Book Critique – # 359: As Time Goes By

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A simple and easy plot with hardly any bumps for those lazy days.

As Time Goes By is a thriller by Mary Higgins Clark published in April of 2016. This is another of Alvirah Meehan mystery that I read despite not being my favorite characters of Clark - not knowing it was one I had started and when I start once I don’t put it down no matter what feelings I have about the characters.

Delaney Wright, a TV court reporter, is covering the sensational Betsy Grant Trial - Betsy is accused of murdering her husband Dr. Edward "Ted" Grant who was suffering from early onset Alzheimer's. Although she is empathetic to Betsy, Delaney couldn't understand how the defense would find anyone other than Betsy who could have killed Ted. All the ducks seemed to be lining up against Betsy. As she ponders over Betsy, Delaney has another mystery to solve - finding her birth mother. She seeks out the help of her friend Alvirah Meehan to get her long-term craving to be resolved. In a parallel plot Oscar-winning director Steven Harwin's son Lucas Harwin is found dead of a drug overdose. Delaney's friend Jonathan "Jon" Cruise from Washington Post is assigned to investigate illegal prescriptions ring.

Clark as always charmingly takes the readers through the three different plots without boring. Yet with every Alvirah Meehan plot I always feel that Clark's way of writing is immature compared to her other thrillers. A simple and easy plot that was fast to read and without many twists and turns. I like to call plots of Clark such as these as K.I.S.S plots - Keep It Simple Stupid Plots. That is one of the reason that I never wanted to read plots involving Alvirah Meehan. 

Again I was surprised to see Clark add an Indian decent defense lawyer in Betsy's team. As more and more newer books are coming I see the inclusion of things from my birth country. It pleases me always to read that even if it is but a few lines. Almost all of Clark's plots based in New York city mentions at least once the famous Neary's restaurant. Makes me want to try this place once. May be one day I will. 

Another easy read with no bumps and simple plot for any day that one just want to have a book to read.

Spoiler Alerts:

1. Like always, this title of the book by Clark also is the title of a song written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931. But it is famed for being sung by the character Sam (portrayed by Dooley Wilson) in the hit 1942 classic film Casablanca. More about the song here. And the song from the movie Casablanca:

2. Delaney Wright lives in the building next to where Greta Garbo, the legendary actress used to live. After googling on it I found that this tit bit is indeed true. More about her apartment here.


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