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Cursed (Regan Reilly Mystery #12)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,795 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
PI Regan Reilly moved from Los Angeles to New York City when she married Jack “no relation†Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad. To help a friend, Regan takes on a case that takes her back to her old stomping grounds. . . .

On a snowy day in New York City, PI Regan Reilly gets an urgent call from her former neighbor, Abigail Feeney. A Hollywood hairdresser, Abigai

Hardcover, 242 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Scribner
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Jun 18, 2010 Marci rated it it was ok
The first Regan Reilly mystery I read and I was pretty ho-hum about the story. Interesting how all the seemingly non-connected people in the story all seemed to entertwine in some way. I called the ending at about the middle of the book which always ruins the fun of a mystery. Also, I wasn't happy (I guess I should have been) about the tidy wrap up with the individual who stole his girlfriend's money.

Ryne Barber
Jun 06, 2009 Ryne Barber rated it liked it
My mom loves mystery books, and she's gotten me into some of her favorite authors. Here, we had a new Carol Higgins Clark book lying around and I thought I'd pick it up and have a nice read. I had read her Christmas novel with Mary Higgins Clark, so I wanted to give her solo stuff a go.

Abigail feels she's cursed - born on a Friday the 13th, she's had a string of bad luck from her birth, and now she's gone and lent $100,000 dollars to her boyfriend who ran off with it to make a movie. She calls u
Apr 17, 2009 Alan rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
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May 27, 2014 Roxann rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Abigail Feeney loans her boyfriend $100,000 dollars on an IOU, and her boyfriend (Cody) runs off with her money. Abigail enlists her previous neighbor and private investigator friend to help her locate her run away boyfriend so she can get her money back before her grandmother finds out about it. Her grandmother had loaned her the money in the first place, and now needs it to purchase a new home for Abigail. Cody took off with the money with the idea that it would help get the script that he and ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Regan seems to always find an adventure. I loved the ending to the book. Fast paced reading that is a mystery but also funny.
Sherrie Howey
Mar 07, 2017 Sherrie Howey rated it it was ok
Regan flies to California to help a friend in need and I would say this is a very quick read but not a book that would be memorable for any reason. There are way too many coincidences in the book to make the story truly believable. I was given this book and have read a few in the series which have been fine but do not feel as though this was one of the better books in the series.
Debbie Evancic
Feb 26, 2017 Debbie Evancic rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This is #12 of the Regan Reilly series, but it's the first one I read. In this book, Regan Reilly, a PI, gets a call from her neighbor, Abigail Feeney. Abigail always thought she was cursed because she was born on Friday, the 13th and strange things always seem to happen to her. This time she loaned her boyfriend $100,000 as a startup to a new movie he is producing. The IOU was due on her birthday and her grandmother, who had given her the $100,000, $10,000 at a time was coming to visit and expe ...more
May 01, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok
Abigail Feeney loans her boyfriend $100,000 dollars on an IOU, and her boyfriend runs off with her money. Abigail enlists her previous neighbor and private investigator friend to help her locate her run away boyfriend so she can get her money back before her grandmother finds out about it. Her grandmother had loaned her the money in the first place, and they needed it to purchase a new home for Abigail. Meanwhile, Abigail's ex, Cody Castle, took off with the money with the idea that it would hel ...more
May 20, 2010 Jessi rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I like the Reagan Reilly mysteries because they are consistent. Maybe not excellent but always consistent. It's going to be a light story that's enough to keep me interested but won't keep me up if I need to get to sleep early.
This story has an old neighbor of Reagan's, Abigail Feeney, calling up and asking for help because an ex-boyfriend of hers borrowed a hundred thousand dollars and she needs it back. So Reagan goes to LA to help out Abigail, who is convinced she's cursed. Not only was Abiga
Nov 11, 2014 Dlytle rated it liked it
A fun bit of detective fluff involving a woman who believes she is cursed because she was born on Friday the 13th, and bad things keep happening to her, a hand model who is never without her gloves, senior citizens, friends since childhood jockeying for advantage in the buying and selling of a home. Abigail, a former neighbor of Regan's, calls her in New York to ask Regan to come back to LA to help her track down a former lover who has absconded with a $100K loan. The loan was from money in a fu ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Deirdre rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways, 2009-reads
There's a little something about the way Mary Higgins Clark writes that just doesn't make her a good read for me. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I feel the same way about her mother's (Mary Higgins Clark) writing. Almost like the storyline is too simple? The characters all seem to be too pedantic and maybe a bit silly? And on many occasions, I feel like a line is thrown in here or there to help beef up the page count, not necessarily to add to the story in any way.

