The Cinderella Murder

About the book: Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program - a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected - is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.

Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan's boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?

With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood's elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen - but is Cinderella's murderer ready for a close-up?

My review: I don't read many nationally released books, but I try to never miss a Mary Higgins Clark mystery. I love the way she writes, the books are always very well written and I always have a hard time figuring out just who the murderer was. I will admit that I didn't have this one figured out before it was revealed at the end. I like that while Mary Higgins Clark's books might contain a few mild swear words, they never take you into the bedroom.

And this book has recurring characters of Laurie Moran and Alex Buckley, if you've read my blog very long you know that I am a sucker for recurring characters. In this book Laurie is trying to find her next murder case for her reality show Under Suspicion, and the one that is finally chosen is the Cinderella murder. It's the story of a young starlet found killed in the park near the home of the director who she was supposed to have met at his home that night. She's found with one shoe on her foot and one near the park entrance. 

Laurie must go to California to meet with all of the principle players in this murder, and of course, danger will follow her every step of the way. There's bound to be more murders along the way. And will you, or Laurie guess who the killer is before it's too late?

Mary Higgins Clark really is the queen of suspense, this book is perfect to snuggle up in a warm blanket with and just escape reality for a while!

I borrowed this book from my local library.

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