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Mary Higgins Clark
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Oct. 19 1998
In this heartwarming Christmas story, Mary Higgins Clark returns with two of her most beloved characters, "The Lottery Winner's" Alvirah Meehan and her husband, Willy. During the course of Willy's playing Santa to the neighborhood children, he hears from the very last child in line not a request for a new toy, but a plea that Santa prevent a crime which the child's stepfather is planning to commit.

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Fans of Mary Higgins Clark and cozy mysteries will relish this Christmas confection. Unlike her previous holiday novel, Silent Night, All Through the Night is virtually free of life-and-death crime. Rather, it is a Dickensian tale of good deeds rewarded and crimes punished.

The wintry story begins on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with 18-year-old Sondra Lewis, an aspiring violinist, tearfully leaving her baby on the steps of St. Clement's Church. Unbeknownst to her, Lenny Centino is robbing that same church on the same night, with his attention particularly on the Church's diamond inlaid chalice. He finds a buggy outside the church and uses it for cover as he flees. Only later does he realize that his take for the night includes the infant Stellina (Italian for star). The narrative then abruptly moves ahead seven years. Clark's lottery-winning protagonists, Alvirah and her husband Willy (introduced in Weep No More, My Lady) return for some amateur sleuthing. Sister Cordelia's thrift shop doubles as an after-school recreation place for neighborhood children (including a shy little girl named Star), but the building has been condemned. Bessie Maher had vowed she was leaving the house to the nun and her children. Now that she is gone, the will indicates that the tenants of the house, Vic and Linda Baker, are the true heirs. As December rushes on towards Christmas, Alvirah struggles to put things right before the children are left in the cold.

