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Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next epi Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode ofUnder Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?


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Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next epi Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode ofUnder Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?

30 review for The Cinderella Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karin Slaughter

    FANTASTIC! Two of my most favorite writers in the world doing what they do best. Highly recommend!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    In this 2nd book in the 'Under Suspicion' series, producer Laurie Moran investigates a 20-year-old murder for her reality crime show. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** New York based Laurie Moran produces a television show called 'Under Suspicion', a reality show that highlights cold cases. The program brings together people who were involved with the victim, questions them, and perhaps sheds new light on (or even solves) the case. Laurie's new project involves the murder of Susan Dempse In this 2nd book in the 'Under Suspicion' series, producer Laurie Moran investigates a 20-year-old murder for her reality crime show. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** New York based Laurie Moran produces a television show called 'Under Suspicion', a reality show that highlights cold cases. The program brings together people who were involved with the victim, questions them, and perhaps sheds new light on (or even solves) the case. Laurie's new project involves the murder of Susan Dempsey, a beautiful young coed/aspiring actress whose body was found in Los Angeles twenty years ago - a crime dubbed 'The Cinderella Murder.' Laurie has great empathy for crime victims and their families because her own husband was murdered a few years previously. With the encouragement of Susan's mother, Rosemary, Laurie makes her way to L.A. with her production team, her young son Timmy, her ex-cop father (Timmy's babysitter), and attorney Alex Buckley - who's excellent at questioning the would-be suspects. At the time of the crime the police questioned Susan's boyfriend, a movie director, a couple of roommates, a lab partner, and so on. Laurie lines up these people to be on the show. It seems that almost everyone who was in Susan's orbit has something to hide, however, and the shenanigans of some of these people lead to further murders and assaults. Thus, it seems like everyone who knew Susan or is involved with making the TV program is in danger. All this leads to a not-quite-satisfying but rather dramatic climax. For me a big problem with the book involves the behavior of some characters. One character hides a secret for twenty years that most people would reveal in twenty seconds, another uses a super-elaborate surveillance system when just participating in the TV show would be much easier. This kind of thing makes the plot feel manipulative and unrealistic. That said, the book contains a nice array of interesting characters, has a tiny drop of romance (for readers who like that kind of thing), and is a quick easy read. I'd mildly recommend the book to mystery fans. You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I really liked the format of The Cinderella Murder.TV producer Laurie Moran is putting together an edition of Under Suspicion, a show where she intends to bring together witnesses of the unsolved murder of Susan Dempsey, to try and find additional clues and maybe solve the case. It made quite a refreshing change from detective/investigative journalist/lawyer stories. Whilst this is the second in the series, it really doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the first book, because everything you need I really liked the format of The Cinderella Murder.TV producer Laurie Moran is putting together an edition of Under Suspicion, a show where she intends to bring together witnesses of the unsolved murder of Susan Dempsey, to try and find additional clues and maybe solve the case. It made quite a refreshing change from detective/investigative journalist/lawyer stories. Whilst this is the second in the series, it really doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the first book, because everything you need to know about Laurie and her background and family is explained, and in a nice way; one that doesn’t make you feel as if you are being “info dumped”. Set in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the story really does twist and turn as the characters come together for the show recording and as we heard from them all I was constantly changing my mind as to who was guilty. Matters get even trickier for Laurie when it becomes apparent that someone is trying to stop her making the show. The question is who and why. There are quite a lot of characters in the story and as it progressed I did feel as if I connected with some more than others. On the whole though, this was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading – it was suspenseful, well paced and really kept my interest throughout. Many thanks to the publishers for the review copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    This is the first book I have read by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. I quite liked this one. It was different, easy to read and get into. The book is centred around Laurie Moran, who is producing a reality TV show called "Under Suspicion". The show hopes to bring new evidence to light and help solve previously unsolved cases. I really liked all of the characters, particularly Laurie and her Father, Leo, and son, Timmy. I did question some of the deductions made from the clues, and thought This is the first book I have read by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. I quite liked this one. It was different, easy to read and get into. The book is centred around Laurie Moran, who is producing a reality TV show called "Under Suspicion". The show hopes to bring new evidence to light and help solve previously unsolved cases. I really liked all of the characters, particularly Laurie and her Father, Leo, and son, Timmy. I did question some of the deductions made from the clues, and thought at times it was a bit far fetched. Overall it was quite an enjoyable read and I will read the next one which should be out next month! I will definitely read more of both authors. My rating is more like 3.5 stars but I rounded it up to 4.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Malinda

