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A glamorous cruise on a luxurious ocean liner turns deadly in the latest mystery from "Queen of Suspense" and number-one New York Times best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark.

Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship - the Queen Charlotte.

Onboard she meets 86-year-old Lady Emily Haywood - "Lady Em", as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise.

Three days out to sea, Lady Em is found dead - and the necklace is missing. Is it the work of her apparently devoted assistant, Brenda Martin, or her lawyer-executor, Roger Pearson, and his wife, Yvonne, both of whom she had invited to join them on the cruise? Or is it Professor Henry Longworth, an acclaimed Shakespeare scholar who is lecturing onboard? Or Alan Davidson, a guest on the ship who is planning to spread his wife's ashes at sea? The list of suspects is large and growing. Celia, with the help of her new friends Willy and Alvirah Meehan, who are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary, sets out to find the killer, not realizing that she has put herself in mortal danger before the ship reaches its final destination.

Never, in all her long career as a number-one best-selling suspense novelist, has Mary Higgins Clark been in better form.

©2017 Mary Higgins Clark (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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Another Winner

I love the Alvira and Willie books that Mary Higgins Clark writes and Jan Maxwell's performances are superb.

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Good but not great

I love Mary Higgins Clark and have read/listened to all her books. This one was a little off. The Story was great, the narration too. It was a bit repetitive though. I kept hearing the same phrases and thought I had somehow skipped backed in listening. It was enjoyable for sure. It kept you wondering til close to the end, like her novels do. Just know about the repetition and you won't be surprised when you hear the same phrase more than once. I would still recommend it.

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best book yet

kept me guessing the whole time.this is why i love mary higgins clark so much.

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Not typical Mary Higgins Clark

I love Mary Higgins Clark and have read all of her other books; however, this one was really hard to get into and finish! For some reason, it was hard to connect with the characters. there was a lot more information about unimportant things and not a lot of feeling to the story. Also, it seemed like every time the story got moving, it was slowed down by unnecessary details. It wasn't until the last few chapters in the book that I really connected with the characters and was interested in the mystery. I anxiously await her next book and will definitely read it. just disappointed in this one.

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Another great read by MHClark

The story line is great written very well.Keeps the interest goung from oage one. The narrator was excellent,varying voices andctones matching with the pace and situations of the plot.Overall a great hear and recommended to all Mary Higgins fans.

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All by Myself, Alone -Alvirah & Willy

This is now one of my favorite books in the series featuring Alvirah & Willy. A must read and will hold your attention from beginning to end.

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Enough twists to stay interested

Recited very well. Enticing story. Listened before bed and would often stay up to late having to hear the next chapter!

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Loved it!

As always, another very good mystery by one of my favorite authors. I highly recommended this book and all Mary Higgins Clark books. I collect her books and reread them over time.
Jan Maxwell has a pleasant and clear voice.

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  • 07-02-17

Alvirah and Willy -- not again!

I did not pay attention that this was another Alvirah and Willy novel. It was okay and a good summer read but not a riveting novel by any stretch. It was predictable for the most part. The Queen Charlotte was elegant enough to be slightly interesting but aspects of the storty seems unbelievable like the passenger going overboard and surviving and being found by another ship. But that's what fiction is all about right.

Jan Maxwell does a good job as usual and that made listening possible.

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Review of "All by Myself, Alone"

I thought the story was very excellent it kept me interested all the way
Through. I liked the performance. And overall it was a great book.
I will tell all my friends to read the book.

































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  • 04-30-17

Easy read.

Love the settings of a luxury modern Titanic. The story itself is old fashioned and straight forward.

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  • 04-09-17

Not vintage Clark

Would you listen to All by Myself, Alone again? Why?

Probably not as it was not the most engaging of Mary Higgins Clark stories. The characters were underdeveloped and flat.

What did you like best about this story?

I guess the only reason I read the story was because Mary Higgins Clark wrote it and as she is nearing 90 I hate to think that she may stop writing soon.

What three words best describe Jan Maxwell’s performance?

Predictable. Maxwell reads all of Clark's works and there is little deviation in her style and performance.Flat. The characters were flat and therefore it must have been hard to try and imbue them with some life.Boring. Same reason as before.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Death at Sea.

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  • "deadlypurple"
  • 04-05-17

Another Mary Higgins Clark masterpiece.

The plot of this book is classic Mary Higgins Clark.
The narrator, Jan Maxwell was very entertaining, particularly in capturing the voice of the main characters.
I can't wait for the next Alvirah Meehan mystery!