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1.27 x 9.58 x 6.5 Inches; 255 pages; In her thirteenth full-length novel
-- her most chillingly suspenseful yet -- Mary Higgins Clark, "America's
Queen of Suspense," delivers a tale of brilliantly sustained terror.
Set in Newport, Rhode Island, in a world of old money and proud names,
Moonlight Becomes You has at its center Maggie Holloway, an
independent young woman who has put personal tragedy behind her and become
one of the fashion world's most successful photographers.
her date to a party in Manhattan -- a kind of family reunion for the Moore
clan of Newport -- Maggie is reunited with a woman who had once been her
stepmother and who remains one of her fondest childhood memories. Nuala
Moore is equally thrilled to see Maggie, and the two quickly get beyond
old pains and resume their friendship.
Nuala, now widowed, invites
Maggie to visit her in Newport, and when Maggie readily accepts, Nuala
plans a dinner for a group of friends so they can meet her long-lost
stepdaughter. But when Maggie arrives, she finds Nuala dead, the victim of
an apparently random break-in and robbery.
Maggie is heartbroken at
the loss and further stunned when she learns that, only days before her
death, Nuala had changed her will and left her charming Victorian house to
her stepdaughter, the only proviso being that Maggie occasionally visit an
old friend, Greta Shipley, who lives in Latham Manor, an elegant
retirement home in Newport.
It is when she accompanies Mrs. Shipley to
the cemetery to visit Nuala's grave, as well as those of other friends
Mrs. Shipley has recently lost, that Maggie discovers that something is
wrong. Using her skills as a photographer to aid her in uncovering the
secrets hidden on the gravesites, she soon realizes that Nuala's death may
not have been a random killing at all but rather part of a diabolical plot
conceived by a twisted and unfeeling mind.
Suddenly it becomes all too
apparent to Maggie that Nuala's killer must have been someone she trusted
completely. Then, when Greta Shipley dies virtually without warning of
supposedly natural causes, Maggie becomes convinced that there is a
connection between these two and other recent deaths among the older women
What Maggie doesn't realize is that she has
become a target for the killer as well and that each clue she uncovers
brings her closer and closer to a shocking and unimaginable fate.
a sense of swiftly mounting danger, and with the skill and insight into
human nature that have made all Mary Higgins Clark's books major
bestsellers, Moonlight Becomes You is enthralling suspense.