cover image The Melody Lingers On

The Melody Lingers On

Mary Higgins Clark. Simon & Schuster, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4767-4911-2

MWA Grand Master Clark (I've Got You Under My Skin) offers no major surprises in this enjoyable novel of romantic suspense spun around a lyric from an Irving Berlin song. When hedge fund billionaire Parker Bennett disappears from his sailboat, he leaves behind a great many fleeced investors, as well as wife Anne Bennett and grown son Eric, who are both bereft and suspect. When Anne is forced to give up their Greenwich, Conn., mansion and move into a condominium in New Jersey, she hires Manhattan-based interior designer Glady Harper to decorate the condo. Glady introduces her assistant, Elaine "Lane" Harmon, to likable Anne and handsome Eric. Meanwhile, two FBI agents try to find the missing Parker and prove Eric's complicity in his father's crime. Lane begins to fall for Eric and believes in his innocence enough to refuse to help the FBI. Clark keeps readers wondering about Parker's intentions and Eric's involvement, and how much both may cost Lane, as her tale drifts to an end. (June)