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Crimes na Alta Roda

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  5,224 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
Imagine Nick and Nora Charles with a taste for politics and none for gin, and you'd be pretty close to Mary Higgins Clark's Henry Parker Britland IV and his attractive young wife, Sandra O'Brien Britland, known as Sunday. Henry, possessor of an enormous inherited fortune and known as one of America's sexiest men, has just finished his second term as president of the United ...more
Capa mole, 191 pages
Published 1998 by Europa-América (first published 1996)
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Mar 13, 2014 Shaun rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I like to think I can enjoy the occasional "mindless" read just as much as the next gal...but unfortunately My Gal didn't do it for me.

Comprised of four novelettes, the book features crime solving duo Henry Parker Britland IV and his lovely new bride Sunday. Unfortunately, the hunky ex-president and the feisty congresswoman were too rich, too pretty, too charming, and just too much in love to be anything short of annoying.

However, reading this I was reminded of a popular show from the '80s, Hart
Zach Paulson
Feb 16, 2009 Zach Paulson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Have you ever heard of a president that was so good that the people wanted to break the law in the constitution so that he could stay in office? Well Henry Parker Britland IV was that president. He was very good at negotiating and he married the perfect lady. This book is made up of four mysteries and muy favorite one was about Henry and his wife Sunday and they bought back the old Britland yacht the Columbia. This yacht has been in his family for years and was a party boat for presidents for y ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast quick read of several short stories. Henry Britland IV is a beloved former President, who married a real cute girl, seventeen years younger than himself, after he left the White House. She is a Congresswomen who has down to the earth roots, and is smart, and kind as well as being beautiful. Together, the two of them find themselves in situations where they have to right the wrongs, or, as Mary Higgins Clark puts it, "they make a formidable team of sleuths".
This book contains four short stories about a young, perfect, good-looking ex-president and his younger, just as perfect and good-looking wife, who is a congresswoman. The characters in this dynamic duo seem to have no flaws. In addition to being the greatest president who ever lived (after having been elected in his mid-thirties), he now can solve mysteries with his equally talented wife! Totally unrealistic but an ok way to pass the time.
May 04, 2010 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of shorts about an American ex-President and his darling Congressman wife will suffice if this is the only book left in the hostel book swap and there is time to kill at a coffee shop. Even then, the minutes might be better spent people watching.
May 19, 2013 Robbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Vanessa Kay
Apr 01, 2014 Vanessa Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Mary Higgins Clark book eh? Well, blame it to my never ending reading list, which usually doubled whenever I finish a book. This time, since I manage to be productive and read all five books in my reading list early than what I expected, and since the opportunity were so good to me, I was able acquire a book of MHC! And who am I to decline the offer eh? It is MHC we are talking here, which I boldly admitted that I’m a big fan! Hehe

This is actually just a short
Saúl Girón
Bien podría servir esta novela para ocuparte durante una tarde aburrida.
La trama de las 3 historias que incluye el libro, podrían dar para mucho, pero pareciera que el autor tenía prisa por terminarlas.
Quizás estoy demasiado acostumbrado al realismo mágico y esas novelas de autores que tienen obsesión por escribir y terminan escribiendo libros que pesan libras!!!!
April Loebick
Feb 23, 2013 April Loebick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I occasionally will pick up a book by Mary Higgins Clark. My mom loves her books, and I’ve picked up the habit of buying them when I see them at yard sales and thrift stores. Her books make for decent quick, mindless reads and transport me back to a time when bold-colored pant suits, shoulder pads, and permed bangs were the norm. Usually, I can figure out the culprit within the first couple of chapters, but the suspenseful journey of the main character is usually a fun ride.

This is not so much t
Paula Ratcliffe
My Gal Sunday Review
This book was written by Mary Higgins Clark, it is the sleuthing team of Henry Parker
Britland IV, a loved former President with close ties to the government and his new bride of over a year Sunday who is beautiful, smart, and seventeen years younger. Henry and Sunday make a formidable team of sleuths–and never more so then when they set out to solve crimes occurring among their friends in political high society.
The first crime involves a congressman friend of theirs who is be
Jun 03, 2013 Nolan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, now that, (as the old song has it), June is busting out all over, it's
time to seriously consider a completely non-serious beach or barbecue read
that will leave you with a smile and let you move onto the next book without
delay. This is a super-quick read of four loosely connected stories about two
amateur sleuths-a husband and wife team. He's a former U.S. president;
she's a congressional representative.

