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Authors: Mary Higgins Clark

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The Melody Lingers On

B
Y
M
ARY
H
IGGINS
C
LARK

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Daddy’s Gone A Hunting

The Magical Christmas Horse
(Illustrated by Wendell Minor)

I’ll Walk Alone

The Shadow of Your Smile

Just Take My Heart

Where Are You Now?

Ghost Ship
(Illustrated by Wendell Minor)

I Heard That Song Before

Two Little Girls in Blue

No Place Like Home

Nighttime Is My Time

The Second Time Around

Kitchen Privileges

Mount Vernon Love Story

Silent Night/All Through the Night

Daddy’s Little Girl

On the Street Where You Live

Before I Say Good-Bye

We’ll Meet Again

All Through the Night

You Belong to Me

Pretend You Don’t See Her

My Gal Sunday

Moonlight Becomes You

Silent Night

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

The Lottery Winner

Remember Me

I’ll Be Seeing You

All Around Town

Loves Music, Loves to Dance

The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories

While My Pretty One Sleeps

Weep No More, My Lady

Stillwatch

A Cry in the Night

The Cradle Will Fall

A Stranger Is Watching

Where Are the Children?

B
Y
M
ARY
H
IGGINS
C
LARK AND
C
AROL
H
IGGINS
C
LARK

Dashing Through the Snow

Santa Cruise

The Christmas Thief

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

Deck the Halls

B
Y
M
ARY
H
IGGINS
C
LARK AND
A
LAFAIR
B
URKE

The Cinderella Murder

First published in the US by Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015

First published in Great Britain by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, 2015

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Copyright © Mary Higgins Clark, 2015

This book is copyright under the Berne Convention.

No reproduction without permission.

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The right of Mary Higgins Clark to be identified as author of this work has been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act,
1988.

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Hardback ISBN: 978-1-47114-852-1

Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-47114-853-8

eBook ISBN: 978-1-47114-854-5

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either a product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to
actual people living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental.

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Acknowledgments

O
nce again the tale has been told. In this case the song has ended.

As always I’ve enjoyed the journey. While I am happy to write the words “The End,” there is also a certain poignancy about it. I have become very fond of the characters in this
book. I leave you to discover anyone I am not fond of.

As usual there are those who walked the mile with me. To them a tip of the hat and my great gratitude.

First, of course, my editor of fifty years, Michael Korda. I am so blessed to have teamed up with him all these years.

Marysue Rucci, V.P., editor-in-chief at Simon & Schuster, for her wise input and guidance.

Elizabeth Breeden, for her diligence and patience throughout the editing process.

Art Director Jackie Seow, for the compelling cover art she creates.

Ed Boran, retired FBI agent and current president of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, who was my mentor as I learned how the Bureau would investigate a crime like this one.

Interior Designer Eve Ardia, who instructed me on how to spend five million dollars decorating an apartment in this story.

Nadine Petry, my assistant and right hand these past seventeen years.

Rick Kimball, for his advice on how to move large amounts of money around—away from watchful eyes.

Finally my family support group—Spouse Extraordinaire John Conheeney for his unwavering support; my children, all of whom are always available and helpful when I want their comments on a
chapter or two. They are especially helpful when they point out that an expression I am using is unrecognizable by today’s generation.

Tempus fugit
and all that!

Happy reading, one and all.

Mary Higgins Clark

In memory of June Crabtree

Dear friend since our days at Villa Maria Academy

With love

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T
hirty-year-old Elaine Marsha Harmon walked briskly from her apartment on East Thirty-Second Street in Manhattan to her job as an assistant
interior decorator fifteen blocks away in the Flatiron Building at Twenty-Third Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Her coat was warm but she had not worn gloves. There was a distinct chill this
early November morning.

She had twisted her long auburn hair and fastened it at the back of her head. Now only wisps of it blew around her face. Tall, like her father, and slender, like her mother, she had realized
after graduating from college that the life of a teacher was not the way for her to go. Instead, she enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology and after receiving a degree had been hired by
Glady Harper, the doyenne of interior decorating among the wealthy and the socially ambitious.

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