But, every once in a wh
Aug 07, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Regan Reilly's parents and husband are all in warm climates, and Regan is left behind in snowy New York. So when her friend Abigail calls with a problem, Regan is soon on her way to California. Abigail's grandmother has given her money over the years, which she's supposed to safeguard. Instead, she lent the money to her film-writer boyfriend, who promptly disappeared with it. Now her grandmother is coming to town and will want to see the money. Regan helps the frantic woman search for the man, i ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Georgie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment in the Regan Reilly series. With both her parents and Jack off in climates considerably warmer than New York City in January, Regan agrees to return to her old stomping ground Los Angeles to help out her old friend Abigail. Abigail believes shes cursed and it's not surprising she does - she's out of work as a movie set hairdresser after an accident on set and her (now ex) bf has run off with over a thousand dollars of her money on a supposed 'loan' - money she was savin ...more
Bev Taylor
May 11, 2015 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it
a regan reilly mystery

regan gets a call from her friend and former neighbour, abigal, who believes her life has been cursed from the day she was born - friday 13th

she now needs regan's help to track down an ex boyfriend who borrowed 100,000$ from her 3 months ago and then disappeared. the urgency is because her grandmother is heading to l.a. to buy an apt for abigail and will need that money

so begins an entertaining tale with great characters and lost of laughter. VERY light reading

Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 12, 2015 Carla Johnson-Hicks rated it really liked it
P.I. Regan Reilly gets a call from a friend in LA to help her find an ex-boyfriend who owes her money. Jack is out of town so Regan accepts and heads off to her old stomping grounds. Abigail insists that because she was born on Friday the 13th she is cursed and it sure seems like bad luck follows her. Once Regan lands in LA she finds out that Abigail is suspected in a murder, she has lost her apartment, there is an earthquake so the two of them have to drive all over checking out the houses she ...more
Farah Xuxa
I really like how this story is simple and fast. There's a limited number of characters so it wasn't that confusing. It's fast-paced and it keeps you in the line of the plot, updating you every short chapter of what's going on in different scenes. I liked that part of it. I felt like I had enough "screen time" from every character in the story.
I picked this book up because of "Higgins Clark". Turns out that the author is the daughter of Mary Higgins Clark, and I have read a novel from her just
Sep 13, 2015 Wanda rated it liked it
In thie Regan Reilly mystery, Regan is called upon to fly to California to help an old friend locate a guy who disappeared after borrowing a huge sum of money to fund a movie he planned to produce with a cohort. Complications come with a visit from the friend's grandma (the source of the money) and a murder that seems to link them all. A few other interesting characters appear making this a good read. Carol Higgins Clark writes great stories. They are all quick reads. She is one of my go-to auth ...more
Ellen Moore
Jan 31, 2016 Ellen Moore rated it really liked it
This book had some excitement--an earthquake, a murder, and an attack attempted by a stalker. Regan returns to LA to help a friend there who loaned money to a boyfriend who then disappeared. She wants her money back and hires Regan to find the boyfriend and get her money repaid. It is anything but calm as they pursue him. This book was interesting and had some humor. Jack was out of town when Regan was gone. Her friend believed she was cursed because her name had 13 letters, and bad things alway ...more
Victoria Avonlea
Someone lent me this book while I was ill and I got desperate. This book has to be one of the worst things I have ever read and I really wish I hadn't. This is the only Carol Higgins Clark book that I've read and, judging by it, she should look for a new profession as she has the writing skills of an eight-year-old.

Unrealistic dialogue, oversimplified plot, undeveloped characters with ridiculous sounding names, and weak narrating just about sums this one up. I recommend it to no one. Unless you
I won this in a first reads giveaway and looked forward to giving Carol Higgins Clark another try. I read an earlier book of hers many years ago and while I didn't dislike the book, I wasn't overly impressed. I hoped her writing would improve over time.

