This is the German edition of All By Myself, Alone. And despite the fact, that I am obviously not reading this series in its chronological order, I enjoyed this novel with Alvirah and Willy. A nice and easy to read thriller. Until a few weeks ago, I wasn´t even aware that this series exists. Well, that sounds now a bit awkward. As a huge MHC fan, I probably should have known it.  But in Germany, the books are not always published the way they are supposed to be. 

Einsam Bist Du Und Allein*
by Mary Higgins Clark
Alvirah And Willy Series #11
Translation Karl-Heinz Ebnet
Original Title All By Myself, Alone
Publisher Heyne on September 25, 2017
Genre Thriller
Pages 347
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

After a private drama gemstone expert, Celia urgently needs a break. Relieved, she accepts the invitation to lecture on a cruise ship. There she befriends Lady Em, a rich old lady with an invaluable emerald necklace. Three days later, in the middle of the high sea, Lady Em is found murdered – and the chain has disappeared. Celia is determined to clarify the facts. Even if the list of suspects is getting longer. And even if she can no longer be sure of her own life aboard. (personal translation ©Vi at Inkvotary)
Alvirah meets Celia on board a cruise ship and gets involved in the murder of Lady Em. And as always Alvirah can´t resist helping and to start solving everything in her very own way. Nice, kind, and with a smartness that even stuns her husband Willy after all those years of marriage.

In her usual gently style, Mary Higgins Clark wrote this thriller with style and class. The tone is soft and wonderful to read and the plot beautiful created and thought through. Good, some dialogues and scenes show an Alvirah I am not so fond of. But mostly she is an adorable, nice old Lady who stands with both feet on the ground and shares her thoughts with her caring and loving husband. Mary Higgins Clark might not have written one of her best thrillers with this book, but this eleventh Alvirah and Willy book are good for some well-entertained reading hours.

Celia is a young successful woman who shows pretty much the kind of woman, the author likes to create in her thrillers. Self-confident (though I am pretty sure Celia wouldn´t describe herself like that, at least not now) but not arrogant. Beautiful but not over the top. Alvirah is a lovely old Lady who knows how to listen to others and who watches very carefully what others do and don´t do. She might be sometimes a bit too much of everything but in a charming way. And when you know her, you won´t see those moments as a negative part of the story.

A nice to read a thriller with a wonderful main figure, beautiful scenery and a story that makes you laugh, shake your head or smile while reading. It might not be the best book Mary Higgins Clark has ever written, but it is close.

Happy reading

*This book was kindly provided to me by Heyne in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thank you. Therefore, the cover of the German edition is shown first in this review.

*Book was originally published All By Myself, Alone by Simon & Schuster on April 4, 2017 

Mary Higgins Clark
Mary Higgins Clark  ©Gunther Glücklich

Mary Higgins Clark, born in 1928 in New York, lived and worked in Saddle River, New Jersey. She sold her first story in 1956 for $100 to a magazine. After the sudden death of her husband in 1964 she wrote her first book, a biographical novel about George Washington. Her first suspense novel Where are the Children from 1975 meant a turning point in her life and career: He became a bestseller. She is #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-four suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel; two children´s books; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone. She is the most successful thriller author worldwide.


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