Regan Reilly Mystery Books In Publication Order
- Decked (1991)
- Snagged (1993)
- Iced (1994)
- Twanged (1997)
- Deck the Halls (By:Mary Higgins Clark) (2000)
- Fleeced (2001)
- Jinxed (2002)
- Popped (2003)
- The Christmas Thief (With: Mary Higgins Clark) (2004)
- Burned (2005)
- Hitched (2006)
- Laced (2007)
- Zapped (2008)
- Cursed (2009)
- Wrecked (2010)
- Mobbed (2011)
- Gypped / Scammed (2012)
- Knocked (2021)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- He Sees You When You’re Sleeping (2001)
Alvirah and Willy Books In Publication Order
- Weep No More, My Lady (By:Mary Higgins Clark) (1987)
- The Lottery Winner (By:Mary Higgins Clark) (1994)
- All Through the Night (By:Mary Higgins Clark) (1998)
- Deck the Halls (By:Mary Higgins Clark) (2000)
- The Christmas Thief (With: Mary Higgins Clark) (2004)
- Santa Cruise (With: Mary Higgins Clark) (2006)
- Dashing Through the Snow (With: Mary Higgins Clark) (2008)
- I’ll Walk Alone (By:Mary Higgins Clark) (2011)
- The Lost Years (By:Mary Higgins Clark) (2012)
- As Time Goes by (By:Mary Higgins Clark) (2016)
- All By Myself, Alone (By:Mary Higgins Clark) (2017)
Fearless Jones Books In Publication Order
- The Plot Thickens (With: Janet Evanovich,Lawrence Block,Linda Fairstein,Nelson DeMille,Donald E Westlake,Mary Higgins Clark,Nancy Pickard,Walter Mosley,Edna Buchanan,Ann Rule) (1997)
- Fearless Jones (By:Walter Mosley) (2001)
- Fear Itself (By:Walter Mosley) (2003)
- Fear of the Dark (By:Walter Mosley) (2006)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- The Plot Thickens (1997)
- A Poison That Leaves No Trace: With Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle (2002)
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Carol Higgins Clark Books Overview
The daughter of a successful mystery writer and a P.I. with pizzazz, Regan Reilly is attending her class reunion at St. Polycarp’s England, when the long dead body of her former roommate turns up under the bushes. It’s a case Regan would love to solve, but a prior commitment puts her on a transatlantic cruise. She shouldn’t have fretted. The clues to the crime are following her on the Queen Guinevere. Here, on a ship awash with secret lovers, a fortune hunter, a jewel thief and an assassin, Regan is sailing home and into the hands of a young girl’s killer.
Snag, Run, Rip…
It’s Sheer Murder! Murder at a Miami panty hose convention? It’s a perfect case for a sleuth with panache and great legs. Coming to trendy South Beach for a wedding, Regan Reilly meets the bride’s favorite relative, the seventy something Uncle Richie. He’s also headed for a legwear bash with his newest invention: run less nylons that women and rival manufacturers would kill for! After two attempts on Uncle Richie’s life and the discovery of another suspicious death, Regan finds herself in a rollicking Miami hotel filled with suspects of every stripe and knee high deep in a caper that could cost her her life…
It’s Christmas in Aspen and P.I. Regan Reilly is vacationing with her parents and hoping to meet an unmarried man. Soon, however, all thoughts of romance turn to sleuthing when million dollar paintings start disappearing, along with an old friend of Regan’s who happens to be an ex con. The snow is falling, the plot is thickening, and the danger is closing in on Regan.
After assorted hijinks, adventures, false alarms, and yes plain old silliness, the plot finally gets all tied up in a nice, neat, mostly happy ending that will no doubt charm even the most Scrooge like reader. Solidly entertaining, mostly clever, occasionally funny, and always fun, this one is sure to please the author’s growing audience.
‘A fun and funny read.’ USA Today
‘The quintessential beachbook…
Clark writes with a breezy style that will quickly refresh readers.’ Publishers Weekly
Regan Reilly plans to spend her Fourth of July week vacationing in the Hamptons at her parents’ home and also with her best friend, Kit, who has a share in a group house. A last minute phone call, however, casts Regan’s trip in a new light. Brigid O’Neill, a rising country star, has been getting frightening ‘love notes’ and she hires Regan as her bodyguard for a Fourth of July concert in Southampton. Brigid plans to play a fiddle given to her in Ireland and said to have magic powers. She later learns the rest of its legend whoever takes it out of Ireland will have an accident or face death.
A guest found floating face down in a pool at Chappy’s welcoming party for Brigid is only the first in a series of ominous incidents. As Brigid’s Fourth of July concert nears, it looks as if the cursed fiddle should be shipped back to Ireland Express Mail! It’s Regan’s job to hold the curse at bay and fend off Brigid’s pursuers.
exactly what Clark fans have been craving.’ USA Today
‘A superb mystery writer…
makes it fun for her readers. ‘ Washington Times
‘A breezy cosy, full of crazy characters…
A pleasant and charming outling.’
