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A serial killer leaves one dancing shoe on a foot of the victims who answer his personal ads. When Erin dies, her best friend places ads to entice the villain already targeting her next. New York police detective Vince D'Ambrosio takes a personal interest. New boyfriend Dr Michael Nash is supportive. A stalker may surprise everyone. Includes Author Interview 14 pages.


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A serial killer leaves one dancing shoe on a foot of the victims who answer his personal ads. When Erin dies, her best friend places ads to entice the villain already targeting her next. New York police detective Vince D'Ambrosio takes a personal interest. New boyfriend Dr Michael Nash is supportive. A stalker may surprise everyone. Includes Author Interview 14 pages.

30 review for Loves Music, Loves to Dance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nada EL Shabrawi

    بغض النظر عن بعض أخطاء الترجمة، حبيتها جدًا.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Esraa Adel

    في بداية الرواية قلت لنفسي ما كل هذه الشخصيات ؟ شعرت بالتيه بينهم ولم اكن اتخيل ابدا اني قبلما النهاية كنت احفظهم جميعا عن ظهر قلب ، كنت افتقد حقا لرواية مثلها تأسرني بين صفحاتها فانتهي منها في اقل من يومين من دون كل شخصيات الرواية تمنيته هو تحديدا الا يكون هو القاتل ، فلما هو ؟! لا اقصد اني تضايقت من النتيجة ، فقط كنت اصدقه :(

  3. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    u already know this the queen of suspense the best of my time she started it all love this lady i salute u mrs mary higgins clark!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ola

    يارباه ساعاود المراجعة فيما بعد مازلت في حالة ذهول

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    الترجمة سيئة للغاية فعلى سبيل المثال بدلا من أستخدام لفظ قاتل متسلسل تستخدم لفظ قاتل بالجملة وهكذا إلى جانب الأخطاء فى وصف الشخصيات أما عن الحبكة فقد تميزت بالضعف بالإضافة إلى سهولة تخمين القاتل لكن على الرغم من ذلك تمتلك الكاتبة أسلوب سلس يجبرك على متابعة القراءة 9/2/2018

