Book Reviews of All Through The Night

All Through The Night
All Through The Night
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
ISBN-13: 9780684856605
ISBN-10: 0684856603
Publication Date: 10/19/1998
Pages: 176
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 134 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 6
This is a fantastic read. Short, but one of her best. Two sub-plots that do not hinder the other, tied together by a little girl named Star. The whole setting is easy to believe, so you can easily let yourself flow with the story. And it does flow; you will not wish to put it down. There are a couple things that are just too convient. But I guess you would need a much longer book to fit everything in. A good read for Christmas.
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This is very touching and suspenseful and will keep you interested from page 1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one very much.
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It was an OK mystery. Not one of her best, but it was still a nice and fast read.
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I really like her writing and style of mystery. Just enough intrigue to keep me reading, yet not over the top on scary.
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A short book from the Queen of Suspense. It was a nice holiday themed book and although not as supsensful as some of her other work it was a good read. Her likable characters Alvirah and Willy make appearances and help solve the case of the theft of a priceless religeous artifact stolen 7 years ago and the identity of an abandoned baby.
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A young unmarried woman leaves her newborn baby on the rectory doorstep of a church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. At that same moment, inside the church, a young man is in the process of stealing a treasured artifact - a chalice adorned with a single star-shaped diamond. Both the infant and the chalice subsequently disappear.

Seven years later, a few weeks before Christmas - lottery winner turned amateur sleuth - Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy, are busy helping Willy's sister Cordelia - a nun who runs a thrift store that doubles as an after-school shelter for the neighborhood kids - prepare for the upcoming Christmas pageant. However, the shelter's future is threatened when the city condemns the building for that use. Then it is further jeopardized when the nearby brownstone to which the shelter was to be moved turns out to have been willed to a young couple who were already tenants in the building.

Convinced that something suspicious is going on, Alvirah refuses to believe that the will is genuine. She sets out to prove the couple are con artists. Soon she is involved with the mystery of the stolen chalice and child.

While this was certainly a good story and I enjoyed reading it; I'm not entirely sure what grade to give it. In my opinion, the mystery was perhaps a little simplistic, and the plot seemed slightly hurried - at least to me. I would have preferred it if this story had been slightly longer, so that the plot could be better developed and the characters better drawn and more believable. Overall, I give this book a B+!
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This book is very touching and appropriate for this time of year. It contains the delightful characters, Alvira and Willy. They are recipients of of 40,000,000.00 lottery and Alvira is quite a character as a sleuth. Sweet, fast read, just the book to read on a cold winter night when you need to feel good. It has a Christmas theme and a happy ending.
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A great Christmas suspense story - classic Mary Higgins Clark!
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Cute book, easy and fast read. Perfect for travel.
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I liked this tale better than most of Alvirah's tales.
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I ordered this book through club twice and got an extra copy.
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A great Mary Higgins Clark read
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If you are looking for a simple, easy and completely unrealistic book to read this would be your pick. This is one of Clark's books which has no true suspense....the reunion is unrealistic blah blah blah
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A good read for those who enjoy MHC books.
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Good story fast read another great book
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Nothing says Merry Christmas than a great MHC book!
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"All Through the Night" is a Christmas story featuring Alvirah and Willy Meehan, Clark's recurring characters. This story is not meant to be up to par with her longer novels. It is simply meant to be a Christmas story. Alvirah Meehan solves two mysteries; one concerning a missing baby left in front of a church 7 years earlier, and the other concerning a phony will. I enjoyed it.
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ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