San Francisco Chronicle
Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, have joined forces for the first time to create a brilliant and exciting story of high stakes intrigue and detection in a kidnapping played out against a holiday setting. Three days before Christmas, Regan Reilly, the dynamic young sleuth featured in the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, meets Alvirah Meehan, the famous lottery winner and amateur detective who has appeared in several previous books by Mary Higgins Clark, when they both arrive at a New Jersey dentist’s office. Alvirah is to accompany her husband home after a particularly grueling session, while Regan is there in hopes of connecting with her busy father, who is scheduled for a routine visit. Once it becomes apparent that Luke Reilly is not going to keep his appointment, Alvirah offers the deeply troubled Regan a lift home. When a call comes through on Regan’s cell phone, telling her that her father and his driver, Rosita Gonzalez, are being held for $1,000,000 ransom, Alvirah insists that Regan allow her to lend a hand in trying to gain their release, for while Regan may be a licensed private detective, based in Los Angeles, Alvirah has many valuable contacts among the ranks of New York’s law enforcement community. Further complicating the situation is the fact that Regan’s mother, the popular and very successful mystery writer Nora Regan Reilly, was hospitalized only the day before with a badly broken leg, and Regan must comfort her while trying to meet the harsh demands of her father’s kidnappers and their tough deadline. With Alvirah’s help, Jack Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, is called back from his Christmas holiday to lead the investigation, which becomes more and more tricky as the kidnappers, two men who are not just rank amateurs but also laughably inept and, therefore, all the more dangerous and unpredictable make known their demands. Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita, held captive in a decrepit houseboat moored in the Hudson River, become increasingly concerned not only for their welfare, but for that of their loved ones as well. Luke’s wife is in the hospital, and Rosita’s two small boys are with a young, unreliable babysitter, while a winter storm gathers force, further endangering them and complicating events. In Deck the Halls, a story filled with twists and turns, intrigue and danger, as well as a hearty dose of holiday cheer, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark have created a breathless and at the same time remarkably heartwarming story of suspense a Christmas classic for many holiday seasons to come.
Regan Reilly is back. The smart, saucy sleuth featured in all of Carol Higgins Clark’s bestselling novels was last seen in Deck the Halls, the holiday thriller Carol wrote with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark. Now Regan is in New York to attend a crime conference organized by her celebrity author mother. A friend, Thomas Pilsner the frenetic president of the Settlers’ Club on Gramercy Park calls Regan, desperately pleading for help. Thomas is distraught over the sudden suspicious deaths of two members of the Settlers’ Club. The men had promised to donate a cache of valuable diamonds to save the Club. But now the diamonds are gone, the men are dead, and Thomas is a mess. He fears the police will suspect he is at the heart of both mysteries, and worse yet, he’ll lose his job. Enter Regan. Who better than the star of Decked, Snagged, Iced, and Twanged to solve the mystery of the missing diamonds and suspicious deaths? Who better to contend with the quirky characters around the Club, such as Lydia Sevatura, the self styled ‘Princess of Love,’ who operates a dating service, and her butler, Maldwin Feckles, who has just opened the first school of butlering in New York City? And who better than Carol Higgins Clark, with her sparkling, canny prose, to keep the readers guessing to the end ‘who done it’? Published to coincide with the paperback of Deck the Halls, Fleeced is a witty portrait of modern urban life. This fifth Regan Reilly mystery proves once again that Carol Higgins Clark is a uniquely talented writer.
Carol Higgins Clark, bestselling author of ‘Fleeced’ and co author with Mary Higgins Clark of ‘He Sees You When You’re Sleeping,’ returns in top form in her new Regan Reilly mystery, blending her talent for intriguing locales, eccentric characters, and fast paced suspense laced with humor. In ‘Jinxed,’ smart, saucy sleuth Regan Reilly faces a new challenge the case of the missing wedding guest. Regan, an L.A. based private detective, returns to her office after a vacation with her beau, Jack ‘no relation’ Reilly. Their tour of the wineries in Napa Valley and Santa Barbara County is cut short when Jack has to fly back to New York City, where he is the head of the Major Case Squad of the NYPD. Their last stop had been at Altered States, a run down winery owned by three siblings who are all former hippies Lilac, Earl, and Leon Weldon. Not knowing how soon it would be put to use, Regan leaves her business card behind. Within minutes of being back to work, Regan gets an excited call from Lilac. The Weldon family has been invited to the wedding of ninety three year old Lucretia Standish, a former silent screen star, who made a killing in a dot com before it went bankrupt. Lucretia had been married to the Weldons’ Uncle Haskell and had invested the money she inherited from Haskell in the dot com. Lucretia’s maid, Phyllis, clues Lilac in on the fact that Lucretia plans to give the Weldons $2 million each if they all show up at the wedding. The wedding is two days away, and there is only one problem Lilac’s daughter, Whitney, aka Freshness, a young actress, has taken off on one of her go with the flow weekends. Whitney is out of touch and goes where the wind blows. If itdoesn’t blow her back into town by Sunday morning, the Weldon family will be out $8 million. Regan’s job is to find Whitney. But unbeknownst to Regan, there’s someone else on the hunt. Lucretia’s fiance, the much younger Edward Fields, has hired an accomplice in crime to locate Whitney and keep her away from the wedding. Edward knows Whitney will recognize him as the con man she’d met in acting class in New York. He wants to say ‘I do’ to Lucretia and her millions before Whitney can protest. When Edward finds out that Regan Reilly has been hired to find the missing Whitney, he gives the order to get rid of her as well. Meanwhile, Lucretia is befriended by a gang of bikers, the story of her upcoming nuptials is featured on national television news, and wildfires are threatening to consume the barn where Whitney is being held captive. As in her previous novels, Carol Higgins Clark has created a novel that is both exciting and vastly entertaining. As no less a master of suspense than Nelson DeMille has said, ‘Clark’s writing is elegantly clear and concise, her characters are witty and engaging, and her plots and pacing are perfect.’ And in ‘Jinxed,’ she is at her very considerable best.
