placing personal ads in newspapers in the hopes that attractive young women will respond. That is usually the plan of attack with a Mary Higgins Clark novel: we are usually introduced to the person who is causing the trouble in the first few chapters. Most mystery novels leave that to be discovered at the end but these books are layered, with so many characters and subplots that it is sometimes helpful to be shown in advance who’s side to be on. But like any mystery novel, the plot could have a twist! In this particular book, a young woman named Erin Kelley is found, wearing one dancing slipper and one normal shoe, having died of strangulation. It is up to this women’s best friend, Darcy Scott, to find out what happened to her and so many other women who met this same fate. These novels are usually set in New York or the surrounding areas with classy, well-to-do people who drink hot toddies in their pent houses and drive to work in their Mercedes Benz. Clark shows her knack for knowing about all things that have to do with the higher end of New York and this shows through in her novels. All the characters that are introduced are somehow connected to the main plot, even if it doesn’t seem like it in the beginning. It takes a lot of planning and thinking to make a novel like this work and that’s why I love Clark so much. I won’t spoil the ending for you though, because I would hate if someone did that to me. All I can tell you is it will be suspenseful, gripping, and leaving you with the urge to pick up another Mary Higgins Clark novel!
What I love about Mary Higgins Clark, the queen of suspense, is that she really lives up to her title. Her books may be easy to breeze through but in such a short novel she really gets you feeling on edge and wanting to read more. I’ve read countless Mary Higgins Clark novels and each one leaves me with the sense of wanting to read more. What I also like about her is how easy she can weave characters into her stories. In most of her books, every chapter introduces a new character who provides a new twist. This is impressive in that her chapters are usually a few pages long, culminating into chapter numbers between the ranges of 80 to 100 chapters in a book. Some of her works have been adapted into movies or TV shows. She has written 46 fiction novels since 1968 and her latest was published this April. She has also written a few nonfiction and holiday-related books but she is most famous for her tales of mystery and suspense. Even though she is aging, Clark hasn’t ceased to write heart-pounding novels that leave the reader wanting more. She is one of my favorite authors and I feel that she has accomplished a lot in terms of writing and she is still going strong today.