Posted on June 23, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The literary world has lost two bestselling authors who sent readers' pulses racing.

Author Carol Higgins Clark, daughter of Mary Higgins Clark and a popular author in her own right, died Monday at age sixty-six.

The younger Clark had initially planned to be an actress — and did make some on-screen appearances, including in adaptations of her mother's works — but she ended up following in her mom's footsteps early on.

According to her New York Times obituary, Carol Higgins Clark typed up several of her mother's manuscripts and, in the process, learned about how to tell a story herself.

But whereas the elder Clark's mysteries were serious, the younger Clark's incorporated humor into the suspense.

The other author we lost this month was Julie Garwood, who found early success as a historical romance novelist and who expanded her universe to contemporary suspense (with a hint of heat as well).

But no matter what, she insisted on writing independent, strong female leads.

Garwood died June 8 at age seventy-eight; you can read her obituary in the NY Times as well.

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