It’s up, up, and away with sleuth Regan Reilly in a lively new caper from beloved ‘New York Times’ bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark.L.A. based private detective Regan Reilly flies to Las Vegas the mythic city of cash and flash, glamour and kitsch to help an old school chum, Danny Madley. Danny is producing the pilot of a reality TV show, ‘Love Above Sea Level.’ The show features three couples who all have experienced the proverbial Seven Year Itch and are now vying for the chance to renew their wedding vows and win one million dollars. But someone is trying to sabotage the show before Danny can shoot the final scene at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Danny’s show is in competition with the sitcom ‘Take Me Higher’ for a coveted permanent slot on Hot Air Cable, also known as the Balloon Channel. Both shows involve hot air ballooning, and both have casts of characters who are more than capable of disrupting production of ‘Love Above Sea Level.’ Regan’s job is to find out who is making trouble and why. Is the culprit one of the contestants on ‘Love Above Sea Level?’ Could it be the advice columnists Danny has hired Aunt Agony and Uncle Heartburn who are there to help rekindle the sparks between the husbands and wives? Is it Danny’s right hand man, Victor, a local Vegas boy Danny met while gambling? Or his cameraman Sam, who would much rather be surfing than working? Is it Bubbles Ferndale, producer of the sitcom, who is desperate to make her show the one that wins the competition? Is it Danny’s ex girlfriend, the Vegas showgirl Honey? Or her friend Lucille, a dealer in one of the casinos? Could local entrepreneur Roscoe Parker, the owner of theBalloon Channel and mastermind behind the TV competitions, be the source of all Danny’s problems? There is no shortage of suspects and no shortage of mishaps. From their base in the Fuzzy Dice Hotel, a decidedly third rate establishment, Regan tries to help Danny keep his production on an even keel. Danny’s well meaning, meddlesome parents complicate matters. Jealousy among the ‘Love Above Sea Level’ contestants escalates. Mysterious, inexplicable events keep occurring. Regan is determined to keep Danny’s show on schedule, and she’ll do whatever it takes on land and in the air!’Popped‘ is a funny, fast paced jaunt that takes readers from the fancy Vegas casinos to the run down hotels off the Strip, from the grounds of the hot air balloon fields up into the heavens as the balloons fly over the arid Southwest.’Popped‘ is written with Clark’s expert light touch and filled with the richly drawn, quirky characters so relished by her fans. As Nelson DeMille says, ‘Clark keeps her readers entranced and entertained from cover to cover.’
Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark, have again joined forces to create a suspenseful and humorous holiday tale.
Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery. In Deck the Halls, they rescued Regan’s kidnapped father. This time they get in the middle of a case involving a beautiful eighty foot blue spruce that has been chosen to spend the holidays as Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas tree. The folks who picked the tree don’t have a clue that attached to one of its branches is a flask chock full of priceless diamonds that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just released from prison, had hidden there over twelve years ago.
An excited Packy breaks his parole and heads to Stowe, Vermont, to reclaim his loot. Once there, he is horrified to discover that his special tree will be heading to New York City the next morning. With a bumbling crew consisting of Jo Jo, Benny, and an unsuccessful poet, Milo, he knows he has to act fast.
What Packy does not know is that Alvirah and Regan are on a weekend trip to Stowe with Alvirah’s husband, Willy; Regan’s fianc , Jack; Regan’s parents, Luke and Nora; and Alvirah’s friend Opal, a lottery winner who lost all her winnings in Packy’s scam. On Monday morning when they’re supposed to head home, they learn that the tree is missing, Packy Noonan may be in the vicinity, and Opal has disappeared.
From two of America’s beloved storytellers, The Christmas Thief is filled with suspense, comic characters, and holiday cheer, and is sure to delight its readers.
New York Times bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark’s trademark light touch, humor, and quirky characters make for another wonderfully unpredictable mystery. Say ‘Aloha’ to an unforgettable Hawaiian adventure!
