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When Day Breaks (Sunrise Suspense Society #1)

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On the day she died, Constance Young was the undisputed star of morning television. But her plans to move herself and her loyal audience to another network were canceled when she ended up at the bottom of her swimming pool. And the fabled unicorn amulet, the centerpiece of the upcoming Camelot exhibit at New York's Cloisters museum—which Constance had been wearing during
Paperback, Large Print, 448 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by HarperLuxe (first published January 1st 2007)
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David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
I read “When Day Breaks” because I was looking for a good mystery, and that’s exactly what I got. A good mystery. Just not a great one…

I will say that Mary Jane Clark does a great job with the overall mystery itself. This mystery lover was grinning as suspect after suspect was being introduced, each with their own reason for hating soon-to-be murder victim Constance Young. Adding a little extra spice to the mystery was the inclusion of a valuable unicorn pendant from medieval times that may or m
Tu Hoang
Mar 19, 2015 Tu Hoang rated it liked it
Being grateful. Being grateful in the book “When day breaks” seems to be a very important subject. Especially in the beginning of the book. Have you ever thought that what you have right now, some people don’t have. In the book “When day breaks” some of the main characters, Faith and Constance and their mother, I feel like they might have a role in making “being grateful” a theme. My theme for the book, “When day breaks” is to be grateful.

A big reason why I think this theme is to “be grateful”
Mar 02, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
I haven't read a Mary Jane Clark in ages and ages. Constance Young decides to leave her current job to work for another network. It's possible that many of her loyal viewers would follow her to her new station and somebody is not about to let that happen. Constance is found dead in the bottom of her swimming pool and Eliza Blake, an anchor woman, is determined to uncover the truth behind Constance's murder. She may be the next victim.

The list of suspects just becomes bigger and bigger and I was
Mar 26, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it
Good read. Was horrified by the opening chapter. Wasn't sure I wanted to continue with the book. After a couple days I resumed reading and finished quickly.
Petula Darling
Jul 20, 2010 Petula Darling rated it it was ok
This book was ok, but I had to drop a star for the stupid ending
Nov 06, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
A wonderful series.
Nov 02, 2008 Betty rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any mystery fans
I enjoyed this book, a little different format from what I am used to in that it covers the movements and thoughts of all the potential suspects within each day. This was an interesting concept to me. Short, individual chapters keep all characters equally in the forefront of your mind rather than having to go back to check out some vital clue you may have forgotten or missed earlier in the book. This also sets the background of relationships, interactions, unexpected links, to build to a final s ...more
May 28, 2013 Leigh rated it it was amazing
Constance Young decides to leave her current job to work for another network. It's possible that many of her loyal viewers would follow her to her new station and somebody is not about to let that happen. Constance is found dead in the bottom of her swimming pool and Eliza Blake, an anchor woman, is determined to uncover the truth behind Constance's murder. She may be the next victim.

I purchased this book thinking it was by Mary Higgins Clark, *I was tricked* who I am a huge fan of. When I got h
Georgiann Hennelly
Nov 03, 2011 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
When the undisputed star of morning television Constance Young is found dead in her swimming pool. Her colleague Eliza Blake is shocked, determined to discover who wanted Constance out of the way- and why-she enkists the aid of her three coworkers: Annabelle Murphy, Producer Cameraman B.J. D'Elia to add brains and brawn plus a much needed male perspective and Dr Margo Gonzalez , on air Psychiatrist , who understands the complex puzzles of the human mind.. They call them selves the Sunrise Suspen ...more
Karen Davis engelbert
Apr 02, 2014 Karen Davis engelbert rated it really liked it
I have read several of this author's books, although this is the first in the KEY News series. I like her format of keeping the chapters short, and chronicling the plot day-by-day. I also like the way she incorporates some facts and history about the area in which the story takes place. In this case, she shares interesting details about the Cloisters in upper Manhattan and medieval art/legend. It's a quick read and maintains your interest.
A twisty suspense/thriller set in the "glitzy" world of TV-news. I actually loved the multiple POVs, the plethora of characters and their woes, the descriptions of rivalry between the anchors, the constant guessing as to who the killer might be...The bodies kept on piling and so did the suspects.

The narrative flowed nicely, the pacing was good, and the writing ingenious and engaging. And though there was a little bit of romance thrown into the mix, I cannot say I'd miss it if it weren't there. T
Jennifer Wardrip
Everyone hates Constance Young. It's no secret that her colleagues think she's a world class b***h, and rightly so. But when she ends up dead at the bottom of her swimming pool, it's up to those same colleagues to figure out exactly what happened to her.

Constance had just quit her job at KEY To America to move over to the morning news competition, Daybreak. No one was sad to see her go, but who hated her enough to kill her?

