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Santa Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea (Regan Reilly Mystery)

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,952 Ratings  ·  332 Reviews
America's Queen of Suspense -- Mary Higgins Clark -- joins forces with her daughter Carol -- bestselling author of the Regan Reilly mysteries -- in this fast-paced novel set on a special holiday cruise that sets sail from Miami the day after Christmas.

Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth; her husband, Willy; recently hitched private detective Regan Re
ebook, 272 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Scribner (first published January 1st 2006)
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Nov 13, 2008 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mary Higgins Clark is my 'go-to' author when I need a read to distract me, not necessarily to make me think. A friend has noted, she does not write good literature, but she spins a good yarn. This book is about a 'do-gooders' cruise given by a cruise ship owner trying to drum of business for his fledgling cruise ship. From the get-go things go wrong. His nephew (an 'officer' on the ship) is stowing away two dangerous fugitives, a member of the waitstaff jumps overboard to avoid being arrested, s ...more
Joy Gerbode
Dec 29, 2014 Joy Gerbode rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good mystery, and the cruise was of interest since I'm hoping to plan a cruise in the new year. I enjoyed most of the story, and it was a light, easy read.

Wow ... I absolutely do NOT remember ever reading this book before! This time I thoroughly enjoyed the book, reading it practically in one sitting. Having been on the above mentioned cruise earlier this year, it was all fun for me, recognizing some of the things that that were mentioned, and understanding some of the workings
Jul 25, 2009 Pumpernickel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
The story is interesting, but oh... Does it take not ONE but TWO writers to write THIS badly ? (-.-) ...

I'm having fun with it anyway, cuz it takes place during X-Mas & it's one of my X-Mas readings...

By the way : It's written by mother and daughter : Mary AND Carol Higgins Clark.

Good story but doubtful writing, with dialogues that you go "Sure...", and you simply decide to forget it cuz you wanna know how the mystery is gonna be solved...
Sep 18, 2011 gina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library
Santa Cruise was not the worst book I read this year, but it comes close. I picked it up at the library for a good trashy mystery read--and it certainly was trashy. Predictable plot, two-dimensional characters, and flat prose--all I have to say is, meh! I guess that whatever Mary Higgins Clark writes, gets published. Oh--and her lucky daughter gets published too. I wish I had that kind of carte blanche. The good thing about this book is that it was a quick read, so it didn't waste too much of my ...more
Amanda H
As far as mystery books go, it had an interesting twist, especially since they were out at sea while this was all going on. Certain mystery books thrill you though, and make you want to re-read them to see what clues were written and you just skipped over. Unfortunately, that was not the case with "Santa Cruise". It is intersting the first time, but after you know what the solution to the mystery is, you don't really want to read it again. Therefore, if you would like a good mystery, I suggest g ...more
Cyndi McGinnes
Aug 09, 2015 Cyndi McGinnes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark. Doesn't seem to be a lot of research in her books. A woman shows up for a freebie cruise and gets two other couples on uninvited. I don't think so. The whole 'mystery' has too many improbable points to list.
Mar 03, 2013 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My sister recommended Santa Cruise to me when I complained to her about having nothing else to read. She and my mom are avid fans of Mary Higgins Clark's written works so I tried this one out. Immediately, I was engrossed in the tale. The storyline was well-written; the setting fit the story; the characters in the book were all realistically portrayed and featured as intelligent and sophisticated (and especially nosy) no-nonsense people. Distinguishing the bad guys from the good guys was very ea ...more
An Odd1
Jan 16, 2014 An Odd1 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Alvirah Meehan, arthritic ex-housecleaner lottery-winner sleuth, PI Regan Reilly, their husbands Willy and NYPD cop Jack, and Reilly parents, sail free on a silly Santa Cruise, refurbished bad-luck Royal Mermaid's 4-day Caribbean maiden voyage. Commodore Randolph Weed chose do-gooders for publicity, but for a fast million, his lazy nephew, Eric stows away two villains, crime boss Bull's-Eye Tony Pinto and swindler Highbridge intend to disembark on extradition-free Fishbowl Island. Eric steals th ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Brook rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from the library because it was by Mary Higgins Clark (love her books) and I wanted a good mystery. I did not notice when I picked it up that her daughter, Carol, was a co-author.

