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Publication Order of Alvirah and Willy Books

with Carol Higgins Clark
Weep No More, My Lady (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lottery Winner (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Through the Night (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deck the Halls (With: Carol Higgins Clark) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Thief (With: Carol Higgins Clark) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Santa Cruise (With: Carol Higgins Clark) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dashing Through the Snow (With: Carol Higgins Clark) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
I'll Walk Alone (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Years (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
As Time Goes by (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
All By Myself, Alone (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Under Suspicion Books

with Alafair Burke
I've Got You Under My Skin (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cinderella Murder (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Dressed in White (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sleeping Beauty Killer (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Breath You Take (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Don't Own Me (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Piece of My Heart (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Had to Be You (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Where Are The Children Books

Where are the Children? (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Are the Children Now? (With: Alafair Burke) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Aspire to the Heavens / Mount Vernon Love Story (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Stranger is Watching (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cradle Will Fall (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cry in the Night (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stillwatch (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caribbean Blues (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
While My Pretty One Sleeps (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loves Music, Loves to Dance (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Around the Town (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
I'll Be Seeing You (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remember Me (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Night (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pretend You Don't See Her (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moonlight Becomes You (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Belong To Me (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
We'll Meet Again (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Before I Say Good-Bye (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daddy's Little Girl (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Street Where You Live (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
He Sees You When You're Sleeping (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second Time Around (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nighttime is My Time (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Place Like Home (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Little Girls in Blue (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Heard That Song Before (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Ship (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Are You Now? (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just Take My Heart (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow of Your Smile (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magical Christmas Horse (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Melody Lingers On (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
I've Got My Eyes on You (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Anastasia Syndrome (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Cape and Other Stories (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Gal Sunday (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body in the Closet and Plumbing for Willy (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Kitchen Privileges (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Regan Reilly Mystery Books

with Carol Higgins Clark
Decked (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snagged (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Iced (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twanged (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deck the Halls (With: Carol Higgins Clark) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fleeced (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jinxed (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Popped (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Thief (With: Carol Higgins Clark) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Burned (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hitched (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Laced (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zapped (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cursed (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wrecked (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mobbed (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gypped / Scammed (By: Carol Higgins Clark) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Malice Domestic Books

Malice Domestic 2 (With: M.D. Lake) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 14 (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Each book is an anthology, with the listed author credited as the editor of the book.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Murder on the Aisle(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caribbean Blues(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Manhattan(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sisters in Crime 2(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women of Mystery(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 2(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Justice in Manhattan(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Behavior(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crown Crime Companion(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1996(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder For Love(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Malice Domestic(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Plot Thickens(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on the Run(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night Awakens(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 1998(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Master's Choice: Mystery Stories by Today's Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
On a Raven's Wing(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
By Hook or By Crook and 27 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inherit the Dead(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manhattan Mayhem(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Higgins Clark was born on 24th December 1927 and passed away on January 31st, 2020. She is the only daughter in a family of three children. Mary Higgins Clark is one and half years younger than her elder brother Joseph and three years older than her younger brother John.

Mary Higgins Clark’s father Luke Higgins and mother Nora are of Irish descent though Nora was born in the United States of America. At her childhood age, Mary had an interest in writing. At the age of seven, Mary Higgins Clark shockingly composed her first poem and frequently crafted some short plays that her friends enacted. Mary Higgins Clark was still a baby during the time of Great Depression in the world. Initially her family never felt the effect of the Depression.

This is because her family was able to sustain itself and also assist some of the jobless Americans who knocked at their door. Mary Higgins Clark’s family began to experience some financial constraints when she turned ten. This was as a result of the accumulated debts by customers who failed to be prompt in paying the bar tabs they owed her father.

Her father had no option other than retrenching some of his employees and spending more hours at work. Events took a painful turn in 1939, when Mary went home early from Mass to learn that her father had died while asleep. Her mother Nora struggled as a widow to raise them, and Mary was forced to get out of her bedroom which her mother rented out to boarders.

His elder brother posed risk of contracting osteomyelitis after cutting his foot by a piece of metal six months after the death of their father. However, he recovered through prayers by Mary Higgins and her mother. Mary Higgins Clark graduated from Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School and managed to secure a scholarship at Villa Maria Academy.

The principal together with other teachers encouraged her to develop her writing career. Here, Mary made the first attempt publishing her work but unfortunately her work got rejected. Mary Higgins Clark worked at Shelton Hotel as a switchboard operator in order to help her mother pay their bills.

Her brother Joseph graduated in 1944 from high school and immediately joined Navy to help his mother to pay bills and serve his country during war times. Six months later, Joseph contracted spinal meningitis and passed on.

After Joseph’s death, Mary Higgins Clark completed high school and attended Wood Secretarial School on a partial scholarship. One year after completing her course, she secured a secretarial job at the creative department of an advertising division at Remington-Rand.