L.A. based private detective Regan Reilly gets a call from her best gal pal, urging her to come to Hawaii for one last girls’ weekend before Regan ties the knot with Jack ‘no relation’ Reilly, and so she happily packs her bags.
At the Waikiki Waters Playground and Resort, the body of Dorinda Dawes, the hotel’s gossipy PR woman, washes ashore wearing a valuable lei that once belonged to a Hawaiian princess and was stolen from a museum in Honolulu thirty years ago.
The resort manager doesn’t believe that Dorinda drowned accidentally and persuades Regan to take on the case. The more she starts digging, the more danger she is in. Can Regan find out what really happened before it’s too late for her and the other vacationers at the Waikiki Waters?
The date is Saturday, April 2. Five April brides discover their wedding dresses have been stolen. One of the brides is private investigator Regan Reilly. Her wedding is in seven days. Regan Reilly and her fianc , Jack ‘no relation’ Reilly head of the NYPD Major Case Squad are getting married! Regan had the perfect dress made by two young designers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Arriving at the bridal salon to pick up her gown, Regan discovers the shop has been broken into, the designers bound and gagged, and wedding dresses for four of the April brides her dress included are missing. A fifth dress is in shreds on the floor. Even though it’s a week before her wedding, Regan gets on the case, and in the process she meets an unusual mix of brides and grooms to be, or perhaps ‘not to be.’ Over at One Police Plaza, Regan’s bridegroom, Jack, is trying to solve a perplexing series of bank robberies. The robber, nicknamed ‘The Drip’ by the NYPD because he always strikes during rainstorms, has been eluding the police for months. Jack is determined to crack the case before his upcoming nuptials. Carol Higgins Clark fuses the two seemingly unrelated mysteries with an ingenious twist, taking readers from the streets of New York City, to the casinos of Atlantic City, and finally to that most popular wedding spot the one and only Las Vegas. She weaves a web of mystery around a charming, humorous tale of five April brides and the trials and tribulations they face planning their weddings.
A haunted Irish castle, international jewel thieves,
and a hotel fire New York Times bestselling author
Carol Higgins Clark has sent Regan and Jack Reilly
on a honeymoon like no other!
Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her new husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are off to Ireland. But their very first night at romantic Hennessy Castle is interrupted by a fire alarm that distracts hotel employees from the theft of a valuable antique lace tablecloth out of the castle’s memorabilia room. A taunting note is left for Jack by the culprits a notorious pair of jewel thieves whom he has been pursuing for over a year. Disguised as an elderly couple, they had checked out in the midst of the mayhem. Regan’s cousin Gerard Reilly, a Galway resident, is eager to help with the hunt, but their search takes as many twists and turns as the winding country roads of the Emerald Isle.
With Carol Higgins Clark’s unique talent for creating quirky characters, this is a classic caper that will keep you laughing, turning pages, and maybe even believing in ghosts.
It’s a hot, humid July night in New York City. Where were you when the lights went out?
A New York City resident for many years, Carol Higgins Clark was there during the blackout of 2003. Not surprisingly, she felt that Regan and Jack Reilly should one day share the experience!
As Zapped begins, the Reillys return home from a summer weekend to the loft in Tribeca they are in the agonizing process of renovating and expanding. They are looking forward to a quiet supper on their newly acquired rooftop terrace. But it’s not meant to be. While Jack goes to pick up Chinese food, Regan enters their apartment, unaware that a nervous thief, who preceded her by minutes, is hiding in the front closet. A thief who knows about a hidden safe that Regan and Jack have yet to discover. Minutes later, the blackout strikes, and both Reillys are called into action.
A new gallery in SoHo, featuring treasured glass sculptures from all over the world, has been burglarized. As head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, Jack oversees several departments. Art theft is one of them.
PI Regan hears from her best friend, Kit, who is in Manhattan on business. She’s been abandoned at a comedy club by a colleague from an insurance convention, Georgina Mathieson, who ran out for a cigarette moments before the blackout struck and never came back. Kit gets a call that Georgina is disturbed and dangerous. Fueled by her rage at a college boyfriend who dumped her, Georgina seeks revenge on unsuspecting young blond men. She was last seen getting into a cab outside the club with a tall blond. Regan heads the search for Georgina and her potential victim.
Meanwhile, Lorraine Lily, an almost famous actress, returns to New York City the night of the blackout, after spending three months in England doing a play, and is informed by her estranged husband, Conrad Spreckles, that he’d sold his loft to their next door neighbors, the Reillys. Lorraine had never told him about the hidden safe she’d had installed in the closet. If she doesn’t get back what’s in there, she’s sure her budding career will be ruined.
In Zapped, Clark takes readers on a tour of the city they won’t forget and introduces them to a wonderful cast of colorful, eccentric characters whose stories intersect in precarious and often humorous ways during one very dark and hot summer night.
Private Investigator Regan Reilly moved from Los Angeles to New York City when she married her husband, Jack ‘no relation’ Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad. To help a friend she ends up taking on a case that calls her back to her old stomping ground…
Cursed opens on a cold and gray January morning. Sleet and snow are swirling as Regan arrives at a warehouse in Long Island City with a trunk full of her old case files from Los Angeles. After carting all her boxes into a storage unit, she heads back out into the snow, and her cell phone rings.
