While My Pretty One Sleeps
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While My Pretty One Sleeps

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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
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 25th 2000 by Simon & Schuster (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...more
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
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...more
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
Ashley
Got to page 56 and quit reading. VERY boring!
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Natalie
I like a good mystery every once and a while. With mysteries, I find if I don't listen to it on tape, I peek at the end of the book (I peek at the end of all books I read, usually only the last page but with a mystery that is often enough). I guessed pretty well who the bad-guy was but it took me about 2/3 of the book to decide for sure. There were several times I almost changed my mind, but there was a turning point scene that convinced me of the guilty one. I really liked the subtle romance in...more
Sonja
Haven't read Mary Higgins Clark in a long time...
Finished this one today ... pretty good mystery -- I didn't figure out 'who dunit' until the very end!

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Debbie Richards
Pretty good mystery

overall, this was a pretty good read although I had to chuckle at the car phone reference. loved the references to New York fashion.
Melissa Byrne
Classic Mary Higgins Clark, figured it out early, but enjoyed seeing how she would get there. Nothing terribly intellectual about this one, but a good piece of fluff for when you don't want to think too hard.
Jocelyn
I found this on the bookshelf at the beach house where we're staying. Good beach read! MHC always gives a little surprise twist!
Heidi
I think I've read almost everything this author has written, and while she's definitely not my favorite author, I do like that she writes a clean and fun mystery with a little romance on the side. I read a lot of her books in high school, and I was thinking yesterday after bookclub that I would definitely recomend this author to my daughters when they are teenagers looking for a good mystery/romance. A teenager cannot go wrong with one of these books. While some of her work gets to feel like mor...more
Ronald Wilcox
As usual, Mary Higgins Clark has woven a good tale of suspense with a woman as the central character. This time the protagonist is Neeve Kearny, a high-end boutique owner in New York City. Her mother had been murdered almost twenty years ago, being found with her throat slit. Her father felt that a mob boss had been at fault for his wife's death. Now the mobster is being released from prison. One of Neeve's customers, a writer about the fashion world, disappears. Neeve believes foul play has occ...more
Marjatta
En ymmärrä, kuinka olen vasta nyt löytänyt Higgins Clarkin dekkarit. Nämä ovat tosi hyviä.
Rene Natan
Betrayal, love, murder, and greed are blended skilfully in this thriller. The figure of the master criminal enters inconspicuously at the beginning and makes his way through the story helping and charming people around him. But he makes one mistake that finally reveals his long-time, consummate deception.
The background is the fashion industry and the protagonist, Neeve Kearney, is a fashion specialist. She holds her grounds, both in her work and life, refusing to accept as true what her expert...more
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Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark Conheeney, best known as Mary Higgins Clark, (b December 24, 1927 in the Bronx, New York) is an American author of suspense novels. Each of her twenty-four suspense novels has been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries, and all of her novels remain in print as of 2007, with her debut suspense novel, Where Are The Children, in its sevent...more
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