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The Cinderella Murder

(Under Suspicion #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  17,975 ratings  ·  1,595 reviews
Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.

Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next epi
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Simon Schuster
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Karin Slaughter
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC! Two of my most favorite writers in the world doing what they do best. Highly recommend!
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it

In this 2nd book in the 'Under Suspicion' series, producer Laurie Moran investigates a 20-year-old murder for her reality crime show. The book can be read as a standalone.


New York based Laurie Moran produces a television show called 'Under Suspicion', a reality show that highlights cold cases. The program brings together people who were involved with the victim, questions them, and perhaps sheds new light on (or even solves) the case. Laurie's new project involves the murder of Susan Dempse
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked the format of The Cinderella Murder.TV producer Laurie Moran is putting together an edition of Under Suspicion, a show where she intends to bring together witnesses of the unsolved murder of Susan Dempsey, to try and find additional clues and maybe solve the case. It made quite a refreshing change from detective/investigative journalist/lawyer stories. Whilst this is the second in the series, it really doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the first book, because everything you need ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
This is the first book I have read by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. I quite liked this one. It was different, easy to read and get into. The book is centred around Laurie Moran, who is producing a reality TV show called "Under Suspicion". The show hopes to bring new evidence to light and help solve previously unsolved cases. I really liked all of the characters, particularly Laurie and her Father, Leo, and son, Timmy. I did question some of the deductions made from the clues, and thought ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Reading a Mary Higgins Clark book is like comfort food. You always know what to expect because each of her books have the basic story- Successful, tallish slender woman (because her life is too complicated to find food interesting) who is currently single. Each time she meets a tall and equally successful and handsome man who will help save the day right before the murderer strikes. This being said, I have read every single one of her books and I will be one sad woman when she stops writing. How ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
3.5 stars. This is a quick review just to jot down my immediate afterthoughts on this mystery. This review could be subject to some changes or re-write.

This is my very first Mary Higgins Clark and I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It reads fast and the pacing is smooth, flowing naturally without any major flow to it in my eyes.

I found the concept of the TV show - Under suspicion - very interesting.
Laurie Moran heself, the producer of the show, is a victim of a murder case and got her bel
Jeanne Adamek
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Mary Beth
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ilove this author! I have read all of her books and she never has disappointed me. This one is an awesome mystery and had me guessing to the very end who the murderer was going to be. I loved the characters. This book had a really good plot. I didn't guess the murderer and it was a surprise. It's really hard to write a review because it would give the book away.

Laurie produces a TV show called Under Suspicion, she wants to do this so that she can find out the killer of a girl that dies. During t
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime, netgalley
I really liked the approach taken by the writers of basing this crime story as an episode of a reality TV show investigating cold cases. Producer Laurie Moran had a big success with her pilot program and now has the green light to go ahead with an episode on the 20y old murder of beautiful, talented college student, Susan Dempsey. Susan had been on her way to the house of a famous movie director to audition for a part in his new film, however instead her body was found with one shoe missing in a ...more
Laurie Moran’s television program "Under Suspicion" had debuted with huge success. Their very first show had caused a cold case to be solved; a murder which had dogged the police since it had happened. So now Laurie was set to run another; with the approval of her boss Brett, and the help of her assistants, Jerry and Grace, she started on her investigation of the Cinderella Murder. Twenty years previously, nineteen year old UCLA student and only daughter of Jack and Rosemary, Susan Dempsey had b ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This addition to the series was so fascinating. It had a great pace and you there is suspense for at least 3/4 of the book. Overall it was a quick, good suspense to read with lots of different revelations on a cold case.
Worst parent nightmare... sending your daughter to college, and having her murdered. Twenty years later, still unsolved... a mother decides to allow a t.v. producer to find the truth or at least get the boyfriend convicted. Loving the premise this title and series brings to the culture now out there... solving the cold cases, bringing justice to the families and peace of mind for the souls. Reality T.V. is a thing, so this series fits in with this scenario; add in the element of an young girl mu ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cinderella Murder

This was better than I expected it to be. I've read all of Mary Higgins Clark's books since her very first novel was published and the last couple of years she seemed to be losing her touch but I think co authoring with Alafair Burke was a great move on her part. I have never heard of or read any of Alafair Burke's novels before but I may try her out now. I give this book 3 and a half stars.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
The protagonist hosts a television show where they talk to the people close to the victim of an unsolved murder case. The second episode in their show and both their episodes have lead to solving the murder.