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sparrow Jane

    This is the second Mary Higgins Clark novel I read after a long hiatus of her novels, and I have to say my expectations for this novel were high. It sounded interesting, and when my sister was reading it, she gave it high marks (so did the reviews I read prior to reading this novel). However, when I finally got around to reading it, my sister couldn’t remember much of the story or any of the characters. That should have told me that my expectations for this novel were too high. And, they were. T This is the second Mary Higgins Clark novel I read after a long hiatus of her novels, and I have to say my expectations for this novel were high. It sounded interesting, and when my sister was reading it, she gave it high marks (so did the reviews I read prior to reading this novel). However, when I finally got around to reading it, my sister couldn’t remember much of the story or any of the characters. That should have told me that my expectations for this novel were too high. And, they were. The story started out well, but as I kept reading I became more and more disappointed with it. From the start, I did not care much for the protagonist, Darcy… at all. There was just something about the way she came across. I didn’t care much for her two female friends either. All three gave off the same but wrong vibe. There are too many characters in this story and some of them had no big impact to the plot that it is obvious they were thrown in the story to be red hearings. And, because of this, whenever they came up in the novel it was like “Who cares?” I read this novel soon after reading Mary Higgins Clark’s While My Pretty One Sleeps; which is about fashion designers. So, it is understandable that there are many descriptions of the characters’ clothes/outfits. However, the constant fashion tidbits gets annoying in Loves Music, Loves to Dance after the first couple of descriptions. It has been awhile since I read Mary Higgins Clark novels, and I can’t remember if this is something she does in all her novels. It could be. Overall, this novel was not one of my favorites. Too many characters take away from the story line, and, after awhile, it starts to become a dull read. Also, if you have read just one of her books, you can immediately tell who the murderer is. I gave this novel two starts becomes there were one or two characters that were semi-interesting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Needed a quick easy read for the plane ride...we'll see if i regret my choice ...... Meh. It was an ok book I guess. A few things bothered me about it. I really don't need to know, in detail, what each character is wearing in EVERY scene. I don't care that one guy in this paragraph is wearing dark courdory pants with a white button shirt and a smart jacket. Or that another character went home and changed from a red sweater blouse into jeans and a yellow t-shirt. It's not integral to the plot, and Needed a quick easy read for the plane ride...we'll see if i regret my choice ...... Meh. It was an ok book I guess. A few things bothered me about it. I really don't need to know, in detail, what each character is wearing in EVERY scene. I don't care that one guy in this paragraph is wearing dark courdory pants with a white button shirt and a smart jacket. Or that another character went home and changed from a red sweater blouse into jeans and a yellow t-shirt. It's not integral to the plot, and it doesn't build the character at all. Speaking of building characters, all of the characters in this book were flat. Oh and I really don't need to know EXACTLY what time every thing is starting. It seems like every new section started with "At quarter of four....At quarter of ten....At ten of nine..." Does it really matter? Can't, after two billion books, can the author come up with a better section opener? The plot itself was interesting, and the whodunit became a little predictable. (I myself would have LOVED to have had the brother do it...that would have been MUCH more of a surprise). I can't say I won't ever read a Mary Higgins Clark book again, but I certainly won't expect anything if I do.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    «Shall we dance? Shall we dance? Shall we dance? On a bright cloud of music shall we fly? ... Shall we still be together with our arms around each other, shall we dance? Shall we dance? Shall we dance?» [Balliamo? Balliamo? Balliamo? Su una vivida nube di musica voliamo? ...Insieme, abbracciati, balliamo? Balliamo? Balliamo?] L'assassino lo vediamo fin dalla prima pagina, ma chi è veramente? Tutti i personaggi, vittime e no, ruotano intorno al mondo degli annunci personali, quelli con i quali si ric «Shall we dance? Shall we dance? Shall we dance? On a bright cloud of music shall we fly? ... Shall we still be together with our arms around each other, shall we dance? Shall we dance? Shall we dance?» [Balliamo? Balliamo? Balliamo? Su una vivida nube di musica voliamo? ...Insieme, abbracciati, balliamo? Balliamo? Balliamo?] L'assassino lo vediamo fin dalla prima pagina, ma chi è veramente? Tutti i personaggi, vittime e no, ruotano intorno al mondo degli annunci personali, quelli con i quali si ricercano amicizie, compagnia e non solo, se ci scappa. Ambito molto rischioso, perché non si sa chi puoi trovarti davanti. Tra le vittime un punto in comune: lo spettacolo, la musica, la danza, il ballo. E quelle belle scarpette dal tacco a spillo... Romanzo che pian piano intriga, una pagina dopo l'altra. Anche dai capitoli si avverte il serrarsi della storia e l'avvicinarsi dell'epilogo perché si fanno sempre più corti, quasi fossero un respiro mozzato. E poi, mmm... c'è anche quel pizzico di "rosa" che nulla toglie alla trama, anzi. 📖 GdL GR - La parola del mese (gen. 2018): MUSICA (nel titolo) 📚 Biblioteca

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kavita

    I really love Clark's older books, which were suspenseful psychological thrillers. I also like the fact that her murderers are always people with deep psychological disorders. Her later books concentrated on normal people but that didn't work for me. In this book is a creepy serial killer, who meets women through personal ads kills them and puts dancing shoes on their feet before abandoning them where they could be found. A man who starts this spree when a woman rejects him, a very entitled man. I really love Clark's older books, which were suspenseful psychological thrillers. I also like the fact that her murderers are always people with deep psychological disorders. Her later books concentrated on normal people but that didn't work for me. In this book is a creepy serial killer, who meets women through personal ads kills them and puts dancing shoes on their feet before abandoning them where they could be found. A man who starts this spree when a woman rejects him, a very entitled man. Darcy Scott decides to chase him after her best friend is also murdered. She meets a variety of people who quickly become suspects. Clark's characterisation is always weak, but that doesn't matter so much in this book where the suspense is pretty high. I simply wanted to know who the real killer is behind the mask of the amiable man. It's a quick and fun read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MizziQ

