AUTHOR Mary Higgins Clark, who penned over 40 bestsellers, died aged 92.

The mystery writer who was nicknamed the ‘queen of suspense’ passed away peacefully last night surrounded by loved ones.

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Mary passed away peacefully with friends and family with her in Naples, Florida[/caption]

She was known for books including On The Street Where You Live and Where Are The Children?.
Mary died from natural causes in Naples, Florida.

Her publisher Simon & Schuster announced her passing on twitter: “It is with deep sadness we say goodbye to the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark, author of over 40 bestselling suspense titles.

“She passed away peacefully this evening, January 31, at the age of 92 surrounded by family and friends.”

The publisher’s president and CEO Carolyn Reidy also released a statement of her own.

According to Deadline, she wrote: “She was, simply, a remarkable woman who overcame an early life of hardship and challenges, never doubting her ability as a natural-born storyteller (and she was one for the ages), and who persevered through trial and rejection until she at last achieved her Holy Grail of being a published author.”

She was born in 1927 in New York City.

She worked as a Pan Am flight attendant before leaving the job after a year to marry Warren Clark and start a family.

The pair had five children together.

Tragically, Mr Clark died when she was just 35, so in order to support her family she began writing short stories and radio scripts.

Her books have been translated into 35 languages and her first, ‘Where are the Children?’ was reprinted 75 times.

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