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Publication Order of Alvirah and Willy Books

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

Publication Order of Under Suspicion Books

with Alafair Burke
I've Got You Under My Skin (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cinderella Murder (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Dressed in White (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sleeping Beauty Killer (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Breath You Take (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Don't Own Me (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Piece of My Heart (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Where Are The Children Books

Where are the Children? (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where Are the Children Now? (With: Alafair Burke) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Double Vision (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Anastasia Syndrome (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Cape and Other Stories (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Gal Sunday (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Body in the Closet and Plumbing for Willy (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Kitchen Privileges (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Regan Reilly Mystery Books

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

Publication Order of Malice Domestic Books

Malice Domestic 1 (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Malice Domestic 2 (With: M.D. Lake) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Malice Domestic 14 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
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)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caribbean Blues(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Manhattan(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sisters in Crime 2(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Women of Mystery(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Malice Domestic 2(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Behavior(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crown Crime Companion(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1996(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder For Love(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Malice Domestic(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plot Thickens(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on the Run(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night Awakens(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 1998(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Master's Choice: Mystery Stories by Today's Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On a Raven's Wing(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By Hook or By Crook and 27 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By Hook or By Crook and 30 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inherit the Dead(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Manhattan Mayhem(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
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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6 Responses to “Mary Higgins Clark”

  1. G combs: 3 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.

  2. Rebecca J Leer: 3 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.

  3. Kathleen: 7 months 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.

  4. Jennifer oneill: 2 years ago

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

  5. Dave Kinnunen: 2 years ago

    A dynamic woman and beautiful writer

  6. dixiedragon: 6 years ago

    What a determined, amazing woman!


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