By Mary Higgins Clark
Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense, celebrates the season with this Christmas vintage that includes of her so much cherished characters.
ALL during the NIGHT
All of Alvirah's deductive powers and Willy's world-class logic are referred to as upon because the stumble right into a Christmas secret. a girl abandons her infant at a ny church. at the same time, a thief is absconding with a valuable artifact, a chalice embellished with a star-shaped diamond. To elude police, he grabs the stroller and disappears. Seven years later, the mummy returns to the scene and unearths Alvirah and Willy aiding local teenagers organize for a Christmas competition at an after-school safeguard. quickly the savvy sleuths got down to clear up the puzzle of the lacking baby and chalice -- and to unmask rip-off artists threatening to close down the safeguard.
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Willy has such a good voice, Alvirah thought, as she came into the room. "All Through the Night" is one of my favorite carols, she reflected, as she looked affectionately at her husband of more than forty years. In profile, his resemblance to the late Tip O'Neill, the legendary Speaker of the House of Representatives, was even more startling than when viewed full on, she decided. With his shock of white hair, his craggy features, his keen blue eyes and warm smile, Willy was often the recipient of startled glances of recognition, even though it was several years since O'Neill's passing.
But promise me, never go away with him. He is not a good man. " As Stellina tried to comfort her, she heard her great-aunt whisper, "He is the father. He is the guardian. " She wondered why her Nonna was crying. 9 As usual when she was trying to solve a possible crime, Alvirah did not sleep the sleep of the just. From the time she and Willy turned out the light following the eleven o'clock news, which they had watched in bed, Alvirah was restless. She spent the next six hours dozing, her light sleep filled with vague, unsettling dreams; then she woke with a start.
She sighed with concern over what kind of news she would hear when she got home. As she was putting on her coat she heard a tapping on the front window. She turned to see the face of a man who appeared to be fortyish, his features illuminated by the streetlight. Maeve stared at him with an ex-cop's intuitive sense of unease. "Sister, is my little girl still here? I mean Stellina Cen-tino," he called. Stellina's father! Maeve hurried to the door and opened it. With professional detachment she studied the thin-faced man, immediately distrusting both his vague good looks and his hangdog expression.