Excerpt from Every Breath You Take

Last week was a very eventful week, with making the USA Today bestseller list with the Do No Harm medical thriller collection, running a freebie deal on Gem, Himself, Alone, and attending and presenting at the When Words Collide writers conference, as well as some family things going on.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I am currently reading Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense. This is book 5 in the Under Suspicion series. I have read at least two others in this series, and am enjoying the building of the case. Laurie Moran and her family and associates are familiar and fun to read, but I wish she would get back together with Alex…

Normally by the time she asked the most important question, she had already mastered every publicly available fact about the case. But, at the risk of jumping in too soon, she asked it now, because she had to know. “If you didn’t kill Mrs. Wakeling, who did?”

Mary Higgins Clark, Every Breath You Take

Laurie Moran’s professional life is a success—her television show Under Suspicion is a hit, both in the ratings and its record of solving cold cases. But her romantic break from former host Alex Buckley has left her with on-air talent she can’t stand—Ryan Nichols—and a crippling sense of loneliness.

Now Ryan has suggested a new case. Three years ago, Virginia Wakeling, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and one of the museum’s most generous donors, was found dead in the snow, after being thrown from the museum’s roof on the night of the Met Gala. The leading suspect then and now is her much younger boyfriend and personal trainer, Ivan Gray.

Ivan runs a trendy, successful boutique gym called Punch—a business funded in no small part by the late Virginia—which happens to be the gym Ryan frequents. Laurie’s skepticism about the case is upended by a tip from her father’s NYPD connection, and soon Laurie realizes there are a bevy of suspects—including Virginia’s trusted inner circle.


  1. Believe it or not, I haven’t read any of the Mary Higgin’s Clark mysteries. I’ve got them on my TBR though. Definitely asks a sensible question in the teaser. My Teaser

    • Gasp! You haven’t read any Mary Higgins Clark? She was one of the first “grown up” books that I grabbed off of my mom’s shelf. The Cradle Will Fall, which is quite a dark thriller! This one is much lighter.

  2. I love reading Mary Higgins Clarke! And Alafair Burke is a good writer too.
    My teaser this week: https://collinesblog.com/2019/08/13/teaser-tuesday-truly-madly-guilty-by-liane-moriarty/

  3. I love this author! Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THE LONG CALL”

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