    Reading a Mary Higgins Clark book is like comfort food. You always know what to expect because each of her books have the basic story- Successful, tallish slender woman (because her life is too complicated to find food interesting) who is currently single. Each time she meets a tall and equally successful and handsome man who will help save the day right before the murderer strikes. This being said, I have read every single one of her books and I will be one sad woman when she stops writing. How Reading a Mary Higgins Clark book is like comfort food. You always know what to expect because each of her books have the basic story- Successful, tallish slender woman (because her life is too complicated to find food interesting) who is currently single. Each time she meets a tall and equally successful and handsome man who will help save the day right before the murderer strikes. This being said, I have read every single one of her books and I will be one sad woman when she stops writing. However, because this book was based on a repeat character, I felt like it was even more repetitive and uninteresting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

    3.5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    Ilove this author! I have read all of her books and she never has disappointed me. This one is an awesome mystery and had me guessing to the very end who the murderer was going to be. I loved the characters. This book had a really good plot. I didn't guess the murderer and it was a surprise. It's really hard to write a review because it would give the book away. Laurie produces a TV show called Under Suspicion, she wants to do this so that she can find out the killer of a girl that dies. During t Ilove this author! I have read all of her books and she never has disappointed me. This one is an awesome mystery and had me guessing to the very end who the murderer was going to be. I loved the characters. This book had a really good plot. I didn't guess the murderer and it was a surprise. It's really hard to write a review because it would give the book away. Laurie produces a TV show called Under Suspicion, she wants to do this so that she can find out the killer of a girl that dies. During the show she listens while other people talk who were roommates of the girl who died. A lot of clues are popping left and right and the killer is revealed. It gets very suspenseful near the end of the story. The last seventy pages is a good thrill ride that keeps you guessing. My favorite characters are Laurie and Leo. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I wouldn't want to reread it,only because I don't usually reread books, and I don't see this as a life changing book. I have changed the way that I rate books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I really liked the approach taken by the writers of basing this crime story as an episode of a reality TV show investigating cold cases. Producer Laurie Moran had a big success with her pilot program and now has the green light to go ahead with an episode on the 20y old murder of beautiful, talented college student, Susan Dempsey. Susan had been on her way to the house of a famous movie director to audition for a part in his new film, however instead her body was found with one shoe missing in a I really liked the approach taken by the writers of basing this crime story as an episode of a reality TV show investigating cold cases. Producer Laurie Moran had a big success with her pilot program and now has the green light to go ahead with an episode on the 20y old murder of beautiful, talented college student, Susan Dempsey. Susan had been on her way to the house of a famous movie director to audition for a part in his new film, however instead her body was found with one shoe missing in a park near his home. There were several unanswered questions at the time. Why was her car found back at the college? How did her room mate manage to get to the Director's so quickly after Susan failed to show up and get the part? Was her boyfriend somehow connected to her death? Laurie is successful in rounding up Susan's family, her room mates, boyfriend, the movie director, and a college friend and a college professor who she worked for. One of them at least knows more than they are saying but which one is guilty? With the help of handsome lawyer Alex Buckley, Laurie is able to discover much of what went on that night. The tension and suspense builds gradually as the stories of all involved unfold, culminating in a thrilling ending. Great read! I really loved the combination of these two writers and look forward the next episode in this series. With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book to review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Laurie Moran’s television program "Under Suspicion" had debuted with huge success. Their very first show had caused a cold case to be solved; a murder which had dogged the police since it had happened. So now Laurie was set to run another; with the approval of her boss Brett, and the help of her assistants, Jerry and Grace, she started on her investigation of the Cinderella Murder. Twenty years previously, nineteen year old UCLA student and only daughter of Jack and Rosemary, Susan Dempsey had b Laurie Moran’s television program "Under Suspicion" had debuted with huge success. Their very first show had caused a cold case to be solved; a murder which had dogged the police since it had happened. So now Laurie was set to run another; with the approval of her boss Brett, and the help of her assistants, Jerry and Grace, she started on her investigation of the Cinderella Murder. Twenty years previously, nineteen year old UCLA student and only daughter of Jack and Rosemary, Susan Dempsey had been viciously murdered. Her killer had never been found, and Jack had passed away three years previously, having never discovered his daughter’s killer. Now Rosemary was desperate for answers. Laurie had recently known tragedy herself and now her son, nine year old Timmie and her dad Joe were her life. She juggled her intense workload with her family commitments well, but still she was extremely grateful to her dad for his dedication and care of Timmie. Joe was a retired policeman and kept a close eye on his daughter and grandson. His cop radar was always working. Getting to know the past players in the Cinderella Murder case was a challenge, but one that Laurie and her team were prepared for. Digging deeply to learn it all could uncover facts the police had missed long ago. That’s what Laurie hoped anyway. When host of "Under Suspicion", lawyer Alex Buckley joined the team as they travelled to California, they had no idea that danger was following them all the way. Would Laurie and her team discover Susan’s killer? Would Rosemary know closure after all this time? The Cinderella Murder is a fabulous start to a new series by two highly successful writers, Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke; my opinion – they have a winning combination! A fabulous thriller with a rocketing pace, loads of tension and suspense to keep you enthralled right the way through. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will be looking for the next in the series – hopefully not too far away. Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Suzzie

