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Loves Music, Loves to Dance

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  25,682 ratings  ·  833 reviews
A serial killer leaves one dancing shoe on a foot of the victims who answer his personal ads. When Erin dies, her best friend places ads to entice the villain already targeting her next. New York police detective Vince D'Ambrosio takes a personal interest. New boyfriend Dr Michael Nash is supportive. A stalker may surprise everyone.
Paperback, 318 pages
Published March 1992 by Simon and Schuster Pocket Books (first published May 15th 1991)
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Shafinaz S I feel the book is better and that the movie was not able to embody the whole essence of the book. I believe the movie actually kills the book.

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“Funny, when you finally faced reality, it was amazing how clearly you could see things.”
― Mary Higgins Clark, Loves Music, Loves to Dance

Anyone remember newspaper personal adds?

Yeah they are all but gone now as the internet continues to take over our lives. but once upon a time, they did exist and in "Loves Music, Loves to dance" there's a serial killer lose preying on women who use personal adds.

What a mystery! While some may find it dated, I still love this book and read it every so often. I
Jun 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: popular-fiction
If I could, I'd give this a zero. I can't believe she sells. This is the modern-day crap I speak of in my reviws . . . ten fold. Her plots broadcast, the're derived, boring, predictable, stupid, silly, staid . . . I don't have a big enough vocabulary to describe how bad she is. Only read this because it was required for a Lit. class I was teaching at a college that, like a high school, required certian books. I don't teach there any more. Goes without saying. One faculty member even refused to r ...more
Mike Narvaez
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say that Mary Higgins Clark is a genius at what she does would be a huge understatement. Nonetheless, this novel proves that there is no one better than her at thrillers and suspense novels than her and here is why:

Loves Music, Loves to Dance was published in 1991 and it proved to be one of the biggest bestsellers of that year. It was later turned into a very unsuccessful film but that mattered very little, the novel still sells well and it is a fan favourite amongst the readers. In fact, acc
Jane Marie
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the second Mary Higgins Clark novel I read after a long hiatus of her novels, and I have to say my expectations for this novel were high. It sounded interesting, and when my sister was reading it, she gave it high marks (so did the reviews I read prior to reading this novel). However, when I finally got around to reading it, my sister couldn’t remember much of the story or any of the characters. That should have told me that my expectations for this novel were too high. And, they were.

Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008, mystery
Needed a quick easy read for the plane ride...we'll see if i regret my choice


Meh. It was an ok book I guess.
A few things bothered me about it. I really don't need to know, in detail, what each character is wearing in EVERY scene. I don't care that one guy in this paragraph is wearing dark courdory pants with a white button shirt and a smart jacket. Or that another character went home and changed from a red sweater blouse into jeans and a yellow t-shirt. It's not integral to the plot, and
Jul 03, 2017 added it
u already know this the queen of suspense the best of my time she started it all love this lady i salute u mrs mary higgins clark!
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: usa, mystery
I really love Clark's older books, which were suspenseful psychological thrillers. I also like the fact that her murderers are always people with deep psychological disorders. Her later books concentrated on normal people but that didn't work for me.

In this book is a creepy serial killer, who meets women through personal ads kills them and puts dancing shoes on their feet before abandoning them where they could be found. A man who starts this spree when a woman rejects him, a very entitled man.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans!
Shelves: mental
This is one of the creepier books that I have read. I picked it up off a pile of books my grandmother was giving to us and low-and-behold was this catching, poetic title. It was too disturbing the first time I tried so I put it on my shelf and waited about a year. After all that time It still was bugging me that I didn't know what was to happen. So I picked it up, read it again. And I absulutely loved it. It was a great plot and it had a satisfactoringly twisted murderer. It had so much emotion ...more
Apr 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
In Mary Higgins Clark's Loves Music, Loves to Dance, a serial killer trolls the personal ads in trendy magazines. After college, tow best friends venture out in Manhattan. Erin Kelly was a promising jewelry designer and Darcy Scott was a decorator. On a lark, Darcy persuaded a TV producer to do a scoop about research on people who did personal ads. When Erin disappeared and later was found in killed with one missing shoe and wore one dancing shoe, it was up to Darcy to entire the killer out in t ...more
Oh wow, that was boring... Flat style, flat characters, no pizzazz at all.
Benjamin Thomas
Catching up once again on a book I inherited from my mom. This one is a suspense thriller in the mold of most of what Mary Higgins Clark has written and was first published in 1991, making it one of the earlier of her suspense novels.

The plot surrounds Darcy and Erin, a couple of 20-something ladies who decide to add more fun to their dating lives by answering personal ads from eligible men. However, Erin goes missing and her body is later found dead, wearing one of her regular shoes and one ver
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! what an awesome book. read the whole thing in a day and a half. This book is intense for beginning to ende. Just when you think you have it figured out, another character or angle comes into play. My heart was actually pounding in my chest at one point(ok, at a few points) Readers of this genre like to be kept on edge and Clark does not disappoint. Highly recommend to all suspense lovers. You will not be let down
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
When I was in middle school, Mary Higgins Clark was my favorite author besides, perhaps, K. A. Applegate. I loved her stuff, and even embarked on writing a novel of my own that is in many ways like this book (I have no idea where the manuscript is and I hope no one ever sees it, as it is awful in the special way that first book attempts are). The thing about MHC is that her stuff is absolutely workable in a formulaic format; yes, you always suspect everyone because you know there is a deep love ...more
Joy H.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Added 7/19/15.
This mystery started out fine but it got impossible to follow after too many characters were introduced. It was ridiculous! I bailed out after reading half of the story.

