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The Christmas Thief (Regan Reilly Mystery)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,296 Ratings  ·  284 Reviews
Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, joins forces once again with private detective Regan Reilly to solve a Christmas mystery. This time they must track down the beautiful ninety-foot tree that is hijacked on its way to Rockefeller Center for the Christmas season. What they do not know is that a hole in the trunk of the tree contains the fortune in pri ...more
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Published November 21st 2005 by Not Avail (first published 2004)
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Feb 03, 2010 Adrianna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and easy read (good for a pool or beach read).
Recommended to Adrianna by: Eureka, CA Library
Shelves: mystery, christmas
This was a simple, quick read. It took me a couple of hours, and I was able to finish it in one sitting. The story and plot was not complex, which was a bit disappointing. When you pick up a mystery novel, you want to spend time figuring out the clues and putting the pieces of the puzzle together. There were no mysterious details for the reader to discover. The thief was known from the start of the novel. Packy, the villain, was easy to dislike as well as the next door neighbor, Wayne. Overall, ...more
This was a quick, easy to read, cozy mystery. It wasn't as detailed or had the depth that most Mary Higgins and Carol Higgins Clark books have, but still enjoyed it.
Vanessa Concon
My Mom and I saw this book at a bargain shop one day and decided to buy it for my mom is also a huge fan of MHC. Like mother like daughter eh. The story isn’t that bad, I still find myself enjoying the book for a fair few minutes. I don’t like it but I don’t hate it either. I lost count already on how many times I dislike MHC’s holiday books, and I don’t know why I can’t relate and be interested in this story like how I used to love her suspense/thriller books. I know I should stop reading story ...more
Kara Jorges
The annual Christmas collaboration of the Higgins Clarks is just like their others; a lighthearted romp starring PI Regan Reilly and her family, plus a few other wacky characters. The story begins when swindler Packy Noonan gets out of jail, plotting to recover a flask of diamonds he has hidden in a tree. Packy’s accomplices, the Como twins, Benny and JoJo, could have starred as the crooks in the Home Alone movies. At the same time, everyone in Vermont is all aflutter over a local tree being cho ...more
Joel Burgess
An ok read. The book is very well thought out and flows well. Other than the fact that the tree in the book has been picked for Rockefeller Center for Christmas, the story really doesn't have much to do with Christmas, which was the reason I wanted to read it. I know that the main characters are from a series that the author has written, which is maybe the reason why I felt the characters lacked depth. They are mostly just there. Even though the author does a good job of moving the action along, ...more
2,5 stars
The book could have been a lot better, honestly. There was no real mystery involved, there wasn't any thrill derived from unraveling secrets so the story fell short for me but it had its moments.
Dec 25, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is really hard to like characters who have won the lottery and are complaining about normal life problems. I didn't connect with any of them at all. Characterization was lacking, with no real differentiation between personalities. The biggest difference was that Opal found every way to complain about losing her money as fast as she won it.

I'm also confused as to who we should be siding with here. We get a good look at the antagonist but he is made so likeable that it doesn't seem right. The p
Jul 18, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. When the State of Vermont is the State that had the most beautiful tree for the Rockefeller's Center's famous Christmas tree. So the tree has been cut down and preserved so it could make the trip to New York. It was stolen and they have been unable to locate it. This was a simple, quick read. It took me a couple of hours, and I was able to finish it in one sitting. The story and plot was not complex very. When you pick up a mystery novel, you want ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, seasonal
In this seasonal mystery, where the bad guys are so bad, the good guys (and gals) so good, and the victims so wronged, it’s easy for the reader to get onboard in search of justice. After all, who could justify swindling elderly lottery winners out of their winnings, then cutting down and stealing the tree that’s destined to be decorated for Christmas in Rockefeller Center? That’s just not cool!

I haven’t read any Mary Higgins Clark before, but she was one of my mom’s favorite authors. Patrons at
I was in the mood for a non-traditional Christmas book and picked this up to read. It was alright. The writing style seemed a bit stale; there was very little, if any, character development; and it was fairly predictable. I'm not a fan of Mary Higgins Clark (or Carol Higgins Clark), but thought I'd give their books another try. Plus, I wasn't much in the mood for anything thought-provoking or mind-intriguing, so the book fit my mind frame at the time I suppose.
Feb 05, 2009 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable, but still liked it. Not one of my favorites of Mary Higgins Clark's, though still worth reading. I like her early books better. If you like the dumb criminal types, rather than the scary criminal types, (although, I don't know how realistic that really is) then read this one!
Tara Bates
This one is a bit of a stretch for "a book set at Christmas" in my 2015 ultimate reading challenge but as it is about a Christmas tree, has Christmas in the title and was in the Christmas books section at the library, I'm going with it. This is a good, easy to read book. It wrapped up quickly without a lot of fuss. I appreciate an easy read and finished it very quickly (a few hours). So not a Pulitzer but still a satisfying mystery with very little mystery. That is the one major complaint I had, ...more
Erin Cataldi
Nov 17, 2015 Erin Cataldi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This story reads like a Nancy Drew novel; everyone is two dimensional, there is no real mystery, and you don't particularly care for any of the characters. Also there was an unnecessary amount of characters in this short story, honestly most of them contributed nothing to the plot other than tripping me up on who was who. It's a brainless little mystery, set in November so it's not even all that holiday related. There is a Christmas tree but that's about it. I like the occasional brainless holid ...more
Ellen Moore
This was a light, somewhat humorous holiday mystery. It involved a criminal just released from prison, valuable jewels, and a Vermont tree selected to be the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Of course, Regan, Jack, Alvirah, Willy, Nora, and Luke were very involved in the story when they went on a skiing trip to Stowe, Vermont. Also with them was Opal, a friend of Alvirah who had lost her money in a scam perpetrated by the criminal who was released from prison and was also in Vermont. It was an ...more
Alvirah Meehan always makes for a good story and this one was no dissapointment! She always gets her man!
Nov 17, 2014 Magpie67 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great mystery, with a twist and a happy ending.
Kathy Warren
This read was predictable. Good story.
Marie Cope
Usually I love MHC, but this book (and the other two I will be giving the same review to) was very disappointing. I have given it 3 stars because it was an easy read when I was on holiday, but......predictable.....I'll say.

