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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671867172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671867171
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 10.5 x 16.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4 2003
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on Feb. 2 2003
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"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17 1998
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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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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. I went in search because I remember the characters in the book,and found what I was looking for. I truly like the book reference the lottery winners because it is a clean book and the characters do not forget from where they came.
I appreciate reading more like these.
Thank you.
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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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By Russell T. Appleby on July 15 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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! This is the first one I've read and I'm hooked...I have bought at least 4 and am sharing them with my you go girls.
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