    This is one of the creepier books that I have read. I picked it up off a pile of books my grandmother was giving to us and low-and-behold was this catching, poetic title. It was too disturbing the first time I tried so I put it on my shelf and waited about a year. After all that time It still was bugging me that I didn't know what was to happen. So I picked it up, read it again. And I absulutely loved it. It was a great plot and it had a satisfactoringly twisted murderer. It had so much emotion This is one of the creepier books that I have read. I picked it up off a pile of books my grandmother was giving to us and low-and-behold was this catching, poetic title. It was too disturbing the first time I tried so I put it on my shelf and waited about a year. After all that time It still was bugging me that I didn't know what was to happen. So I picked it up, read it again. And I absulutely loved it. It was a great plot and it had a satisfactoringly twisted murderer. It had so much emotion packed into this murder mystery also. I reccomend to just about anyone who still loves a night filled with jumping and looking outside your window for that burgular you just KNOW you heard. Read it, love it, reccomend it. Repeat.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    If I could, I'd give this a zero. I can't believe she sells. This is the modern-day crap I speak of in my reviws . . . ten fold. Her plots broadcast, the're derived, boring, predictable, stupid, silly, staid . . . I don't have a big enough vocabulary to describe how bad she is. Only read this because it was required for a Lit. class I was teaching at a college that, like a high school, required certian books. I don't teach there any more. Goes without saying. One faculty member even refused to r If I could, I'd give this a zero. I can't believe she sells. This is the modern-day crap I speak of in my reviws . . . ten fold. Her plots broadcast, the're derived, boring, predictable, stupid, silly, staid . . . I don't have a big enough vocabulary to describe how bad she is. Only read this because it was required for a Lit. class I was teaching at a college that, like a high school, required certian books. I don't teach there any more. Goes without saying. One faculty member even refused to read the book. Just had the students read it and report back to him, nodding his head in acknowledgement like he'd read it. Wish I had done so. Yuuuuuuuuuuuck!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    In Mary Higgins Clark's Loves Music, Loves to Dance, a serial killer trolls the personal ads in trendy magazines. After college, tow best friends venture out in Manhattan. Erin Kelly was a promising jewelry designer and Darcy Scott was a decorator. On a lark, Darcy persuaded a TV producer to do a scoop about research on people who did personal ads. When Erin disappeared and later was found in killed with one missing shoe and wore one dancing shoe, it was up to Darcy to entire the killer out in t In Mary Higgins Clark's Loves Music, Loves to Dance, a serial killer trolls the personal ads in trendy magazines. After college, tow best friends venture out in Manhattan. Erin Kelly was a promising jewelry designer and Darcy Scott was a decorator. On a lark, Darcy persuaded a TV producer to do a scoop about research on people who did personal ads. When Erin disappeared and later was found in killed with one missing shoe and wore one dancing shoe, it was up to Darcy to entire the killer out in the open with her own ad by communicating with him and making Darcy next on his list.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    Catching up once again on a book I inherited from my mom. This one is a suspense thriller in the mold of most of what Mary Higgins Clark has written and was first published in 1991, making it one of the earlier of her suspense novels. The plot surrounds Darcy and Erin, a couple of 20-something ladies who decide to add more fun to their dating lives by answering personal ads from eligible men. However, Erin goes missing and her body is later found dead, wearing one of her regular shoes and one ver Catching up once again on a book I inherited from my mom. This one is a suspense thriller in the mold of most of what Mary Higgins Clark has written and was first published in 1991, making it one of the earlier of her suspense novels. The plot surrounds Darcy and Erin, a couple of 20-something ladies who decide to add more fun to their dating lives by answering personal ads from eligible men. However, Erin goes missing and her body is later found dead, wearing one of her regular shoes and one very nice high-heeled dancing slipper. The incident fits the profile of a serial killer case. While Darcy, of course, is devastated, she is unwilling to let the cops and FBI work the case. She decides to arrange dates with all the same guys that Erin had dated in a crazy attempt to identify the killer. What she doesn’t realize is that the killer has marked her for his next victim. I realize I’m not the target market for most Mary Higgins Clark books, but I do appreciate a well-written novel and can even enjoy stories that lean toward the chick-lit style. While the plot was fairly straight-forward, the very idea of Darcy choosing to date potential killers was just ludicrous. Numerous characters were thrown into the mix, with quite a few being various types of creeps for Darcy to date and for us readers to consider as potential serial killers. While many of them were truly creepy, it wasn’t hard to pick out the real killer quite early on and I found myself spending most of the novel waiting for everybody else to catch on. The author does a very good job of setting the scene and writing in the suspense, but I found the characters to be flat and the plot simply too predictable. It was like watching an episode of a typical TV cop show. Overall I am awarding 3 stars because despite the negatives, it was a nice (if tame) escape.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    3.5 Verzählt werden die mörderischen Treffen zwischen mehreren jungen Frauen und einem vielversprechenden Unbekannten, die sich durch Zeitungsannoncen kennenlernen. An sich war die Geschichte recht interessant und ebenfalls gut erzählt: Es war einfach dem Geschehen zu folgen. Jedoch gibt es einige negative Aspekt; es waren recht viele Verdächtige, obwohl es ich den wahren Täter recht früh eingegrenzt hatte. (view spoiler)[Zudem mochte ich das Ende nicht besonders: Wieso verpasst Higgins dem Mörde 3.5 Verzählt werden die mörderischen Treffen zwischen mehreren jungen Frauen und einem vielversprechenden Unbekannten, die sich durch Zeitungsannoncen kennenlernen. An sich war die Geschichte recht interessant und ebenfalls gut erzählt: Es war einfach dem Geschehen zu folgen. Jedoch gibt es einige negative Aspekt; es waren recht viele Verdächtige, obwohl es ich den wahren Täter recht früh eingegrenzt hatte. (view spoiler)[Zudem mochte ich das Ende nicht besonders: Wieso verpasst Higgins dem Mörder letztendlich eine sehr emotional verstörende Kindheit, und lässt ihn obendrein noch als geistig beschränkt erscheinen, obwohl er offensichtlich ein recht intelligenter Mann ist, der obendrein noch einen Medizinabschluss hat?(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Wow! what an awesome book. read the whole thing in a day and a half. This book is intense for beginning to ende. Just when you think you have it figured out, another character or angle comes into play. My heart was actually pounding in my chest at one point(ok, at a few points) Readers of this genre like to be kept on edge and Clark does not disappoint. Highly recommend to all suspense lovers. You will not be let down

