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The Melody Lingers On

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  8,414 Ratings  ·  854 Reviews
As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tri-state area. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating, and loves the reward of exceeding the expectations of their often-demanding owners. When she is called to assist in redecorat ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Simon Schuster (first published April 7th 2015)
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Diane Groom
Jun 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I used to love Mary Higgins Clark. That being said, this book was a major disappointment. Her writing style has become more like her daughter's -- juvenile. I'm just glad I borrowed this from the library and didn't buy it.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Was this REALLY written by MHC? Has Mary possibly been taken over by body snatchers?

This is absolutely nothing like the old MHC I've read. It is supposed to be suspense/mystery and instead it reads like romantic fluff garbage. The writing feels totally juvenile.

There is instalove. There is sad, romantic brooding. There is tragedy in everybody's past. There is even a hint at a love triangle.

I seriously almost threw my kindle across the room when at 80% an FBI agent confesses his love for the fem
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, mystery
3-3.5 stars... This is written like MHC's last 5-7 books have been. Easy, light, nothing special. I enjoy these for what they are, and know now not to expect the exciting thrillers she used to write in the 80's. It's a bit predictable, as her later books are, and formulaic. I would classify this more of a suspense type than a mystery. There's not much mystery here. A little bit. I liked the main character and found it a good audiobook that I didn't have to strain my attention on when listening. ...more
A round of applause for the "Queen of Suspense" for dedicating over forty years of her life as a beloved author, giving readers bountiful hours of suspense thrilling joy. What an amazing accomplishment! I tip my hat to her royal pen.

This particular book, however, didn't have the same level of wow factor and intensity as previous Mary Higgins Clark books I've read. Rather than a suspense thriller, it was more like a lightly seasoned financial crimes cozy, with some interior decorator nuances and
Patricia Gligor
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense, a title she so richly deserves. I own every book she has ever written and they are among my most cherished possessions. I even had the distinct honor of meeting her in person at one of her book signings. She's not only a gifted writer but she's a warm and kind person and an inspiration to all mystery/suspense writers.
"The Melody Lingers On" is a wonderful addition to her long list of published novels. As I read some of the oth
Aug 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Dear god, this book is so terrible! It doesn't even qualify as a murder mystery for me. Because for one thing, there is no fricking murder in the book in the first place to investigate! The story is a silly and convoluted one of a rich man stealing money from investors and disappearing and then people are trying to catch him while his co-workers and family are under suspicion. Does this sound suspenseful? Well, if it does, it's because I've oversold it!

I don't know what Clark's recent fascinatio
Although the story is very light, and the plot is a little thin and transparent, the book has its merits. Occasionally, this is just the type of book I need when I can't seem to muster up the energy, or have the attention span, to focus on something too detailed or deep. Also, there are times I want to read something without graphic violence or bad language, which often feels very refreshing for a change.

Although, this book is not quite as absorbing, detailed, or complex as many of Mary's previ
Mary Higgins Clark é uma autora a que recorro quando quero ler algo com algum mistério mas sem ter me pensar demasiado. Neste caso, o livro ficou um pouco abaixo das expectativas. O mistério, além de ser pouco, muito fácil de desvendar. Foi dado mais ênfase à componente romance do que à categoria onde estava inserida o livro.

Curiosidade nesta leitura, o que não é hábito nas que eu faço, foi a alguma abordagem, mesmo que indirecta ao golfe... Acabou por "aliviar" um pouco o marasmo decorrente de
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I feel like there wasn't a lot of suspense in this one! It was a nice quick read, but definitely not as good as some of her older titles.
Joanne Freitas
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adoro a autora. Adoro o facto de os capítulos serem curtos. Adorei a história.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of an investment banker, Parker Bennett, who deceived his clients; the aftermath for those who were affected; and the mystery of what happened to the supposedly deceased crook, grabbed me from the first page of The Melody Lingers On.

Lane Harmon is a young interior designer, an assistant to Glady Harper, famed designer to the rich in Connecticut, Manhattan, and nearby wealthy neighborhoods. A single mom to four-year-old Katie, Lane finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Eric Bennett and his
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I basically only read Mary Higgins Clark for the nostalgia factor. Her books are nothing special, but she was the first "adult" author I read when I was a child, so I hold a fondness in my heart for her.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, mystery
In Mary Higgins Clark's The Melody Lingers On, this startling mystery novel takes a storyline straight from the news that would blow you away. Lane Harmon is a young widow with a 4-year-old daughter named Katie. As an associate to the famous Glady Harper, an interior design, they get to interior design Anne Bennett's townhouse and for the Countess Sylvie De Marco's condo. And that's when she met Eric Bennett, the son of Parker Bennett, the notorious businessmen who ripped people's money off with ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2,5* seria justo.
MhC é uma das minhas escritoras favoritas, mas estes últimos livros dela desiludiram-me.
Continuam a ser de leitura rápida, mas as tramas deixam mto a desejar..

