Death Wears a Beauty Mask by Mary Higgins Clark
I liked the stories, although I am not sure I would have Picked the “Death Wears a Beauty Mask” as the first one though. The characters were likeable but the story wasn’t as intriguing as I have hoped. A newly wed couple flies to see the bride’s sister Alexandra, who is a successful model. Only she isn’t anywhere to be found. The story was alright but left me wondering if the rest of the book would be just OK too.
However the “Stowaway” delivered more. A plane destined to America lands in Danubia to refuel. When the stewardess Carol discovers a passenger who should not be on board, she decides not to give him away to the Danubian police. Her decision is risky, especially when a police commissioner in charge of the search boards the plane. She keeps the secret to herself, doesn’t share it with her ex-partner Tom, who flies the plane. She is aware than by doing so she risks her job, as the company she is working for may loose a permission to land in Danubia. Furthermore if the passenger is discovered before the safely land in America, she might be even detained in Danubia herself. She puts Tom’s future at risk as well, because as a pilot he is responsible for the plane and should be aware who he has on board. However all this taken into account, pure humanitarian reasons don’t allow her to disclose the stowaways presence.
Straight after, another heartbreaking story hits us hard. In “When the Bough Breaks” a mother is grieving her lost son. She blames herself for his death, that she didn’t get the dry three brunch cut in time. She isn’t the only one who misses her little boy. A neighbour boy lost his best friend. A boy whom she wasn’t very fond of and with whom her son was spending way too much time, she thought. When she finally takes pity and reaches out to him, it turns out that in return he grants her an equally big kindness.
I liked the weirdness of the “Voices in the Coal Bin”. A husband bring his troubled wife to an old cabin in hope that the holiday stay would ease up her anxieties. But as it turns out, they weren’t us ungrounded as he had thought them to be.
In “The Cape Cod Masquerade” we meet a very likeable couple Alvirah and Willy. They have won lottery and become reach. Now with resources and time on her hands, Alvirah’s outgoing personality doesn’t allow her to stand still. She is more than happy to help their new neighbour prove her innocence after she has served time for killing her stepfather.
In “Definitely a Crime of Passion” a politician is accused of murder. His friend, an ex-president believes his innocence and under a great influence of his young bride, they take it onto themselves to prove it.
“The Man Next Door” is a scary story about a serial killer who has yet another victim in sight. To find out if she will be rescued in time, you must read it yourself. A gripping and suspenseful tale.
I liked the twisted “Haven’t We Met Before?” where a man is attempting to kill a woman claiming that she has hurt him in a past life. Leaves you open mouthed when at the end what has saved her life, has also showed that his claims might not be as insane as we have thought.
“The Funniest Thing Has Been Happening Lately” is shown form a perspective of a woman who is in grave danger from the hands of a man, who has been killing people that he believes are responsible for his daughter death years ago.
In the last story “The Tell-Tell Purr” the main character is plotting how to kill his elderly grandmother in order to get the inheritance. The turn of events was interesting and humoristic.
I don’t come across short crime stories very often, so I recommend the set. 3 magnifying glasses, keys or mobile phones from me.
Magnifying glasses, keys or mobile phones rating:
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time