“Five years ago Amanda Pierce was excitedly preparing to marry her college sweetheart in a lavish ceremony at The Grand Victoria Hotel in Palm Beach. Then, with their guests and families on site, Amanda disappeared.
In present-day New York City, Laurie Moran realizes a missing bride is the perfect cold case for her investigative television series, Under Suspicion. She and her team set out to recreate the night of the disappearance at the Florida resort with Amanda’s friends and family in attendance, hoping to shed new light on the mystery as the series has done in past episodes.
With a jealous sister, playboy groomsmen, Amanda’s former fiancé now married to a bridesmaid, and rumors about the “beloved” bride herself, Laurie and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley quickly realize everyone has a theory about why Amanda vanished into thin air. One thing is certain: whoever was behind Amanda’s disappearance plans to keep the truth hidden “until death do they part…”
-Synopsis from Goodreads
I mentioned in a previous post that I started reading this the night before the news came out that Mary Higgins Clark had passed away. It was bittersweet to learn that she had passed peacefully in her sleep with her family surrounding her; she has written so many books for readers like myself to enjoy for years to come, and yet her loss is a significant one in the literary community.
All Dressed in White is book three in the Under Suspicion series. By now the books have begun to follow a familiar pattern. Laurie Moran doesn’t always know what case she’s going to be working on when the book opens, and this time around a new case falls into her lap when Sandra Pierce shows up at her office one day and tells Laurie about her daughter who has been missing for five years. They decide to pursue the case, and so Laurie and her production team, and her dad Leo and son Timmy, all fly down to Florida to start filming. The plan is to recreate the night before the wedding, the same night that Amanda Pierce went missing. All the guests who were there have agreed to come back and be interviewed for the show, which means there are lots of alibis to keep straight and personalities to figure out. And no, I did not correctly guess who was the killer this time around, either 😉
I would definitely recommend this series to anyone looking for a good mystery. There is something so effortless about Clark’s writing style, and she and Alafair Burke are a perfect pair when it comes to telling the Under Suspicion stories. It’s unlikely the series will continue now, and maybe the six books out there were all it was meant to be, but I still have three more left that I plan to read this year.