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All Through the Night (Alvirah and Willy #3)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  6,109 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews
"A desperate mother. Her missing child. A stolen chalice." With "Silent Night", Mary Higgins Clark, America's own Queen of Suspense, gave her readers their best Christmas present ever.

Now, with "All Through the Night", she once again celebrates the Christmas season with a tale of suspense that will keep readers turning the pages-- all through the night.

At the center of the
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published October 19th 1998 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1998)
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Dec 03, 2009 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, own-copy
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
Another cute and short Christmas story by Mary Higgins Clark. I am a big fan of her mystery novels and it's always so great to find her short stories to pass the time between reads (or to complete reading goals at the end of the year lol). A good recommendation for Christmas time!
Jan 15, 2016 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think this type of book is why I stopped reading Mary Higgins Clark...It was so cheesy!!
Dec 07, 2011 Leah rated it liked it  ·  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.

What I Liked Least

During my tee
May 23, 2009 Tony rated it it was ok
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
Jul 13, 2012 LuAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
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
Li'l Owl
Nov 29, 2016 Li'l Owl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a very nice, cozy mystery. I really enjoyed the lighthearted Christmas theme. It doesn't take very long to read it, which is nice. It only took me a couple of hours to read, once I actually had time to sit down! I had a feeling I knew how it would end, but it didn't take away from the story. =o)
Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ashlee Telschow
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Shalet Jimmy
All through the night – Mary Higgins Clark

It was a winter night. Christmas is round the corner and it's the night she decided to abandon her infant, neverthless to say, with a heavy heart. She was just 18 years old. With no other alternative left, she decided to leave her baby at St.Clement's rectory. She wanted the baby to grow in New York with a lovely family. She loved the place and was wanting to come back once she could stand on her own feet.

Her plan was to leave the baby and then alert the
Absolutely loved this diamond of a Christmas book. Ive read this one twice, with many years between both reads and reading it the second time felt familiar but completely new. A good book can do that.
This book had two situations going on throughout. One a forged will and two an infant left in a paper bag outside of a Rectory.
I really enjoyed this and it added lots of joy to my already full heart of Christmas spirit.
Lybo Buchanan
Aug 10, 2014 Lybo Buchanan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An Alvirah & Willy mystery revolving around a precious stolen church chalice & a newborn left on the steps of the church.
Feb 28, 2015 Carol rated it liked it
Not bad. Quick read. Kept my interest.
Oct 30, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, I enjoyed it and I LOVED the ending!!
May 04, 2017 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very good story for the holidays. quick read. i enjoyed it.
Dec 02, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice short story with a happy ending. A quick read, also.
Jan 16, 2017 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved It
Mar 20, 2017 Joanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Bon petit livre qui se lit rapidement.
Vanessa Kay
Mar 16, 2014 Vanessa Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the success of her first holiday book Silent Night, Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, introduced her second holiday suspense book All Through the Night.

The story revolves around Clark’s most beloved characters; Alvirah, a cleaning lady turned lottery winner, turned amateur sleuth, and her husband Willy.

The story begins when a woman abandoned her newborn at a Manhattan Church. Simultaneously, inside the church, a young man is stealing a treasured artifact, a chalice adorned w
Sep 03, 2016 Hidefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
La Estrella Robada es un relato corto de Mary Higgins Clark que está protagonizado por uno de sus personajes habituales, la detective aficionada Alvirah Meehan junto a su marido Willy.

En esta ocasión no encontramos ningún asesinato, sino que el misterio, o misterios porque son dos, van por otros derroteros. Por un lado, Alvirah intenta echar una mano a una amiga que acaba de heredar la casa de su hermana y planea dejársela a la cuñada de Willy, que es monja, para utilizarla como centro social pa
Apr 23, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
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
Dec 18, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara G
I read this book for the A Book A Day Keeps the Boredom at Bay challenge. 12– 12 days of Christmas. Read a book about Christmas, Christmas songs or that has a cumulative title, like Once Bitten, Twice Shy. 12 is also the governmental perfection. Read a book with a character or author named as one of the 12 Apostles, or set in Israel. There are 12 zodiacal signs. Read a book with zodiac or one of the signs on the cover or in the title.

This is a short, sweet, predictable, fun Christmas mystery boo
Sol González
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
Jan 06, 2016 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the type of book I would normally read but I have to admit I enjoyed it. I picked up mostly because it was a Christmas book and relatively short. It was listed as a mystery which I tend to gravitate to so I figured I would at least like it. I fell in love with the little girl in the book as well as the couple. The couple are your normal devoted, loving, caring couple. The woman is a journalist and I identified with her in some ways. I did think the use of the pin recorder was a bit o ...more
Dec 13, 2016 Blueberry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, series
This was my first Mary Higgins Clark. It was a cute little Christmas mystery and my introduction to a continuing character, Alvirah Meehan, an elderly woman who likes to solve mysteries. There were a couple of story lines going at once: a child left on a parish doorstep 7 years earlier, a no-good con artist planning his next scam, a unusual benefactor to an inheritance, and a afterschool program losing it's home. All were entwined and wrapped up satisfactorily at the end.

Oct 06, 2008 kylie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 21, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Addison Public Library

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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Apr 16, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, christmas
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
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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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