The story was sort of lackluster and had characters that Carol had previously written about. They were okay characters, but certainly not the most captivating. Maybe I would have liked them more if I had read more of Carol's books.

However, I will not read any of Carol's books. The book was a letdown. I a
Natalie Rethman
This book, Santa Cruise A Holiday Mystery at Sea, was easy to rate. Fiction is a genre that blows up my imagination with some parts of the book being make believe. The mystery in this book attracts and questions the reader at times. Mystery novels hook the reader to want to find out what is going to happen next. I choose to rate this book three stars because the author did a great job of entertaining me and I did not want to put the book down because of the suspense.

The enjoyment I found while
Nov 30, 2013 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first dive into the world of the cozy mystery and I LOVED it! I am very much looking forward to reading more cozy mysteries and had a great time reading this one! The only thing I wasn't in love with is the fact that you already know exactly who the bad guy is so there wasn't much "mystery" to that but the story did give out small clues into how the story would end one by one in a way so that was fun. Will be reading more from the Clark ladies in the future!
Dale Safford
The narrator was pretty amateurish. Surprised to find out that it was the author herself, and I think it would have been of benefit to hire a professional reader. The story was decent entertainment for Christmastime. The ending was a little too impossible to work out the way it did!

The day after Christmas a special cruise goes out from Miami on a maiden voyage for a newly-furbished boat. The passengers are all charitable people, and there are 10 Santas on board. BUT there is also the nephew of t
Robert Scott
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Feb 07, 2014 Jaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-star-books
This is not the gritty, suspenseful mystery one would expect from Mary Higgins Clark. It is a It is a farce-like caper mystery where you laughingly ask yourself what else could happen to these people. No matter how many times I asked myself that question, Mary and Carol Higgins Clark had an answer. However, as funny as it got at times, the plotline never appeared "dumbed down". It was humorous, but not absurdly ridiculous. I enjoyed the story very much and would gladly read another in this serie ...more
Ellen Moore
Regan and Jack, Nora and Luke, are guests of Alvirah and Willy Meehan on a cruise immediately after Christmas. It is the first cruise the Commodore, who bought and renovated an older boat, has undertaken; and everything that can possibly go wrong does. His nephew Eric has smuggled two escaped convicts, mobsters, on board for a large amount of money to help them avoid the police and get to an island without extradition. Other questionable characters and some very strange ones are also on the trip ...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
MHC is one of my go to authors. Normally she delivers a great mystery read in my opinion. This one however, just was not up to par.

Alvirah Meehan won a cruise for people that had done good through out the year. She had her friends the Reilly's (Nora, Luke, Jack, Regan) all join her. This was the maiden cruise for the Royal Mermaid. The Commodore nephew, Eric, had hid two escaped convicts on this ship. Also in the makes is something suspicious going on with Mr. Crater.

I just had a very hard time
Danie Williams-Rivera
I typically am a big Mary Higgins Clark fan. I love her way of weaving the story lines together and surprising me at the end. I'm a moderate fan of Carol Higgins Clark, I find she's usually hit or miss, but I do like the Regan Riley character.