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    When I was in middle school, Mary Higgins Clark was my favorite author besides, perhaps, K. A. Applegate. I loved her stuff, and even embarked on writing a novel of my own that is in many ways like this book (I have no idea where the manuscript is and I hope no one ever sees it, as it is awful in the special way that first book attempts are). The thing about MHC is that her stuff is absolutely workable in a formulaic format; yes, you always suspect everyone because you know there is a deep love When I was in middle school, Mary Higgins Clark was my favorite author besides, perhaps, K. A. Applegate. I loved her stuff, and even embarked on writing a novel of my own that is in many ways like this book (I have no idea where the manuscript is and I hope no one ever sees it, as it is awful in the special way that first book attempts are). The thing about MHC is that her stuff is absolutely workable in a formulaic format; yes, you always suspect everyone because you know there is a deep love of red herrings in the writing. Yes, you know the heroine is going to end up with one of the lovely and overly described men and you are almost more interested in figuring out which one of them is the romance rather than the villain. And yes, it is very fun to be in 90s universes, where it is omg so amazing and posh that a character has a cellular phone attached to his car. But it works, and you don't really see the ending coming, and the characters are fun and semi-real and it's just a nice rainy day read about personal ad creepers that makes me wonder what MHC would do with newer creations like MySpace and eHarmony.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tânia Tanocas