Let my Rant begin: the characters are so 2-dimensional, the bad ones are shallow, they sleep around, they're selfish, everything bad. And the good people are angels on earth. The murder victim was so loved, tbh, she felt like a walking obituary. People missed her WHILE she was alive, she was
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Didn’t do it for me... but I’ve read that her earlier novels are a must to try so I will
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
A very dull, lackluster mystery, almost as if it was written by a well-programmed computer. I can't believe that either author was very interested in the story, and I had a hard time finding anything human, interesting, or even suspenseful in it. I love good mysteries, and often have a hard time putting them down. Not this one.

Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
The dialogue at times sounds like a courtroom. A nine year old kid seems to be smartest. 4 of 10 stars
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five reasons to curl up with the Cinderella Murder this holiday season

If you are a fan of unsolved murder mysteries and reality crime shows than Clark’s new series will delight you, as we interview those involved with the crime and piece together clues. Clark makes us privy to the behind the scenes workings of a reality drama show.
The case is fascinating. Susan Dempsey a talented UCLA student is found dead. Despite suspects, the police were never able to solve the crime. Now ten years late
The Cinderella Murder is a fast-paced, enjoyable read. This should not come as a surprise as it is written by leading lady mystery authors Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. Laurie Moran is a television producer whose show Under Suspicion investigates cold case files in order to expose the killer. In this episode she is looking into the case of Susan Dempsey who disappeared 20 years ago while heading out to an acting audition. There are many viable suspects and quirky characters and just enou ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

The Cinderella Murders is a 2014 Simon and Schuster publication.

I have been super excited about finally getting to read this book because I am such a big fan of both authors- Alafair Burke and Mary Higgins Clark. With these two at the helm, I knew this would be a great mystery and so it was.

Television producer, Laurie Moran, desperately needs a hit. With her career on the line, she pitches “The Cinderella Murder” to showcase on her new reality TV show “ Under Suspicion”. Once she begins looking
Donna Gersting
Dec 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
I love Mary Higgins Clark but she really has lost her touch with this book. I found it very boring. Their really was no protagonist. So many people to keep track of. It is a murder mystery but I had a hard time following the clues. I forced myself to read 3/4 of it buy after falling asleep several time I just flipped to the last few pages to see who-done-it I def would recommend it
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Since I did not read a pure mystery book for a while, I rather enjoyed reading this book with my bookish friends! All of us guessed “who done it”, and I think one of us guessed correctly!! I liked it since it did not go to the worst place I had imagined.
Mariam Mohsen
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
I actually have read 2 of Marry Higgins Clark's books before and really injoyed kiss the girls and make them cry in particular.
And when I saw this book and read the synopsis, I was totally in.
And seriously, everything this author writes is a complete perfection.
I can say that she is one of my most favorite thriller authors of all times.
Her works just keep you definitely on edge through the whole story.
This book was really phenomenal and it left me wanting to read more of the seri
Mary Higgins Clark's I've Got You Under My Skin introduced television producer Laurie Moran. Now, Clark joins with another bestselling author, Alafair Burke, for an ongoing series about Moran as she produces Under Suspicion, a show that investigates, and tries to solve cold cases. As a fan of cold case mysteries, I was hooked when I picked up The Cinderella Murder.

Moran, who lost her husband to a killer, understands the pain felt by a victim's family and friends. She's the perfect one to bring t
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book brings together two best-selling authors who have teamed up to write "An Under Suspicion Novel" - which some say (and the subtitle suggests) is the beginning of a new series. If that's the case, count me as a bandwagon-jumper when the next one is published.

"Under Suspicion" is the title of a reality TV show produced by Laurie Moran and her team. The pilot for the series, which revisits cold case crimes through reenactment, focused on the murder of Laurie's own husband and was a great s
Liz B
Aug 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was poorly written and predictable. It would've been a dnf except that I read it for book club. It makes me wonder if all of the Mary Higgins Clark books I loved in high school were also this bad. ...more
3-3.5 stars
I don't recall if I have read this author before or not. I would read from her again, there were some things I liked about this, but I also had an issue or two (view spoiler)
Linda Strong
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Two terrific authors have teamed up to write a new series. While this one is Book 2, it does fine as a stand alone. And as always, recommend starting with I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN. It gives a lot of background on the characters and all those little nuances that make them feel like family.

Under Suspicion is a new TV series .... taking cold cases and presenting them to a television audience in the hope that they can be solved. (Think America's Most Wanted).

Television Producer Laurie Moran finds
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Probably more like a 3.5 star rounded to a 4...

This is the first book in a spinoff series from "I've got you under my skin" so the major players are all back for more investigating:) Laurie, Leo, Alex, etc. This one will make more sense if you read IGYUMS first. As usual, it follows pretty much the MHC formula but is well written. (I found a few mistakes towards the beginning of the book, but they tapered off as it went along.) I enjoy reading "lighter" mysteries as well as "suspense-thriller,"
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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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