All of Alvirah's deductive powers and Willy's world-class common sense are called upon as the two stumble into a Christmas mystery. A woman abandons her newborn at a Manhattan church. Simultaneously, a thief is absconding with a treasured artifact, a chalice adorned with a star-shaped diamond. To elude police, he grabs the stroller and disappears. Seven years later, the mother returns to the scene and finds Alvirah and Willy helping neighborhood kids prepare for a Christmas pageant at an after-school shelter. Soon the savvy sleuths set out to solve the puzzle of the missing child and chalice -- and to unmask scam artists threatening to shut down the shelter.
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Another page turner from a great mystery writer. What I like about Mary Higgings Clark is her ability to tell the tale of a mystery without being too medically graphic. You can even read her books at bedtime without having nightmares. She is consistently a quality author.
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love this author.. and the story was very good. entertaining..
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This was a bit of a disappointment, since I usually love her books. It was actually a short story with one dimensional characters and it was all too predictable. Can be read in one sitting.
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Absolutely loved this diamond of a Christmas book. Ive read this one twice, with many years between both reads and reading it the second time felt familiar but completely new. A good book can do that.
This book had two situations going on throughout. One a forged will and two an infant left in a paper bag outside of a Rectory.
I really enjoyed this and it added lots of joy to my already full heart of Christmas spirit.
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A sweet book by Mary Higgins Clark. An easy read, but the characters are likable, well most of them anyway, and good triumphs in the end.
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Good Christmas cosy.
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A satisfying Christmas mystery from a proven talent
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Excellent book, brought tears to my eyes. Predictable but an easy read.
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THIS IS A GREAT HOLIDAY CLASSIC FROM THE AUTHOR THAT WE ALL LOVE. IT WILL WARM YOUR HEART AND KEEP YOU READING UNTIL THE END. I LOVED IT. I READ IT IN ONE SITTING.
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As always, Mary Higgins Clark provides a fun read, with two new characters who have won the lottery, retired, and now solve mysteries in their spare time.
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Fans of Mary Higgins Clark and cozy mysteries will relish this Christmas confection. Unlike her previous holiday novel, Silent Night, All Through the Night is virtually free of life-and-death crime. Rather, it is a Dickensian tale of good deeds rewarded and crimes punished.

The wintry story begins on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with 18-year-old Sondra Lewis, an aspiring violinist, tearfully leaving her baby on the steps of St. Clement's Church. Unbeknownst to her, Lenny Centino is robbing that same church on the same night, with his attention particularly on the Church's diamond inlaid chalice. He finds a buggy outside the church and uses it for cover as he flees. Only later does he realize that his take for the night includes the infant Stellina (Italian for star). The narrative then abruptly moves ahead seven years. Clark's lottery-winning protagonists, Alvirah and her husband Willy (introduced in Weep No More, My Lady) return for some amateur sleuthing. Sister Cordelia's thrift shop doubles as an after-school recreation place for neighborhood children (including a shy little girl named Star), but the building has been condemned. Bessie Maher had vowed she was leaving the house to the nun and her children. Now that she is gone, the will indicates that the tenants of the house, Vic and Linda Baker, are the true heirs. As December rushes on towards Christmas, Alvirah struggles to put things right before the children are left in the cold.