As bodies start piling up and the news business gets fierce, it will be
Jul 24, 2014 Amelie rated it liked it
Shelves: suspence
Lo que me gustó del libro, fue lo rápido en el cual se podía leer, además, de que las cosas pasaban muy rápido pero que no te dejaban en que algo hacia falta.
Y lo que representaba la "realidad" del periodismo, creo que trato de plasmarlo en la historia.
Oct 15, 2014 Jade rated it liked it
While it wasn't horrible, but it wasn't the best book I have read either. Had some issues with remembering which character was which because the characters were somewhat forgettable.
Ada Iaboni
Jun 04, 2015 Ada Iaboni rated it it was ok
My first book from Ms. Clark. It appears that it may be a series based on the same characters, but this one was simplistic and, as the reader, I could not care much about the characters. The only surprise was who the "bad guy" was. I must confess I did not figure it out until close to the end.
Jenny Arnzen
It was ok, didn't grab me like Mary Higgins Clark does which is kind of what I was hoping for. I finally got into it about half way thru. Probably not one I will re-read though
Oct 10, 2013 Jade rated it it was ok
New York City, television icons and a mysterious death should be the perfect trio for an intriguing read. With regret,though, I believe that they prove to be less of an indulgence than you may expect. A high society news anchor is found dead at her country retreat, or so everyone believes. As fellow co-workers savor the death of a ruthless colleague, Eliza Blake can't seem to believe that it was just an accident. As she uncovers many possible suspects, Eliza begins to realize that she may be the ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok
Warning: don't read the prologue if you are a dog lover.

I am not a fan of the extremely short -- and numerous -- chapters. Over 100!
Feb 05, 2016 Tiffeny rated it liked it
Recommended to Tiffeny by: Beth Pearson
Very similar to Mary Higgins Clark in story and writing style - could they be related? I enjoyed it and plan to read more.
Feb 24, 2015 Lois rated it liked it
Overall a good book with a surprise ending, but certain elements of the story could have been omitted and I might have given it a 4 star rating.
It was an ok book. I didn't like the way each chapter the person telling the story would change! It got tiring! The end was kind of stupid like she wanted to get it done! I wasn't planning on reading it... I accidentally thought it was a Mary Higgins Clark book!
Apr 29, 2015 Jovdb rated it liked it
An easy read. Well written and characters that will develop with the series.
Akemi Joy
Jul 24, 2009 Akemi Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, TV news fans
Shelves: a-bit-of-fluff
So, the killer was a surprise to me and it took me an embarrasingly long time to figure out the "clue" that should have been pretty obvious. Other than that fustration, I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading Mary Jane Clark's other books.

My favorite characters are Eliza and her daughter Janie.

I'm not sure about the accuracy of all the information about the Cloisters and their collection, but this book made me really excited to go there and see it all! I love medieval lore
Dec 17, 2008 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, fiction, mystery
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Phyllis Wright
Dec 01, 2014 Phyllis Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do like Mary Jane sooooooooooo much!
Aug 28, 2008 Nancy rated it really liked it
Nearly impossible to put down. I acutally bought this book by accident/deception(?). I was at Costco and walked passed the book section, saw what I thought said "Mary Higgins Clark" and grabbed the book (my 3 year old commants most of my attention). I love MHC, easy reads, great plots, fabulous characters. Mary JANE Clark doesn't have quite the refined writing style that I really enjoy with MHC, but it is a similar type of story, clean and intense! I just wish a few loose ends had been wrapped u ...more
Feb 20, 2009 Jane rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Recommended to Jane by: Peggy Fletcher
Good entertaining mystery. Characters are well developed, murder suspects abound! Short chapters kept my interest. I have to say the ending was a surprise, but the murderer's motive was a bit weak. I found it interesting that the book was about a news reporter...the author was a CBS news producer for 3 decades as well as the daughter of an FBI agent. That information most likely explains why her mystery books are entertaining but believable. If you need a fast entertaining read Mary Jane Clark i ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Fun, light mystery.
The KEY newsgroup is back. Someone kills the former star anchor of KTA , Twist and turns and an interesting story. The killer is a surprise - someone who you first think maybe but then think no way. Until the end. Good read. 061007
Betty Ann Baer
Jan 21, 2013 Betty Ann Baer rated it did not like it
I listened to this book on CD. I don't know if it was the reader or the book, but it seemed very shallow and poorly written to me. I skipped lots of stuff that didn't have anything to do with the book. I hope people don't really act the way they acted in this book. It was about a news anchor lady that ended up getting killed. Everybody suggested that they didn't like her and it wasn't that big of a loss. The book suggested that everybody wants to move up and get the job of the person ahead of th ...more
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Mary Jane Clark is the author of thirteen novels, including 12 in the KEY News media thriller series, and one in her new Wedding Cake mystery series. A veteran writer and producer for CBS News, Clark worked for almost three decades at the network’s New York City headquarters. Her books are published in twenty-three languages. She lives in New Jersey and Florida.

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