All Through the Night Paperback – Large Print, Oct 19 1998
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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.
From Library Journal
Following Silent Night (S. & S., 1995), Clark's second holiday tale of suspense and sentiment opens with a young unmarried woman leaving her newborn baby on the steps of a church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. At the same time, a young man steals the church's precious chalice. Both the child and the chalice then disappear, and it's up to Alvirah, Clark's lottery winner turned sleuth, and husband Willy to solve the mystery.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Mary Higgins Clark
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.
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.Read more ›
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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... Read morePublished on July 2 2007 by Toni Osborne
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Laura McKenney
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2003
This book kept me wondering how the mystery would unravel and had an uplifting holiday spirit, but it wasn't syrupy sweet. Read morePublished on May 15 2002
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2002 by Mary Allen
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001 by M. A. Ramos
All Through The Night is a good Christmastime mystery that will keep anyone interested. It was a very good book, with a good plot. Read morePublished on May 16 2001
This book is very thought provoking. I found it to be an easy read. Of the author's other books, this does not rank very high.Published on April 16 2001 by JRB
I am an avid fan of Mary Higgins Clark, but I was extremely disappointed with this book. The beginning was worthy of a Clark novel, but quickly lost its momentum and became... Read morePublished on March 18 2001