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I Heard That Song Before [Hardcover]

Mary Higgins Clarke
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3 April 2007
When Kay Lansing marries wealthy widower Peter Carrington, she is well aware of the rumours surrounding the mysterious death of Peter's first wife Grace, who was found floating in the family pool ten years ago, pregnant at the time. Kay also discovers that Peter is a chronic sleepwalker who suffers from periodic nightmares. When the police arrive at her doorstep with a warrant for Peter's arrest in connection with another murder - that of a woman Peter had escorted to a high school senior prom twenty-two years ago - Kay begins to fear that she has married a sleepwalking murderer, and she resolves to find out the truth behind the puzzling deaths. But are the two deaths linked? And why does a melody that Kay cannot identify keep playing in her head every time she approaches the family chapel?
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (3 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743264916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743264914
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,844,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Higgins Clark is the author of twenty-two worldwide bestselling works of fiction and a memoir. She lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with her husband.

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'When an old murder is unearthed by police, a young woman begins to suspect her new husband isn't all he seems...A puzzling thriller, where rumours are beginning to arise about the mysterious death of a wealthy widower's first wife in a family swimming pool and a startling revelation about a husband's habit of sleepwalking could hold the key to the whole affair' 'An old-fashioned murder mystery, which makes compulsive reading - this book is thoroughly recommended.' Book Group in My Weekly Magazine 'An old-fashioned murder mystery, which makes compulsive reading -- this book is thoroughly recommended' Book Group in My Weekly Magazine 10/01

About the Author

MARY HIGGINS CLARK is the author of twenty-nine suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, and a memoir. She is the co-author with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, of five holiday suspense novels. Jan Maxwell has appeared on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Dinner Party, The Sound of Music, A Doll's House, Dancing At Lughnasa, and City of Angels. On television she has been seen in numerous Law & Order episodes. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The fired gardener's daughter marries the billionaire owner of the estate in I Heard That Song Before. It's like taking up the story of Cinderella after the Prince and Cinderella have married.

Unlike Cinderella, this story has some dark elements that overhang the marriage. At age six, Kay Lansing, our Cinderella, overhears a mysterious argument over money between a man and woman at the Carrington estate where her father works. That argument comes to have even greater significance in Kay's future. Kay's husband, Peter Carrington, has also been the prime suspect in the disappearance of neighbor Susan Althorp, a disappearance that happened the same day Kay overheard the argument. Further, Peter's pregnant first wife died mysteriously in the swimming pool.

So is Peter really Prince Charming? That's the primary mystery that the book explores. It's a fun mystery.

What makes this book rise above the average thriller is that Mary Higgins Clark does a masterful job of speeding up developments, events, and pressures on all of the characters just as soon as Kay and Peter return from their honeymoon. The result is peril that radiates out like the ripples from a boulder dropped into a billionaire's pool.

The book is light on character development or I would have rated it higher. But for premise and story development, this is a superb book.

Have fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The fired gardener's daughter marries the billionaire owner of the estate in I Heard That Song Before. It's like taking up the story of Cinderella after the Prince and Cinderella have married.

Unlike Cinderella, this story has some dark elements that overhang the marriage. At age six, Kay Lansing, our Cinderella, overhears a mysterious argument over money between a man and woman at the Carrington estate where her father works. That argument comes to have even greater significance in Kay's future. Kay's husband, Peter Carrington, has also been the prime suspect in the disappearance of neighbor Susan Althorp, a disappearance that happened the same day Kay overheard the argument. Further, Peter's pregnant first wife died mysteriously in the swimming pool.

So is Peter really Prince Charming? That's the primary mystery that the book explores. It's a fun mystery.

What makes this book rise above the average thriller is that Mary Higgins Clark does a masterful job of speeding up developments, events, and pressures on all of the characters just as soon as Kay and Peter return from their honeymoon. The result is peril that radiates out like the ripples from a boulder dropped into a billionaire's pool.