To be honest, I found the plot too easily solved by situations that were just too convenient to be believable. It's a shame, really, as I kind of liked the characters, but it was all too easily 'accepted' and 'believed' and this is where these books lost their credibility for
Kari Anderson
Dec 12, 2012 Kari Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And once the workers from Rockefeller Center cut down a beautiful blue spruce in Stowe, Vermont, it will also look like Christmas.

But when the crews go to cut the tree down, it’s gone and so is their flatbed truck.

As luck would have it, Alvirah Meehan, a former cleaning lady turned lottery millionaire and amateur sleuth, and her husband joins friends that include Regan Reilly, a private detective and her family for a weekend in Stowe. Alvirah’s frien
Elizabeth Rodriguez
1. Packy Coogan Noonan along with his accomplices Jo-Jo, Benny,and Milo. Are all after the $80 Million worth of diamonds inside a flask in the branch of a tree that Packy hid 12yrs ago before going into prison. The tree owned by lottery winner Alvirah Meehan had been scammed by Packy along with other friends of hers. The tree now on it's way to New York city to be displayed they have discovered the diamonds inside. Pack finally catches up with them keeping them hostage to retrieve his diamonds w ...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Aug 30, 2013 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Doris by: librarian
Shelves: cozies
This was a poorly edited story - so poorly edited that I actually took notes on the errors, not all of which I will list here. However, I will note that the most egregious and aggravating mistake was the lack of connector words between phrases. Example: “criminal who lives next store”

Completely unprovoked subject changes, just to introduce the “sleuths” to the character
Author appears hung up on “the Sound of Music” – has JoJo quote from it after he earlier confessed he didn’t know it

I can’t see
Mikka Gottstein
Dec 15, 2013 Mikka Gottstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das ist mal ein Cover, bei dem es mich überhaupt nicht stört, dass es wenig bis nichts mit dem Inhalt zu tun hat - einfach deswegen, weil es so niedlich ist! Und zumindest sieht man direkt, dass es sich um ein Weihnachtsbuch handelt...
Allerdings ist es keine weihnachtlich-rührselige Geschichte, sondern ein unterhaltsamer Krimi mit überraschend trockenem Humor, skurillen Einfällen und schrulligen Charakteren! Ich habe oft schmunzeln oder sogar lachen müssen. Es ist kein Thriller, sondern eher
Dec 05, 2012 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stowe, Vermont is the place where the tree for the Rockefeller Center is to be cut down. A tree that Maria Van Trapp herself, stood next to a long time ago. Packy Noonan is just released from prison for a scam where he stool millions from unsuspecting people. One named Opal, who lost all her lottery winnings to. Packy stashed a flask with millions of dollars worth of diamonds in a branch of the same tree before he was incarcerated and is on his way to retrieve those diamonds. When he hears this ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads, christmas
The Christmas Thief follows Alvirah Meehan, a lottery-winning millionaire-turned-mystery-solver, as she and her husband, Willy, take a Christmas vacation in snowy Vermont. Joining them is Regan Reilly, private detective, her fiancée Jack, and her parents, including her mystery-writing mother. Also joining Alvirah is her friend Opal, a fellow lottery-winner who invested all her money with scam artist Packy Noonan and is now penniless once again. Little does the party know, Packy Noonan has just b ...more
Dec 20, 2010 Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Con man Packy Noonan has been sitting in prison for 13 years. Before his incarceration, he took the precaution of hiding the cache of diamonds he'd purchased with the millions he'd swindled from gullible investors, and he has plans to retrieve the diamonds and hightail it to Brazil.

Unfortunately for Packy, the tree where he'd hidden his stash has been selected to grace Rockerfeller Center, and is about to be cermoniously cut down and reomved from its current location near the Von Trapp family lo
Dec 03, 2011 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mary Higgins Clark has long been a favorite author of mine. Her daughter Carol Higgins Clark has been writing with her and alone for quite some time now, but I'm partial to Mary. This book was a joint effort. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

The main characters have been written about in other books, but in The Christmas Thief, they lacked substance. The attempt to fill the reader in on them and their personalities from past stories was half-hearted at best. The bad guys didn't come off any be
Jul 13, 2012 LuAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a book by either of these authors. In The Christmas Thief, Alvirah Meehan sets out to discover why someone has stolen a tree destined for New York’s Rockefeller Center. It’s a beautiful spruce that has been hand-selected to represent the season and it’s quite an honor for the owner of the magnificent tree. Yet, for some reason, it has disappeared in the middle of the night. But where is it? How does someone steal and hide an 80-foot tree without being seen?
J. Ewbank
Mother and daughter do a fine job of presenting an Christmas book that can be read quickly and enjoyed. Others will give you the complete plot but enough to say the characters are well drawn out and their interplay and the plot is interesting and enjoyable.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
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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 Hig ...more
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