In line with my evident Massachusetts theme this week, this book is set in the same neighborhood: Rhode Island. Oh, don't tell me they're not the same place. Rhode Island is right next door!
MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU
by Mary Higgins Clark
Opening chapter: Maggie Holloway awakens to find herself buried alive in a Victorian casket with an air tube in it, and a string tied to her finger.....
Second chapter: About 2 weeks earlier, Maggie is at a cocktail party with Liam Payne, and feeling rather ignored. Preparing to leave without Liam, Maggie suddenly spies Nuala Moore, who was married to Maggie's father when Maggie was a child. A joyful reunion ensues, and Maggie and Nuala leave the party to go catch up over a late meal. Nuala invites Maggie to come to her house in Newport, RI the following weekend, and Maggie's delighted to accept, planning to spend 2 weeks with Nuala. When Maggie arrives in Newport the next Friday, she finds Nuala dead in her house, victim of an apparent burglary gone wrong. Some of the important characters in this book include a shady lawyer (of course), a retirement home with an inept director, Liam, who happens to be a cousin to Nuala's late third husband, and his cousin, a professor who also owns a "museum" of all things funereal, and another sometimes boyfriend of Maggies, a New York based stockbroker whose father happens to be a financial advisor in Newport.Whether it spans one day or several, the day and date for each day in the story is announced, so that the reader knows we're getting closer to Maggie's predicament in the opening chapter...
I think this might be the first book by Mary Higgins Clark which I've ever read, and so I'll definitelty have to find more. This was a great find at the used book sale!
Happy Thorsday, everyone!