    This addition to the series was so fascinating. It had a great pace and you there is suspense for at least 3/4 of the book. Overall it was a quick, good suspense to read with lots of different revelations on a cold case.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Magpie67

    Worst parent nightmare... sending your daughter to college, and having her murdered. Twenty years later, still unsolved... a mother decides to allow a t.v. producer to find the truth or at least get the boyfriend convicted. Loving the premise this title and series brings to the culture now out there... solving the cold cases, bringing justice to the families and peace of mind for the souls. Reality T.V. is a thing, so this series fits in with this scenario; add in the element of an young girl mu Worst parent nightmare... sending your daughter to college, and having her murdered. Twenty years later, still unsolved... a mother decides to allow a t.v. producer to find the truth or at least get the boyfriend convicted. Loving the premise this title and series brings to the culture now out there... solving the cold cases, bringing justice to the families and peace of mind for the souls. Reality T.V. is a thing, so this series fits in with this scenario; add in the element of an young girl murdered on the eve of her big break in show business and you have suspense. Wait... now add a few complicated individuals and a new religion; or is it? Whodunit is looking wild among the natives. On one hand there is murder and on the other hand there is desperation. Plus: money, fame, greed, cheating and love are all being dealt a hand too. Who will get a second chance after the truth is revealed and who will suffer when all the cards are played?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    The Cinderella Murder This was better than I expected it to be. I've read all of Mary Higgins Clark's books since her very first novel was published and the last couple of years she seemed to be losing her touch but I think co authoring with Alafair Burke was a great move on her part. I have never heard of or read any of Alafair Burke's novels before but I may try her out now. I give this book 3 and a half stars. The Cinderella Murder This was better than I expected it to be. I've read all of Mary Higgins Clark's books since her very first novel was published and the last couple of years she seemed to be losing her touch but I think co authoring with Alafair Burke was a great move on her part. I have never heard of or read any of Alafair Burke's novels before but I may try her out now. I give this book 3 and a half stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meena

    The protagonist hosts a television show where they talk to the people close to the victim of an unsolved murder case. The second episode in their show and both their episodes have lead to solving the murder. Let my Rant begin: the characters are so 2-dimensional, the bad ones are shallow, they sleep around, they're selfish, everything bad. And the good people are angels on earth. The murder victim was so loved, tbh, she felt like a walking obituary. People missed her WHILE she was alive, she was The protagonist hosts a television show where they talk to the people close to the victim of an unsolved murder case. The second episode in their show and both their episodes have lead to solving the murder. Let my Rant begin: the characters are so 2-dimensional, the bad ones are shallow, they sleep around, they're selfish, everything bad. And the good people are angels on earth. The murder victim was so loved, tbh, she felt like a walking obituary. People missed her WHILE she was alive, she was that pure . And the protagonist, I swear if you checked her blood samples, the co2 levels would be critically low from all the constant sighing she does. A person cannot sneeze around her without her sighing over the memory of her late husband sneezing just like that. The actual murderer didn't really do anything worth all the fuss that the murder victim made, but to make him more villainous, let's add a few shallow sexual encounters. This book might be better suited for younger readers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Didn’t do it for me... but I’ve read that her earlier novels are a must to try so I will

