The night before the Festival of Joy in Brascombe, New Hampshire, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. A co-worker, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing. A second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the next town, but the winner hasn't come forward. Could Duncan have secretly bought it? Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly -- have arrived in Branscombe for the festival. As they dig beneath the surface, they find that life in Branscombe is not as tranquil as it appears.
Even as a young girl, growing up in the Bronx, Mary Higgins Clark knew she wanted to be a writer. The gift of storytelling was a part of her Irish ancestry, so it followed naturally that she would use her sharp eye, keen intelligence, and inquisitive nature to create stories.
In this personal memoir, Clark tells the story of her amazing life, from a child of the depression, to the intrigues of family life and her unyeilding struggle to get published. She began writing stories at the kitchen table; finally selling the first one for one hundred dollars, after six years and forty rejections. When asked if she might give up writing for a life of leisure, Marv replied, "Never. To be happy for a year, win the lottery. To be happy for life, do what you love."
In a riveting new thriller from America's Queen of Suspense, a young woman is ensnared into returning to a place she had wanted to leave behind forever -- her childhood home where she accidentally killed her mother. To erase Liza's past, her adoptive parents change her name to Celia. At age twenty-eight, a successful interior designer in Manhattan, her peace of mind is shattered when her new husband, surprises her with a gift -- the house in Mendham, New Jersey, where she killed her mother. On the day they move in, they find the words little lizzie's place -- beware painted on the lawn, and a skull and crossbones carved into the door. As Celia fights to prove her innocence, she is not aware that she and her son, Jack, are now the targets of a killer.
Mary Higgins Clark, the "Queen of Suspense," has crafted a very special holiday story about a child's courage in the face of danger, and the power of love. On Christmas Eve, Catherine takes her sons to see Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree; while there, seven-year-old Brian notices a woman taking his mother's wallet. A St. Christopher medal tucked inside the wallet saved his grandfather's life in World War II, and Brian believes with all his heart that it will protect his father now. Impulsively, Brian follows the thief into the subway, and the most dangerous adventure of his young life begins. . . .