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Moonlight Becomes You [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Higgins Clark
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Book Description

May 1 1997
From Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark, a thriller “that grabs you with the first paragraph and never lets go” (USA TODAY) about a woman desperate to uncover the truth behind her beloved stepmother’s death.

At a party in Manhattan, Maggie Holloway—one of the fashion world’s most successful photographers—is thrilled to be reunited with her beloved stepmother. A widow now, Nuala Moore is equally delighted to see her long-lost stepdaughter, and she invites Maggie to spend a few weeks at her home in Newport, Rhode Island. But when Maggie arrives, she finds Nuala murdered, apparently by a burglar.

Heartbroken, Maggie is stunned to learn she had inherited Nuala’s stunning Victorian home...and horrified when she begins to suspect that Nuala’s death was not random, but part of a diabolical plot conceived by a twisted mind. When Nuala’s dear old friend, Greta Shipley, dies suddenly of supposedly natural causes, Maggie is convinced that there is a link between these two and other recent deaths among the older women of Newport. What she doesn’t realize is that she has now become a target for the killer as well, and that each clue she uncovers brings her closer to an unimaginable fate.

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Newport, Rhode Island: a world of old money, old names, and sinister secrets. Maggie Holloway, a fashion photographer, goes to visit an old friend -- but when she arrives, the friend is dead, the victim of a violent robbery. Maggie is stunned when she learns that she's the beneficiary of the will -- and even more stunned when she recognizes a pattern of murder in Newport society that will lead the killer straight to her. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Pretty photographer Maggie Holloway begins Clark's latest (after Silent Night) lying in a coffin buried in a grave, pulling desperately at a string that leads to a bell with no clapper. How she got there is the essence of a convoluted tale of a ritzy Newport, R.I., retirement home whose well-heeled residents seem to die with alarming frequency, leading to high-profit turnover of their apartments there. Latest to shed her mortal coil was Maggie's much-loved stepmother, a fact that led intrepid Maggie to take an unwise amount of interest in the deaths-and also to question why several of the graves seemed to have little funerary bells on them. As usual with Clark, there is a stalwart admirer whose love does not immediately speak its name, and a surfeit of suspicious characters, including a scholarly funeral nut, a shady investment broker, a venal lawyer, a drunken, inept doctor and a nosy nurse. There's some fun in the sprightly Newport oldsters, and the many scenes and characters are shifted around smoothly and with a practiced hand. The bells gimmick seems no more than that, however, and the book is light on thrills-though there's nothing to put off Clark's myriad fans. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild main selection; Reader's Digest Condensed Books selection; paperback rights to Pocket Books; author tour. (May).
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Moonlight Becomes You May 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book tells the tale of a young woman named Nell who finally finds her long lost stepmother Nuala. Nell goes to stay with Nuala for a quiet two-week vacation so that they can catch up on each others lives, but when she arrives at the lovely old Victorian style house she is stunned to find that Nuala has been murdered, apparently the victim of a burglary. But Nell has the feeling that Nuala's death is part of a more complex scheme that involves all the deaths of those rich old women living at a fancy nursing home, Lathom Manor. Nell thinks that all the deaths have something to do with a man called Earl. A scary man obsessed with death and burial. Then there's Liam Moore Payne, Earl's charming cousin that Nell seems to have fallen head over heels for, but does he have something other than Nell in that handsome head of his? Can Nuala's good friend Mrs. Shipley help Nell discover the secret of Lathom Manor or will Nell be next on this evil murder's list? I enjoyed this book very much because of the suspense and the surprises that lurk in every corner. The ending is so great and so unexpected that I wish there were more. The person behind the murders is the one that you would least expect but he is right under your nose the whole time. I definitely recommend this book, Its great!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Moonlight Becomes You Aug. 5 2003
Format:Hardcover
My wife convinced me to give her favorite writer a chance since I like a good suspenseful story. I found her pick rather dissappointing. The premise of elderly folks being killed for monetary gain is nothing new in fiction. The fact that it went on so long with no one uncovering the heinous acts ruined the book's believeability. There were no real twists in the story that a reader could not figure out. Also, the heroine is no great catch. She spends a huge part of her time missing obvious clues and growing upset that a certain man she has a romantic interest in (and who is too good for her) can't read her mind. There is a creepy and suspenseful opening to the book that lets you know immediately that the main character is in dire peril, but I'm sad to say that as the story unfolds, and you get to know her better, you find yourself rooting for the heroine's rescuer to show up several minutes too late. I'm sure Mary Higgins Clark is a fine writer, but this book can't be an example of her best work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed at times, but