  15. 4 out of 5

    Franceseattle

    A very dull, lackluster mystery, almost as if it was written by a well-programmed computer. I can't believe that either author was very interested in the story, and I had a hard time finding anything human, interesting, or even suspenseful in it. I love good mysteries, and often have a hard time putting them down. Not this one. A very dull, lackluster mystery, almost as if it was written by a well-programmed computer. I can't believe that either author was very interested in the story, and I had a hard time finding anything human, interesting, or even suspenseful in it. I love good mysteries, and often have a hard time putting them down. Not this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    The dialogue at times sounds like a courtroom. A nine year old kid seems to be smartest. 4 of 10 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Five reasons to curl up with the Cinderella Murder this holiday season If you are a fan of unsolved murder mysteries and reality crime shows than Clark’s new series will delight you, as we interview those involved with the crime and piece together clues. Clark makes us privy to the behind the scenes workings of a reality drama show. The case is fascinating. Susan Dempsey a talented UCLA student is found dead. Despite suspects, the police were never able to solve the crime. Now ten years late Five reasons to curl up with the Cinderella Murder this holiday season If you are a fan of unsolved murder mysteries and reality crime shows than Clark’s new series will delight you, as we interview those involved with the crime and piece together clues. Clark makes us privy to the behind the scenes workings of a reality drama show. The case is fascinating. Susan Dempsey a talented UCLA student is found dead. Despite suspects, the police were never able to solve the crime. Now ten years later thanks to her mother’s persistence Laurie Moran and her show Under Suspicion re-interview those closest to her and the lead suspects. Clark provides us with an interesting cast of characters. Laurie Moran and her young son know firsthand about unsolved crimes, and this makes Laurie very successful at her job. Laurie’s Dad, takes care of her young son. As a retired police officer, he aids the investigation. Laurie is intelligent, quick thinking and level headed. She loves her son and excels at her career. While not without flaws and luggage, she felt genuine. Alex Buckley is the host of Under Suspicion and a lawyer. Smooth and patient best describe Alex. I would like to see the man get a little excited. Friends and associates of the victim make for a curious case. Even Laurie’s young son makes an impact on the case at hand, notching up the suspense. Clark did an excellent job of fleshing out characters and we even see hints of romances. I loved how diverse the suspect list was from actors to scientists. The Cinderella Murder was a fantastic audio listen. Alafair Burke did a wonderful job of creating unique voices for each character. Her pacing, breath and emotions allowed me to slip into the story. Mary Higgins Clark is a seasoned author who knows how to let the story unfold, weaving in red herrings, clues and notching up the suspense. Nothing felt forced or rushed. The mystery was well crafted with an air of believability danger and action. I had a blast piecing things together and enjoyed the twists and turns. Audio provided by publisher, full review on blog.This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The Cinderella Murder is a fast-paced, enjoyable read. This should not come as a surprise as it is written by leading lady mystery authors Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. Laurie Moran is a television producer whose show Under Suspicion investigates cold case files in order to expose the killer. In this episode she is looking into the case of Susan Dempsey who disappeared 20 years ago while heading out to an acting audition. There are many viable suspects and quirky characters and just enou The Cinderella Murder is a fast-paced, enjoyable read. This should not come as a surprise as it is written by leading lady mystery authors Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. Laurie Moran is a television producer whose show Under Suspicion investigates cold case files in order to expose the killer. In this episode she is looking into the case of Susan Dempsey who disappeared 20 years ago while heading out to an acting audition. There are many viable suspects and quirky characters and just enough plot twists to keep you guessing. Although this is the first book in the series that I have read, I forsee more Under Suspicion titles in my future.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Cinderella Murders is a 2014 Simon and Schuster publication. I have been super excited about finally getting to read this book because I am such a big fan of both authors- Alafair Burke and Mary Higgins Clark. With these two at the helm, I knew this would be a great mystery and so it was. Television producer, Laurie Moran, desperately needs a hit. With her career on the line, she pitches “The Cinderella Murder” to showcase on her new reality TV show “ Under Suspicion”. Once she begins looking The Cinderella Murders is a 2014 Simon and Schuster publication. I have been super excited about finally getting to read this book because I am such a big fan of both authors- Alafair Burke and Mary Higgins Clark. With these two at the helm, I knew this would be a great mystery and so it was. Television producer, Laurie Moran, desperately needs a hit. With her career on the line, she pitches “The Cinderella Murder” to showcase on her new reality TV show “ Under Suspicion”. Once she begins looking up all the 'usual suspects', she soon discovers someone wants to shut down the renewed interest in the case and Laurie herself could be the next victim. Years ago, a talented young UCLA student was murdered on her way to an audition. The case was never solved, but a cloud of suspicion still hangs over the director she was on her way to meet. But, it seems many others have been harboring secrets in regards to this case and now the truth is beginning to seep out little by little, casting doubts over all those involved. Was it a jealous roommate? Someone involved in a cult like church on campus? Susan's boyfriend? The director? This is a classic whodunit, cleverly plotted, with precision timing and pacing. I love cold case stories that blend the past with the present, as long buried and dark secrets come bubbling to the surface, and of course after all this time has passed, the murderer is finally brought to justice. Because I read so much, and am usually called upon to scrutinize a book with a critical eye, I have become jaded over the years. However, I chose this book as a pleasure read, and only have a few very minor complaints, which I can't expound on without hinting at the outcome, but, I must say, I found this mystery very entertaining. It kept me guessing, has likeable and realistic characters in the lead, and just a tiny bit of romance to cap it all off. There is very little detailed violence, the language is mild and while there are adult situations, there is no explicit sex. This is just an all around solid mystery that everyone can enjoy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Satomi