A GR reviewer wrote:
"There are too many characters in this story and some of them had no big impact to the plot that it is obvious they were thrown in the story to be red hearings [sic]. And, because of this, whenever they came up in the novel it was like 'Who cares?' ... Too many c
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Not my favorite MHC novel but it's special because a dear friend gave me my copy haha
Marguerite (M)
Just so you know -because it's probably the most important thing you're going to ever learn about me- I learnt english with Mary Higgins Clark's books.
I was probably fourteen, in Boston, bored as fuck because my english was so bad i couldn't even comprehend myself and i had nothing left to read. As a reclusive moody teen, it was very similar to dying and my only solution was to take a paperback and brave the unknown.

That year, I read every Mary Higgins Clark's books already published.
And we can
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read! This is the first book I read from this author. It was recommended by a fellow book club member I have to admit I really enjoyed his book.

I will definitely read another book from this author.
Johnny Coody
Good murder mystery. I guessed the wrong man, but enjoyed.
Nira Ramachandran
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A serial killer with a fetish for dancing slippers, and pretty young things, who love dancing. Moves fast. An enjoyable read.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one wasn't one of my favorites but it was still really good! You are taken back by who the actual serial killer is and you never see it coming. This is definitely a very good read!
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by this author. Suffering from what sure seems to be Covid19 or something similar to it, I have only been able to read true crime or suspense books. This one was referred to by Robert Ressler in his exellent nonfiction work about serial killers. Clark's book is supposedly based on the story of the late want-ad killer Harvey Glatman, and I can see that the novel is indeed loosely based on his crimes. The idea of him freezing and dancing with the frozen corpses of ...more
Darcy Scott convinces her best friend, Erin Kelley to participate in the research for a documentary on personal ads by playing and answering a few of them. A couple of weeks later, Erin is dead, strangled and wearing mismatched shoes after one of her dates and Darcy, guilt-ridden, decides to find the murdered, no matter how many dates it takes.

There were simply too many characters in this book, most of which had little to nothing to do with the main story arc and just inserted into the storyline
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Loves Music, Loves to Dance was a solid 3 to 3.5 star novel by Mary Higgins Clark.

The story follows Darcy Scott as she investigates the murder of her best friend Erin Kelley. The pair had been helping a television producer friend with a story about personal ads and dating. Erin's death is similar to a 15 year old unsolved murder of Nan Sheridan; it's unclear if Erin is the victim of a copycat or if the original murderer had struck again.

I personally thought the story had too many potential
May 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, passed-on, 2010
Mary Higgins Clark doesn't have quite the knack for characterization that my greatest favourites (James, Robinson) do, and her dialogue often feels a bit stilted to me, but she atones for it in large part by nice, clear structures. In this case, she sets up a couple of straw men for her serial killer, carefully dropping clanging hints suggesting one or the other in the final sentence of each cliff-hanger chapter. They are suitably unsympathetic, too. I was interested to see that although this bo ...more
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Once again, a good read by Mary Higgins Clark! Have read several books by this author and have always enjoyed them. College roommates Erin and Darcy now live in NYC and are helping a friend with a documentary on the personal ads. As part of the research they agree to place and respond to ads. It’s an interesting obligation until Erin disappears. Found this book very gripping and I couldn’t stop reading. I wanted to learn who Erin’s killer was! The characters were well described and you believed ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Murder thriller enthusiasts
I picked up this book on a whim at a restaurant selling used books for charity. Loves Music, Loves to Dance is my fourth Mary Higgins Clark novel and 100 pages into the story, I had a sense that if you've read one Higgins Clark, you've read them all. That is not to say that it doesn't have any redeeming qualities. The fast paced story line will grip anyone who's a newcomer to her novels. However, I've rated it one star for predictability. The psychopathic serial killer possibly suffering from sp ...more
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recently I needed a book to read as my back was suffering and I could not work outdoors. Arne found this one for me and it served the purpose: it kept me occupied as I rested. The cover claims it is a New York Times best seller and, well, that is nice. It kept my interest BUT it is not a great book. The character development consits of Clark's telling us what he/she is wearing and maybe something about eye color. I have not read Clark before and may not again. Do I sound too much like a skeptic?
Charity Yoder
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
OH! good grief. there is so much to say about such a fantastic book!!!!!!! but i have to say, first off all that i saw the movie first, when i was like 10, and it is one of the rare instances where the movie is actually better. then i read the book somewhere around 8th grade or so. the book is good, but not nearly as frightening as some of her others. maybe it's because i actually saw the movie first, but the shock value wasn't nearly as intense as it could have been. but like with most of her b ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
So this was supposed to be a mystery-thriller. But too bad I realized "who did it" pretty early in the book. I found this book bland and boring. A not-so-bad read on a train when you want to allow your thoughts to gather & you don't care if there are people chattering next to you, but all in all, not a satisfactory experience. I could not bond with the characters, I did not fully understand the killer's mind and motif, I could not feel the grief and pain the author may have wanted me to feel. An ...more
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This was the second MHC book I read (there are 3 total) and I guess it was ok. When I read a mystery I would prefer not to be able to figure out who did it so fast... at least let me get halfway through the book. I guess she's just too predictable. I just felt like once you've read one of her books you've read them all.
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-eight suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a his­torical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. With bestselling author Alafair Burke she wrote the Under Suspicion series. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels.

Clark’s books have sold more than 100 milli

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