    Darcy Scott e Erin Kellei decidem ajudar a amiga Nona, uma jornalista que está a elaborar um trabalho que consiste em analisar as experiências de quem publica ou responde a anúncios de jornais. Tudo parece correr bem, até que Erin aparece morta e Darcy não poem de parte que a morte dela esteja relacionada com os anúncios de jornal. Darcy parte assim em busca do assassino da amiga, respondendo a anúncios que já antes Erin tinha respondido, deparando-se assim com homens que de uma maneira ou de outr Darcy Scott e Erin Kellei decidem ajudar a amiga Nona, uma jornalista que está a elaborar um trabalho que consiste em analisar as experiências de quem publica ou responde a anúncios de jornais. Tudo parece correr bem, até que Erin aparece morta e Darcy não poem de parte que a morte dela esteja relacionada com os anúncios de jornal. Darcy parte assim em busca do assassino da amiga, respondendo a anúncios que já antes Erin tinha respondido, deparando-se assim com homens que de uma maneira ou de outra tentam esconder que conheceram Erin, levando a que Darcy fique com uma lista infindável de suspeitos. No fim Darcy, vai ser apanhada na teia do assassino, tal como a sua amiga foi, será que ela terá o mesmo fim que a amiga? Será que o assassino é um dos que responderam ao anúncio de ambas? Gostei do tema, retratado pela a autora, nos dias de hoje ainda á muita gente que responde e publica este tipos de anúncios, mas será que estão realmente conscientes dos perigos que é contactar alguém que não se conhece?...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Enfin,Enfin,j'ai pu finir cet roman. quel magnifique ouvrage,style d'écriture,les personnages bien décriés , l''idée même est superbe, pourquoi je prendre tous ce temps à finir cet roman malgré qu'elle 277 page seulement.? car ces chargées des émotions forts, de peur,de l'incertitude, de doute de tous les personnages. et le meurtre est un disimulateur-né. Son meilleur livre à ce jour ❤❤❤❤❤ un roman à lire bien sûr mais la version française ou version originale la traduction on arabe a malcifée l'ouvra Enfin,Enfin,j'ai pu finir cet roman. quel magnifique ouvrage,style d'écriture,les personnages bien décriés , l''idée même est superbe, pourquoi je prendre tous ce temps à finir cet roman malgré qu'elle 277 page seulement.? car ces chargées des émotions forts, de peur,de l'incertitude, de doute de tous les personnages. et le meurtre est un disimulateur-né. Son meilleur livre à ce jour ❤❤❤❤❤ un roman à lire bien sûr mais la version française ou version originale la traduction on arabe a malcifée l'ouvrage.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ana M. Román

    No es de los mejores libros de la autora. Las coincidencias existen pero tantas como aparecen en este libro me parece realmente excesivo. Otras de sus historias me han enganchado mucho más. Además, sospechaba quien era desde el principio así que no me he llevado ninguna sorpresa.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rexanne

    Not my favorite MHC novel but it's special because a dear friend gave me my copy haha

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julio

    Creo que debo dejar de leer Mary Higgins Clark por un tiempo. Quizá por mucho tiempo. Su habitual esquema de abrir la novela con el crimen, luego identificar dentro la historia -- en un estilo bien engranado, no muy artificial -- a diferentes sospechosos, a cual más culpable, para que al final el culpable resulte ser aquel que genera la mayor sorpresa posible, hace que, justamente, la sorpresa se pierda. En efecto, no es difícil darse cuenta quien será el culpable ya desde un cuarto de la novela Creo que debo dejar de leer Mary Higgins Clark por un tiempo. Quizá por mucho tiempo. Su habitual esquema de abrir la novela con el crimen, luego identificar dentro la historia -- en un estilo bien engranado, no muy artificial -- a diferentes sospechosos, a cual más culpable, para que al final el culpable resulte ser aquel que genera la mayor sorpresa posible, hace que, justamente, la sorpresa se pierda. En efecto, no es difícil darse cuenta quien será el culpable ya desde un cuarto de la novela, pues no es difícil ver qué personaje resulta tan encantadora y rapidamente enrolado en el lado de los buenos para que lo perdamos de vista durante todos los encuentros torcidamente sospechosos. Pero ese esfuerzo de esconderlo a simple viste es, de hecho, bastante obvio. Uno espera que no sea tan obviamente ¨sorpresivo¨, pero al final resulta que no, así no más había sido, se repite el esquema. Algo decepcionante.

