Friday, January 20, 2017

The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke {Review}

The Sleeping Beauty Killer (Under Suspicion #4) by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Simon & Schuster    

The fourth thrilling installment in the bestselling Under Suspicion series from #1 New York Times bestselling author and Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark and American crime novelist Alafair Burke. Television producer Laurie Moran puts everything on the line to help a woman she thinks was wrongfully convicted of murder.

Casey Carter was convicted of murdering her fiance, famed philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III, fifteen years ago. But Casey has always claimed she was innocent. Although she was charged and served out her sentence in prison, she is still living under suspicion. She hears whispers at the grocery store. She can't get a job. Even her own mother treats her like she's guilty. Her story attracts the attention of Laurie Moran and the Under Suspicion news team. It is Casey's last chance to finally clear her name and Laurie pledges to exonerate her.

With Alex Buckley taking a break from the show and cooling his potential romance with Laurie, Under Suspicion introduces a new on-air host named Ryan Nichols. Nichols is a young legal whiz with a Harvard Law degree, Supreme Court clerkship, experience as a federal prosecutor, and regular stints on the cable news circuit. He's got a big reputation and the attitude to match it. Ryan has no problems with steering and stealing the show and even tries to stop Laurie from taking on Casey's case because he's so certain she's guilty.

An ego-maniacal new co-host, a relentless gossip columnist who seems to have all the dirt (and a surprising informant), and Casey's longstanding bad reputation: Laurie must face this and more to do what she believes is right - to once and for all prove Casey's innocence, that is if she's innocent.

The Sleeping Beauty Killer will keep you guessing until the very end.


My Review: 3.5 Stars

These authors have settled into a very comfortable and cozy series and it's quite enjoyable. Laurie is the producer of a TV show that takes cold cases and tries to solve them, but when she finds herself without a show on the horizon and a boss breathing down her neck, she jumps at the chance to cover a case where the guilty party, Casey, is desperate to clear her name after serving a fifteen year sentence.

Laurie is a very meticulous and fair woman and I love watching her in action, as she strives to solve crimes. She has a very warm personality and is easy to talk to and trust, as she once found herself on the end of pointing fingers. I would love to be a friend of hers. The TV host, Alex, is out of the picture and a new host, Ryan, comes in. I still can't decide if I like him or not--there's a bit of mystery surrounding him and he seems hot and cold with no in between.

In typical fashion, the reader is invited to meet many different characters, all with possible motives, and as the story progresses, the villain becomes clear, although not until the end. However, I was a bit disappointed that I actually figured it out, which I never do! I love uncovering the clues right along with the characters and it was an enjoyable read.

Content: it's a murder/mystery--some mild violence (nothing gory at all); 2-3 mild cuss words; very mild romance.


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  1. I haven't read one of her books in a long time. This series sounds like one I would like. Great review!

    1. Thanks! I've read pretty much all of hers and it seems that the language and violence have gone down a bit, which isn't a bad thing. They're still fun mysteries.