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Neeve Kearny may be the only person in New York worried about the disappearance of Ethel Lambston. Ethel, a bestselling author famous for her juicy exposés, is one of the best customers at Neeve's exclusive Madison Avenue boutique. But Ethel's ex-husband, her parasitical nephew, and the fashion moguls skewered in her latest article all have reason to be glad she's ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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Maria João Fernandes
"Que pode a Primavera fazer, a não ser renovar a necessidade que tenho de ti?"

"Enquanto a Minha Bela Dorme" é o primeiro livro que leio da Mary Higgins Clark e quando cheguei ao final, questionei-me porque demorei tanto tempo a finalmente decidir conhecer a autora.

A história tem como pano de fundo o competitivo mundo da moda, que ao contrário do que dá a entender, nada tem de verdadeiramente belo. Como se por si só não fosse suficientemente catastrófico, o mundo da moda colide com o mundo da lit
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Abbie
While My Pretty One Sleeps is another harrowing mystery novel by Mary Higgins Clark. I liked the story but it wasn't as exciting as some of Clark's other works. The plot revolves around the death of Ethel Lambston, the best-selling author who wrote shocking articles about famous personalities. Ethel was a wealthy public figure with a scumbag, leech of a nephew and a hot-tempered ex-husband who was going bankrupt after paying her a total of 12,000 dollars a year worth of alimony; not to mention a ...more
John Mcconahey
The last four or five books I’ve read by women authors seem to place a lot of emphasis on fashion, either as a theme or as a supporting characteristic of the plot. This book is no exception.

Neeve Kearny’s uncle is a prominent fashion designer. He set Neeve up in an elite boutique in New York. Ethel Langston, a writer, is one of Neeve’s better patrons. Ethyl is offed. Because the corpse is not dressed in the correct stylish attire, Neeve becomes suspicious. Neeve’s daddy is a retired NYC police c
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Maerhys
Interestingly enough, to me, MHC wrote WHILE MY PRETTY ONE SLEEPS smack dab in between two of my favorites by her: WEEP NO MORE, MY LADY and LOVES MUSIC, LOVES TO DANCE. Unfortunately, I didn't love Neeve like I love Elizabeth and Darcy. Neeve may actually be one of the most dishrag yet annoying heroine to date (although I think SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE's heroine has that one on lock), and she made just about everything around her two-dimensional. I didn't like her relationship with her dad or her l ...more
Kristen
In Mary Higgins Clark's While My Pretty One Sleeps, Neeve Kearny might be the only one worried about Ethel Lambston's disappearance. Ethel Lambston was a best-selling author and famous for her juicy exposés, and one of Neeve's best customers at her boutique, too. But some people were glad she was no longer around--her ex-husband, her nephew and featured fashion moguls in her writings have every reason to see her gone. But when Ethel was found dead with her throat cut, memories of her mother's lo ...more
Connie N.
This was a totally exciting and suspenseful murder mystery that I'd really rate 4.5 stars but am rounding up because I was compelled to keep reading until I finished. Neeve is the daughter of a former NYC police commissioner, living with him since the murder of her mother. He's never gotten over the fact that a Mafia gangster called a hit on her and might have ordered one on his daughter too. At the same time, Neeve, owner of a high-end clothing store, suspects foul play when a good customer of ...more
Jamie
This was not bad. The trouble is, the story is set in the fashion industry circa 1988, so the necessary descriptions of outfits provide a slightly comical air when reading in 2014.


A writer is murdered, shortly before a damming article is due to be published. Ethel happens to be the best client and a friend of Neeve Kearny, whose mother was murdered in oddly similar circumstances when Neeve was a child.

