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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  5,070 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Fans of Mary Higgins Clark and cosy mysteries will relish this Christmas confection. Unlike her previous holiday novel, Silent Night, All Through the Night is virtually free of life-and-death crime. Rather, it is a Dickensian tale of good deeds rewarded and crimes punished.

The wintry story begins on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with 18-year-old Sondra Lewis, an aspiri

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Published (first published 1998)
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Ashlee Telschow
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LuAnn
In some circles, this book would be considered a novella because of the length, but don’t let that fool you. This is a complete story that will equal any book of twice as many pages.
Alvirah Meehan is back to use her amateur sleuth skills to solve yet another mystery. This time, it begins when a baby is left at the doorstep of a church and the thief who is there to steal a treasured chalice takes the newborn home with him. He raises the girl as his own, but years later, the mother returns and tri
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Lybo Buchanan
An Alvirah & Willy mystery revolving around a precious stolen church chalice & a newborn left on the steps of the church.
Jan
This book was a gift from a dear friend; I would never have bought it for myself. While I enjoyed Mary Higgins Clark many, many years ago, her sappy, HEA, light-hearted stories are not my usual fare. They are, however, great mind candy and fulfill the need too read a Christmas book. I didn't warm to Alvirah's character for some reason, although I think she and her husband, Wally, are clearly a devoted couple and Wally suffers his wife's intrusion into anything she considers a mystery. The sunbur ...more
Carol
Not bad. Quick read. Kept my interest.
Mary
Apr 27, 2014 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
A young unmarried woman leaves her newborn baby on the rectory doorstep of a church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. At that same moment, inside the church, a young man is in the process of stealing a treasured artifact - a chalice adorned with a single star-shaped diamond. Both the infant and the chalice subsequently disappear.

Seven years later, a few weeks before Christmas - lottery winner turned amateur sleuth - Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy, are busy helping Willy's sister Cordelia - a
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Toni Osborne
I found this story slow, boring, and very predictable; the ending is evident from the start. I occasionally read Miss Higgins books but this one I have to admit should have stayed at the book store.
Linda
Very good book, I enjoyed it and I LOVED the ending!!
Agent Bookworm
What I Liked Most
All Through the Night was a quick and easy read. It fulfilled its purpose and got me in the holiday spirit. I'll admit I even got teary eyes at the end. It's a lighthearted suspense tale that would make you want to believe that wishes do come true if you pray hard for it. Can not get enough of this line, "sometimes it's enough just to know that if you believe hard enough and long enough, your wishes can come true."

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Loves Music, Loves to Dance was my very first M
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Lisa
I read this book as part of my Holiday Reading Challenge hosted by All About {n}. I love Holiday related novels and I have been disappointed with the Holiday novels I've chosen so far, so I decided to go with a trusted author this time.

All Through The Night was a quick, easy read. It fulfilled it's purpose and got me in the Holiday spirit. The plot was a little cheesy with Alvirah being a former cleaning lady, turned lottery winner, turned amateur sleuth having to solve two crimes in time for C
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Tony
Mary Higgins Clark- All Through the Night (Simon & Schuster 1998) 2.5 Stars

This was my first Mary Higgins Clark novel and I have to say that I was not overly impressed. I will be trying other novels by her in the future, but they had better be a more enjoyable mystery than this one. The cover said, ‘suspense story’, but it was not in the least bit suspenseful. A musician gives up her baby to pursue her career, leaving it on the church doorstep. At the same time a young kid is robbing the ch
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Leah
Dec 23, 2011 Leah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages who enjoy uber sweet stories
From my review on Unleash the Flying Monkeys!

A sweet holiday tale that may prove too predictable and lighthearted for hardcore fans of the thriller-mystery genre or Higgins Clark’s previous novels.

What I Liked Most

All Through the Night had a solid beginning and ending; there were questions for which I wanted answers. I’ll admit I even teared up a bit at the end. There was a positive vibe that warmed my heart which, as a Christmas story, it was probably meant to do.

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During my tee
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Sol  Gonzalez
Comencé a leer a Mary Higgins Clark porque es una de esas autoras a las que siempre regresas cuando quieres algo sencillo y entretenido, además de que tenía todo un stock de libros por enviarle a mi mamá de ella... así que se me hizo fácil tomar uno de esos.