Abigail Feeney, a young woman who had lived across the hall from Regan in an apartment complex in the Hollywood Hills, is on the line. Abigail believes her life has been Cursed since birth. She was born on Friday the 13th of January, and her parents gave her a name with 13 letters. A hairdresser on movie sets, Abigail was recently injured at work when a piece of scaffolding fell and knocked her over, and her arm was broken in two places. But that isn’t why she is calling. ‘Regan!’ she exclaims. ‘The ‘no good bum’ has been spotted in town. I desperately need the money he owes me. Can you please come out here and help me find him?’
Regan immediately knows the identity of the ‘no good bum.’ From her L.A. apartment, Regan had often seen Abigail’s ex, Cody Castle, sitting by the pool, bent over his cell phone, text messaging nonstop. Before he disappeared three months ago, he borrowed $100,000 from Abigail. He promised to pay her back in three months.
‘Find him?’ Regan asks.
‘Yes! My grandmother is flying here tomorrow. There’s a condo she wants to buy me. But we need that money. She can’t find out I don’t have it. Regan, can’t you spend a few days with me?’
If Regan weren’t freezing, she might have made an excuse. But Jack was away at a seminar, Regan had never liked the ‘no good bum,’ and Abigail had brought her chicken soup when she’d had the flu last winter. Within hours Regan is on a flight to Los Angeles where her adventure with Abigail will take her from the beaches of Malibu, to the mountains north of the city, to the renovated lofts of downtown L.A.
Regan starts to feel Abigail’s curse is contagious as she encounters a cast of characters who aren’t always welcoming. Some are downright dangerous. And there’s one who is the most dangerous of all…
Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack ‘no relation’ Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They are looking forward to a quiet romantic weekend out of town. Wouldn t you know their choice of destination provides them with anything but! Regan and Jack had considered going to Bermuda, but instead they decide to spend four days at his parents beautiful beachfront home on Cape Cod, a wonderful spot where they d never been alone. During the summer the house overflowed with Jack’s family, bubbling with activity from morning until night. But to be up there for a weekend in April, just the two of them, sounded like a perfect escape. Arriving at the Cape late at night, Regan and Jack are just in time to experience the beginning of a major storm. The next morning, Cape Cod Bay is quite a sight, churning with whitecaps. The wind is howling ferociously. Sheets of rain are pelting the house. Regan is looking forward to settling in the den with Jack and watching the storm. However, the best laid plans…
In the bedroom, Regan opens the curtains to find Skip, the Reillys young caretaker, pressing his nose against the glass, supposedly checking for leaks. A moment later, Jack arrives home from the market, two gossipy older women who live up the street in tow. A branch crashed through their living room window, and they need a place to stay. When Regan thought things couldn t get any worse, Skip comes running into the house, distraught that he d just discovered Adele Hopkins, the woman renting the house next door, in a heap at the bottom of her staircase to the beach. Regan and Jack run back down with him, but huge waves are crashing on the shore. Hopkins is gone, presumably swept out to sea. Who was Adele Hopkins? No one knows. The sixty ish loner, who moved in five months ago, shunned her neighbors. Even her landlords, friends of the Reillys, have no idea how to locate her next of kin. Discovered in her dining room are stacks of apology cards she d not yet sent and bags of decorative pillows that are embroidered with the saying grudge me, grudge me not. Regan and Jack begin an investigation to help their friends track down Hopkins s family. They start by interviewing two young women who own the shop where Adele had bought the pillows. Pippy and Ellen opened Pillow Talk after they both lost their jobs. When a newspaper article revealing the terrible way the women had been treated by their former employers was posted on the Internet, business took off, they started to become well known, and the Pillow Talk website became a place for people who had had similar experiences to vent their feelings. Pippy and Ellen just received an anonymous e mail from someone who spews venom about her former rowing coach Adele Hopkins. Could she be the same Adele Hopkins? Regan and Jack s search for clues to this mysterious woman s identity makes for an anniversary weekend they ll never forget!
