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Piece of My Heart - entertaining and fast-paced mystery.

Laurie Moran is a television producer who is about to be married to Alex Buckley. It’s been a long road to happiness for Laurie whose husband and father of son Timmy was tragically murdered. As the happy couple celebrate Alex’s birthday in the Hamptons with family, only days away from their wedding, Alex’s seven-year-old nephew Johnny goes missing while playing on the beach. Told in a nine day period, the family, including Laurie’s father Leo Farley, a retired NYPD policeman, work frantically to figure out what happened. Laurie is betting that an old case of Leo’s is behind the apparent kidnapping. Time is running out in this latest installment of an enjoyable series.

A Piece of My Heart is the seventh book in the Under Suspicion series. Written by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, the series may end with this latest book as sadly, Ms. Clark passed away earlier this year. (It is unclear if Ms. Burke will continue.) The book can be read as a standalone as the focus is on the secondary characters more than the ones readers have gotten to know over the years. But if you’re looking for easy-reading, suspenseful stories, the entire series is worth a look. I will miss talented storyteller Mary Higgins Clark.

Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Mystery / Suspense.

Publication Date: November 17, 2020.

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