Neeve's father is a retired police commissioner, but despite the best efforts of his detectives
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Holly
I really enjoy Mary Higgins Clark I find that I have to have enough time to read because I get so involved in the book that I need to have everything right with the world again before I can stop reading.
Carol
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite writers and this story was another great one! Ethel Lambston is a much hated writer and she is found dead and there are almost too many suspects to choose from, but her ex husband looks like the best candidate, he'd hated her and he'd not have to pay the $1000 a month alimony that he's be paying for the last 20 years. And then there's her greedy nephew who hates Ethel but loves her money.And then the 100's of people she's written about in her articles and ...more
Inés
A pesar de que Mary Higgins Clark es una de mis autor@s favoritos, esta novela me ha decepcionado.
Ashley
Got to page 56 and quit reading. VERY boring!
Chi Dubinski
Neeve Kearny, owner of an upscale Manhattan boutique, is concerned when one of her best customers doesn’t show up for an appointment. Ethel Lambston is the author of tell-all exposes, and has a wide circle of acquaintances who wish her ill. Neeve, who is the daughter of the retired police commissioner, thinks that Ethel has met with foul play. But Ethel’s ex-husband, who is paying lots of alimony, and her nephew, who is suddenly living in Ethel’s apartment, don’t seem anxious for her to be found ...more
Molly
Jan 07, 2015 Molly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Molly by: Mom
"It was all right now, he told himself. He was safe!
"It was just as he was draining the last warming sip of bourbon that he realized the one ghastly mistake he had made, and knew exactly who would almost inevitably detect it.
"Neeve Kearny."
~pg. 16, Chapter 1

Oh I love a good thriller. And by "good" I mean something that I can whip through in a few sittings, that keeps my brain turning over theories in between visits with the pages, and that gives me a decent shot at solving the crime near the en
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Julie Schilz

There is a very thin line between friends and enemies. Mary Higgins Clark's book While My Pretty One Sleeps, stresses the idea that your closest friends can be your worst of enemies. Throughout this very mysterious and exciting book, Clark emphasizes that realizing everyone is not as whom they seem, is extremely important.

First, throughout the text Clark shows that trusting your instincts is key to for solving a mystery. She uses a character by the name of “Neeve Kearny” to show and express th
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Neeve Kearny may be the only person in New York worried about the disappearance of Ethel Lambston.

Ethel, a bestselling author famous for her juicy exposés, is one of the best customers at Neeve’s exclusive Madison Avenue boutique. But Ethel’s ex-husband, her parasitical nephew, and the fashion moguls skewered in her latest article all have reason to be glad she’s no longer around.

When Ethel Lambston is found with her throat cut, Neeve’s memories of her mother’s long-unsolved mu
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Xeyra
This must have been the second Mary Higgins Clark's book I've read, as I believe I've read another one translated to Portuguese. I like mystery and thrillers; it's a genre that appeals to me and makes me follow the story with my heart thumping loudly during the suspenceful moments and the ever present grand climax. I enjoyed this story, which grabbed me and made me react as above, with that need to know what happens next, who is the murderer from the plethora of people with motive.

On the other h
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Raeez Jacobs
A book I had initially neglected to peruse with any real seriousness, reminiscent of my usual approach to literature in general, and subsequently regretted; finding myself rather appeased at a second glance, shall we call it...
In a previous Clark book, "Moonlight Becomes You", I had been rather enthralled by her robustly feminine approach to crime fiction; a gasp of fresh hair, having been accustomed to your Jonathan Kellerman, Dan Brown, and Sydney Sheldon, masochistic and sometimes one-sided s
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Shalet Jimmy
Since January, I haven't posted a book review. Though I was not too lucky with the book I started, I thought I could go ahead my reading with a Mary Higgins Clark. Her books always helped me to break serious reading blocks. But this time I was not too successful.I took several months to finishher book ' While my pretty one sleeps'. There could be two reasons for it. Either, may be I was suffering from a serious reading block or her book did not inspire me read at a gulp.

Anyway I am glad that I
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Kaykay Obi
When Ethel Lambston, a bestselling author famous for her juicy exposés disappears, Neeve Kearny, owner of an expensive boutique in New York City is worried. Ethel is one of her best customers. What follows is Neeve becoming a semi-detective as she tries to uncover what had happened to Ethel.