New York Times bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark is a native of New Jersey. So is her sleuth Regan Reilly. In Mobbed, Clark sends Regan down the shore where they have both vacationed since childhood. But this trip turns out to be no vacation for Regan! PI Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, plan to spend the weekend at the Jersey shore with her parents. Regan’s mother, suspense writer Nora Regan Reilly, will be celebrating her birthday on Saturday. But Regan s weekend gets off to an early start when she receives a phone call from her mother asking if she d hop on a train right away. Regan had just finished delivering bad news to a high school classmate. Hayley Patton is a successful New York City event planner, who had become suspicious that her beau, Scott, was seeing other women and hired Regan to follow him. When Hayley got the lowdown on Scott s treachery, she vowed revenge with such vehemence that Regan is worried that Hayley might go too far. Turns out Nora had also just spoken to an agitated high school classmate. Karen Frawley Fulton, who lives in San Diego, called Nora after learning her mother s plans for the day. To Karen s shock, Edna Frawley just sold their home at the Jersey shore and is having a garage sale to end all garage sales. Everything the beautiful young actress Cleo Paradise left behind when she recently rented the house is up for grabs. The irrepressible Edna even rented a plane to fly over the beach touting the sale, using Cleo s name as bait. Karen s heading East but asks Nora to please go to the house and, she hopes, curtail any other outrageous antics her mother probably has in mind. Nora agrees and asks Regan to join her. Regan and Nora arrive at the Frawley home to find a mob of garage sale junkies waiting at the front gate. Regan is astonished to see Scott s brand new fianc e, who quickly makes herself scarce. Once inside the house, Regan becomes increasingly suspicious about why Cleo left so many belongings behind when she vacated Edna s home unexpectedly. Was she in that much of a hurry? Regan wonders. Where did Cleo go? is a question too many people are suddenly asking. But no one has the answer. It isn t long before Regan finds herself searching for Cleo, whose next hours may be her last. Mobbed is another fast paced mystery with unexpected plot twists and Clark s trademark humor The Daily Beast.
Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, have followed the successful publication of last year’s holiday bestseller ‘Deck the Halls’ with a heartwarming tale that combines much of the charm of the classic movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with unexpected menace. Meet Sterling Brooks. His was not an exemplary life he was too self absorbed to ever really think about anyone else or make a commitment to the woman he loved. On the other hand, he had endearing qualities. His actual misdeeds were few his were sins of omission, not commission. It is a few days before Christmas. For forty six years Sterling has lingered in the celestial waiting room outside the heavenly gates, awaiting summons by the Heavenly Council. Will he be deemed fit for entrance into heaven? At last the day comes and the council settles on a test for Sterling he will be sent back to earth and given an opportunity to prove his worthiness by helping someone else. Sterling Brooks finds himself in Manhattan, at the skating rink in Rockefeller Center. Among the skaters is a heartbroken seven year old named Marissa, and as Sterling soon realizes, it is ‘she’ he has been sent to help. Marissa’s sadness comes from her separation from the father she adores, a talented young singer, and her sparkling grandmother, owner of a popular restaurant. Both have been forced into the Witness Protection Program because two mobsters, the Badgett brothers, have put a price on their heads to prevent their testifying against them in an arson case. Sterling, able to move back and forth in time and place, masterminds a plan to eliminate the threat from the Badgettbrothers and reunite Marissa with her loved ones. Filled with suspense and humor, ‘He Sees You When You’re Sleeping‘ is a perfect story for the holidays, a delightful and warmhearted tale of perseverance, redemption, and love.
Elizabeth Lange has arrived at Cypress Point Spa in Pebble Beach, California, weary of heart and soul. Still grieving for her beloved sister, a famous actress who plunged to her death from her Manhattan penthouse, Elizabeth is determined to unearth the truth about how Leila died. Dashing multimillionaire Ted Winters stands accused of her murder, but Elizabeth has doubts. Along the windswept cliffs of the Monterey coast, in luxurious bungalows, between gourmet meals and beachfront walks, uneasiness stalks Elizabeth while she begins opening doors to the past. As glimpses of the dark truth about Leila’s life and death and about Elizabeth herself start to crash against her mind, an ominous wave from an unexpected source threatens to engulf her entirely.
SOLVING CRIMES FROM COAST TO COAST! Alvirah Meehan, the ever resourceful former cleaning lady who struck it rich in the lottery, won the hearts of millions of readers and listeners when she narrowly survived a stalking killer in the 1 bestseller Weep No More My Lady. Now she returns with her occasionally befuddled mate Willy in this dazzling collection of interconnected stories. From the glittering streets of New York City to the shores of both California and Cape Cod, Alvirah and Willy come to the aid of a vacationer accused of murder in ‘Death on the Cape,’ assist a fellow lottery winner in distress in ‘A Clean Sweep,’ return to the Cypress Point Spa to solve a brutal slaying among the rich and beautiful in ‘The Lottery ‘Winner,’ and track down a kidnapper at Christmas time in ‘Bye, Baby Bunting.’ Written with Mary Higgins Clark’s trademark wit, romance, and keen eye for thrilling detection, and presented here in unabridged recordings, these Alvirah and Willy stories are destined to become perennial favorites.
With Silent Night, Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, gave her listeners their best Christmas present ever. Now, with All Through the Night, she once again celebrates the Christmas season with a tale of suspense that will keep us listening all through the night. At the center of the novel are two of Mary Higgins Clark’s most beloved characters, Alvirah, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and her husband Willy, both of them caught up in a Christmas mystery that calls on all of Alvirah’s deductive powers, as well as Willy’s world class common sense. When the story begins, Willy is looking forward to playing Santa Claus at the after school center his sister Cordelia has established to care for the children of working parents on New York’s Upper West Side, while Alvirah is busy with rehearsals for the Christmas pageant. But suddenly a pall falls upon the Christmas cheer. The center itself is threatened with being closed down, a substitute that has been promised is withdrawn, a desperate young woman appears who begs for Alvirah’s help in finding the baby she abandoned seven years earlier, and the final blow the little girl who is to play the Blessed Mother in the Christmas pageant vanishes…
. Alvirah is soon on the trail of the truth, which must be found before Christmas, which leads to the theft of a valued chalice that is somehow at the heart of the mystery. A missing chalice. A missing child. A desperate mother. Who but Alvirah can sort it out in time for Christmas?
