Television producer Laurie Moran is elated when the pilot for her reality drama Under Suspicionis 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 instalment of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder left 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? Why was Susan so concerned about her roommate's infatuation with a new-age religious sect? 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 Suspicionhost Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will make a great program, 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?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This classic thriller is a snappy pageturner and a real pleasure to read. Cowritten by “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and American prosecutor-turned-author Alafair Burke, the novel follows TV producer Laurie Moran as she tries to solve a brutal cold-case murder. We got so wound up in the tense story, we forgot to make dinner. It’s hard not to root for the book’s fearless heroine who—unlike Sam Spade—has to juggle being a super sleuth with being a super mum.
MWA Grand Master Clark uses the main characters of her thriller I've Got You Under My Skin for this engaging collaboration with Burke (If You Were Here). The novel launches a series centered on Under Suspicion, a TV show that purports to re-enact (and often solve) cold cases. One such case is the 20-year-old "Cinderella Murder." Susan Dempsey, a UCLA theater student with a talent for computer programming, missed her father's birthday party to audition for a part in director Frank Parker's latest film, but she never made it to the audition. Her body was found the next day in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon Park, 10 minutes from Parker's house. Laurie Moran, the producer of Under Suspicion, decides to bring all the potential suspects together with Susan's friends and family to see whether new evidence will come to light. The plot occasionally stumbles Laurie's romance with Alex Buckley, the criminal defense lawyer who narrates the show, feels shoehorned in but these few slips do not detract from the authors' expert grip on their narrative.