No había notado que Higgins Clark también tiene sus personajes recurrentes. Sus detectives aficionado encargados de resolver pequeños casos. Este fue el primer libro con el que me tope de esos personajes.

La historia es harto sencilla y muy se
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Minkabelle
Eine nette kleine Weihnachtsgeschichte mit märchenhaften Zügen und SEHR vorhersehbarem Ende. Den Charakteren fehlte Tiefe, aber um eine solche zu schaffen, wären vielleicht mehr als knapp 200 Seiten notwendig. Wie man in der Danksagung lesen kann, ging es bei der ganzen Sache sowieso mehr um Profit, als darum, eine qualitativ hochwertige Geschichten zu veröffentlichen.
Linda
This book was fantastic. I dearly love this book. Some parts of it was funny and I loved how the ending turn out. I could not put this book down. This book is so good. I would highly recommend this book.

I give this book 5/5 Stars on Goodreads

Jen
While I appreciate the sleuthing skills of Alvirah M., I am not nor have ever been a fan of busybodies. So she irks me as a character, and any story attached to her will automatically be less wonderful for me; here is no exception. Yes, it's a nice, warm, fuzzy story of familial love and the things that go bump but are eventually all right, but it felt a little flat to me. The dramatic tension wasn't thrilling, just sort of exasperating, and the weaving of the two main mysteries felt a little lo ...more
kylie
this is i very good book. this book was about two people with a very strong connection.this book is very intence at first i thought i wasent going to like it but i love every book from "Mary Higgins Clark" so i tried it out the beginig was a little shakey but then as i got into i began to like it. the love between theses people is unreal its almost like its to good to be true there are very much alike they have so much in common. the recovery was very blakt when her boyfriend tryed to kill her n ...more
Marian
I chose this book to read during travel because it was a small book. It's a very short story set during Christmas making it a cute Holiday Story. It was predictable. No real mystery or suspense but fun and easy to read none the less.
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Seven years ago, a desperate young woman left her baby on the steps of a church in hopes that the kindly priest would find a good home for it. At that same moment, a thief was intent upon stealing the church's prized chalice. Finding the infant, the thief took the baby girl home to his aged grandmother. The young woman has now returned looking for her daughter. As Christmas Eve approaches, amateur sleuths Alvirah and Willy Mehan are drawn into the search for the missing child. JL


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Kristen
In another classic mystery from Mary Higgins Clark, Alvirah and Willy return made their Christmas mystery debut in this stand-alone novel, All Through the Town. It started when a unmarried woman left her baby in front of the church's rectory's door. At the same time, someone stole the baby and the treasure, a chalice. Seven years later, she helped out her sister by preparing for the pageant, when she converted a thrift shop into an after school rec center for children. A nearby brownstone was th ...more
Janet
This book was just what I needed to get me in the mood for Christmas. Sweet story, lots of musical references, cute characters... just a nice light happy read.
Sharon
Easy read, short book a bit more predictable than most of her work. The whole thing with the will I had figured out 30 pages into the book. Continued reading just for the other story to unravel.
Leira Murillo
Quite a disappointment, not the quality I expected from MHC. The holiday feeling were in the pages so got me hooked.
Rebecca
Mary Higgins Clark is a bit of an enigma to me. Her works are each so different I never know what to expect; some I love, some I don't.
This one I really didn't get on with to well. I was torn with emotion by one character for giving up their baby and then becoming a kind of heroine character - it didn't really sit well with me. Then there was the amateur sleuth character of Alvirah. She felt like she was supposed to read like a Miss Marple, but didn't have the warmth to become endearing. Whilst
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Keepinstitches
If you like the Alvirah and Willy characters, you will enjoy this one.
Joan
Basic story, knew it would all come together at the end - no surprises here
Laurie Niestrath
Hum...I certainly hope that her other works are more interesting. The storyline was predictable and the writing style reflects that of a beginning rather than a seasoned writer. I don't want a write to tell me what the character said. I want her to bring the character out on stage and let her engage me in the moment. Rather dull, but guess that there must be material for everyone out there.
Senor Andrew
First time reading a book by Mary Higgins Clark. This was an easy read.
Shari
This was a fun book. I really enjoy these characters.
Linda
I like this book. Made me cry at the end.
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Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting: she’s written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Hig ...more
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