|Her success was no mystery. The beloved “Queen of Suspense” passed away Friday from natural causes in Naples, Florida. Higgins Clark began writing mysteries as a single mother of five in her 40s, bursting onto the scene with her first best-seller, Where Are the Children, in 1975. The New York City native went on to publish more than 50 books, most featuring strong female protagonists overcoming danger, and many were adapted as TV movies. She ultimately sold more than 100 million copies.
How will she be remembered? For never cheating her readers: Each chapter ended with a cliffhanger, leaving them hungry for more.