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Lane and her boss Glady work on the interior decoration of a house, where Anne Bennett will move in. After her husband Parker betrayed many people of their money and disappeared right after that, she is short of money and needs to move. When Lane meets her son Eric Bennett for the first time, she feels a certain connection to him, and does something she hadnt done in a long time: dating. But not everyone is happy to see them together. Many people believe t
Terri Lynn
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Good story but by the end I really didn't feel much towards any of the characters so it was a lackluster read for me. Not on the keep shelf and I should have picked it up from the library.

There needed to have been more interaction with the main characters so I cared about them at all. Lane was out on weekly dates with someone but it was just a passing blurb (even that she was seeing the person as much as she did). As a reader I didn't discover any of this by reading about it (did she enjoy it o
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I am pretty solidly an MHC fan, and even though all of her books have certain similarities (30-ish beautiful, successful woman as a main character, someone who holds a key to the mystery if only they can remember, etc.) I have really liked her books, and have been sucked into the mystery and suspense, and I was excited to read her latest book. I was underwhelmed by this one though. I had a tough time getting into the story, and, because of how it was set up, I wasn't entirely sure what the myste ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
MHC always gets a "like" from me. I looked forward to her new book coming out each year. Yes, each one fits a mold, a pattern, a whatever. But she writes so well. It goes down so easily, so smoothly, and ironic-given-the-murderous-theme so sweetly. This one is no different. Very entertaining. Was a perfect beach read. My only complaint is that MHC does indeed have to learn to write more appropriate inner and outer dialog for the female 30-something main character that she favors. For example, 20 ...more
I confess I had given up on Clark after a few titles that I didn't feel up to par. With this one she's back to her old form with a fast-paced story, sympathetic heroine, danger and suspense, plot twists, and just a touch of romance. Nice people put in jeopardy with a few surprises. Quick, satisfying read for her many fans. I find it fascinating that really no one has been able to replicate the Clark formula, and the authors who win the Mary Higgins Clark award each year really don't come close. ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read every book by Mary Higgins Clark, and I've enjoyed all of them.
This one is no exception. It has all the traditional MHC books: strong female character, a great supporting cast, suspense (not as much as other books), a solid conclusion.
Fans will enjoy it, but be warned it's a little slower of a book than many of her earlier works. However, I still enjoyed reading and seeing what would happen.
Minty McBunny
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, august-2015
Having just spent a week in the heavy atmosphere of Seveneves, I needed something light and quick to cleanse my mental palate.

This was pretty standard issue MHC, I enjoyed it up to the overly silly ending.
Mama K
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
meh. typical Clark; names have changed but plot arc now seems very formulaic compared to her earlier works. Maybe Clark should retire.
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Another quick, good read from the Queen of Suspense. I do feel that her earlier books had more suspense and intrigue.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Al inicio del libro se nos presenta a Lane Harmon, la supuesta protagonista (luego os comento porqué digo supuesta), viuda con una hija de 4 años que trabaja como ayudante para Glady Haper, la reina del interiorismo de Nueva York. Glady le dice a Lane que tiene un encargo de Eric, hijo de un antiguo cliente, Parker Bennet, un gestor de fondos que había estafado miles de millones a sus clientes y que desaparece una noche de hace 2 años en su velero. Se creé que se suicidó pero tampoco está claro ...more
Maureen Mullis
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-myseries
I like Mary Higgins Clark's books, but she does have a pattern that she follows. If you know the pattern, you know what's going on and how things are going to end. But that doesn't take away from the fun of her books, this one in particular. It wasn't really a whodunit; more like a "who else was in on it?" sort of story. Taken from the headlines where an investment manager absconded with billions of dollars of his clients money then disappears was a good tale. Clark lets you in on the ramificati ...more
Extremely formulaic! I could tell that this wouldn't be the best of Clark's books by the end of chapter one. I had everything figured out by page 100. The author repeatedly used the same phrases over and over again. It truly felt like she had a "Write a mystery book template" and she just filled in the blanks. The characters were bland and one dimensional and the reader never really gets to know any of them in any real depth. The writing was pretty bad I hate to say. It was just very immature. D ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Mary Higgins Clark used to be one of my favorite authors, I would devour her books as soon as they came out, but this is the first one I have read in a few years. Somehow, I just don't enjoy them as much anymore. This one was okay, I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. The plot did not hurtle down the mountain like a freight train on speed, nor did it plod slowly along. It was just an average read. It was another story about a man who took other peoples money to invest it for their reti ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I was surprised to read other reviews that indicated disappointment with this novel or even the author's last few novels. Remember, Clark write mysteries, not thrillers, and so it is not edge=of-your-seat stuff, but meticulously plotted story-telling. I have always liked her writing for what it is. This one was much easier to guess than many others, but I still enjoyed it. Her characters are believable and it's fun to see how the uber-wealthy think and live. I think it is terrific that Mary Higg ...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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