At a Manhattan party, fashion photographer Maggie Holloway is reunited unexpectedly with her former stepmother, Nuala, and their friendship is resumed. But when Maggie arrives for dinner one evening at Nuala's home, she finds her dead. Stranger still, she learns that only days before her death Nuala had changed her will, leaving everything to ...
At a Manhattan party, fashion photographer Maggie Holloway is reunited unexpectedly with her former stepmother, Nuala, and their friendship is resumed. But when Maggie arrives for dinner one evening at Nuala's home, she finds her dead. Stranger still, she learns that only days before her death Nuala had changed her will, leaving everything to Maggie ...The only condition is that Maggie occasionally visits an old friend, Greta Shipley. It is when she accompanies Greta to visit Nuala's grave that she discovers something is badly wrong. When Greta also dies suddenly, of supposedly natural causes, Maggie's suspicions are confirmed. But what Maggie doesn't realize is that she, too, has become a target for the killer, and that each clue she uncovers brings her closer to a terrifying fate ...
I bought this expecting it to be putting me on the edge of my seat. I read a review in the New Yorker about Amazon's Kindle, the author was shocked that MBY wasn't an available title, so I figured it MUST be a classic. Seemed predictable, dated, and condescending to both women and seniors.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-03-24 This murder-thriller set in Newport, R.I., spent 14 weeks on PW's bestseller list. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1996-04-01 Pretty photographer Maggie Holloway begins Clark's latest (after Silent Night) lying in a coffin buried in a grave, pulling desperately at a string that leads to a bell with no clapper. How she got there is the essence of a convoluted tale of a ritzy Newport, R.I., retirement home whose well-heeled residents seem to die with alarming frequency, leading to high-profit turnover of their apartments there. Latest to shed her mortal coil was Maggie's much-loved stepmother, a fact that led intrepid Maggie to take an unwise amount of interest in the deaths-and also to question why several of the graves seemed to have little funerary bells on them. As usual with Clark, there is a stalwart admirer whose love does not immediately speak its name, and a surfeit of suspicious characters, including a scholarly funeral nut, a shady investment broker, a venal lawyer, a drunken, inept doctor and a nosy nurse. There's some fun in the sprightly Newport oldsters, and the many scenes and characters are shifted around smoothly and with a practiced hand. The bells gimmick seems no more than that, however, and the book is light on thrills-though there's nothing to put off Clark's myriad fans. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild main selection; Reader's Digest Condensed Books selection; paperback rights to Pocket Books; author tour. (May). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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