Like the best holiday stories, All Through the Night steers toward sentimentality, but it veers back on course with narrative wit and Alvirah's charm. Clark's prose is lean and her plotting is brisk. This is a mystery that would be a pleasure to share aloud with a family gathered at the fireplace for some holiday cheer. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Clark's popular lottery winners, amateur sleuth Alvirah and her husband, Willy, are getting ready for Christmas. When the local after-school center is threatened and a friend's will is contested, Alvirah goes on the job. Before long, she also finds herself trying to locate a child abandoned seven years earlier by a young mother and trying to solve the mystery of a stolen chalice. Normally known for her suspenseful stories, Clark (You Belong to Me, Audio Reviews, LJ 6/1/98) doesn't quite deliver. The listener isn't all that surprised at any of the revelations at the end of the program. The reading, by the author's daughter, best-selling writer and actor Carol Higgins Clark, is lively. However, numerous characters and little voice differentiation make the narrative difficult to follow. The author is always popular, but this is not an essential purchase. Recommended for larger collections.AAdrienne Furness, Lockport P.L., NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring July 2 2007
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this story slow, boring, and very predictable; the ending is evident from the start. I occasionally read Miss Higgins books but this one I have to admit should have stayed at the book store.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Story as Good as Silent Night Feb. 18 2004
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Alvirah and Willy make a great team, and since I am Catholic, I enjoy anything when somebody is trying to help the Catholic church. I was so angry when the theft was committed! No one should steal anything sacred from a church!
This book is best read at Christmas time. I know that next Christmas, I am very likely to read them again!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Queen of Suspense???? Nov. 2 2003
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I'm sure that Mary Higgins Clark no longer needs the money, but she could at least give her fans an unpredictable novel that doesn't insult our intelligence. I suspected how this book would end from page 1, but read the whole thing anyway in hopes that I might be surprised in some way. Not only was I disappointed, but I came away angry at the oversimplified plot, at the Meehans for being the most annoying crime solving couple in literary history, and at the idea that a woman who abandons her baby outdoors in the dead of winter has a right to come back and lay claim to that child seven years later. I expected better from this author and it'll be a long time before I read anything by her again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All Through the Night-A Holiday Twist June 5 2002
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All Through the Night
Mary Higgins Clark
Rebekah Sexton
Of the twelve Mary Higgins Clarks books I've had the privilege of reading, I've found All Through the Night to be among her best. Mary Higgins Clark ingeniously intertwines two plots through one little girl. Sondra's musical career and life hold a promising future for her as her dreams are slowly unfolding, until she becomes pregnant by mistake. She finds herself in a situation she doesn't know how to solve and determines that the only solution to her problem is to leave her newborn girl on the doorstep of a church in New York City. When Sondra returns seven years later in search of her daughter, she tragically finds that her daughter was never found and that the same night she left her, there was a burglary at the church. Left heartbroken, Sondra is left with questions that cannot be answered.
When Kate tragically discovers that her recently deceased sister, Bessie, left the will for her house to go to a couple she wasn't fond of, she becomes tragically aware of her sister's deceitfulness, something her friends were also unaware of. Positive that the will must be fraud, Alvirah, a close friend to Kate and Bessie, sets out to prove that the will is a fraud and that the Bakers are con artists. As Alvirah unfolds the mysteries of the events that happened the night that Sondra left her daughter at the church and of Bessie's will, the story unfolds plots and mysteries that leads one on a ride full of twists and surprises. Clark has once again outdone herself in All Through the Night.
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This book kept me wondering how the mystery would unravel and had an uplifting holiday spirit, but it wasn't syrupy sweet. Another good read from the "queen of suspense."
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4.0 out of 5 stars LIGHT, FAST, AND GOOD Jan. 29 2002
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If you have a couple of hours and want to devour a light, quick, and pleasant holiday book, ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT is the one for you. This is not the usual Mary Higgins Clark book. It's also not for die-hard mystery lovers.
I loved the way this book was centered, for the most part around lively, lovable senior citizens, showing their activities, alertness, and concerns. Several subplots (robbery, abandonment, child care, con artists, sleuthing) come together to form a wonderful Christmas story (to be read and enjoyed any time of the year).
This book left me with "feel-good" vibrations. If I had one complaint, it would be that the book was too short.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Christmas Mystery Nov. 26 2001
This is a fantastic read. Short, but one of her best. Two sub-plots that do not hinder the other, tied together by a little girl named Star. The whole setting is easy to believe, so you can easily let yourself flow with the story. And it does flow; you will not wish to put it down. There are a couple things that are just too convient. But I guess you would need a much longer book to fit everything in. A good read for Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Through the Night Nov. 6 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
All Through the Night, by Mary Higgins Clark, contains plenty of suspense to keep the reader turning the pages. Clark's use of dramatic irony keeps readers engrossed in the book. Through all the characters' minds, the reader wonders how each character will resolve their conflict. Next, the reader absorbs all the different stories told, connecting the different people with other characters. Finally, the use of the chalice to connect the characters and their story leaves the reader fascinated at the connections. All Through the Night is suspenseful and fast paced, making it an easy novel to finish.
The audience can see through all the characters' minds, giving them knowledge that the other characters lack. When Lenny takes the baby from the rectory, automatically the reader knows this will be a long lost relationship between the mother and this little baby. While Alvirah Meehan tries to solve the case on Bessie Durkin's will, the reader sees Sondra, the mother of the baby, enter the picture. Sondra struggles, facing the thought of her innocent daughter she left on the rectory steps seven years ago. The reader then views Stellina, the lost baby now seven, and how her life has formed. Clark keeps the audience reading as Alvirah indirectly solves both mysteries.
The mystery of the false will, the separation of Sondra and Stellina, Lenny and his hopes for Stellina, all sub-stories in the novel, are brought together as Alvirah solves them. Seven years after the chalice is stolen, and the baby is not found, Sondra goes back to New York wondering what happened to her baby. Lenny is planning to leave New York and head to Mexico, taking Stellina as a cover-up. Alvirah is trying to solve the false will, when she meets Sondra.
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