The Cinderella Murder (Under Suspicion #1) by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

In a first-time collaboration, “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark partners with bestselling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders

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 of Under 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? Why was Susan so concerned about her roommate’s infatuation with a new-age religious sect? 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?

Together Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke deliver an exciting publishing event: the start of a thrilling new series guaranteed to keep you guessing until the last suspenseful page.

My Thoughts
I’m a huge mystery fiction fan and read a lot of mysteries. When I saw that Cinderella was part of this title I wanted to read it. Well, the only tie between Cinderella and this mystery is the girl who was killed lost her shoe running for her life…that’s it. But, that’s not to say this wasn’t a great read. Cause it was!

I’m not sure I’ve read a lot of MHC before but I will now, especially this series. I actually have the second in this series on hold at the library for me now (along wit ha few others). I really got sucked into this world of television and solving murders.

I found Laurie to be a great character- strong, good at her job, heartbroken over her husband’s death (which makes her great at her job), and a good mom. I mean a working mom is hard, a working single mother- can’t imagine. She makes it work. With the help of her dad, they have a great routine. Once she gets sucked into this Cinderella murder though, her life becomes even more hectic. They fly to CA for the show and for all the interviews. The one thing about Laurie is that her objectiveness gets a little clouded by the victims mother, Rosemary. Which is understandable but as a professional she lets her feelings get in the way and almost ruins the whole episode.

I found all the characters who were suspects annoying. The pre-Madonna who thinks she’s still a star; the pretty boy who wants more fame; the woman who changed her name out of fear but eventually grows a pair and fesses up to why; the genius who knows too much; the professor who isn’t such a nice guy. Then there’s the hit man and the crazy religious guy. Good Lord. What a cast of characters. I have never hated a character more than the crazy religious guy- he started his own religion and is a pedophile and siphons all the money from his ‘church’ for his gain. Disgusting can’t even begin to describe this man. Regular cult leader.

I figured out who did it, about half way into the book. I just got this creepy, ‘yeah right’ feeling about the murderer when he was first introduced. The lengths he goes to conceal this 20 yr murder is Crazy. The reason for the murder- ridiculous.

Susan was a bright, young, beautiful woman who was killed because she overheard a deal going down in the computer lab at her college. Ridiculous and senseless and stupid.

Great read though! Try it out!

4 out of 5 stars!


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