  22. 4 out of 5

    مُصعب السنوسي

    روايتي الأولى للكاتبة، رواية بوليسية تدور أحداثها حول قاتل متسلسل يستهدف الفتيات في مدينة نيويورك، اسمه تشارلي أعجبتني جداً شخصيته ولو أني أخطأت في تخميني لشخصيته الحقيقية لكنه كان ذكي جداً وبسيط وأقرب شخص للتحقيق من غير أن يثير ريبة المحققين، إيرين ودارسي وآن، فيكس ودوغ وباركو ونونا وغيرهم من الشخصيات التي يزعجزك في أول الرواية تشعبها وعدم استيعاب علاقتهم بالقصة، لكن خلال تسلسل الأحداث وهو متعمد من الكاتبة لتصعيب عملية تخمين القاتل ومحاولتها إعطاء القارئ تفاصيل على قدر الحاجة حتى تتكسف الحقائق روايتي الأولى للكاتبة، رواية بوليسية تدور أحداثها حول قاتل متسلسل يستهدف الفتيات في مدينة نيويورك، اسمه تشارلي أعجبتني جداً شخصيته ولو أني أخطأت في تخميني لشخصيته الحقيقية لكنه كان ذكي جداً وبسيط وأقرب شخص للتحقيق من غير أن يثير ريبة المحققين، إيرين ودارسي وآن، فيكس ودوغ وباركو ونونا وغيرهم من الشخصيات التي يزعجزك في أول الرواية تشعبها وعدم استيعاب علاقتهم بالقصة، لكن خلال تسلسل الأحداث وهو متعمد من الكاتبة لتصعيب عملية تخمين القاتل ومحاولتها إعطاء القارئ تفاصيل على قدر الحاجة حتى تتكسف الحقائق في النصف الثاني منها ، شكراً ماري على كمية السعادة التي انتابتني خلال تصفحي هذه الحبكة 7-9-2108

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite (Lady RH) ❀

    Just so you know -because it's probably the most important thing you're going to ever learn about me- I learnt english with Mary Higgins Clark's books. I was probably fourteen, in Boston, bored as fuck because my english was so bad i couldn't even comprehend myself and i had nothing left to read. As a reclusive moody teen, it was very similar to dying and my only solution was to take a paperback and brave the unknown. That year, I read every Mary Higgins Clark's books already published. And we can Just so you know -because it's probably the most important thing you're going to ever learn about me- I learnt english with Mary Higgins Clark's books. I was probably fourteen, in Boston, bored as fuck because my english was so bad i couldn't even comprehend myself and i had nothing left to read. As a reclusive moody teen, it was very similar to dying and my only solution was to take a paperback and brave the unknown. That year, I read every Mary Higgins Clark's books already published. And we can say anything about it, but it was seriously entertaining. And it saved my life summer.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dottie

    Great read! This is the first book I read from this author. It was recommended by a fellow book club member I have to admit I really enjoyed his book. I will definitely read another book from this author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Coody

    Good murder mystery. I guessed the wrong man, but enjoyed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nira Ramachandran

    A serial killer with a fetish for dancing slippers, and pretty young things, who love dancing. Moves fast. An enjoyable read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mojca