    Since I did not read a pure mystery book for a while, I rather enjoyed reading this book with my bookish friends! All of us guessed “who done it”, and I think one of us guessed correctly!! I liked it since it did not go to the worst place I had imagined.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mariam Mohsen

    4.5 stars. I actually have read 2 of Marry Higgins Clark's books before and really injoyed kiss the girls and make them cry in particular. And when I saw this book and read the synopsis, I was totally in. And seriously, everything this author writes is a complete perfection. I can say that she is one of my most favorite thriller authors of all times. Her works just keep you definitely on edge through the whole story. This book was really phenomenal and it left me wanting to read more of the seri 4.5 stars. I actually have read 2 of Marry Higgins Clark's books before and really injoyed kiss the girls and make them cry in particular. And when I saw this book and read the synopsis, I was totally in. And seriously, everything this author writes is a complete perfection. I can say that she is one of my most favorite thriller authors of all times. Her works just keep you definitely on edge through the whole story. This book was really phenomenal and it left me wanting to read more of the series. This was such a spectacular ride, and I really enjoyed all the amazing plot twists untill the end. Also I really loved the little touches of suspense which added much greatness to the story. However, the beginning was kind of slow paced a little bit, but overall I extremely injoyed it

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Mary Higgins Clark's I've Got You Under My Skin introduced television producer Laurie Moran. Now, Clark joins with another bestselling author, Alafair Burke, for an ongoing series about Moran as she produces Under Suspicion, a show that investigates, and tries to solve cold cases. As a fan of cold case mysteries, I was hooked when I picked up The Cinderella Murder. Moran, who lost her husband to a killer, understands the pain felt by a victim's family and friends. She's the perfect one to bring t Mary Higgins Clark's I've Got You Under My Skin introduced television producer Laurie Moran. Now, Clark joins with another bestselling author, Alafair Burke, for an ongoing series about Moran as she produces Under Suspicion, a show that investigates, and tries to solve cold cases. As a fan of cold case mysteries, I was hooked when I picked up The Cinderella Murder. Moran, who lost her husband to a killer, understands the pain felt by a victim's family and friends. She's the perfect one to bring together a television show that recreates cases, hoping to finally find answers. Twenty years after Susan Dempsey, a nineteen-year-old college student, was found strangled in Laurel Canyon Park, her mother, Rosemary is still determined to find answers. So, she agrees to cooperate when Laurie wants to put together a show about the case the media called "The Cinderella Murder". Susan was a beautiful young actress whose body was found missing one shoe, an appealing scenario for headlines. Laurie Moran is sure the show will appeal to viewers. Who can resist a cold case involving a computer genius, the movie industry, and the "noir of Mulholland Drive"? As Laurel and her team gather together the people who were once involved with Susan Dempsey, they hope to uncover clues that remained secrets twenty years earlier. But, Laurel's father, a former police officer with the New York Police Department, finds something odd about the death of Rosemary Dempsey's neighbor, and tags along on the trip to Los Angeles. In all the excitement of filming a show, the team tends to forget that