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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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From Publishers Weekly

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Christmas Mystery Dec 3 2001
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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of fluff !! April 9 2003
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly, Suspenseful Halls Jan. 16 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tendrils of Tension 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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3.0 out of 5 stars dragged a little 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Not Great 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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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 'Tis The Season
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. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2001 by Chad Spivak
2.0 out of 5 stars Is this for real?
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2001 by Sebastien Pharand
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money.
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2001 by rigger
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