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Loves Music, Loves to Dance Hardcover – Apr 1991

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671673645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671673642
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16.3 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,918,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Darcy Scott, the plucky heroine of Clark's disappointing latest suspense novel, is a promising young decorator whose best friend, Erin Kelley, has disappeared. At Darcy's behest, Erin had agreed to participate in research for a mutual friend's documentary on personal ads. When her body is found on an abandoned Manhattan pier, she is wearing two different shoes--her own boot and a high-heeled dancing slipper. Once the investigation into her death begins, two facts stand out: first, that this is the work of a serial killer whose MO includes adorning the victim with a dancing shoe, and second, that Erin met her killer through the personals. Guilt-ridden, Darcy sets out to meet the men Erin dated, hoping to find the killer herself. A hazardous pursuit, to say the least, but one which might thrill Clark fans, so great is the potential for terror as unwitting heroine stalks madman. Unfortunately, too much is revealed too soon and the reader, generally one step ahead of Darcy, is more frustrated than frightened. A surfeit of insignificant minor characters and one too many red herrings make the novel's sleight-of-hand ending seem very forced indeed. Literary Guild selection.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-- Darcy Scott and Erin Kelley, best friends since college, decide to help Nona Roberts with her research for a television documentary dealing with the types of people who place and answer personal ads. It starts out as a lark, but it turns to tragedy as Erin is found murdered after one of her dates. When her body is discovered, there is a clue that connects her death to those of seven other women in the New York area. In an attempt to find her friend's murderer, Darcy sets out to date the men Erin met through the personals. One of them could be the killer--but which one? Clark weaves a terrifying tale of life in the '90s that is sure to draw YAs into its web of suspense. Engrossing, even for reluctant readers. --Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax,
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Darcy and Erin have a friend who's doing research on the kind of people who place personal ads; they're helping her by answering some personals and going out on dates. Erin chooses one where the man signs himself, "Loves music, loves to dance" and he does, but he's also a serial killer.

This is my third Mary Higgins Clarke novel and it follows her exact formula: A beautiful heroine is stalked by a perverted psycho. She's involved with a bunch of red herrings who could all be the baddie and we won't know the villain's true identity until the last few pages, when our damsel is rescued by Prince Charming.

Clark's books are quick reads, good for the beach or a plane trip, but way too predictable and poorly written for me to read anymore of them. There are too many characters to keep track of, we're given way too much useless information about them, the dialog is full of grandiose words and phrases that aren't realistic, and we know the heroine will solve the mystery in the end. I like this book's title and the idea of a killer finding his victims through personals, but it's just not very well done.
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I don't usually pick up Mary Higgins Clark mysteries, but it was late at night and this was readily available in my daughter's room. This was a better read then some of her other books I've come across. The plot was good. I've known and suspected that meeting people via the Internet is not the safest way to go. Too many predators out there. Clark did not make use of the concept enough...just used Internet like newspaper ads for singles. Many times people will talk to another person for months, even years before meeting them in person...and this could have been used more in the story.
My big complaint again is character development. I don't know where Clark gets the idea that describing the fancy clothes her characters wear is character development, but that seems to be what she is doing. I guess her books are trying to straddle genres here, being part mystery and part romance. Apparently the female characters also need to find someone 'right' to love in these books also.
Ok, enough nitpicking. For a quick read that demands no effort on the part of the reader this book is fine. Even I get tired of the science and bioethics books, and need a mindless break once in a while. :-)
Karen Sadler
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Format: Hardcover
Set in New York City, two 28-year-old friends, Darcy Scott and Erin Kelley, decide to try their romantic luck at answering personal ads. However, when Erin answers an ad reading "Loves Music, Loves to Dance," she is later killed by the man who wrote it, a man who turns out to be a personal-ad serial killer. Darcy sets out to discover who he is by going on the same dates Erin did, but she may not live to find out when he targets her as his next victim.
"Loves Music, Loves to Dance" is a fast-paced mystery, due in part to the brief chapters. Each scene is perhaps 1-2 pages long, which I liked, but, at times, the short passages didn't flow very well together. Plus there were too many characters to keep track of--suspects and investigators--which was basically to keep the reader guessing the identity of the killer. It's not too hard to guess him, though, if you keep a sharp eye on one of the men at the beginning, but even I had my doubts halfway through. Overall, this was a good mystery. Clark fans should like this one.
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A serial killer is on the loose, preying on young, pretty women he meets through personal ads, but New Yorkers are still more concerned with what they're going to wear to lunch on Tuesday! Go figure. "Loves Music, Loves to Dance" provides a great examination of WASPy New Yorkers. Every "good guy" character in the book is described as stunningly attractive and successful. These people spend their time eating in posh restaurants and discussing interior design, jewelry, and designer clothes (because this is a world in which even heterosexual men are mad for designer bags - although I have a hard time imagining it). Although Mary Higgins Clark tends to gush about her characters, causing the reader to roll his/her eyes, all this talk about shoes and decorating schemes helps to pull you into the materialistic world of successful young New Yorkers.
This novel is supposed to be a suspense novel, but compared to other MHC novels I thought suspense was lacking. Halfway through the book the identity of the killer is obvious. I won't spoil the ending, but let me say that if you do the math you'll know who's guilty. However, I still enjoyed cheering on our heroine, Darcy Scott, as she hunts for the psycho who murdered her best friend. "Loves Music" is a quick read and an enjoyable page-turner.
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This book Loves Music, Loves to Dance is an amazing suspense novel. It kept me on the edge of the seat and I couldn't put it down. I never would have thought that personal ads were as creepy as they are and that they draw madmen out of their cave.
TV producer, Nona, wants to do a show about why people respond to personal ads and who they are. Nona convinces her two best friends to do some research for her. Erin and Darcy both agree and Erin answers ads for the both of them. After a date with an "ad person" Erin isn't heard from again, but a few days later her body is found strangled to death and wearing a dancing slipper and her own shoe. Darcy soon finds out that many other girls who answered the ads are missing but still Darcy wants to find the killer of her best friend. Darcy keeps trying to find out who killed her friend, not realizing she is the next victim. The story jumps back and forth to show you what the murderer is feeling. It gives you huge creepy feeling; yet you understand how crazy he is. You would never guess that the killer is who he really is. He started killing 15 years ago when he had a huge crush on Nan Sheridan and he got jealous of her. He was invited to her party so he decided to give her her gift the next morning, a pair of dancing slippers. If you love suspense novels this is one you should read. You won't put it down and you will stay up half the night trying to read it.
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