Thursday, January 5, 2017

Review: The Christmas Thief (Regan Reilly Mystery) by Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark

Title: The Christmas Thief 

Series: Regan Reilly Mystery

Author: Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Holiday Fiction

Publication Date: October 31st 2006 by Pocket Books

Format: Hardcover

Source: Bought


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 fiance, 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 suppose to head home, they learn that the tree is missing, Packy Noonan may be in the vicinity, and Opal has disappeared.

                     Now this is the second book that I got from a library sale a couple of months ago, and I had no clue that this great book was part of Regan Reilly Mystery Series and that it was also co written with Mrs. Mary Higgins Clark daughter. Which I don't mind at all because this book can be read as a stand-alone, and I have read other books that were written by two authors before. But I never read a book that has been written by a mother and daughter duo before, and I was actually surprise on how much I really enjoy this book. But it was not my favorite book but I think that's all on me. I had a few issues with this book, but I think my main problem with this book is I really didn't understand all the characters that well. I should of probably read the first book of The Regan Reilly Mystery Series too get a better understanding of the characters. But I just saw how long this series really is and I will tell you all the truth I am most definitely am not going to read the first book, just sorry I am not really committed to reading long series yet. Even though I have a few long book series I want to read on my tbr pile, but I am just not ready to read them yet. Hopefully I can get ready to read long series soon, but that was my only issue I had with The Christmas Thief. I really did enjoy the plot and writing style that I really want to check out books by Carol Higgins Clark as well! Now if you have read the first book of Regan Reilly Mystery Series or if you are a fan of the amazing mother and daughter duo writing. Than I say you will really love this book as will if you haven't I still say give these books a try. They really are great books!


Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting: she’s written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Higgins Clark and The Cinderella Murder, a new thriller in collaboration with bestselling novelist Alafair Burke.

Clark’s books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone. Her books are beloved around the world and have made her an international bestseller many times over.

Carol Higgins Clark 

Carol Higgins Clark (1956– ) is an American mystery author. She is also the daughter of author Mary Higgins Clark , with whom she has co-authored novels, and the former sister-in-law of author Mary Jane Clark.

Born in New York City, Clark received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1978 and then studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. She is the author of the Regan Reilly mystery series. She has also acted in several films.

Clark's New York apartment building, The Belaire, was hit by a small plane flown by New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle on October 11, 2006. Her 38th floor condominium was just a floor below the main impact zone. She was not injured in the accident.

Carol Higgins Clark has appeared on the game show, To Tell The Truth.