America’s Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark joins forces with her daughter Carol bestselling author of the Regan Reilly mysteries in this fast paced novel set on a special holiday cruise that sets sail from Miami the day after Christmas. Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth; her husband, Willy; recently hitched private detective Regan Reilly and her groom, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad; and Regan’s parents, Nora and Luke, are guests on the Royal Mermaid’s maiden voyage, the Santa Cruise. The cruise is Commodore Randolph Weed’s gift to a select group of people who in the last year ‘made the world a better place.’ What he really wants is good publicity that will generate future bookings for his struggling new venture. He also plans to scatter his beloved mother’s ashes at sea during this four day odyssey in the Caribbean. What he doesn’t know is that his ne’er do well nephew, Eric, has smuggled two escaping criminals on board. Alvirah won the cruise at a charity auction and persuaded the Reillys to accompany her and Willy. Other passengers include members of the Oklahoma Readers and Writers group, who volunteer their time teaching people to read. The group is planning a mystery seminar dedicated to a Ghost of Honor, the late Left Hook Louie, a champion prizefighter turned bestselling author. There are also ten men on board who had donated their time playing Santa Claus during the holiday season as well as assorted other charitable folk, all planning on a restful post Christmas vacation. The hoped for tranquility soon vanishes. A terrified mystery fan swears she has spotted the Ghost of Honor in the ship’s chapel. Two Santa suits disappear from a locked supply room. A storm develops, and in the infirmary an attempt is made on the life of a seemingly feeble passenger. Back in Miami, a TV reporter is turning the cruise into a public relations nightmare, thanks to her spies on the ship. As the Royal Mermaid sails through troubled waters, Alvirah, Regan, and Jack are uncovering the clues that lead them to dangerous criminals who were not on the original guest list! Filled with suspense and humor, Santa Cruise is a holiday mystery you won’t want to miss. Join the Clarks as they bring this unpredictable voyage to a hair raising and heartwarming conclusion and ring in the New Year.
From beloved mother daughter duo Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and Carol Higgins Clark, author of the hugely popular Regan Reilly mystery series, comes Dashing Through the Snow, a holiday treat you won’t want to miss. In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first and many hope annual Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. One of their co workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing. A second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the next town, but the winner hasn’t come forward. Could Duncan have secretly bought it? The Clarks’ endearing heroes Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly have arrived in Branscombe for the festival. They are just the people to find out what is amiss. As they dig beneath the surface, they find that life in Branscombe is not as tranquil as it appears. So much for an old fashioned weekend in the country. This fast paced holiday caper will keep you dashing through the pages!
THE QUEEN OF SUSPENSE IS BACK! Mary Higgins Clark’s new novel the thirtieth and most spine chilling of her long career as America s most beloved author of suspense fiction is about the newest and most up to date of crimes: identity theft. Who has not read about or experienced with a sinking feeling the fear that someone else out there may be using your credit cards, accessing your bank account, even stealing your identity. In I ll Walk Alone, Alexandra Zan Moreland, a gifted, beautiful interior designer on the threshold of a successful Manhattan career, is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards and manipulating her financial accounts to bankrupt her and destroy her reputation, but may also be impersonating her in a scheme that may involve the much more brutal crimes of kidnapping and murder. Zan is already haunted by the disappearance of her own son, Matthew, kidnapped in broad daylight two years ago in Central Park a tragedy that has left her torn between hope and despair. Now, on what would be Matthew s fifth birthday, photos surface that seem to show Zan kidnapping her own child, followed by a chain of events that suggests somebody but who? Zan asks herself desperately, and why? has stolen her identity. Hounded by the press, under investigation by the police, attacked by both her angry ex husband and a vindictive business rival, Zan, wracked by fear and pain and sustained only by her belief, which nobody else shares, that Matthew is still alive, sets out to discover who is behind this cruel hoax. What she does not realize is that with every step she takes toward the truth, she is putting herself and those she loves most in mortal danger from the person who has ingeniously plotted out her destruction. Even Zan s supporters, who include Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner and amateur detective, and Father Aiden O Brien, who thinks that Zan may have confessed to him a secret he cannot reveal, believe she may have kidnapped little Matthew. Zan herself begins to doubt her own sanity, until, in the kind of fast paced explosive ending that is Mary Higgins Clark s trademark, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place with an unexpected and shocking revelation. Deeply satisfying, I ll Walk Alone is Mary Higgins Clark at the top of her form.