a cold case means there may still be a killer out there who wants the murder to be forgotten. Clark and Burke's first book together is a riveting story with multiple red herrings and suspects. In a show about a cold case, everyone involved earlier is "Under Suspicion". But, the authors are careful to handle not only the murder, but the pain felt by family members who are still desperate for answers. And, they've given us a protagonist, Laurel Moran, a victim herself, who understands that desperation. Hopefully, The Cinderella Murder will be the first in a string of hits for Clark and Burke, and the beginning of an ongoing search for more stories for Under Suspicion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    This book brings together two best-selling authors who have teamed up to write "An Under Suspicion Novel" - which some say (and the subtitle suggests) is the beginning of a new series. If that's the case, count me as a bandwagon-jumper when the next one is published. "Under Suspicion" is the title of a reality TV show produced by Laurie Moran and her team. The pilot for the series, which revisits cold case crimes through reenactment, focused on the murder of Laurie's own husband and was a great s This book brings together two best-selling authors who have teamed up to write "An Under Suspicion Novel" - which some say (and the subtitle suggests) is the beginning of a new series. If that's the case, count me as a bandwagon-jumper when the next one is published. "Under Suspicion" is the title of a reality TV show produced by Laurie Moran and her team. The pilot for the series, which revisits cold case crimes through reenactment, focused on the murder of Laurie's own husband and was a great success. Now, she's found a topic for the second, the so-called "Cinderella Murder" of a talented UCLA student named Susan Dempsey some 20 years ago. First up, though, she must convince her boss that it's worth the time and, most importantly, financial investment. She does that by looking at the evidence and asking questions; why, for instance, was one of Susan's shoes missing when her body was found (hence the moniker "Cinderella Murder")? Why does Susan's mother fervently believe her daughter's cheating boyfriend killed her? Is there a connection with the leader of a controversial mega-church? Needless to say, finding the answers is appealing to her boss, but it isn't until top attorney Alex Buckley, who served as the host/interviewer in the pilot, agrees to return that Laurie gets the go-ahead and a production budget. As one might expect, production doesn't quite go as planned, with twists and turns and more than one new murder. In fact, there aren't a lot of big surprises anywhere in the plot, from who's going to bite the dust next to a blossoming love interest to whodunit. I also noticed a couple of what I'll call inconsistencies along the way - facts that are presented in one manner and contradicted a couple of chapters later - leading to my rating of 4 stars instead of 5. That said, this is murder on the lighter side (meaning hardly any blood and guts and no messing with my head) - something I've come to expect from Higgins Clark. It's a quick, enjoyable read that was exactly what I needed after reading some heavy-duty, mind-bending thrillers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna Gersting

    I love Mary Higgins Clark but she really has lost her touch with this book. I found it very boring. Their really was no protagonist. So many people to keep track of. It is a murder mystery but I had a hard time following the clues. I forced myself to read 3/4 of it buy after falling asleep several time I just flipped to the last few pages to see who-done-it I def would recommend it

