Loves Music, Loves to Dance Hardcover – Apr 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
Darcy Scott, the plucky heroine of Clark's disappointing latest suspense novel, is a promising young decorator whose best friend, Erin Kelley, has disappeared. At Darcy's behest, Erin had agreed to participate in research for a mutual friend's documentary on personal ads. When her body is found on an abandoned Manhattan pier, she is wearing two different shoes--her own boot and a high-heeled dancing slipper. Once the investigation into her death begins, two facts stand out: first, that this is the work of a serial killer whose MO includes adorning the victim with a dancing shoe, and second, that Erin met her killer through the personals. Guilt-ridden, Darcy sets out to meet the men Erin dated, hoping to find the killer herself. A hazardous pursuit, to say the least, but one which might thrill Clark fans, so great is the potential for terror as unwitting heroine stalks madman. Unfortunately, too much is revealed too soon and the reader, generally one step ahead of Darcy, is more frustrated than frightened. A surfeit of insignificant minor characters and one too many red herrings make the novel's sleight-of-hand ending seem very forced indeed. Literary Guild selection.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-- Darcy Scott and Erin Kelley, best friends since college, decide to help Nona Roberts with her research for a television documentary dealing with the types of people who place and answer personal ads. It starts out as a lark, but it turns to tragedy as Erin is found murdered after one of her dates. When her body is discovered, there is a clue that connects her death to those of seven other women in the New York area. In an attempt to find her friend's murderer, Darcy sets out to date the men Erin met through the personals. One of them could be the killer--but which one? Clark weaves a terrifying tale of life in the '90s that is sure to draw YAs into its web of suspense. Engrossing, even for reluctant readers. --Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax,
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
This is my third Mary Higgins Clarke novel and it follows her exact formula: A beautiful heroine is stalked by a perverted psycho. She's involved with a bunch of red herrings who could all be the baddie and we won't know the villain's true identity until the last few pages, when our damsel is rescued by Prince Charming.
Clark's books are quick reads, good for the beach or a plane trip, but way too predictable and poorly written for me to read anymore of them. There are too many characters to keep track of, we're given way too much useless information about them, the dialog is full of grandiose words and phrases that aren't realistic, and we know the heroine will solve the mystery in the end. I like this book's title and the idea of a killer finding his victims through personals, but it's just not very well done.
My big complaint again is character development. I don't know where Clark gets the idea that describing the fancy clothes her characters wear is character development, but that seems to be what she is doing. I guess her books are trying to straddle genres here, being part mystery and part romance. Apparently the female characters also need to find someone 'right' to love in these books also.
Ok, enough nitpicking. For a quick read that demands no effort on the part of the reader this book is fine. Even I get tired of the science and bioethics books, and need a mindless break once in a while. :-)
"Loves Music, Loves to Dance" is a fast-paced mystery, due in part to the brief chapters. Each scene is perhaps 1-2 pages long, which I liked, but, at times, the short passages didn't flow very well together. Plus there were too many characters to keep track of--suspects and investigators--which was basically to keep the reader guessing the identity of the killer. It's not too hard to guess him, though, if you keep a sharp eye on one of the men at the beginning, but even I had my doubts halfway through. Overall, this was a good mystery. Clark fans should like this one.
This novel is supposed to be a suspense novel, but compared to other MHC novels I thought suspense was lacking. Halfway through the book the identity of the killer is obvious. I won't spoil the ending, but let me say that if you do the math you'll know who's guilty. However, I still enjoyed cheering on our heroine, Darcy Scott, as she hunts for the psycho who murdered her best friend. "Loves Music" is a quick read and an enjoyable page-turner.
TV producer, Nona, wants to do a show about why people respond to personal ads and who they are. Nona convinces her two best friends to do some research for her. Erin and Darcy both agree and Erin answers ads for the both of them. After a date with an "ad person" Erin isn't heard from again, but a few days later her body is found strangled to death and wearing a dancing slipper and her own shoe. Darcy soon finds out that many other girls who answered the ads are missing but still Darcy wants to find the killer of her best friend. Darcy keeps trying to find out who killed her friend, not realizing she is the next victim. The story jumps back and forth to show you what the murderer is feeling. It gives you huge creepy feeling; yet you understand how crazy he is. You would never guess that the killer is who he really is. He started killing 15 years ago when he had a huge crush on Nan Sheridan and he got jealous of her. He was invited to her party so he decided to give her her gift the next morning, a pair of dancing slippers. If you love suspense novels this is one you should read. You won't put it down and you will stay up half the night trying to read it.
Most recent customer reviews
I've read practically everything by Mary Higgins Clark and "Loves Music, Loves to Dance" is I'm pretty sure my favorite. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2003
This book hits the ground running. A serial killer is suckering women with personal ads. Very thorough story with several interesting characters. Read morePublished on July 31 2003 by Jeff Howard
Mary delivers a predicatable novel, filled with slow paced action and a very obvious who-dunnit approach ... Read morePublished on June 26 2003
Id just like to say that I was dissapointed when i finished this book ..... because it was over and no other book could fill the expectations left behind from this book. Read morePublished on June 14 2003
Thrilled with life in the big city, Erin and Darcy enjoy all that New York has to offer until the girls agree to answer personal ads to help a friend's research for her TV show. Read morePublished on May 16 2003 by Eric
Everybody knows that what makes a good mystery novel is its unpredictable ending. Loves Music, Loves to Dance does not meet this standard. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2002
The novel Loves Music, Loves to Dance was a very well written mystery novel. The characters were developed and I had to keep guessing until the very end of the novel. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2002
The book kept me guessing until the end. When you think it is obvious who commited the crime, another suspect seems to have done it. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2002