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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Oct. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780743418133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743418133
  • ASIN: 0743418131
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 10.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #688,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a nice, very tame Christmas Mystery involving the kidnapping of a funeral director and his driver. This is a story written by mother and daughter and it involves Regan Reilly, who is featured in Carol Higgins Clarks books. It is a very easy and fast read. I would recommend for all ages, as the violence is not that visual. It is funny between the two kidnappers and there is even a little romance in the story. They even bring a very interesting woman called Alvirah Meehan who has appeared in Mary Higgins Clarks previous books. Excellent choice for Holiday reading.
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Why did the queen of suspense become involved with this novel? I assume it was to fulfill a lifelong goal for mother and daughter to write together or for a contract because that is all that was achieved. I've never read Carol Higgins Clark, therefore I do not know if her other books were as boring. Mary Higgins Clark, however, has kept me spellbound for hours.
The plot was mediocre -- Luke Reilly and Rosita Gonzazles are kidnapped for ransom. They are held in a leaky boat until the inept culprits get paid. The stupidity of these criminals comes through in their conversation and actions. The characters were one-dimensional and gratuitous, and it seemed their only purpose was to give names for identification while reading.
I was surprised by the immature style of writing. Even though we run into people with our name, it is not a good story approach because it can be confusing - two sets of Reilly's make for difficult character identification. Long time writers rarely make the mistake of switching the point of view (POV) multiple times within short segments or changing the verb tense from past to present while doing so. Perhaps I see this clearly because I'm an editor, but I think the sudden switches would be unwelcome by most readers. The book needed to be proofread, and may have been, but there were so many grammatical errors that I doubt if the authors even read it. Some of these items are question marks or periods immediately followed by a comma, or double period marks, and some misspellings. Every book has some proofread errors, and I, like most people, simply ignore them. There were too many to be ignored.
In my opinion, this book was published because of the author's names. Period. I do not recommend it.
Victoria Tarrani
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Format: Hardcover
Deck the Halls by the mother and daughter team of Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark is ideal for an afternoons read by the fire.Two private detectives, each a favourite character in the respective writers novels, team up to solve a kidnapping.It's a light,pleasant bit of flummery and, being such a slim volume, takes only a couple of hours to read without any brain strain. The crooks are bumbling idiots and the outcome is very obvious right from the beginning. Another thing that bothered me was the writing style-I seem to remember this speech pattern from my schoolgirl stories when I was a child and it just doesn't suit adult books.
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Format: Hardcover
Actually I would give "Deck the Halls" 3.5 stars a notch slightly above "Silent Night" another recent read of mine for the holidays. This book involves a kidnapping, a mystery writer's husband and oddly enough the bumbling kidnappers decide to use her mystery novels as a plan for the ransom drop. Add in some little subplots (including a recently rich sleuth, Alvirah my favorite character for gutsy and nosey determination) that help flesh out the story and you have an effective little suspense novel written by a good mother and daughter writer team. I am interested in reading the other "Christmas" novels in Mary and Carol Higgins Clark chain, but I think I will wait until next year. I'm kind of surprised that the television networks haven't already optioned this.
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By Mamalinde on Jan. 5 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Mother/Daughter Author Team merges two sets of detectives in this tightly written kidnapping at Christmas saga. In 202 pages, they craft a very suspenseful "night before Christmas" mystery with an amazing set of characters including Santa and two young boys looking at life without their mama. The tension takes over and the reader is privy to the pressures of time that police work under every day. As the minutes tick, the ever delightful Alvirah and Willy and Regan Reilly join the police in pursuing clues and rushing down empty alleys. Will the incredibly inept bad guys be successful? Will sifting through the clues provide the answer in time to get Luke & Rosita to their respective homes for Christmas? Or, will grim luck take over and everything go wrong? And could romance possibly be lurking? Quite an AMAZING read, and one I highly recommend.
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By Laree Sparks on Nov. 5 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although the book moved fast towards the beginnig as it reached the 150th page it seemed like it shouldve already been over.
It wasnt suppenseful like most of her other book but you could read it for a good laugh.
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By Erika Sorocco on Jan. 1 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First of all, both Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark are great writers. This just wasn't their best book.
I feel that the book was a little slow moving, and could really get boring at certain parts. It was pretty easy to see that both kidnapped victims Luke and Rosita would be home safe and sound for Christmas, from the very beginning of the book.
A little predictable, but still a good read. I recommend this book to any fans of Mary Higgins Clark and/or Carol Higgins Clark.
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