    Darcy Scott convinces her best friend, Erin Kelley to participate in the research for a documentary on personal ads by playing and answering a few of them. A couple of weeks later, Erin is dead, strangled and wearing mismatched shoes after one of her dates and Darcy, guilt-ridden, decides to find the murdered, no matter how many dates it takes. There were simply too many characters in this book, most of which had little to nothing to do with the main story arc and just inserted into the storyline Darcy Scott convinces her best friend, Erin Kelley to participate in the research for a documentary on personal ads by playing and answering a few of them. A couple of weeks later, Erin is dead, strangled and wearing mismatched shoes after one of her dates and Darcy, guilt-ridden, decides to find the murdered, no matter how many dates it takes. There were simply too many characters in this book, most of which had little to nothing to do with the main story arc and just inserted into the storyline to keep everyone guessing. Which would be a good thing if the fact every single one of those characters had to have at least one paragraph dedicated to them and/or their inner workings and/or their friends/family didn't make this story rather choppy. It felt all over the place and this jumping sideways from character to character made for a rather poor reading experience. Especially in the last chapter, during the big finale, when the story kept jumping from the killer and victim to the rescue party and back. The choppiness of narration diffused the suspense too much. The main protagonist, Darcy Scott, also left much to be desired, merely augmenting the problems of the story. She wasn't exactly TSTL, but she was an idiot. What did she think to accomplish by going on all those dates? She wasn't a detective, she wasn't law enforcement, and she had absolutely no skills or idea as to what danger she was putting herself into. Case in point, she failed to see the killer as the guy was right there, in front of her nose, because she was just so nice.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Loves Music, Loves to Dance was a solid 3 to 3.5 star novel by Mary Higgins Clark. The story follows Darcy Scott as she investigates the murder of her best friend Erin Kelley. The pair had been helping a television producer friend with a story about personal ads and dating. Erin's death is similar to a 15 year old unsolved murder of Nan Sheridan; it's unclear if Erin is the victim of a copycat or if the original murderer had struck again. I personally thought the story had too many potential Loves Music, Loves to Dance was a solid 3 to 3.5 star novel by Mary Higgins Clark. The story follows Darcy Scott as she investigates the murder of her best friend Erin Kelley. The pair had been helping a television producer friend with a story about personal ads and dating. Erin's death is similar to a 15 year old unsolved murder of Nan Sheridan; it's unclear if Erin is the victim of a copycat or if the original murderer had struck again. I personally thought the story had too many potential suspects. The myriad of men that Darcy dates to get information confuses the actual men important to the story. It was difficult to keep the characters straight simply because there are so many. For example Jay the jeweler disappeared for dozens of chapters, when he reappeared I had to flip back to refresh who he was. The same could be said for Doug. The 'suspects' as characters are not fully defined and distinct until nearly the end of the novel, and even then it's still murky (view spoiler)[ what was Doug's connection to Nan? Was the Doctor the mystery man in the photo? How was there no indication that the Doctor was a psychopath? (hide spoiler)] But the story was well written and engaging, a solid read that is worth the time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Surreysmum

    Mary Higgins Clark doesn't have quite the knack for characterization that my greatest favourites (James, Robinson) do, and her dialogue often feels a bit stilted to me, but she atones for it in large part by nice, clear structures. In this case, she sets up a couple of straw men for her serial killer, carefully dropping clanging hints suggesting one or the other in the final sentence of each cliff-hanger chapter. They are suitably unsympathetic, too. I was interested to see that although this bo Mary Higgins Clark doesn't have quite the knack for characterization that my greatest favourites (James, Robinson) do, and her dialogue often feels a bit stilted to me, but she atones for it in large part by nice, clear structures. In this case, she sets up a couple of straw men for her serial killer, carefully dropping clanging hints suggesting one or the other in the final sentence of each cliff-hanger chapter. They are suitably unsympathetic, too. I was interested to see that although this book was published in 1991, long before the catchphrases of serial killer profiling became a common part of the cultural soup through various TV shows, she's referencing the FBI's Behavioural Science Unit and the trophy-hunting behaviour of the "classic" sexual predator - and making the latter an integral part of her plot. The title's phrasing nicely suggests the personal ads which are also a part of the plot; though if she were writing this novel today, no doubt Higgins Clark would have had her characters write and answer them on the internet rather than through newspapers and the mail. A quick, enjoyable read that whiled away a couple of long commutes.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joy H.

    Added 7/19/15. This mystery started out fine but it got impossible to follow after too many characters were introduced. It was ridiculous! I bailed out after reading half of the story. A GR reviewer wrote: ================================== "There are too many characters in this story and some of them had no big impact to the plot that it is obvious they were thrown in the story to be red hearings [sic]. And, because of this, whenever they came up in the novel it was like 'Who cares?' ... Too many c Added 7/19/15. This mystery started out fine but it got impossible to follow after too many characters were introduced. It was ridiculous! I bailed out after reading half of the story. A GR reviewer wrote: ================================== "There are too many characters in this story and some of them had no big impact to the plot that it is obvious they were thrown in the story to be red hearings [sic]. And, because of this, whenever they came up in the novel it was like 'Who cares?' ... Too many characters take away from the story line, and, after awhile, it starts to become a dull read." ABOVE IS FROM: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ================================== I agree. I threw the book in the garbage because I didn't want anyone else to waste their time trying to read this book.

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