Like the best holiday stories, All Through the Night steers toward sentimentality, but it veers back on course with narrative wit and Alvirah's charm. Clark's prose is lean and her plotting is brisk. This is a mystery that would be a pleasure to share aloud with a family gathered at the fireplace for some holiday cheer. --Patrick O'Kelley
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loved this book.
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THIS IS A CHRISTMAS BOOK BUT I COULDNT PUT THE BOOK DOWN AND I DIDN'T READ IT AT CHRISTMAS. IF YOU LOVE CHRISTMAS AND CHILDREN AND GOOD ENDINGS YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK. A BABY IS LEFT ON THE STEPS OF A CHURCH AT CHRISTMAS... WILL IT SURVIVE? WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BABY???
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Great story. Love Mary Higgins Clark, she is always at the top of her game.
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Another great MHC classic!
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Very interesting read. Mary Higgins Clark is a great author and keeps you guessing until the very end.
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Another book by the same author: Mary Higgens Clark! The same two sleuths Alvia and Woody, a married couple, can they solve the mystery of a missing child and a stolen chalice? A MUST READ!
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Suspense Story is right
you will love the twist in this one
I wish you well
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Mary Higgins Clark is always good for suspense.
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Two of Clark's most beloved characters, Alvirah and her husband, Willy, get caught up in a Christmas mysery. A young, unmarried woman leaves her newborn child on the doorstep of a church. At the same moment, inside the church, a young man is stealinga treasured artifact, a chalice adorned with a single star-shaped diamond. Both the infant and the chalice disappear. Soon Alvirah and Willy are involved in solving both of these mysteries,
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This book was very good. Once you start reading it you don't want to put it down.
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The wintry story begins on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with 18-year-old Sondra Lewis, an aspiring violinist, tearfully leaving her baby on the steps of St. Clement's Church. Unbeknownst to her, Lenny Centino is robbing that same church on the same night, with his attention particularly on the Church's diamond inlaid chalice. He finds a buggy outside the church and uses it for cover as he flees. Only later does he realize that his take for the night includes the infant Stellina (Italian for star).
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Two of Mary Higgins Clark's most beloved characters, Alvirah, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and her husband, Willy, both of them caught up in a Christmas mystery that calls on all of Alvirah's deductive powers, as well as Willy's world-class common sense.
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Good read but not one of her best.
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Alvirah and Willy, the semi-retired lottery winners turned crime solvers, are called upon once again in this Christmas tale of a mother who yearns to be reunited with the child she abandoned seven years ago.
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Very touching, excellent reading.
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Another good book.
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The story begins when a young unmarried woman leaves her newborn child on the rectory doorstep at a church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. At the same moment, inside the church, a young man is stealing a treasured artifact, a chalice adorned with a singe star-shaped diamond. Both the infant and the chalice disappear.
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When Alvirah and Willy, two of Clark's most beloved characters, become caught up in a Christmas mystery, all of Alvirah's deductive powers and Willy's world-class common sense are called upon. It begins when an unmarried woman leaves her newborn on the rectory doorstep of a Manhattan Church....... Suspense filled and a great read. You won't want to put the book down
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This was one of my first books gotten from this site. I am done with it and wish to pass it along. It was good!
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When Alvirah and Willy, two of Clark's most beloved characters, become caught up in a Christmas mystery, all of Alvirah's deductive powers and Willy's world-class common sense are called upon. It begins when an unmarried woman leaves her newborn on the rectory doorstep of a Manhattan church. Meanwhile, a small-time thief and drug peddler is absconding from the church with a treasured artifact, a chalice adorned with a single star-shaped diamond. To elude the police, he grabs the stroller and disappears.

Seven years later, the young mother returns to the church where her child was kidnapped while Alvirah and Willy are helping neighborhood kids prepare for a Christmas pageant at an after-school shelter. But the future of the shelter is threatened when the city condemns the site and it is learned that the brownstone to which the shelter was moving has been willed to a smooth-talkng couple, tenants in the building. Suspecting that the will is a fake and the tenants con artists, Alvirah sets out to discover the truth. Soon she finds herself in the middle of the puzzle of the missing child and chalice.
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When Alvirah and Willy become caught up in a Christmas mystery, all of Alvirah's deductive powers and Willy's world-class common sense are called upon. It begins when an unmarried woman leaves her newborn on the rectory doorstep of a Manhattan church. Meanwhile, a small-time thief and drug peddler is absconding from the church with a treasured artifact, a chalice adorned with a single star-shaped diamond. To elude the police, he grabs the stroller and disappears.
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BY ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS.
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When Alvirah and Willy, two of Clark's most beloved characters, become caught up in a Christmas mystery, all of Alvirah's deductive powers and Willy's world-class common sense are called upon. It begins when an unmarried woman leaves her nowborn on the rectory doorstep of a Manhattan church. Menwhile, a small time thief and drug peddler is absconding from the church with a treasured artifact, a chalice adorned with a single star-shaped diamond. To elude the police, he grabs the stroller and disappers. Seven years later, the young mother returns to the church where her child was kidnapped while Alvirah and Willy are helping neighborhood kids prepare for Christmas pageant at an after school shelter. But the future of the shelter is threatened when the city condemns the site and it is learned that the brownstone to which the shelter was moving has been willed to a smooth talking couple, tenants in the building. Suspecting that the will is a fake and the tenants con artists, Alvirah sets out to discover the truth. Soon she finds herself in the middle of the puzzle of the missing child and chalince.
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It begins when an unmarried womans leaves her newborn on the rectory doorstep of a church. Meanwhile, a small-time thief & drug peddler is absonding from the church w/a treasured artifact. To elude the police, he grabs the stroller and disappears.
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When Alvirah and Willy become caught up in a Christmas mystery, all of Aovirah's detective powers and Willy's world-class common sense are called upon. It begins when an unmarried woman leaves a newborn on the rectory doorstep of a Manhattan church.
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used but in good shape