In her long career as America’s most beloved suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark s The Lost Years is her most astonishing and dramatic novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history the holiest of the holy and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world. Dr. Jonathan Lyons, a seventy year old biblical scholar, believes he has found the rarest of parchments a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican library in the fifteenth century, it was assumed to be lost forever. Under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan attempts to confirm his findings with several other biblical experts. But on the eve before his own murder, he confides to Father Aiden O Brien, a family friend, that one of those whom he trusted most is determined to keep it from being returned to the Vatican. The next evening Jonathan Lyons is found shot to death in his New Jersey home. His daughter, twenty seven year old Mariah, finds her father s body sprawled over his desk in his study, a fatal bullet wound in the back of his neck, and her mother, Kathleen, an Alzheimer s victim, hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. The police suspect that Kathleen, who in her lucid moments knows that Jonathan was involved with a much younger woman Lily Stewart, has committed the murder. But Mariah believes that the key to her father s death is tied to another question: Where is the missing parchment? Whom, among his close circle of friends, might he have consulted? And did one of them kill to keep possession of the letter?What Mariah doesn t know is that there was an eyewitness to the murder, someone whose unwise attempt to blackmail the killer begins a new circle of death, with Mariah as the ultimate target of one person s obsession with a priceless historical treasure. With all the elements that have made her a worldwide bestseller, Mary Higgins Clark s The Lost Years is at once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archeological treasure of all time.
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Penzler Pick, June 2001: Those of us who have been waiting for Walter Mosley to return to mystery writing and there are many of us have cause to rejoice. Not only has Mosley written a mystery, he is introducing a new character who could turn out to be as popular as Easy Rawlins. Fearless Jones has a lot in common with Easy, but he also has some characteristics reminiscent of Socrates Fortlow, the ‘hero’ of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned. When the story begins, the reader is transported to the Los Angeles of the 1950s, a dangerous place and time for a black man. But Paris Minton seems to have beaten the odds. He owns a moderately successful and very satisfying business a used book store. He spends the time he’s not in the store scouring libraries for discarded books and selling them in just enough quantity to be independent and happy. Yes, he is visited on a regular basis by members of the LAPD who want him to prove to them that he did not steal the books, but that is a small price to pay for independence. Minton’s peaceful life is interrupted one day when a beautiful woman walks into his store and asks for the Reverend William Grove. In no time flat, Paris has been beaten into unconsciousness by a man following her and has been rewarded by the woman with sex. The lovely Elana Love is obviously trouble, but Paris jumps in feet first and, as a consequence, his store is burned to the ground. It is obviously time to call in Fearless Jones, a man well named. Jones is afraid of nothing, but there is a little matter to be taken care of before he can help. He’s in jail and Paris must raise bail to get him out. Once he does that, the pair embark on a wild ride through Los Angeles on behalf of Elana Love. As always, Mosley depicts the hard boiled L.A. in a powerful and distinctive way, and we can only hope that this is the first of a series. Otto Penzler
Paris Minton doesn’t want any trouble. He minds his used bookstore and his own business. But in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble finds him, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it. When the nephew of the wealthiest woman in L.A. is missing and wanted for murder, she has to get involved no matter if she can’t stand him. What will her church think? She hires Jefferson T. Hill, a former sheriff of Dawson, Texas, and a tough customer, to track him down and prove his innocence. When Hill goes missing too, she tricks his friend Fearless Jones and Paris Minton into picking up the case. Paris steps inside the world of the black bourgeoisie, and it turns out to be filled with deceit and corruption. It takes everything he has just to stay alive through a case filled with twists and turns and dead ends like he never imagined. Written with the voice and vision that have made Walter Mosley one of the most entertaining writers in America, FEAR ITSELF marks the return of a master at the top of his form.
Fearless Jones and Paris Minton, stars of the bestsellers Fearless Jones and Fear Itself, return in a fast paced thriller about family and revenge. For Paris Minton, a knock on his door is often the first sign of trouble. So when he finds his lowlife cousin, Ulysses S. Grant, or Useless, on the other side of his front door, Paris keeps it firmly closed. With family like Useless, who needs enemies? Yet trouble always finds an open window, and when Useless’s mother, Three Hearts, shows up to look for her son, Paris has no choice but to track down his wayward cousin. Turns out that Useless is involved in some high stakes blackmailing. Now, he and a briefcase full of money and incriminating photos are missing, and Paris is not the only one looking for him. Paris enlists the help of his invincible friend Fearless Jones, but mysterious women, desperate blackmail victims, and cheating business partners are all they encounter not to mention the dead bodies found along the way. With the sheer nerve plotting and brilliant characterizations that have made him one of the great stars of crime fiction, Fear of the Dark is masterful Mosley.
Four new titles based on original short stories written by international best selling authors: Carol Higgins Clark, Nelson DeMille, Sue Grafton, and Julie Smith. Read the short story, assemble the 1,000 piece puzzle, and discover the hidden clues. Then solve the mystery by putting together the pieces in the story and in the puzzle. Slick, book like packaging and high quality artwork make these puzzles a standout. Beware: the 1,000 piece puzzle is different from the cover!