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Deck the Halls [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Higgins Clark , Carol Higgins Clark
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Oct. 1 2001 Holiday Classics
In their first acclaimed work of collaboration, Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, create an exciting and entertaining story of a holiday kidnapping.

Deck The Halls

Three days before Christmas, Regan Reilly, the dynamic young sleuth featured in the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, accidentally meets Alvirah Meehan, Mary Higgins Clark's famous lottery winner and amateur detective, at a New Jersey dentist's office. That's where it all begins.

While Regan's mother, Nora, the famous mystery writer, is in the hospital with a broken leg, her husband, Luke, and his chauffeur, Rosita, are kidnapped and held for a million-dollar ransom. Together, Regan and Alvirah track the case as the inept yet dangerous kidnappers make their demands known. Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita are held captive on a houseboat on the Hudson River and a fierce winter storm is gathering force.

A true Christmas classic, Deck The Halls blends suspense with poignancy, laugh-out-loud humor, and all-around holiday cheer.

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On her own, each Clark has written reliably entertaining mystery/thrillers that occasionally exhibit storytelling magic. The authors' first collaborationDwhich also sees a collaboration by their respective publishers, as well as the teaming of two of their best-known sleuthsDis only middling, however, though it will please their many fans. Three days before Christmas, Luke Reilly, who owns a string of funeral homes, and his young female driver, Rosita Gonzalez, are kidnapped for ransom. Luke is the husband of Nora Regan Reilly, a bestselling mystery writer based somewhat on Mary Higgins Clark; both are parents to Regan Reilly, Carol Higgins Clark's series detective (Twanged, etc.). Regan gets on the case at once, but she doesn't make much headway until she pairs up with Alvirah Meegan, the cleaning woman who turned private eye after winning a $40-million lottery in Mary Higgins Clark's Weep No More My Lady. (Here, Regan and Alvirah make each other's acquaintance at a dentist's office.) Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita remain chained on a small boat offshore from New Jersey as their two bumbling kidnappers plan, execute and bobble a ransom run. The boat starts to sink. Will Luke and Rosita drown? There's probably not a reader alive who thinks they will, and it'll surprise no one when Regan and Alvirah trip over clues as big as Christmas trees to save the day. But if the novel generates little suspense, it does go down like roasted chestnuts, and fans will greatly enjoy the pairing of two favorite detectivesDand two popular writersDin a lightweight but amiably lighthearted Christmas ornament of a book. (Nov. 1)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's Christmas time, but C. B. Dingle has no Christmas spirit. His departed Uncle Goodloe left his fortune to the Sod, Plant, Bloom, and Blossom Society, and Dingle is distraught. He's so upset, in fact, that he's bent on revenge. The plan is to kidnap Luke Reilly, owner of the funeral home that set dear old Uncle on the garden path. But Dingle's partner, Petey, accidentally drops the ransom in the drink (the East River, to be exact), which gives the assorted investigative types--including Reilly's daughter, the PI star of several Carol Higgins Clark novels, and Alvirah Meehan, the amateur detective featured in a few Mary Higgins Clark books--a second chance to find dear Dad, which they do just in time. Happy Christmas to all. This first collaboration by the mother-daughter team is a lightweight bit of fluff that readers will speed through in no time. The writing styles mesh seamlessly, but the goofy goings-on and the coincidences (a detective name Jack Reilly--no relation!) add a layer of comedy that isn't quite in tune with the suspense, leaving readers to wonder if it's all supposed to be a big joke. No matter. Clark, the prolific mom, and Clark, the daughter, who now has several books to her credit, have enough loyal fans between them to gather a hefty readership, even if the product is a bit thin. Stephanie Zvirin
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars No suspense, no mystery, and not a thriller June 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis The Season Dec 17 2001
Format:Hardcover
Both Mary and Carol Higgins Clark are well-renowned authors, and have written countless good books between the two of them. Finally, we get the chance to see them work together. This collaborative effort is quite good.
In DECK THE HALLS, writer Nora Reilly is in the hospital with a broken leg. Her husband and his driver are kidnapped by a client, and held for $1 million ransom. In a race against time, not to mention the own personal friction between the two kidnappers, several characters from the past are included in the suspense.