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz B

    This was poorly written and predictable. It would've been a dnf except that I read it for book club. It makes me wonder if all of the Mary Higgins Clark books I loved in high school were also this bad. This was poorly written and predictable. It would've been a dnf except that I read it for book club. It makes me wonder if all of the Mary Higgins Clark books I loved in high school were also this bad.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    Love the story! Love the story!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    3-3.5 stars I don't recall if I have read this author before or not. I would read from her again, there were some things I liked about this, but I also had an issue or two (view spoiler)[ I'm not a huge fan of characters being killed off like this. We lost a few along the way, even the ones that didn't necessarily "die" and I just don't like that, especially when they are the kind of characters you really like and there is always that "they just figured it out and tried to tell but died before th 3-3.5 stars I don't recall if I have read this author before or not. I would read from her again, there were some things I liked about this, but I also had an issue or two (view spoiler)[ I'm not a huge fan of characters being killed off like this. We lost a few along the way, even the ones that didn't necessarily "die" and I just don't like that, especially when they are the kind of characters you really like and there is always that "they just figured it out and tried to tell but died before they could" GRRRR.... (hide spoiler)] overall though, as a pretty easygoing murder mystery, I liked it. The main characters and some secondary were very likable. Nothing earth shattering, but I would give another one a go.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Two terrific authors have teamed up to write a new series. While this one is Book 2, it does fine as a stand alone. And as always, recommend starting with I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN. It gives a lot of background on the characters and all those little nuances that make them feel like family. Under Suspicion is a new TV series .... taking cold cases and presenting them to a television audience in the hope that they can be solved. (Think America's Most Wanted). Television Producer Laurie Moran finds Two terrific authors have teamed up to write a new series. While this one is Book 2, it does fine as a stand alone. And as always, recommend starting with I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN. It gives a lot of background on the characters and all those little nuances that make them feel like family. Under Suspicion is a new TV series .... taking cold cases and presenting them to a television audience in the hope that they can be solved. (Think America's Most Wanted). Television Producer Laurie Moran finds the next story to showcase on her new program ...The Cinderella Murder ... so named because the young woman who was murdered was only wearing one shoe. It's been 30 years and the killer has never been found. Laurie hopes if she can get all the victims' family and friends together, the killer will show his or her face. There are several suspects ... her boyfriend who cheated on her .... the two roommates who have secrets they've never told, the computer nerd who had a huge crush on her, the movie producer she was on her way to audition for the night she was killed. I have never been disappointed with Mary Higgins Clark .. her stories have plenty of suspense, with a tiny bit of romance. This was well-written and I was surprised at the ending. Easy to read. Very enjoyable. Highly recommend!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Probably more like a 3.5 star rounded to a 4... This is the first book in a spinoff series from "I've got you under my skin" so the major players are all back for more investigating:) Laurie, Leo, Alex, etc. This one will make more sense if you read IGYUMS first. As usual, it follows pretty much the MHC formula but is well written. (I found a few mistakes towards the beginning of the book, but they tapered off as it went along.) I enjoy reading "lighter" mysteries as well as "suspense-thriller," Probably more like a 3.5 star rounded to a 4... This is the first book in a spinoff series from "I've got you under my skin" so the major players are all back for more investigating:) Laurie, Leo, Alex, etc. This one will make more sense if you read IGYUMS first. As usual, it follows pretty much the MHC formula but is well written. (I found a few mistakes towards the beginning of the book, but they tapered off as it went along.) I enjoy reading "lighter" mysteries as well as "suspense-thriller," and this definitely falls into the former category for me. But I did find the trying to figure out the "whodunit" entertaining as they all seem to motives & opportunities that keep shifting... This is listed as being co-written by Alafair Burke, but honestly I noticed little if any change from the usual MHC style. I wouldn't have guessed it was co-written if it wasn't on the cover. But, I have never read any AB books, so maybe their writing styles are similar.. MHC used to be one of my favorite authors years ago, and I continue to read her newest book each year. She's still good (mostly) even though she's mellowed over time.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    I read this book after I had read the last one about the TV program, Under Suspicion. I had enjoyed that book so this one was a no-brainer and I was not disappointed and I look forward to the next in this series. The book is number 1 in the Under Suspicion Series and yet the last Mary Higgins Clark has the same set of characters so I guess that one was 1/2 ---maybe? I liked the flow of the book and the character interaction. It had an easy to read and put down and then pick right up again the ne I read this book after I had read the last one about the TV program, Under Suspicion. I had enjoyed that book so this one was a no-brainer and I was not disappointed and I look forward to the next in this series. The book is number 1 in the Under Suspicion Series and yet the last Mary Higgins Clark has the same set of characters so I guess that one was 1/2 ---maybe? I liked the flow of the book and the character interaction. It had an easy to read and put down and then pick right up again the next time I opened the book. Great story - good character development and characters I actually care about for a change. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. 4 stars for sure.

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