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The Christmas Thief (Regan Reilly Mystery)

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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  3,618 ratings  ·  237 reviews
"Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery. In Deck the Halls, they rescued Regan's kidnapped father. This time they get in the middle of a case onvilving a beautiful eighty-foot blue spruce that has been chosen to spend the holidays as Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas t ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Adrianna
Feb 03, 2010 Adrianna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Loraine
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.
Filipa
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.
Kathy Warren
This read was predictable. Good story.
Jackie
Dec 14, 2008 Jackie added it
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.
Heidi
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!
Kim
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
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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
JenniferJ
Alvirah Meehan always makes for a good story and this one was no dissapointment! She always gets her man!
Magpie67
Great mystery, with a twist and a happy ending.
Agent Bookworm
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
Kari Anderson


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
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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
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Doris
Aug 30, 2013 Doris rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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Mikka Gottstein
Pro:
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
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Becky
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
Lauren
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
Ann
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
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Maria
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
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LuAnn
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?
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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"
Julie
Mary and Carol Higgins Clark do it again! Alvirah and the gang are back in this funny and heartwarming Christmas mystery.
"Packy " Noonan, a con man that swindled Alvirah and Wally's friend Opal out of her lottery winnings, has been released from prison. Packy has hidden a stash of diamonds in a tree chosen to grace the Rockefeller Center this year. Now Packy has to hurry to get to his tree before it gets taken to New York.
It just so happens that Alvirah and the gang are headed to Vermont on a li
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Cheryl
I have always thought that both Mary Higgins and Carol Higgins Clark have been masters at writing nice, light fiction, particularly fiction centered around the Christmas season. And actually, the story itself is not too bad.

What REALLY makes this book suffer is its reading on Audiobook. If you are unsure how much a particular actor/author's reading influences your perception of a book, please try listening to an excerpt from "The Night Circus", read by the fabulous Jim Dale, or even a book ready
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Barbara
This was a simple Christmas mystery. A thief hid diamonds in a tree, goes to prison and then is released and finds out the tree he hid them in is being used as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

It was a quick easy read. At times I felt it was a bit repetitive - the authors repeated facts in the story several times as though they thought the reader would not be able to remember them. Since it was a quick read - I read it in a couple hours - I'm not sure why the authors felt the need to do tha
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Andrew
This is another of the Christmas crime stories from Mary Higgins Clark - again this was a spur of the moment read picked up from the local charity book shop. Its an easy read its a quick read (- and if you want an over view of the story look at some of the other reviews -) but all that said and done it was an easy and entertaining read - I am no crime expert but I wonder if there is a tradition of the christmas crime story a bit like the tradition of the christmas ghost story? If I had the time ...more
Ryan G
So I finally got around to reading the second book in the Christmas collaboration between Mary and Carol Higgins Clark. I've already read the first, third, and fourth book, not in that order, so I'm not bothered by the fact I'm finishing with the second. My only regret, is that so far, the series is over with. I've now read the only four Christmas books starring Alvirah and the Reillys.

What I've enjoyed about this series was the lightness of it all. I now there is kidnapping, thievery, and gener
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Rob Smith
A fluffy cushion of a book with zero violence. After recently reading a Vince Flynn Mitch Rapp novel, I was imagining Rapp entering this story and fixing the problems. That may have also been as realistic. This book uses more bad plot devices and name dropping than a Steve Allen novel (and I like Allen's much better). I would expect it from Allen but TWO writers outside the entertainment world should know better.

The story is also a bad redressing of the authors themselves. You can almost feel th
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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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