still a good read July 31 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am usually a very avid fan of Mary Higgins Clark, and Moonlight Becomes You, although a good read, was not one of her works that rank up there. First of all, there were too many characters, some almost laughable at times. Some of the characters were well-written though, but most were just too drawn-out and bland. The plot was good, not excellent, but like myself, many readers would suspect who the killer was. It was really obvious. I'm not going to give away the name, that is for you to decide if you want to read it or not. After half-way reading through it, I was about to just skip to the end to see who it was, but I didn't want to spoil the surprise. The ending left me waiting. When I finished it, I asked myself, "Isn't there more, maybe a few pages are missing," but it was all there. The ending just dropped off, and a bit confusing. The whole victorian bells thing I could noy understand. Still it isn't the worst of her works, and I recommend reading it. Like Nuala, this book died in the beginning.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best...kind of slow and unsuspenseful Dec 9 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story had a lot of promise, but never seemed to hold onto the suspense and weirdness it should've had considering the plot. I liked it never-the-less, but not as much as her other ones.
~Maggie Holloway is a fashion photographer and has decided to visit an old friend in Newport, RI when a strange murder happens to another old friend. The neighborhood is in an uproar over the way it has happened and Maggie notices something odd...something too weird to be ignored. Something linking itself to an old Victorian custom in burial...
Secrets bigger than the highclass neighborhood can bear are tearing this community apart. Maggie suddenly finds herself the sole heir of the dead friend's property and also the target of the killer...Can she figure it out before its too late? Or will she be yet another of the killer's victims...buried...perhaps alive?
Like I said, Ms. Clark has done a lot better and this doesn't do her justice. But I will say I did learn a lot about some facts of Victorian death and the way life was conducted. Educational in the least even if its not too suspenseful...
Tracy Talley~@
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monlight Becomes You June 4 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This Mary Higgins Clark book is an extremely suspenseful read. I liked this book because of the way Clark decided to let Maggie and Naula meet. It was a wonderful way to start the unpredictable novel. This book is so thrilling that it will have you reading day and night. Taking place in Rhode Island, this book is about Maggie Holloway, a successful fashion photographer. While accompanying Liam Moore, Maggie's good friend, to a Moore-Payne reunion, she is reunited with her once stepmother, Naula Moore. In order to "catch up on things", Naula invites Maggie down from her Massachusetts apartment to come to her home for a week. Upon arriving there, she finds out that a burglar on a random break-in had killed Naula. Desperate to find out whom the murder is; Maggie explores the world of Latham Manor, the wealthy nursing home Naula was supposed to live in, and the cemetery where Naula was buried. This book's ending is so suspenseful; you will be on the edge of your seat, reading until you come to the last page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Page turner - good summer, fast read.
Published 29 days ago by retiredchris
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Rocks!
I like Mary Higgins Clark and Moonlight Becomes You is one of her best books and is a page turner that you just can't put down until the very last page and a book you want to keep... Read more
Published on April 5 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
This book was a HUGE disappointment. I have been a long time fan of Mary Higgins Clark, but I found that I had to make myself read this book in order to finish it. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting but creepy !!!
What a fabulous, exciting and just-creepy-enough read this is.Maggie Holloway is a successful New York photographer who unexpectedly meets her former stepmother, Nuala after a gap... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2002 by Beverley Strong
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
I loved this book. The main character is really likable and as the story develops, it gets more intense and full of suspense, so much that I really had trouble putting this book... Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2002 by Elisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Clark's Best
Mary Higgins Clark's MOONLIGT BECOMES YOU is a novel that kept me wondering to the last page.
Maggie Holloway is a photographer from New England who just found her stepmother... Read more
Published on March 11 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Knock, Knock, whose there?
This book had a riviting opening. I could not wait to read what would happen next. Can you imagine waking up to learn you are buried alive in a coffin under ground? Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2002 by Beverly C. Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites from MHC and a keeper!
I listened to the abridged audio cassette recording of Moonlight Becomes You and I liked it so much I'm going to buy the book too and I was also lucky to get the unabridged audio... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for Projects
I had to read this book for a project and this book had alot of information and characters so I would recommend this book to anyone who has to do a book project. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2001
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