The Cinderella Murder: An Under Suspicion Novel

By Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke

During this collaboration among “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and bestselling writer Alafair Burke, “the snappy speed, layered characters, and lots of plot surprises will continue readers guessing during this attention-grabbing secret” (Booklist).

Television manufacturer Laurie Moran is overjoyed whilst the pilot for her truth drama, Under Suspicion, is a hit. much more, the program—a chilly case sequence that revisits unsolved crimes by way of recreating them with these affected—is off to a phenomenal begin while it is helping resolve an notorious homicide within the first actual episode.

Now Laurie has the right case to add within the subsequent episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella homicide. whilst Susan Dempsey, a gorgeous and multi-talented UCLA pupil, was once came across lifeless, her homicide raised a number of questions. Why was once her motor vehicle parked miles from her physique? Had she ever proven up for the appearing audition she was once as a result of attend on the domestic of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend are looking to keep away from questions about their dating? was once her disappearance attached to a debatable church? used to be she with reference to her laptop technological know-how professor due to her technological brilliance, or whatever extra? And why used to be Susan lacking one among her sneakers whilst her physique was once discovered?

With assistance from Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie understands the case will allure nice scores, specifically while the previous suspects comprise Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are ideal for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s assassin prepared for a close-up?

jointly Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke carry “plenty of intrigue and pleasure” (Publishers Weekly) during this interesting begin to a brand new sequence that may hold you guessing till the ultimate web page.

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The reaction used to be thoroughly involuntary, like seeing letters on a web page and interpreting them immediately. Like listening to plus and considering 4. He inspiration like a cop at a easy mobile point. inside of his condo, he fired up the pc within the room that doubled as a house place of work and bed room for Timmy. It wasn’t as speedy or glossy because the apparatus Laurie had, however it used to be more than enough for Leo. He began by means of Googling Rosemary Dempsey. He skimmed the weblog access that had initially drawn his daughter to the Cinderella homicide case. Laurie had proven it to him whilst she used to be first contemplating the case. the writer pointed out that Rosemary had moved out of the house the place she’d lived with Susan and her husband earlier than their deaths. Rosemary now lived in a gated neighborhood outdoor of Oakland. Bingo. He Googled “Oakland homicide gated neighborhood” after which constrained his seek to the final twenty-four hours. He stumbled on information entries, either published within the final hour via neighborhood media shops in Northern California. Lydia Levitt, seventy-one years previous, killed that afternoon in her local of chateau Crossings. He looked for fort Crossings and found the zip code for the world, after which entered it into the web site CrimeReports. simply 13 mentioned incidents within the final thirty days, just about all of them shoplifting. within the map functionality, he zoomed into the world at once round the gated neighborhood the place the sufferer had lived. 0 incidents. He accelerated the quest to the final 12 months. Ten incidents, not anything violent. just one residential housebreaking in a complete 12 months. And but this day, simply as lower than Suspicion was once on the brink of function Susan Dempsey’s homicide, a seventy-one-year-old lady used to be murdered outdoors the house of Susan Dempsey’s mom. Leo knew that he had an inclination to fret approximately his daughter, not only as any father could, yet as a cop. And the humming he felt instantaneously used to be coming from the cop a part of his mind. It used to be as primal as a lizard on an algae-covered rock, sensing the approaching crack of a sledgehammer. Leo wasn’t being a paranoid mum or dad. He was once convinced that Lydia Levitt’s homicide had anything to do with less than Suspicion. •  •  • whilst sun broke via his bed room blinds the following morning, Leo discovered that he had no longer slept, yet he had decided. He reached for the telephone on his nightstand and referred to as Laurie. “Dad? Is every little thing ok? ” It used to be constantly first thing she requested if he referred to as too overdue at evening, too early within the morning, or too repeatedly in a row. “You acknowledged you have been anxious approximately Timmy given the construction agenda in California. ” “Of direction I’m fearful. I’ll determine anything out, even though. I constantly do. i will be able to fly domestic on weekends. probably we will arrange a Skype agenda, notwithstanding i do know that videoconferencing isn’t just like particularly being jointly. ” He may inform he used to be now not the single one that had spent the evening being concerned. “That won’t be necessary,” he stated. “We’ll elect you. Timmy and me, either. ” “Dad—” “Don’t argue with me in this. We’re a relatives. I’ll consult his tuition. It’s just a couple of weeks.

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