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The Lottery Winner: Alvirah And Willy Stories [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Higgins Clark
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Nov. 1 1995
Alvirah Meehan, one of Mary Higgins Clark's most beloved characters, returns in these dazzling, intertwined tales of sleuthing and suspense. Alvirah, the former cleaning lady who struck it rich in the lottery, made her first appearance in Weep No More, My Lady. Now, with her devoted mate, Willy, the ever-resourceful Alvirah delves into crime-solving on a grand scale -- and with her own inimitable style.
Among their many adventures, Alvirah and Willy find a dead actress in their Central Park South condominium upon their return from London in "The Body in the Closet." Needing a break from the big city, they escape to Cape Cod -- only to meet a would-be heiress framed for murder in "Death on the Cape." When Alvirah and Willy seek the tranquillity of the Cypress Point Spa, it's the perfect getaway -- until a jewel thief turns up in "The Lottery Winner." Back in Manhattan, the search for a neighbor's missing newborn makes for a suspense-filled Christmas in "Bye, Baby Bunting."

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From Publishers Weekly

This collection of six mystery stories featuring Alvirah Meehan and her husband, Willy, spent 12 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Clark's books are always megahits, and her fans love the nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat suspense that is her trademark. So it's a little surprising that this collection of six interrelated stories featuring Willy and Alvirah Meehan lacks Clark's usual energy and pizzazz. The Meehans, who first appeared in Clark's Weep No More, My Lady, have struck it rich in the lottery. No longer do they slave away at housecleaning (Alvirah) and plumbing (Willy). Their days are spent pursuing the hedonistic pleasures of the idle rich, although, to their credit, Alvirah and Willy haven't lost touch with their roots. Alvirah seems to have a "talent" for murder, both for being in the general vicinity when one occurs and for uncloaking the villain before anyone else. For readers who enjoy the nouveau riche approach to crime solving ({ }a la Jonathan and Jennifer Hart or Nick and Nora Charles), these stories may prove mildly entertaining, but because they're so short, there's little opportunity for any real development of motive, plot, or character. And while the Meehans are basically nice, easy-to-like folks, the stories about their escapades are flat, facile, and distinctly lacking in suspense. Still, the Clark name ensures demand, and with a 500,000-copy first printing, you can be sure Simon & Schuster plans a full-throttle promotional effort. Buy accordingly. Emily Melton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 4 Millions dollars! April 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
A Review by Holli
Alvirah and her husband Will never really had the best life they didn't have very much money but they always seemed to manage. Alvirah always had high spirits she even got excited when they got one number on their lottery tickets to match. But the one that would change their life was they winning ticket they won four million dollars. So their life style changed to a very ritzy life in a hurry but they always kept their poorer roots with them. They moved near high powered people and celebrities. Alvirah also was on the Donahue show she works her dream job and her dream life.
Three things that I liked and didn't like about this book was the beginning it really doesn't grab you like most of her books do. It seems to drag on for a while just describing their life style what they look like and what they do and have done. I think that she would have put it in the middle to so you find out more and more as you go along. Then in the middle when it finally gets going it almost seems to go really fast and just zoom by you before you realized what happened. I liked how descriptive it was though Mary Higgins Clark always seems to have very descriptive books and they seemed to always just grab you from the beginning but this one was lacking that aspect.
This book was a great book overall! I recommend it to people that enjoy mysteries and have just a little patience for slow starting books but also can keep up when it starts moving along fast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, light read. Feb. 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Lottery Winner" is a compilation of 6 short stories and is ideal for the times that you're in the mood for picking up a book and enjoying a quick,light read with old friends Alvirah and Willie.Alvirah and Willie won the lottery several years ago but, unlike a lot of winners who find themselves out of money in a very short time, they have invested wisely and are thoroughly enjoying their retirement years in luxurious comfort. Alvirah, a former cleaner, has the knack of being in the right place at the wrong time and has developed into quite a sleuth, helping the police to solve murders and mysteries and sometimes finding herself in dangerous situations. Willie was a former plumber who adores his outgoing wife and tries to help her in her detective work to the best of his abilities.These 6 stories are quite diverse and just the thing to read if you have only 30 minutes or so to spare.I normally don't like short stories but these are an exception as I liked the main characters so much.
