Mary Higgins Clark’s All Through the Night

All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark | LibraryThing

(A special shout out to Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer! Merry Christmas!)

Clark, M. H. (1998). All through the night. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.  9780684856605

Reasons for Reading : My mom likes reading little Christmas books. She also owns a few. Case in point: Mary Higgins Clark’s All Through the Night. As I’ve put off reading beyond the first page of the narrative until December 22, I hadn’t gotten very far with it. However, I quickly got into this yuletide suspense story.

Summary: A chalice is stolen from St. Clement’s. A baby girl is abandoned at the same rectory. Seven years later, lottery winner Alvirah and her down to earth husband Willy don’t take a holiday from sleuthing. As Sister Cordelia, Willy’s sibling, readies for the Christmas pageant at a thrift shop/after-school center, Sister Cordelia faces the inevitable shutdown of the shelter. The donation of Kate’s home seems to be just the Christmas miracle for which they’ve prayed. Then, the tenants from “the other realm” seem to destroy this. All three of these elements meet and Alvirah’s on the case to solve these mysteries before Christmas Day.

What I Liked:  I liked this book and I found it easy to read. I appreciated that this book wasn’t gratuitous as violence was “offstage.” Not much time was spent on details and that gave readers the freedom to create the appearance of settings and costumes. Also, I liked that characters didn’t shy away from their faith but they weren’t sanctimonious. Overall, the tone is heartwarming and leaves one with warm fuzzies at the end (I hope I didn’t just spoil this! 🙂 )

What I Disliked: Maybe this was just a little too neatly tied up. I would’ve liked a few red herrings in the book. Okay, one would’ve been fantastic. Another thing (just one of my latest quirks) is that I like it when writers set a book at a certain time. So, maybe a reader who discovers All Through the Night a decade from now won’t be disturbed so much about the lack of iPads or whatever other technology is out there. The author could say 1991 and 1998.

Three Out of Five Pearls

Song: ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT – Christmas Lullaby – Tom Roush.avi – YouTube

Setting: New York City

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Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

McCall Smith, A., & Lecat, L. (2003). The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books. 1402545940

While browsing for an audiobook for my work commute, one of my coworkers recommended No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. She told me it was a cute series taking place in Botswana! Heeding my coworker’s advice, I cruised home listening to No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

Precious “Mma” Ramotswe is the charming director of her own business on her home turf – Botswana. She’s the one, the only, the absolute best – lady detective in all the land. After a rough start and scarce business, people arrive, seeking out Mma Ramotswe’s services.  With great aplomb, she handles everything from missing children to missing husbands.

Within this novel, the reader learns of  Mma’s precocious beginnings, her doting but sickly father, her personal tragedy, and her current goals. I liked Mma immediately; she listens when people talk to her; she accepts herself. Mma is perhaps McCall Smith and Africa’s response to Miss Marple.  I wouldn’t mind listening to another one of these books. I’ve already requested the season one of the Jill C. Scott series! Look out, Jessica Fletcher, the #1 lady detective is on the case.

I enjoyed learning a little more about Botswana; a land overshadowed by South Africa in my education. McCall Smith offered me a bit of a social studies lesson, too.

Four out of Five Pearls

Places: Botswana, South Africa

Word Bank:

What’s What and Who’s Who in THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY

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