Best Sellers Club May Authors – Mary Higgins Clark and Joanne Fluke

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New month means new highlighted authors from the Best Sellers Club! April’s authors are Danielle Steel for fiction and Sandra Brown for romance. Have you read either of these authors?


Our May fiction pick is Mary Higgins Clark. While Clark passed away in January 2020 due to complications of old age, she is still known as the Queen of Suspense. Even though she may not be publishing any new books, Clark is considered such a force in the suspense and mystery genre that her books are canon. Clark began publishing in 1975 with Where are the Children, a bestseller. Ever since the publication of that novel, all of her subsequent books have been bestsellers: 56 in all. More that 100 million copies of her books are in print in the United States. They are also international bestsellers and have been translated into many languages worldwide. Her latest book was released after her death in November 2020.

Her latest book is Piece of My Heart, which was published in November 2020. This book is the seventh book in the Under Suspicion series that Clark wrote with author Alafair Burke. Curious what this book is about? Check out the following description provided by the publisher:

In the latest thrilling collaboration from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, television producer Laurie Moran must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée’s nephew—just days before her wedding.

Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancée, Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are just days away from their mid-summer wedding, when things take a dark turn. Alex’s seven-year-old nephew, Johnny, vanishes from the beach. A search party begins and witnesses recall Johnny playing in the water and collecting shells behind the beach shack, but no one remembers seeing him after the morning. As the sun sets, Johnny’s skim board washes up to shore, and everyone realizes that he could be anywhere, even under water.

A ticking clock, a sinister stalker, and fresh romance combine in this exhilarating follow up to the bestselling You Don’t Own Me—another riveting page-turner from the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and her dazzling partner-in-crime Alafair Burke.

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Our May mystery pick is Joanne Fluke. Fluke is best known for her Hannah Swensen mystery series with her latest book being number 27 in that series. Fluke grew up in rural Minnesota and now lives in Southern California with her family. In addition to writing under her own name, Fluke also writes under several pseudonyms. She writes suspense, mysteries, romances, and humorous nonfiction, as well as titles for young adults. Fluke is known for writing cozy mysteries with a bit of romance in her Hannah Swensen series.

Fluke’s latest book is Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, book 27 in the Hannah Swensen series. Curious what this book is about? Below is a description provided by the publisher.

Spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, but Hannah Swensen doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses–not with hot cross buns to make, treats to bake, and a sister to exonerate!

Hannah’s up to her ears with Easter orders rushing in at The Cookie Jar, plus a festive meal to prepare for a dinner party at her mother’s penthouse. But everything comes crashing to a halt when Hannah receives a panicked call from her sister Andrea–Mayor Richard Bascomb has been murdered…and Andrea is the prime suspect.

Even with his reputation for being a bully, Mayor Bascomb–or “Ricky Ticky,” as Hannah’s mother likes to call him–had been unusually testy in the days leading up to his death, leaving Hannah to wonder if he knew he was in danger. Meanwhile, folks with a motive for mayoral murder are popping up in Lake Eden. Was it a beleaguered colleague? A political rival? A jealous wife? Or a scorned mistress?

As orders pile up at The Cookie Jar–and children line up for Easter egg hunts–Hannah must spring into investigation mode and identify the real killer…before another murder happens!

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