Well, I basically had the same impression of this book. I thought the plotting was thin and the characters superficial. The dialogue seemed to artificial and pat. I didn't outright dislike Cursed; it was pleasant enough, but just rather weak.
Laura Ruetz
Jun 11, 2016 Laura Ruetz rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of books where I can easily relate to either the main character or to a character central to the plot. In this case of where it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any at all, I related to Abigail! The book has enough elements that all work together such as, suspense, humor, characters that are engaging, and a plot that is neither too overly complicated nor easy to guess. This is a solid mystery with enough humor to make you chuckle while reading it from front to back because you won ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-books
I'm actually REALLY happy I picked up this book on CD because now I am really interested in reading more books by Ms Clark! The entirety of the book was like "who did it, and how". With that kind of mystery, that you can't immediately figure out the culprit, but think you may know a makes for a great story. And with the premise of the main character, Abigail, being the 'cursed' one, it helped. I loved Abigail's story and also that Regan was there to help her out along the way. As for C ...more

In the 12th installment of Carol Higgins Clark's Regan Reilly series, Cursed, we've found Regan who relocated to New York City to be with her husband Jack. But before she was settled in, she returned to Los Angeles to help out a friend solve a cold case about Abigail Feeney, who was "cursed" with the thirteen-letters in her name and her birth date. While Jack was at seminar, she helped Abigail take her of her ex and all of her problems, when she believed she might've been cursed from the get-go
Jean Perry
Aug 06, 2012 Jean Perry rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A fun read, as are most of CHC's stories. I like her books because altho i have to generally suspend some reality in mystery/ spy stories, in CHC's stories i don't usually say "aw come o n!" The actions of the characters are not too far beyond the realm of possibility. CHC's characters are also usually plausible to me and usually people i would like.

In this book Regan goes back to Calif to support a friend who has decided she is cursed, so many bad things have happened to her. The action takes
Apr 22, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
Carol Higgins Clark is a good writer, not as good as her mother, but she writes about one private investigator, One, Regan Reilly. Her books are fun, quick, and a fast read. I wasn't sure if I had read this one or not because I read them as soon as I see them in the stores, well this was one that I missed. It was based out of LA and had some interesting points and a plot that was pretty good. All in all, she does keep your attention to the very end. I have two others of hers to read Wrecked and ...more
Apr 08, 2010 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of mystery-lite.
Recommended to Dawn by: I read all of the Regan Reilly Mysteries.
The 12th Regan Reilly book (not counting the books Carol did with her Mom) was a quick, but enjoyable read. This was the standard mystery-lite story from Higgins Clark , that includes the usual quirky characters. I seemed to enjoy this story a little more than the last few she wrote. The storyline kept me guessing and I never did figure out the murderer on my own (as I have with some of her other books). I enjoy the Regan Reilly books.
Shirley Conley
Jan 12, 2015 Shirley Conley rated it really liked it
This book is another Regan Reilly mystery. Regan has moved to NY but returns to LA when a friend, Abigail Feeney calls her for help finding a male friend who has disappeared after Abigail loaned him $100K. Abigail who is a hair dresser for the movie industry is convinced she is cursed. The story includes earthquake, murder of a senior citizen, house setting, a movie star stalker, senior care fraud and an attempt to finance a short film. I did not guess the person who committed the murder.
Apr 04, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like Reagan Reilly books
Shelves: firstreads
I won this from First reads.

This was the first Reagan Reilly Mystery that I have read. This book was a very quick read. However I was disappointed that it was more of a book of coincidences than it was a mystery.

Reagan Reilly was an interesting character to read about, but without a real mystery for her to solve, she seemed more like a supporting character in this book.

I will probably give the series one more shot. Hopefully the other books in the series have more mystery to them.
Eleanor Jethro
Jan 17, 2011 Eleanor Jethro rated it it was amazing
As usual Carol Higgins Clark has done it again. Regan to the rescue of Abigail who has made a bad decision in lending her boyfriend $100,000.00 to be repaid on her birthday. Wouldn't you know it but boyfriend Cody walks out on her the next day after receiving the money. Oh Oh what is Grandma Ethel going to say when she finds out that the $100,000.00 is gone. Will Regan find Cody and get Abigails money back. You'll have to read the book to find out
Siobhan (shivynpepe)
I enjoyed that this book was a quick read and the short chapters kept the story moving. I appreciated that I did not have to read all the proceeding books in the series to follow the story. I did feel like there were a few too many characters too keep up with at times, and at the beginning, I thought the mystery would be too easy to solve, but there was a twist at the end which I enjoyed.

Overall, a decent mindless read and I'll likely give another Reagan Reilly book a chance.
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Carol Higgins Clark (1956– ) is an American mystery author. She is also the daughter of author Mary Higgins Clark , with whom she has co-authored novels, and the former sister-in-law of author Mary Jane Clark.

Born in New York City, Clark received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1978 and then studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. She is the author of the Regan Reilly mystery series.
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