The book is light on character development or I would have rated it higher. But for premise and story development, this is a superb book.

Have fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comes with a quality guarantee! 25 July 2007
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Librarian Kay Lansing marries Peter Carrington, head of the wealthy Carrington family.

Peter Carrington has been under suspicion for murdering his childhood sweetheart, and as after 22 years her body is discovered on the Carrington estate in Englewod, New Jersey, Peter is charged with her murder.

The fact that Peter Carrington is a sleepwalker, adds an interesting twist to the story, and I got urged to read more about sleepwalking by reading this book.

I'll not reveal more details about the murder investigation - in fact, the investigation of several connected murders - but leave it to the readers.

"The queen of suspense" has a unique talent for intricate plots as well as phsycological insight into the human mind.

As all her books, "I Heard That Song Before" is a real page-turner. I brought it with me on holiday. Thought it would last me a few days but finished it overnight!

Mary Higgins Clark's books come with a quality guarantee. Her fans can always trust her to deliver the best. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Holiday Read 27 Aug 2007
By S. Lloyd VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This is a Sunday evening type, gentle, murder-mystery, that is reminiscent of the American TV series "Murder, She Wrote". With the police rushing to arrest the most likely suspect and the character of Kay Lansing-Carrington piecing clues together, with the help of a PI (hired by almost everyone) to ask questions that no-one else had thought of to eventually trap the murderer.

I felt no connection with the characters, who have no depth to them at all, living in a world which is so far removed today. I had to smile when Kay's husband was in prison and the main topic of conversation in this terrible situation was replacing the china.

However, this is a light and fun read - a holiday read - one that you can pick up and put down without the intense desire to read on - as you can guess from the first few chapters "who did it" and there is the happy ever after ending. The plot does move along quickly and easily, albeit in a twee way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth taking on holiday 2 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
Just what one expects from a Mary Higgins Clark formula: a few possible suspects from the outset, some twists and turns, and a fairly predictable ending. This is her formula. I always enjoy trying to predict the killer within the first twenty pages. Occasionally, I begin to doubt myself as I turn the pages, but I am usually right with my initial prediction. But this is what makes these books such fun to read!

Almost two days of my reading time on the beach were taken up with this one, and I don't regret that. I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it to any MHC or crime fiction fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Very good, Mary Higgins Clark doesn't let you down.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. M. A. Spenceley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Mary Higgins Clark is unique, the twists and turns in her plots never fail to lead the reader up one blind alley after another. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. L. Devlin
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No read yet but no I will enjoy it as will everyone else that I will pass on to read
Published 9 months ago by maureen chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars all mary's books
I loved this as usual. i am trying to read all her books as the twist is you never can work out the ending very good writer
Published 12 months ago by et at cyp
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
If you are recovering from an illness like me, then this is an ideal book to read as it isn't too taxing on the brain. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. A. L. Maddocks
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me guessing right til the end
I really enjoyed this book and found the end a surprise. It's one of those books though that if you read the first and the last page there would be little point in reading whats in... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by Mrs Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars I Heard That Song Before
Another brilliant read from Mary Higgins Clark. Gripping from start to finish.
As with all her books,once I started reading it I could not put it down. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2010 by littlesue
4.0 out of 5 stars easy and enjoyable read
This is typical MHC; easy to read page-turner. I would never comment on her literary merits but I enjoy her books very much on a purely entertainment level This is recommended if... Read more
Published on 30 July 2008 by love reading
1.0 out of 5 stars I HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE - Mary Higgins Clark
Absolute drivel. Not the MHC of old (her first couple of books.)

The killer is obvious from the start. The motivation too. Terrible characterisation, plot etc. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2007 by J. Otto
4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Premise That's Fulfilled with Page-Turning Excitement
The fired gardener's daughter marries the billionaire owner of the estate in I Heard That Song Before. Read more
Published on 27 April 2007 by Donald Mitchell
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