Mary Higgins Clark Book List

The Queen of Suspense

'Just Take My Heart'
Simon & Schuster

Mary Higgins Clark began writing short stories as a way to supplement her family's income. After her husband died in 1964, she wrote radio scripts until her agent persuaded her to try to write a novel. When her first novel—a fictional biography of George Washington—didn't sell well, she turned to writing mystery and suspense novels. More than 100 million books later, it is safe to say she made the right choice.

All of her suspense novels—some written with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark—have become bestsellers. Mary Higgins Clark is the acknowledged queen of psychological suspense. Here is a list of the books and stories she has written over the years.

1968-1989: The Early Years

After the lackluster sales of the fictional biography "Aspire to the Heavens," Higgins Clark faced several family and financial crises before finally delivering her second book "Where Are the Children?" to her publisher. The novel became a bestseller and Higgins Clark had no financial worries for the first time in many years. Two years later, Higgins Clark sold "A Stranger Is Watching for $1.5 million." The litany of work that would result in her title "The Queen of Suspense" was firmly underway. In time, many of her novels would become big-screen movies.

  • 1968 - Aspire to the Heavens (later retitled "Mt. Vernon Love Story")
  • 1975 - Where Are the Children?
  • 1977 - A Stranger is Watching
  • 1980 - The Cradle Will Fall
  • 1982 - A Cry in the Night
  • 1984 - Stillwatch
  • 1987 - Weep No More, My Lady
  • 1989 - While My Pretty One Sleeps
  • 1989 - The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories

1990-1999: Recognition

Higgins Clark has won many awards for her work including the National Arts Club's Gold Medal in Education in 1994 and the Horatio Alger Award in 1997.

She has been awarded 18 honorary doctorates, and was chosen as Grand Master for the 2000 Edgar Awards.

  • 1990 - Voices in the Coal Bin and That's the Ticket (Short stories available as an audio book)
  • 1991 - Loves Music, Loves to Dance
  • 1992 - All Around the Town
  • 1992 - Lucky Day (Audiobook)
  • 1993 - I'll Be Seeing You
  • 1993 - Death on the Cape and Other Stories
  • 1993 - Mother (With Amy Tan and Maya Angelou)
  • 1993 - Milk Run and Stowaway (Short stories)
  • 1994 - Remember Me
  • 1994 - The Lottery Winner and Other Stories
  • 1995 - Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  • 1995 - Silent Night
  • 1995 - Pretend You Don't See Her
  • 1996 - Moonlight Becomes You
  • 1996 - My Gal Sunday
  • 1997 - The Plot Thickens
  • 1998 - You Belong to Me
  • 1998 - All Through The Night
  • 1999 - We'll Meet Again

2000-2009: Higgins Clark Co-Writes With Daughter

HIggins Clark added several books a year during this decade and began to write occasionally with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark. Their partnership began with Chrismas-themed books and has expanded to other topics.

  • 2000 - Before I Say Good-Bye
  • 2000 - Deck the Halls (with Carol Higgins Clark)
  • 2000 - Mount Vernon Love Story
  • 2000 - The Night Awakens
  • 2001 - On The Street Where You Live
  • 2001 - He Sees You When You're Sleeping (with Carol Higgins Clark)
  • 2001 - Kitchen Privileges, A Memoir
  • 2002 - Daddy's Little Girl
  • 2003 - The Second Time Around
  • 2004 - Nighttime Is My Time
  • 2004 - The Christmas Thief (with Carol Higgins Clark)
  • 2005 - Where Are the Children?
  • 2005 - The Classic Clark Collection
  • 2005 - No Place Like Home
  • 2006 - The Night Collection
  • 2006 - Two Little Girls in Blue
  • 2006 - Santa Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea (with Carol Higgins Clark)
  • 2007 - I Heard That Song Before
  • 2007 - Ghost Ship
  • 2008 - Where are You Now?
  • 2008 -
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2010 to Present: Higgins Clark Books Reign as Bestsellers

Astonishingly, all Higgins Clark suspense books have been bestsellers and most are still in print. She continued to write several books a year to add to her impressive portfolio of work.

  • 2010 - The Shadow of Your Smile
  • 2011 - I'll Walk Alone
  • 2011 - The Magical Christmas Horse
  • 2012 - The Lost Years
  • 2013 - Daddy's Gone A Hunting
  • 2013 - Inherit the Dead
  • 2014 - I've Got You Under My Skin
  • 2014 - The Cinderella Murder
  • 2015 - Silent Night
  • 2015 - The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook
  • 2015 - Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories
  • 2015 - The Five-Dollar Dress (short fiction)
  • 2015 - The Melody Lingers On
  • 2015 - All Dressed in White
  • 2016 - As Time Goes By
  • 2016 - The Sleeping Beauty Killer
  • 2017 - All By Myself, Alone
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