Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

Mary Higgins Clark's I've Got You Under My Skin introduced television producer Laurie Moran. Now, Clark joins with another bestselling author, Alafair Burke, for an ongoing series about Moran as she produces Under Suspicion, a show that investigates, and tries to solve cold cases. As a fan of cold case mysteries, I was hooked when I picked up The Cinderella Murder.

Moran, who lost her husband to a killer, understands the pain felt by a victim's family and friends. She's the perfect one to bring together a television show that recreates cases, hoping to finally find answers. Twenty years after Susan Dempsey, a nineteen-year-old college student, was found strangled in Laurel Canyon Park, her mother, Rosemary is still determined to find answers. So, she agrees to cooperate when Laurie wants to put together a show about the case the media called "The Cinderella Murder". Susan was a beautiful young actress whose body was found missing one shoe, an appealing scenario for headlines. Laurie Moran is sure the show will appeal to viewers. Who can resist a cold case involving a computer genius, the movie industry, and the "noir of Mulholland Drive"?

As Laurel and her team gather together the people who were once involved with Susan Dempsey, they hope to uncover clues that remained secrets twenty years earlier. But, Laurel's father, a former police officer with the New York Police Department, finds something odd about the death of Rosemary Dempsey's neighbor, and tags along on the trip to Los Angeles. In all the excitement of filming a show, the team tends to forget that a cold case means there may still be a killer out there who wants the murder to be forgotten.

Clark and Burke's first book together is a riveting story with multiple red herrings and suspects. In a show about a cold case, everyone involved earlier is "Under Suspicion". But, the authors are careful to handle not only the murder, but the pain felt by family members who are still desperate for answers. And, they've given us a protagonist, Laurel Moran, a victim herself, who understands that desperation. Hopefully, The Cinderella Murder will be the first in a string of hits for Clark and Burke, and the beginning of an ongoing search for more stories for Under Suspicion.

Mary Higgins Clark's website is
Alafair Burke's website is

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke. Simon & Schuster, 2014. ISBN 9781476763125 (hardcover), 303p.

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Beth Hoffman said...

I haven't read a Mary Higgins Clark book in eons. This one sounds like a winner!

scottsgal said...

I've read Mary Higgins Clark books since I was a girl - thanks for the review I think I will order this for my nook - sounds like a good one

Lesa said...

Beth, I hadn't read a Mary Higgins Clark book in years, and then only the Christmas ones. I liked the concept of this one, and it didn't disappoint.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, scottsgal. I think you'll enjoy it.