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The Lottery Winner: Alvirah And Willy Stories Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1995

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671867172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671867171
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #323,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This collection of six mystery stories featuring Alvirah Meehan and her husband, Willy, spent 12 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
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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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By A Customer on April 4 2003
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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"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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This book contains six short stories about amateur sleuth and lottery winner Alvirah and hubby Willy. Unfortunately, half of those adventures end in Alvirah almost getting killed and being rescued at the very last minute, which makes them somewhat predictable. As these are all tales about those two people, of course, she'll survive somehow, no matter how coincidental her rescue. This is something of a shame as the storylines are interesting and intriguing, and set up involving different people as well as locations at times.
As this is the first book I read written by Mary Higgins Clark, I cannot really compare these stories to others she may have written and presume that these short tales were initially published separately rather than combined in one novel. Nevertheless, readers that follow Alvirah's adventures will, no doubt, come across them all eventually which the author really needs to keep in mind. Mixing up events and outcomes is of the essence in order to make people want to come back and indulge in more stories that are not more of the same.
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