Fast paced, brilliant, intriguing, and unpredictable. Two murders, one over seventeen years ago, and one over a week ago are connected. If anything put me off about the book, it was too much description of th
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Francesca
Un giallo molto femminile. E’ il primo libro di Mary Higgins Clark che leggo e devo dire che è un esperimento da riprovare. Il libro è piacevole e scorrevole. Nonostante si abbia sempre il sospetto di sapere il colpevole in realtà sempre e solo alla fine si scopre la verità come in ogni buon giallo che rispetti. Una cosa che mi ha fatto un po’ sorridere è che essendo di un po’ di anni fa i personaggi anche se sono molto attuali fanno cose che oggi non faremmo mai.
Dale Safford
The many number of characters sometimes gets confusing, but there are several interesting ones in this novel. The fashion world was a pretty unfamiliar setting for me; I prefer the early child kidnapping novels by this author.

Famous gossip writer Ethel Lambston has disappeared, which concerns the main character Neeve Kearney, owner of an expensive boutique in New York City where Ethel is one of the main customers. When Neeve persists, Ethel's body is finally discovered in a most unusual spot, wh
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Dick Harding
If I had known that this was a fashion mystery, I would have never started it. I think this is the first book I have read by this author. In this mystery you are never left wondering what a person is wearing. And all the rooms of the good characters seem to be "comfortably appointed" while the bad characters live in hovels or disarray. But all that said the author is very very good. The story moved along on several lines and was very entertaining.
Katherine
I have yet to read a Mary Higgins Clark book that I didn't like. That said, this was definitely my least favorite so far. For some reason, I just couldn't get into the mystery as much as usual - the story just wasn't as engaging. The book also lacked some of the suspense of Clark's other novels. And, like many others have said, the frequent descriptions of clothing did get a little bit tiresome. Despite its faults, however, this was still an enjoyable book and, as with most of Mary Higgins Clark ...more
Tabi34
This book kept me guessing - a classic whodunit. Neeve Kearny, NYPD Commissioner's daughter owns an upscale fashion boutique and takes a special interest in her clients. Her Uncle Sal is a well-known fashion designer loaned her the money to get started. Her father, who is retired, put away a mobster, who he believes killed his wife and thinks is now after his daughter. A famous columnist and client of Neeve's is dead. WOW are you dizzy yet?

Clark does a great job of weaving multiple stories toge
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Nadine
MH Clark has done it again with a very engaging novel. I could hardly put it down! Neeve Kearny, fashion-savvy owner of an exclusive Madison Avenue boutique, is haunted by the memories of her mother's murder when a journalist and client is also murdered. Clark skillfully weaves Neeves'
fashion sense and skill into the novel without shoving it down your throat. Read it!
Marlene Techera
it is definitely not one of her best novels.... too many lengthy details that have nothing to do with the story. It seemed just to fill pages. The ending quite unexpected, as usual, but still nothing to call home about. Some of the characters are wishy washy, and apparently there only to make the story have substance.
Deborah
This was my first Mary Higgins Clark book and I'm glad I finally read one. I think my expectations were a little too high. I thought the story was good, I did however know who the killer was fairly early in the book. I just didn't think there was enough excitement to really capture your attention. The author did keep you interested enough that you kept turing pages because you just had to know HOW it all worked out. But, it fell kind of flat to me. Also, the "romance" part of it, was kind of a j ...more
Julie
I really enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's writing style. The reader learns exactly what happens, what people say to each other, what characters are thinking. We see what they are wearing and what their surroundings are like. However, we have to draw conclusions for ourselves--we are given enough clues to figure out the mystery, but we are also given lots of red herrings.

The characters are all interesting and understandable--even the villains. This book is no different. Set in the fashion industry in N
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Lottie Panebianco
I really enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's writing style. The reader learns exactly what happens, what people say to each other, what characters are thinking. We see what they are wearing and what their surroundings are like. However, we have to draw conclusions for ourselves--we are given enough clues to figure out the mystery, but we are also given lots of red herrings. The characters are all interesting and understandable--even the villains. This book is no different. Set in the fashion industry in ...more
Melina
I am the type of person that can read love stories and cry my eyes out, but that doesn't mean I don't love a good horror/mystery. This book may be old but it's a good old classic crime scene investigation. I absolutely loved it! This author really knows what she is doing. How she wrote the introductory, she didn't start with the begining, she started with basically the main point of the book. Making you confused like your coming in right at the action instead of just a normal introductory, with ...more
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