mary-higgins-clarkInternational best-selling novelist and Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark visits the Green on Thursday, as special guest at the AAUW Gala Scholarship Luncheon.

Her nearly four dozen novels, story collections, holiday tales, memoirs and children’s books have sold millions of copies, been translated into a score of languages, adapted to screens of all sizes, and made her one of the world’s wealthiest and most consistently successful wordsmiths in any genre. But it’s as Queen of Suspense that Mary Higgins Clark will forever reign supreme, with a never-out-of-print catalog of crime and mystery page-turners that include A Stranger is Watching, A Cry in the Night, Where Are the Children? and the all-new I’ve Got You Under My Skin. A serial winner of literary prizes, honorary doctorates, lifetime achievement awards and layperson honors from the Pope, the author has even had a major award named for her by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization that she previously served as president.

This Thursday, May 8, the part-time resident of Spring Lake will take lunch overlooking the Navesink at The Molly Pitcher Inn, as the special guest of honor for the annual Gala Scholarship Luncheon of the AAUW NJ Northern Monmouth County Branch — the state’s largest local chapter of the nationwide nonprofit American Association of University Women.

A fundraising vehicle for local scholarships and national fellowships for women, the 12 pm event features a three-course meal and a talk by Clark. River Road Books of Fair Haven will be selling signed copies of I’ve Got You Under My Skin, a suspenser that uses a contemporary trapping — the realm of “true crime” TV shows — to spin a tale of a successful producer haunted by a sensational cold-case murder, and the aftershocks of her own husband’s brutal slaying.

Reservations are required and tickets are priced at $75; to check on availability of public tickets, call (732)933-4855 (press option 5) or take it right here.