In 1949, Mary worked with the Pan Am international flights that saw her travel across the globe. On the 26th day of December 1949, Mary Higgins Clark gave up her flying career and married Warren Clark. She then started taking writing courses at NYU, to keep herself busy.

In 1956, after forty rejections and six years without professional milestones, the Extension Magazine came to terms with Mary to purchase her story for $100. At personal level, Mary Higgins Clark and her husband were moving on well with their children Marilyn, Warren Junior, David, Carol and last born Patty. Warren used to work while Mary spent her time writing and encouraging her children to find ways to earn money.

Mary Higgins Clark filmed a television commercial herself for the Fab laundry detergent which was aired during times of the ‘I Love Lucy show’. Together with her husband they made a trip to Hawaii using the cash she earned from this commercial. In 1959 Mary’s husband Warren was diagnosed with severe angina complications. This rendered him to several heart attacks that finally saw him die in 1964.

His mother collapsed at his bedside on that particular night on discovering her son’s death. Mary Higgins Clark lost her husband and mother-in-law at the same time. The initial contract of Mary Higgins Clark as a radio scriptwriter gave her duty to write sixty five scripts, each script running on a four-minute program that dealt with the portrait patriot series.

With her impressive work, she was further requested to write two extra radio series. In the late 1960s, the market for short stories collapsed and that meant that Mary’s short stories could not find a publisher. Mary spent the next six years writing on the relationship between Martha and George Washington’s fictionalized account by name,’Aspire to the Heavens’.

This book did sell well and encouraged Mary to complete it to full-length and look for a publisher. Four months after the publication of this novel, Marry Higgins Clark got another blow by losing her mother Nora. Mary Higgins Clark knew clearly that education for her children was essential, and therefore was determined to provide them with the best education so that they could not struggle financially in future.

To be a role model, she joined Fordham University in 1971 at Lincoln Centre and graduated in 1979 with a BA in philosophy. Her children enumerated her example since they too graduated and are currently working.

When her children were in college, Mary Higgins Clark got more frustrations from her employer; she decided to quit her job and team up with her former colleagues to form their own company that was concerned with writing and marketing the radio scripts.

Mary Higgins Clark did not receive her salary for eight months as it was a year of building the company. This circumstance strained the family finances. Mary Higgins Clark never gave up writing. She reverted to writing suspense stories, which she loved while she was a child. Fortunately, these suspense stories gave her first success as a writer of short stories.

After a short duration of time, her younger brother; Johnny died and Mary was left to be a sole bread winner to her family. Throughout her widowhood, Mary Higgins Clark dated and was later married to Raymond Ploetz as from 1978 to 1986, what she tells to be a ‘disastrous marriage experience’.

However, she later divorced him. She remarried again in 1996 to Conheeney John; a retired CEO to Merrill Lynch Futures Company. Currently the couple lives in Saddle River in New Jersey. Mary Higgins Clark wrote many fictionally books ranging from; ‘Aspire to the Heavens’ which was reissued in 2000 as ‘Mount Vernon Love Story’ to 2014’s edition, ‘I’ve Got You under My Skin’.

She has also written two factual books; the 1993’s ‘Mother Salut’ and 2001’s ‘Kitchen Privileges, A Memoir’. She adapted five movies from the 1982’s ‘A Stranger Is Watching’ to 2002’s movie ‘All Round the Town’. Her television adaptations range from 1983’s ‘The Cradle Will Fall’ to 2004’s ‘Try to Remember’ series. She truly did exclusive writing works despite the many persisting set backs in her life.

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7 Responses to “Mary Higgins Clark”

  1. Catherine: 3 weeks ago

    I just got done with “Where Are the Children Now?” I love how she has you thinking it’s someone that did, but by the end it turns out to be someone else. Love her books!

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  2. G combs: 9 months ago

    Picked up a MH Clark book with Alafair Burke, Where are the Children Now?
    Realized it was a sequel to Where are the Children.Wow, what a writer! Loved the first and onto the second. Looking forward to reading more of Mrs. Clarks’ novels.

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  3. Rebecca J Leer: 9 months ago

    Mary has been my favorite author since receiving my first book written by her for my graduation in `1978′ “Where are the Children?” ever since that time i would buy any and all books I could find written by Mary. Garage Sales, stores, on line. I have re-read many of them. I feel like I’m part of the story when I’m ready her books. LOVE – LOVE – THEM WILL MISS HER TERRIBLY, she was excellent at pulling you into each story and not letting you go until the very end.

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  4. Kathleen: 1 year ago

    Love, love her books. Where Are the Children started me as a fan. I could not go to sleep without finishing the Cradle Will Fall. Fantastic writer.

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  5. Jennifer oneill: 2 years ago

    Great story writer. Love her books. What a great lady to accomplish so muchh

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  6. Dave Kinnunen: 2 years ago

    A dynamic woman and beautiful writer

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  7. dixiedragon: 7 years ago

    What a determined, amazing woman!

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