The Cinderella Murder
By Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Simon & Schuster
November 18, 2014
Hardcover, 303 pp., $25.99
Reviewed by Theodore Feit
The premise of this novel is based on a television program, “Under Suspicion,” investigating an unsolved murder, interviewing and cross-examining the various participants and witnesses, hopefully uncovering new information and possibly even identifying the murderer. The same characters that appeared in a previous book, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” inhabit the present one.
The cold case under review involves the 20-year-old unsolved murder of Susan Dempsey, a UCLA co-ed and aspiring actress. The title is derived from the fact that the murder victim lost a shoe while fleeing the perpetrator in Laurel Canyon Park. The story progresses mechanically, and the characters seem somewhat stilted. The novel lists two authors, Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, but the latter’s contribution seems problematical since the writing certainly reads, to this reviewer, more like Ms. Clark’s style. I’m guessing that in all probability, Ms. Burke, a law professor, provided the expertise for the legal aspects in the story, the questioning of the “suspects,” and the like.
“The Cinderella Murder” is a light read, certainly entertaining and professionally written. Definitely recommended for a summer beach read....Continua