This book has a lot of potential, a clever, albeit improbable, story line was presented: A charity cruise sets sail, a nephew tries to prophet from smuggling convicts out of the country, a dopey (and clumsy) cruise director adds laughs, and mischief and hi
Oct 15, 2010 Yzobelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This particular book of Mary Higgins Clark is so unlike her. I didn't see the usual excitement and unique suspense that her other stories have. It became a bit too dragging since I am used to the clutch-on-your-seat-edge kind of suspense.
Lottery winner Alvirah Meehan and PI Regan Reilly are both on this holiday cruise, so of course there will be a mystery to solve. Lightweight fluff. Either I just wasn't in the mood, or it wasn't their best.
Bob Connell
Jan 23, 2014 Bob Connell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Our tradition is that my daughters give me the next book in this series for Christmas every year, and I spend the week before New Year's reading it. I gave this one five stars especially because it was so fun that I read it in two days, and for me that is really saying something. I am usually a very slow reader. While Mary's books are more intense and I need to think more (very fun when I'm in the mood) and Carol's books are almost too light for me, this series written by the two of them combine ...more
Anne Marie
This was a cute book with the characters Alvirah Meehan, amateur sleuth, Regan Reilly, private investigator, and her husband Jack, member of the NYPD. They are on a cruise with their family, but it's
not your typical cruise. This cruise is free to all aboard because of their contributions to society. Some uninvited criminal guests come aboard too, with the help of the nephew of the owner of the ship. Eric goes to great lengths to hide these stowaways, even dressing them as one of the many Santa C
Lisa Shafer
I bought a copy for 50¢ at a thrift store and read it on the plane home from Amsterdam -- only because I was trapped for 9 hours and had tired of watching movies.
This is bad even my cozy standards, and cozies are not meant to be great literature.
Every character is stupid and annoying. There is no mystery to the reader, as the identity of the criminals is shown to the reader very early in the book. The plot is built on dozens of near-miss incidents and the characters are stereotyped. Seriously, i
Chi Dubinski
Jul 09, 2015 Chi Dubinski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alvirah Meehan, lottery winner and amateur sleuth, invites a group of friends to join her on the Royal Mermaid’s maiden voyage. The boat is Commodore Randolph Weed’s latest venture, and he has invited a variety of volunteers from local charitable organizations as his guests, to garner favorable publicity for future cruises. Unfortunately, the Commodore’s nephew has smuggled two escaping criminals on board, hoping to offload them to an island without an extradition treaty, and pocket a million do ...more
I am normally a devourer of any novel that has Mary Higgins Clark's john hancock attached to it. This one, however, just wasn't one I'd reread. You can tell that Carol Higgins Clark wrote most of the story, it's even a continuation of a series of some of her characters. I just didn't care whether or not I even finished reading it, but went ahead and did so to up my book count for the year.
My problems started early. There isn't much mystery at all. You know who did it, why they did it, how they d
Dec 05, 2009 Dorothy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just in time for Christmas, Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter, Carol, bring this season's readers on a cruise aboard the ill-fated "Royal Mermaid." The passengers have been hand picked by its owner, Commodore Randolph Weed. In his mind, he is repaying each one of them for their generosity and service to others throughout the past year.
Weed's kind gesture is not entirely altruistic. There is a motive to his madness. ( He's trying to drum up publicity for future excursions. In other words,, he i
Rene Natan
Mar 30, 2011 Rene Natan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this enjoyable novel the authors take the reader aboard the first voyage of a refurbished old vessel; the occasion is a post-Christmas cruise that is supposed to honor a group of good-doers and offer an opportunity for the ship’s owner to drop his mother’s ashes into the sea. Two stowaways, ten Santas, two little girls strongly determined to help people who don’t want any help and the appearance of a ghost create excitement and commotion aboard the Royal Mermaid. A well-known criminal, hiding ...more
Ryne Barber
In this installment of the Higgins Clark family's annual Christmas novel, a cruise is booked which celebrates people who have done significant things for charities, all for free! Of course, this is the Santa Cruise, which sets out the day after Christmas on a trip to the Caribbean for three days. Alvirah Meehan, an amateur sleuth and lottery winner, and her husband, Willy, win tickets to the cruise and are invited to bring along two other couples. They extend their invitation to their friends th ...more
May 02, 2012 Sue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel Merritt
Feb 17, 2011 Rachel Merritt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
A mildly entertaining, predictable mystery set at sea aboard the Royal Mermaid, not surprisingly also known as the "Santa Cruise". Commodore Weed and his sidekick/cruise director, Dudley, offer to take the previous year's most notorious "do-gooders" on a free post-Christmas cruise as a prize for donating money or time to good causes, not to mention, a little free publicity for his new cruise line that he is hoping to launch in the new year. Unfortunately, his wayward nephew, Eric, uses this oppo ...more
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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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