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Mary Higgins Clark´¿s, The Lottery Winner, consists of several short stories that feature two main characters who solve numerous crimes and mysteries. She portrays these characters and their many adventures through the use of different literary devices. Some of the different literary devices include foreshadowing, climax, and symbolism. Mary Higgins Clark used these literary devices to ensure that her novel would be a page-turner for readers of many ages.
Foreshadowing was used in great extent throughout the context of this novel. In the short story, ´¿Bye, Baby Bunting´¿, the matching yellow children´¿s clothes help to hint at the location of the lost baby. Also, the description of the lady who stole the baby hints at the baby´¿s location. Mary Higgins Clark does an average job of using foreshadowing in this collection of short stories. She ultimately gives away the ending and ruins the thrill of a mystery. She should not have included quite so much foreshadowing in her short stories, as these are mysteries.
In contrast, Clark used climax to perfection. She gradually led up to the point when Alvirah, the main character, would recognize the origin of the mystery and catch the criminal. This is an essential aspect of a nail-biting mystery, such as she normally writes. Since this novel was a collection of short stories, the climax was not as breathtaking as it is in her longer stories. The shortness of the stories did not give her enough time to develop the characters and the mystery. She used climax as well as anyone could in her numerous short stories included in this novel.
Additionally, symbolism is employed throughout the short stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLE, AND WONDERFUL!!!! June 17 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read the stories with Alvirah and Willy and I LOVE THEM ALL!! These two people and the trouble they find themselves involved in are nothing short of WONDERFUL!. I would gladly read anything from Ms.Higgins-Clark, including the Alvirah and Willy stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not MHC's best Aug. 5 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read lots of books by MHC, but these stories were a bit boring because it was so easy to figure out who did it especially for people used to her books. I found Alvirah very sympathetic and kind, but also a very annoyingly nosy character and too "overwhelming", her husband seems to be a dopey sweet guy who just tags along and doesn't seem to have much of a personality. So I found the characters a bit annoying, and the whole winning 40 million dollars in the lottery is a bit unrealistic. Still I gave it 3 stars because nevertheless it'sgreat time-kill reading in airports, plains trains and the like. But I do recommend other novels by MHC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action pack and clean - Thanks
I'm sorry I am not one to remember the titles of books and their authors (I read so many), but I do remember the stories that I've read. Read more
Published on April 22 2002 by Denise Jefferson
5.0 out of 5 stars wow eee!
Ha ha ha this book is funny and clean...perfect little mystery! I highly recommend...love ya Mary higgins Clark you are a cool lady! You like rock...your books are awesome! Read more
Published on July 15 2001 by Russell T. Appleby
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lottery Winner
As a major fan of MHC, I was rather disappointed with this book. Alvirah can get almost annoying at points in the various stories. Read more
Published on May 24 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad to say...
I adore Mary Higgins Clark, I really do. But I just can't stand Willy and Alvirah.
Published on Nov. 30 2000 by Todd E.Waters
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Thriller
The book The Lottery winner is great. It has many different stories of Alvirah and Willy. They are the two main characters who won the lottery of forty million dollars. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2000 by "annette_hall8"
5.0 out of 5 stars Lottery Winner's a winner!
I love this suspenseful thriller It kept on the edge of my sit with each story. I could hardly put the book down. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book and so would anyone who likes a good read.
I think that Mary Higgins Clark is a wonderful writer. In almost any book of hers I read it changes drastically at the end. I love the suspense she gives you in all of her books.
Published on Aug. 28 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Comical suspense, if that makes sense.
This is my favorite in the Mary Higgins Clark series. There is a comical side to the suspense and I find this refreshing when it is compared to most over-dramatized mystery... Read more
Published on July 21 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good!!!!!!!!!
The Lottery Winner by: Mary Higgins Clark The book is a collection of murder mysteries. My favorite section is "Bye-Bye Baby Bunting;" it is about a baby who is stolen... Read more
Published on May 18 1999
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