In Memory

  •  In Memorium

    I was saddened to learn that my favorite mystery author of all time died Friday, January 31st at the age of 92. Mary Higgins Clark was a New York Times bestselling author for over 40 years and wrote over 50 books including two children’s books as well as a memoir. Her persistence to become a published author was very inspiring to me and I feel, as many of her readers do, that her books were written just for me. She had a way of writing characters that I could relate to. She always showcased women who were strong and would triumph over any danger that came along, which influenced me greatly.            

    I realize that not all readers love mysteries as much as I do, but when you find a book genre that you connect with, it becomes the motivation you need to become a lifetime reader. As a child, I loved being read to but I hated reading books on my own. I don’t remember ever finishing a book until I discovered my first mystery novel. The suspense and wonder of what would happen next was the motivation I needed to keep reading until the last page.            

    If you also enjoy reading a good mystery, pick up one of Mary Higgins Clark’s books and read. You might find yourself reading until 4 in the morning just to find out whodunit! There is a reason Mary Higgins Clark was crowned “The Queen of Suspense” and was one of the world’s most popular writers. She will be missed. 

    2.10 A Stranger is WatchingA STRANGER IS WATCHING 
    By Mary Higgins Clark
    (1977) 

    Ronald Thompson is about to be executed for a crime he didn’t commit. The murderer has unfinished business he is trying to complete. While avoiding  the police a string of bad luck begins to catch up with the real murderer and the clock is ticking as a journalist tries to uncover the truth.   

     

    2.10 Remember MeREMEMBER ME  
    By Mary Higgins Clark
    (1994)

    Menley  and her husband decide to rent a house on Cape Cod with an interesting and spooky history.  While Adam, her husband and lawyer, works on a high profile murder case Menley decides to do some research for her new book. While she is digging up some history on the house they are staying at, Remember House, she uncovers her own past ghosts and a possible killer who lives down the beach. 

     

    2.10 Moonlight Becomes HerMOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU: A NOVEL  
    By Mary Higgins Clark
    (1996)

    Maggie, a fashion photographer, reunites with her stepmother at a family reunion and is invited to spend two weeks with her in Newport, Rhode Island. When she arrives she finds her stepmother murdered. As she begins to look into the strange clues of her stepmother’s death she discovers a pattern. As she begins to uncover a sinister plot she unknowingly leads the killer right to her.  

     

    2.10 Daddys Little GirlDADDY’S LITTLE GIRL 
    By Mary Higgins Clark
    (2002)

    Ellie was seven years old when her older sister was murdered. Years later the man convicted for her murder, is up for parole and Ellie is determined to keep him in prison by proving his guilt.  As she starts to do her own investigating she uncovers facts that begin to shed new light on her sister’s murder. As she gets closer to finding out the real killers identity she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer. 

     

    2.10 The Cinderella MurderTHE CINDERELLA MURDER : AN UNDER SUSPICION NOVEL  
    By Mary Higgins Clark
    (2014)

    Laurie Moran is a television producer for a reality drama called Under Suspicion where they solve cold case crimes. As they take on a new project involving the murder of Susan Dempsey, a beautiful talented college student, whose body was found miles from her parked car, they begin to find justice for the family as they unearth clues leading to her death. 

     
  • clements

    I was really saddened to hear of the passing of Andrew Clements on November 29, 2019. In his career as an author, Andrew Clements wrote more than 80 books for young people including picture books, young adult novels, and, of course, his school stories. 

    When I was in elementary school, I started reading school stories. I loved reading books about real kids in real situations having believable adventures. As a child, I was a reader who disliked book series, didn’t enjoy fantasy novels, and longed for a little more reality in my books. I still read a lot of realistic fiction, but for me there will always be one author who wrote these stories better than anyone else, and that is Andrew Clements.

    frindle The first time I read FRINDLE I was instantly hooked. Here was a book about real kids who were funny, smart, and clever and made the smallest silliest change in the world just by changing the word pen to frindle. As a kid, I was too much of a teacher’s pet to even think about pulling pranks like Nicholas Allen – but I knew if he was in my class I would have started calling all of my pens frindles.

    Though I’m sad to hear of the passing of one of my favorite authors, I’m so glad for a chance to look back on his career with gratitude for the role he played in building my love of learning. One of my favorite quotes from Andrew Clements is about why he likes to write stories even though he admits it’s difficult for him to do:

    “Three days ago on a windy, drizzly day in New England, I stacked firewood for five hours straight, three cords of wood — had to be a couple tons of the stuff. It was difficult, but all winter now, there will be a cheery fire in the fireplace, and toasty warmth from the stove in my writing shed in the back yard. I like cheery fires and toasty stoves enough to want to do the hard work of stacking wood.

    "I know from my own experience that reading a good book can be a life-changing event. So I'm willing, actually happy, to do the work of stacking all those words so they'll give off some heat and light in another's life on a winter afternoon or a summer night. And if I have the ability to perhaps make that happen, then the work becomes fun.”