Pretend You Don’t See Her

Pretend You Don’t See Her by Mary Higgins Clark

Lacey Farrell is a real estate agent in New York City who is given a prime apartment to sell. It belongs to Isabelle Warring, but prior to her it belonged to her daughter Heather Landis, Broadway singer. Heather died about a year ago and Isabelle’s ex husband Jimmy Landis has been telling her she needs to sell the apartment and move on. Isabelle however is convinced that Heather’s death was not a car accident but that someone murdered her and she has been trying with all her might to get answers.

As Lacey tried to find a buyer she spends a lot of time with Isabelle. One day Isabelle calls and leaves a message saying that she has been reading through Heather’s old diary and discovers a clue, one that she will talk to Lacey about next time she sees her.

Hmmm…

The next day her bosses son, Rick Parker, gives her the name and number of a potential buyer, Curtis Caldwell. Lacey shows him the house but Isabelle is against selling it and doesn’t want to talk about what she has discovered. Lacey is discouraged but goes back to speak to Isabelle that night and walks right in on her being murdered by Caldwell, her earlier apartment appointment.

WHAT!

He runs out and with Isabelle’s dying breath she tells Lacey she discovered a clue and wants her to give the diary to he ex-husband as he will find the murderer, there is something in it he needs to read.

Lacey calls the police who are really bad investigators as they meet trying to pin the murder on her. The next day she stays late at work and makes two copies of the journal, giving one to Heather’s father and keeping the other for herself. She returns home and find her apartment burgled. She decides they must be after the diary and gives the police the original copy that she hid at work, not letting them know about her secret copy.

The next day she is fired from her job (they say “suspended” I say FIRED) and goes to have dinner with her family when someone tries to shoot her, grazing her and hurting her niece.

The murderer turns out to be no average person as the fingerprint found at Lacey’s apartment turns out to belong to a serious hitman for the mafia who was thought to have died two years ago!

The Marshals swoop in and Lacey is carted off into the witness protection program, now known as Alice Carroll.

New me!

Meanwhile, the diary disappears from the police precinct and when Jimmy turns his copy over to the police, it goes missing as well. With a mole in the police department and a hitman after her-will Lacey be able to unravel this mess or wind up the next victim?

Thoughts After Reading:

This was a good mystery, although it made no sense that the marshals didn’t give Lacey/Alice a job but expected her to figure it out and find work with no references. From what I know is that they always place you somewhere.

Lacey also made several BIG mistake when it came to investigating and staying hidden. Like serious screw ups.

No thank you.

The mystery was good though, as I had no clue who the murder was, and when I read who it turned out to be, I was stunned.

For more by Mary Higgins Clark, go to Second Time Around

For more murders disguised as car accidents, go to Snagged

For more Not in a Series Mysteries, go to A Simple Favor

Murder Well Done

Ready for another Christmas mystery?

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Let’s get started!

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Murder Well-Done (Hemlock Falls #4) by Claudia Bishop

Thoughts Before Reading:

So after A Pinch of Poison, I didn’t really want to read another Hemlock Falls Mystery. But as I started it, I have to finish it!

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Plot Synopsis:

So since the last book there has been a lot of upheaval in Hemlock Falls. A lot of incumbents were pushed out of office, such as the justice Howie Murchison and the Sheriff Myles McHale. Their sheriff is the newcomer, none know, Frank Dorset; and the justice is Bernie Bristol a retired Xerox engineer from nearby Rochester.

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The town’s committee has been destroyed as the men and women of the town are fighting. So instead they have split into the all-male organization, S.O. A. P. Search for Our Authentic Primitive; and the all-female organization, H.O.W The Hemlock Organization for Women.

This is bad.

This is bad.

In the midst of this they are also hosting the wedding party, bachelorette party, bachelor party, wedding rehearsal, and wedding reception of ex-senator, embezzler, and criminal Al Santini and his fiancé Claire McIntosh, daughter of the rich plumbing king and mafioso on Christmas Eve.

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Al and Claire have caused issue after issue; changing the size of the wedding party, menu, etc. Besides that Santini’s attitude towards women and Claire’s constant whining is so annoying the Quilliam sisters regret ever agreeing to have them be here.

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And add to that Nora Cahill, investigative reporter, who is trying to get info on Santini and/or get a good story on the town.

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Then  it turns out Evan Blight is coming to stay at Hemlock Falls. He is the author of a book about going back to primitive ways and man power that has the Hemlock Falls men up in arms and started their organization.

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And then Claire’s crazy and intense grandmother, Tutti McIntosh arrives at the Inn. She believes she is a psychic and says that there will be three knocks and then death.

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But things start getting really weird when it turns out that the Sheriff and mayor have installed a secret camera in town to increase tickets and revenue.

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Quill gets caught with it, and Santini is the prosecuting attorney who is controlling the justice and sheriff and giving her a trumped up charge.

What?

And she has to spend the day in jail!

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When Santini comes to let her out on his “benevolence”, with Nora Cahill; Quill becomes so angry she smacks both in the face with her muddy boots.

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 But then Nora turns up dead!

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And the creepy, sexual harassing sheriff puts Quill in jail for it.

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Aw…that sucks

Quill goes to sleep but is woken up when she overhears Dorset trying to blackmail someone. It doesn’t go well as whoever was supposed to pay up, kills him instead and unlocks the cell, trying to frame Quill for murder.

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Quill has to solve this case before she gets put on trial for multiple homicide!

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Thoughts After Reading:

As I said before, I wasn’t really wanting to read any more in this series, but I’m glad I did as I loved it.

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I mean at first it wasn’t very good, and there were all these things that were silly or so different it felt like I was missing a book!

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However, as I continued reading it got better and better, making me read faster and faster to find out who the murderer could be.

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For more Hemlock Falls Mysteries, go to A Pinch of Poison

 For more Christmas mysteries, go to Plum Pudding Murder

For more wedding themed mysteries, go to Snagged

For more investigative reporters, go to The Alchemy of Murder