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Gypped: A Regan Reilly Mystery by [Clark, Carol Higgins]
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Just as dancing is "the art of moving in accord with a pattern," says Mary Oliver, so is writing metrical verse. "One sorts out the pattern, one relies on it, and relaxes from effort to pleasure." The rules (concerning rhyme, line length, and pattern) are made if not to be deliberately flouted, then at least to be toyed with. Oliver claims to have written this book for both writers and readers of metrical verse, but it is an odd sort of fit for either. A writer might wish for a little more detail; a reader might find too much. The book works best as a kind of refresher course, for those who have forgotten the difference between metaphysical and Petrarchan conceits, between masculine and feminine rhymes, and would like to brush up a bit. Oliver does a wonderful job of explaining why the most common forms of metrical verse came to prevail (for instance, the five-foot line is "the line which is the closest to the breathing capacity of our lungs"), and of nudging us into reading more metrical poetry (nearly half this volume is devoted to works by John Donne, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, and others). Blessedly, Oliver reminds us that, though one could get carried away trying new meters and forms, one shouldn't expect to be writing a lot of double ionics anytime soon. "Expect to use one hypersyllabic foot in ten years, perhaps," she says. "Anacrusis, rarely. Catalexis: often. The double ionic: when the next comet flies over." --Jane Steinberg


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5123 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (April 3 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0MV0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Overall the book wasn't bad. It was quick and enjoyable to read, but it just seemed to lack something. It didn't feel like any of the crimes committed were investigated, things just happened to fall into place toward the end of the book. I also didn't like the title, it just felt like an insult and I know from reading other reviews it bothered other people, so it lost a star mainly for the title but also for not being the best book this writer has ever written.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love Carol's books. I think I have read everything she has written. They have suspense in them without being terrifying and I like that.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f884714) out of 5 stars An Appropriate Title April 7 2012
By Ridinghood - Published on
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Carol Higgins Clark's newest effort (though little effort seems to have gone into it) is both a disappointment and an insult to the reader. First, it's so short that plot development suffers; sometimes it seems like more of an extended outline than a completely developed story. And it must have been thrown together very fast, otherwise how to explain the sloppy treatment of the characters' thoughts? I believe an 8th grader could have done as well on the internal monologues, many of which are not even introduced. (Is it too much trouble to insert a "she thought," or "she mused," rather than just plunging into the charcter's head?) Clearly the book suffered from no editing whatsoever; a cursory scan would reveal this kind of flaw. Also, there is an excess of short, declarative sentences. Again, think of that 8th grader.

The plot and characters are typical of the author; it's the development and treatment that are lacking. It shows little respect for her readers, most of whom undoubtedly have read the entire series and buy the newest book believing it will be of similar quality to the others. Plus, she piggybacks on her mother's publishing date, which probably guarantees still more readers.

The title of the book, "Gypped," is an accurate description of how this reader felt.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f884960) out of 5 stars Gypped is right. I want my money back! May 30 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I like CHG's Regan Reilly books ... no, they are never going to be compared (in a good way) to classic novels or even her own mother's books, but generally they will provide the reader with an entertaining few hours.

Gypped was incredibly lame. First of all Regan has been 31 for at least a decade. Jack is always loving arm candy and has been conveniently disposed of "in a conference" in at least four novels. I suppose its harder to have disagreements (or sex) if you are never in the same city. Not that I expect these to turn in to Fifty Shades of Regan Reilly, but Jack-and-Regan-the-couple are just BORING.

This book had zero plot twists and the even the predictable coincidences were so transparent, I assume they were put in as filler to make the book appear more than twelve pages. The bad guys are identified so quickly I wouldn't have been suprised to see yellow highlighter over their names. I read the Kindle version and kept waiting for the story to evolve - with the Kindle, you can't really tell how far you are into a book. However, it was painfully simple to recognize the end was near (all the characters converge) and I kept thinking, "no ...there is going to be another character, or an alien invasion or SOMETHING."

Alas, no such luck. The good guys all wipe a tiny bead of persperation off their brows and thank Regan for saving the world and Regan and Jack ride off into the sunset to not have sex. Or argue, or drive into the San Andreas Fault where they might have to have an interesting conversation while trying to figure out how they are going to get out.

The Kindle version is $13 plus chocolate instead.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By beverly coreleta - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book describes how I feel about having spent money on it. This is the worst Regan Reilly book ever...I have enjoyed all of the others but this one leaves much to be desired.Example page 60 and entire paragraph about basements. This book appears to have been written by a 12 year old. A case of another author cheating their fans
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f884e1c) out of 5 stars So. Predictable. May 1 2013
By Stephanie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I just finished this book and immediately came online to see if anyone else thought it was as bad as I thought it was.

This was the first Carol Higgins Clark book I've read and I probably won't read another. I'm used to reading actual mysteries with actual plot twists, ex. James Patterson, Harlan Coben, even the other 2 Higgins Clark women.

The only reason I finished it was to see how the vitamins plot fit into the story (spoiler: it didn't really, so she forced something).

The "mystery" man following Regan? Not for a minute did I think it was anyone else but the guy from the garage. I'll admit I was surprised at who it was, but otherwise the characters in this one are so dumb.

Zelda... you're dumb.
Regan... you're probably dumber.
Norman was kind of interesting, but it would have been more interesting if he wasn't such a "good guy"
Maggie/old lady story line was dumb.

Also the ending happened so fast and perfectly- was there something wrong with the tea or not? How did Zelda get sick in the first place?

Anyway, I'm glad other people disliked this book as much as I did.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f88812c) out of 5 stars The Title Indicates the Value June 9 2012
By Earl A. Myers, Jr. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
You only need to look at the selling price of this dribble on Amazon. After only a month since release, the book is selling for less than a dollar by those who unwittingly purchased it at the retail price. This tripe is all dialogue, blank pages, and abbreviated chapters. Ms. Higgins needs to take a hiatus from writing in order to recoup some semblance of plot and character development. Her style has become so elemental that one must surmise she is using a middle-schooler as a shadow co-author. Regan Reilly has become the Dora the Explorer of investigation; she has become as shallow as the family backyard wading pool.