In a first-time collaboration, Alafair had the pleasure of partnering with “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.
Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.
Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode ofUnder Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?
With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?
Together Mary and Alafair deliver an exciting publishing event: the start of a thrilling new series guaranteed to keep you guessing until the last suspenseful page.
Praise for THE CINDERELLA MURDER
“The snappy pace, layered characters, and many plot surprises will keep readers guessing in this fascinating mystery by two talented writers.” – Booklist
- “Burke brings a sharp legal eye to the proceedings. …[W]ill satisfy Clark’s legion of fans and may well win her some new ones.” – Kirkus
- “A dynamic new author duo* adds new verve to a classic.”- Barnes & Noble