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Mary Higgins Clark

If you asked me about my favorite novel, I’d tell you it was Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. I love westerns—always have. As a rancher in west Texas, my grandfather knew western author Elmer Kelton personally. Kelton was a livestock reporter before going on to write some of the greatest westerns ever written. Kelton is one of my favorites.

But my first love is mystery. Agatha Christie, PD James, and John D. MacDonald are a few of my early favorite mystery writers. Among contemporary authors, I really enjoy Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell. But hands down, my all-time favorite writer is Mary Higgins Clark.


Mary’s novels are suspenseful with interesting casts of characters. I love that none of her books include elements that distract from the story—there’s never any sex, gory violence, foul language, or politics. When you read a Mary Higgins Clark novel, you simply get a fun and entertaining read.


Unfortunately, I never got to meet Mary in person. I would have liked to. She passed away in 2020, and I will desperately miss her new releases every year.

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to win a cape Mary owned in a charity auction. It was donated by her family, and her son mentioned it was her favorite. You can imagine how ecstatic I was to receive it!


In case you missed it on my Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter feeds, here is a picture of me showing it off! You can see how happy I am!😂


Shannon Work wearing cape belonging to Mary Higgins Clark