My Gal Sunday Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 2003
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Imagine Nick and Nora Charles with a taste for politics and none for gin, and you'd be pretty close to Mary Higgins Clark's Henry Parker Britland IV and his attractive young wife, Sandra O'Brien Britland, known as Sunday. Henry, possessor of an enormous inherited fortune and known as one of America's sexiest men, has just finished his second term as president of the United States and is happily retired at 44, puttering around his New Jersey country estate. Sunday, who bootstrapped her way up from a modest working-class background, is a junior congresswoman with a reputation for smarts. The two met, romantically enough, on the eve of Henry's leaving office, fell madly in love, and were married six weeks later. In this collection of four pleasantly readable stories, the sleuthing duo catch the murderer of a statesman's flashy amour, endure Sunday's kidnapping and mastermind her rescue, solve the 34-year-old mystery of the disappearance of a foreign prime minister from the Britland family yacht, and reunite a ransomed boy with his parents at Christmas. Of the four, "They All Ran After the President's Wife" may be the best plotted, and has a particularly amusing McGuffin in the character of a caviar-loving terrorist. While the suspense is on the mild side throughout, the romance is lighthearted but sincere, and the occasional flashes of wit are dryly appealing. It's a bonbon, to be enjoyed for its brief sweetness. --Barrie Trinkle
From Publishers Weekly
An appealing husband-and-wife sleuthing team are the stars of the four stories in Clark's new collection. Her protagonists are Henry Parker Britland IV, the 44-year-old former president of the U.S., and his recent bride, plucky congresswoman Sandra ("Sunday") O'Brien Britland. Debonair, wealthy Henry and smart-as-a-whip Sunday enjoy their estates in New Jersey, Florida, the Bahamas and Provence, and other perks of Henry's patrician background, such as a private jet and an elegant yacht. But they keep getting embroiled in dicey situations. The best entry, "They All Ran After the President's Wife," features two genuinely eccentric and creepy evildoers and a kidnapped Sunday in peril. Although nicely set up and suspenseful, it suffers from a rushed denouement. A pleasant diversion, "Hail, Columbia," takes place aboard the Britlands' yacht, from which the prime minister of Costa Barria had disappeared 32 years earlier after having given the then 12-year-old Henry an envelope, which has also vanished?until clever Sunday finds the missing link. A kidnapper from the wrong side of the tracks who improbably speaks fluent French is the drawback to credibility in "Merry Christmas/Joyeux Noel," and the lead entry, "A Crime of Passion," is a clunky no-brainer. But Clark uses every occasion to celebrate her gorgeous newlyweds' delirious happiness and misses no opportunity to cater to those readers who favor a little romance with their mild suspense. 800,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I read one novel by Mary Higgins Clark prior to this one, and my expectations were high. However, I was incredibly disappointed with these three short mysteries. They were predictable, dull, and uninteresting. And worse, the endings were sudden, leaving me with the distinct impression that the story didn't so much end, but that Mrs. Higgins Clark had run out of things to say. Hey, maybe she became as bored with the characters while writing as I did while reading. Mr. Ex-President was much too whiny for my taste, while his lovely wife seemed more like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde than the wife of a president in her own right.
The book's only redeeming quality is that it's a quick read. At only 206 pages, it'll only kill one afternoon out of your life.
Review: I think this book was great because it has mystery, horror, and suspense. I think that mysteries are great books to read because they keep your wandering whatï¿½s going to happen next, and it keep you wanting to read more and more. I also think this book was great because the plot is exciting and always changing, not like some books who drag on with the same thing and go on and on. I liked this book because it kept me reading and since Iï¿½m not a big reader it still kept me wanting more.
Recomondation: I recommend this book to any one who likes to ready mystery, horror, and suspense.Read more ›
The novel is based on the adventurous life of former president, Henry Parker Britland IV and his newly wed bride, Sandra O'Brien Britland. Sandra is better known as Sunday. Each day brings another situation and is filled with trouble.
Clark develops four stories of Sunday and Henrys adventures. Sunday seems to be getting into trouble all the time. Sunday is a very intelligent woman and once she gets involved she never gives up until she succeeds. She gets involved in an unsolved murder case of the secretary of states' ex-wife Arabella. Then she is held hostage by a former client and will not be left go until a dangerous terrorist is freed. Sunday is almost killed many times but she is a very brave person and never gives up. Henry is determined to save her and try to help her get out. He uses his popularity and wealth to help her.
I really enjoyed this book. If you are into solving mysteries with a twist of love, you'll love this novel!
I think she wrote more about the color of Sundays hair and how her husband would miss her if she died than she did with the plot of the stories.
None of them made sense, you weren't given enough information to make them either suspenseful or for you to care about the people.
It reminded me of some of Agatha Christie's books where she would bring in a person that had never been mentioned before, just to solve the mystery.
The first & fourth story were just boring.
The second story was probably the most ridiculous.
Sunday was saved by giving a clue that nobody would have ever been able figure out. But in just short time, under all the stress of her being kidnapped, Henry was able to solve the mystery, by remembering exactly what he was wearing the first time they met and getting the suspects name from the clue she gave him.
The third story had an interesting concept. She should have filled it out and made a novel from it, with other leading characters.
I'm happy that she has a new book out and can't wait to read it. I hope, however, that I never have to read any more stories with Sunday and Henry
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I didn't read the book My Gal Sunday but I listened to an audio cassette recording of it read by an actress named Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables). Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Calinira
I picked up this book at the library, as it was the only one by Mary Higgins Clark that I hadn't read yet (because I had read such poor reviews). It was definitely WORTH the read. Read morePublished on July 8 2002 by impossible girl
I actually listened to the abridged audio cassette of My Gal Sunday read by Megan Follows from the Anne of Green Gables movies and though it's not Mary Higgins Clark's best I... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2002
Can you imagine being kidnapped, held in a damp basement, tied with rope and duct tape to a chair with a cloth sack over your head and feel disappointed because you were going to... Read morePublished on June 21 2001
I wish I knew who the author intended as the audience of this book. The "good guys" are too perfect, the "bad guys" too evil, for this book to carry any sense... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2000 by Glen Van Brummelen
I totally disagree with some of the reviews. Mary Higgins Clark has created perfect plots and a little added romance to her short stories. Read morePublished on May 25 2000
I enjoyed reading the book My Gal Sunday By Mary Higgins Clark. Since I have been reading her books I have come to figure that this is one of the most changable books that she has... Read morePublished on April 27 2000 by Stacy Banks
The book My Gal Sunday is slow reading. It tells you who did it,and why before you get to the next page. I'm sure this was not her best work. Who is Sunday and Henry? Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Kathryn Carter
My gal Sunday was very unimaginative. I kept hoping that the book would get better but it never did. Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Carrie Trevino