What truly makes this novel entertaining is the diverse mesh of interesting characters. Both writers include some of your favorites from other stories. With a plethora of plot twists peppered with some incredibly zany situations, DECK THE HALLS is a real good read. The storyline is easy to follow, and the witty dialogue helps move it along nicely.
This is a pleasurable, light read, and one that is perfect for this time of year. DECK THE HALLS will definately leave you feeling quite jolly.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is this for real? Nov. 25 2001
Format:Hardcover
I hadn't read a Clark novel in a long time. After reading a bunch of them in a row in the early 90s, I finally realized that they were all really repetitive and too similar. So I quit. But now that Christmas is just around the bend, I decided to give this dual effort a try. And I can't say that I was please with the result.
The book is about the kidnapping of a rich mystery writer's husband and his female limo driver. Of course, every character, from the wife to the nosy neighbour to their daughter, becomes a private eye and try to solve the case. The problem is that you can't care for any of these characters; either they are really really bad or really really (almost saintly!) good. They have no flaws, they have no personality. You easily confuse the characters with one another because they are all so similar.
And the book is written, it seems, to appeal to young children, not the intended adult audience. The sentences are short and brief; there is no narrative style to this book. Reading it feels really tiring after a while since you get nothing worthy out of the experience.
It will probably be while until I pick up another Clark book. This one really disappointed me. I had to struggle to finish it, and the book is barely 300 pages long! Too predictable, too childish, too simple for my taste!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money. Oct. 12 2001
By rigger
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I never thought I'd give a book one star, but the only reason this rates that high is because the authors used complete, grammatically correct sentences. They are obviously writing for an established audience and for the fun of a mother-daughter collaboration and the book suffers as a result. They casually gloss over descriptions of their characters, telling us that one is a writer, one a PI and one a gifted amateur sleuth who won a lottery way back when. Not having read the other books where they were introduced, I never got to know them at all or feel why I should possibly care what happened to them next.
The kidnappers are revealed at the very beginning, so there is absolutely no mystery, and the book fails equally in the areas of romance, comedy and suspense. Each step of the case is telegraphed in advance and fails to surprise or satisfy.
I suppose a die-hard fan might add this to their collections, but if you are looking for a good mystery, good thriller, good crime novel, or good suspenseful romance, just walk away.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of fluff !!
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. Read more
Published on April 8 2003 by Beverley Strong
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly, Suspenseful Halls
Actually I would give "Deck the Halls" 3.5 stars a notch slightly above "Silent Night" another recent read of mine for the holidays. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by Michael S. Waren
5.0 out of 5 stars Tendrils of Tension
The Mother/Daughter Author Team merges two sets of detectives in this tightly written kidnapping at Christmas saga. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2003 by Mamalinde
3.0 out of 5 stars dragged a little
Although the book moved fast towards the beginnig as it reached the 150th page it seemed like it shouldve already been over. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002 by Laree Sparks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Not Great
First of all, both Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark are great writers. This just wasn't their best book. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2002 by Erika Sorocco
4.0 out of 5 stars Deck the Halls
I have read several novels by Mary Higgins Clark, but none by her daughter Carol. They team up to write "Deck the Halls", which has Carol's series character, Regan... Read more
Published on Dec 23 2001 by Ricky N.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Christmas Mystery
This is a nice, very tame Christmas Mystery involving the kidnapping of a funeral director and his driver. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2001 by Connie Rutter
1.0 out of 5 stars don't buy this book, especially if you're a clark fan!
I was so disappointed with this book! I feel like I've been cheated! the authors have made a collage of snippets of their earlier novels and put them into this very bad novel! Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting light read...
However, I had it figured out too soon~ The characters from past novels were a mystery to me, so my grasp of their importance was nil. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2001 by Ruth A. Caldwell
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