All four of these stories are absolutely free of profanity or sexual
descriptions, and whil
Johanna Lilas
Dec 09, 2015 Johanna Lilas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai choisi ce livre car il a pour titre Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas. En réalité, il s'agit de plusieurs nouvelles avec les mêmes personnages. Mary Higgings Clark met en scène un ancien président, Parker et sa femme Sunday. Les histoires n'ont strictement rien à voir avec Noël sauf la dernière. On a enlevé la femme du président est la meilleure partie avec du suspens et des rebondissements car pour le reste je ne suis pas très enthousiaste. En effet, les personnages manquent de profondeur. de p ...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
This is a book of 4 short stories. Henry is a former president that was in office in his thirties. He marries a gal "Sunday" who is a congresswoman. Together the both of them solve crimes/mysteries.

I will admit that this is not even close to one of my favorite stories by MHC. If you are looking for a quick read, then this would be good for you. You have the handsome ex-president and his beautiful smart blond wife, who seem to be just perfect.

The stories were not all mushy and love-e-dovey but,
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Henry Parker Britland IV is wealthy and worldly - a beloved former president who, still youthful, is enjoying early retirement. His new wife, Sunday, is beautiful, smart and seventeen years younger than he, and has just been elected to Congress in a stunning upset victory that has made her the darling of the media. Henry and Sunday make a formidable team of sleuths - and never more so than when they set out to solve crimes occurring among their friends in political high society. When H
Elizabeth Rodriguez
My Gal Sunday was not the best of the many book that I have read by Mary Higgins Clark I didn't like it or enjoy the book such as other books or hers. It didn't really catch my attention and was not as interesting it was fairly good but not something that I would usually read. Perhaps there could have been a bit more mystery to the book in which there would be more drama. However if I had the choice to create a movie out of my novel that I read it would be to create the setting in a place were k ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, I'd give this a 3.5 of 5 stars, because it's just a warm fuzzy of a book. The erudite crime-solving team of Sunday and Henry is built sort of on the romance of the Kennedys, the political savvy of the Clintons, and the American love for old British connections. And it goes from there; there's very little depth or suspense, but you still wish it had been you to marry this wonderfully unreal man. And so what if all of the villains are outrageously dim and predictable? That's okay, Henry wi ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Giulietta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
... ma non di più!
Le quattro storie sono abbastanza prevedibili, e questo ancora posso sopportarlo (magari io sono diventata troppo brava a capire i gialli.. ma non credo sia per quello), ma i personaggi perfettini NO!
Un ex presidente degli Stati Uniti (eletto più volte Uomo dell'anno) bello, intelligente (e, come si direbbe al mio paese, soprattutto modesto) e una donna in carriera giovane, bella, intelligente e membro del Congresso? I due ovviamente sono sposati e si amano alla follia, tuband
Kate Mixon
I read this book because it was on a 2015 book-list I am going through right now. Let me just say: I did not want to read it. But I'm glad I did. I loved the two main characters - Henry and Sunday, and their cute little marriage, although I did find their age difference a little creepy.

