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All by Myself, Alone

By: Mary Higgins Clark
Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
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Summary

A glamorous cruise on a luxurious ocean liner turns deadly in the latest mystery from "Queen of Suspense" and number-one New York Times best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark.

Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship - the Queen Charlotte.

Onboard she meets 86-year-old Lady Emily Haywood - "Lady Em", as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise.

Three days out to sea, Lady Em is found dead - and the necklace is missing. Is it the work of her apparently devoted assistant, Brenda Martin, or her lawyer-executor, Roger Pearson, and his wife, Yvonne, both of whom she had invited to join them on the cruise? Or is it Professor Henry Longworth, an acclaimed Shakespeare scholar who is lecturing onboard? Or Alan Davidson, a guest on the ship who is planning to spread his wife's ashes at sea? The list of suspects is large and growing. Celia, with the help of her new friends Willy and Alvirah Meehan, who are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary, sets out to find the killer, not realizing that she has put herself in mortal danger before the ship reaches its final destination.

Never, in all her long career as a number-one best-selling suspense novelist, has Mary Higgins Clark been in better form.

©2017 Mary Higgins Clark (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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Mary did it again!

I haven’t read (or listened to) a Mary Higgins Clark book that I haven’t enjoyed and this was no exception! Brilliant storyline and Jan Maxwell has a lovely voice

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  • Music109
  • 19-04-17

Good but not great

I love Mary Higgins Clark and have read/listened to all her books. This one was a little off. The Story was great, the narration too. It was a bit repetitive though. I kept hearing the same phrases and thought I had somehow skipped backed in listening. It was enjoyable for sure. It kept you wondering til close to the end, like her novels do. Just know about the repetition and you won't be surprised when you hear the same phrase more than once. I would still recommend it.

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  • Debra Cobb
  • 16-04-17

Another Winner

I love the Alvira and Willie books that Mary Higgins Clark writes and Jan Maxwell's performances are superb.

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  • lovetoread
  • 16-01-21

As always Mary Higgins Clark never disappoints

Nice story easy to listen
Love all her stories one of my favorite authors
As I continue to go back and listen to her older novels it is nice to listen to a good story without obscenities, graphic violence

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  • Elizabeth O.
  • 17-06-20

Quite Enjoyable

An Elvira & Willie mystery on a cruise ship. Quite enjoyable. Characters well drawn. Ambiance delightful. Narrator gifted. Worthy of a credit.

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  • Kara
  • 03-07-18

Disappointing...

I had high expectations for this book because the story seemed fun and exciting, a who-done-it at sea. Needless to say, there was very little suspense, character development or surprises in this story. I didn’t even like the main character. She wasn’t gutsy or spunky or anything, and you really didn’t get to know her. Everything wrapped up too easily in the end and there was a plot point that was left hanging. Not worth the money spent on it.

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  • Yvonne Knapton
  • 06-04-17

This is not her best work in fact it is boring.

The book js nothing but a bunch of gossip she also could use a new narrator once in a while.

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  • Empress Karen
  • 11-01-23

Must Love A Ship Cruise

Good but not great for me. Very reminiscent of death on the Nile. The Who done it was great, a few red herrings but not enough to keep me interested through out the journey. As this series goes this one had good irony in the epilogue. Where are my comments of help?

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  • Britt K
  • 13-06-19

Very hard to listen to

I love this author, this book was terrible. I listen to 2-3 books a week and I gave this book a full listen and absolutely did not enjoy it. There was nothing I found enjoyable about it. Mary Higgins Clark has a lot of amazing titles- this not one of them.

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  • JCM
  • 02-07-17

Alvirah and Willy -- not again!

I did not pay attention that this was another Alvirah and Willy novel. It was okay and a good summer read but not a riveting novel by any stretch. It was predictable for the most part. The Queen Charlotte was elegant enough to be slightly interesting but aspects of the storty seems unbelievable like the passenger going overboard and surviving and being found by another ship. But that's what fiction is all about right.

Jan Maxwell does a good job as usual and that made listening possible.

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  • Samantha R
  • 05-06-17

Amazing twists and turns

Amazing twists and turns. ending will have you saying OMG outloud. Good read, love this author

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