My only complaint was the CONSTANT "darling", "my love", "sweetheart" between the two newlyweds. I get it: they just got married, and they are helplessly in love, but really?! I'm in a long-term relationship and f
Aug 04, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my introduction to Mary Higgins Clark. I will say I didn't fall in LOVE with this little collection of short sleuthing, but it was a fun group of quick mysteries--very readable. And I enjoyed it enough I may look up another of her full-length books. I liked the main characters, but it isn't too surprising they manage to find the baddies when they have been literally gifted with everything an author could pull out of their arsenal: political position and power, good looks, intelligence, ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Sophie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read and enjoyed We’ll Meet Again and The Shadow of Your Smile, so I picked this one up, as I was interested to read an MHC book about politicians. I was pretty disappointed. The writing is very flat, not at all exciting or suspenseful like the other two, and the characters are appealing but underdeveloped. I read the first story in full and thought it rather worthless, but I decided to read the second, hoping it would be better. It was so boring I just skipped to the end to learn how it turne ...more
Jul 07, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not good! Don't know why I persisted in reading so many Mary Higgins Clark books. Probably I figured that once I started the series I should just keep going. But they're bad! Very formulaic, and they all have a supposedly bad-ass heroine who coincidentally always falls into some sort of peril near the end that only the male romantic lead can save her from. That is some bullshit! The women are clever enough to figure out anything else, but always need to be rescued by their prince at the end? Bul ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
If you've missed the Hallmark Channel movie version last year, then the print version is waiting for you. In Mary Higgins Clark's My Gal Sunday, she wrote to use about a dynamic due that was two of a kind. Meet Henry Parker Britland IV, a newly retired former President, who was youthful, popular and wealthy, and his new bride, Sunday, who was newly elected to Congress. For this couple of sleuths, they came out to help solve high-society crimes in politics from a cold cold case to a kidnapping. A ...more
Shandi Leonard
Mar 04, 2015 Shandi Leonard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how this book had multiple stories in one about Sunday. Being the presidents wife has its demands on its own but when Sunday finds herself in deep trouble her only hope is her wits and subtle clues she gives to her husband. Being a blonde, and younger then the love of her life, people greatly underestimate her abilities. I know this isn't a long review, and I've seen some poor ones about this book, but I loved every page of this book. The emotions that you genuinely feel while reading thi ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of short stories about an all too perfect husband/wife sleuthing team. They are all too perfect in that they are rich, both attractive and all around too wonderful. Frankly, I found their perfectionism a bit much, and therefore, had to subtract two stars. The stories were okay, but there really wasn't any suspense involved because the couple was too perfect, so you knew that everything was going to turn out okay. Definitely not one of my favorite Mary Higgins Clark books. I would ...more
This is one of Clark's older books which I had somehow missed over the years. However, I did not miss much. This book is divided into four short stories where a former President and his wife become amateur sleuths. I only got through the second half of the second story before I became bored. I like Clark's other books where she leads the reader on to different suspects. There isn't time for her to develop the characters in these short stories to make it suspenseful for me as she is in her other ...more
Alton Motobu
Dec 30, 2015 Alton Motobu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four short stories centered around a former President of the US, Henry Britland, and his beautiful wife, "Sunday," who solves mysteries in the DC area: (1) ex-Secretary of State is framed for murder, (2) Sunday is kidnapped by a lunatic who holds a grudge, (3) Henry solves a 32-year-old murder when a power-hungry woman killed her husband, (4) on Christmas Eve a lost little boy shows up on their doorstep after escaping a kidnapping. All stories could have been full novels. Holds interest througho ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this collection of short stories introducing the character couple Sunday and Henry. This is my first Mary Higgins Clark book - thank you free library at the Pine Island, Florida RV Park - and won't be my last. This book is light and fun. It's my reintroduction back into the "travel and beach friendly" world of the short story! Glad to see you again, short story! Glad to meet you, Mary!
This Mary Higgens Clark book had a very different feel to it than most of her other works, as it was split into four short stories with the same charismatic couple showcased in each story. The couple was interesting and the stories intriguing, but they didn't have the depth and development to more fully draw in and excite readers. With that being said, it was a very quick and likable-enough book.
Grade: B-
Marie Howard
I have been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark for a while now. I usually enjoy her style of writing. The problem with this collection of short stories is....they are just too short. While the characters are likable, the plot line speeds along until a bad guy appears out of left field. The lure of a mystery is to try to figure it out before the last chapter. Not have it handed to you. Definitely would not recommend this book to anyone.
I wanted to read a mystery so I picked up this book. It was clean and interesting. I gave it three stars because there was just something missing. It is hard to put my finger on it, but all while I was reading it I could tell something was off. Maybe not enough character development or intrigue. It was easy to figure out who did it. It was a quick read, but not compelling.
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