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Zapping (Regan Reilly Mystery #11)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  2,070 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
It's a hot, humid July night in New York City. Where were you when the lights went out?

A New York City resident for many years, Carol Higgins Clark was there during the blackout of 2003. Not surprisingly, she felt that Regan and Jack Reilly should one day share the experience!

As Zapped begins, the Reillys return home from a summer weekend to the loft in Tribeca they are in

Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Albin Michel (first published 2008)
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Aug 23, 2011 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A fluffy novel, big on coincidence, and built on unreasonable overreactions. For example, why didn't Lorraine Lily just phone the Reillys, explain the situation, and ask to retrieve her items from the hidden safe rather than attempt breaking into their apartment. The items and cash in the safe were legitimately hers, and the Reillys seemed like reasonable people.

Similarly, the bungled attempt at breaking into the hidden safe by Arthur (via Wally) could have been done easily during working hours
Jun 11, 2009 Stephanee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hated it. This lady is a terrible author and I think the only reason she gets published is because her mother is famous. The only reason I read this is because my mom had it on her shelf. What a waste!
Terrible, don't start it
Jan 12, 2009 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
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Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Another installment of the Regan Reilly series. I do not think this one was as good as the others. This one was pretty bland and the scenarios just seemed rather contrived. She was never hired, just happened to stumble onto a situation and set out to solve the problem. The other story line was pretty bad. An actress who is getting divorced finds out her husband has sold the apartment where she has hidden some pretty controversial letters in a safe. If they get mailed, it could ruin her career. S ...more
Gail Holm
Zapped: A Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark
I don’t expect a whole lot from a mystery, but this one really disappointed me. The plot was choppy, the characters were shallow and the dialogue was often wooden. The 2003 New York City Blackout provides the setting for Zapped. I had hoped to get insight into what happened and how people reacted. I learned it was dark and hot and people partied all night long.
Jul 27, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
she is defintly nothing like her mother as a writer. this book was so predictable and overly coincidental that it was unbelievable. she even put in some coincidences that really did not need to be in there and the book would have been fine if not better without having them. it's fine to have 1 or two coincidences in a book and even a couple of random things were you go - oh that is cool how that worked out but to have a whole book and story line based on that was just ridiculous,
Oct 17, 2013 Hasan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a harmless little story – weak mystery with way too many coincidences. All the characters know each other and run into each other during the NYC blackout of 2003. It turns out that this is the 11th in a series by Carol Higgins Clark featuring the detective Regan Reilly. This might be a book you would recommend to someone that wants to read while laying on the beach in the summer.
Mar 04, 2009 Sydney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most pointless books I have ever read. I was wondering if she needed to put a book out, and just "threw" together whatever.
Elizabeth Robinson
This is a light mystery set in New York City when a power outage occurs. Newlyweds Regan & Jack Reilly return from a vacation and find their Tribeca apartment has been broken into. An actress returns from a successful theater run in England and is told by her wealthy husband that he is divorcing her and has sold their Tribeca apartment to the Reillys who live next door. A gallery in SoHo is robbed of highly valuable glass sculptures, and a business convention attendee deserts a colleague at ...more
Judy Smith
Feb 19, 2017 Judy Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, good detective book. Lots of great pay attention!
SUMMARY: As Zapped begins, the Reillys return home from a summer weekend to the loft in Tribeca they are in the agonizing process of renovating and expanding. They are looking forward to a quiet supper on their newly acquired rooftop terrace. But it's not meant to be. While Jack goes to pick up Chinese food, Regan enters their apartment, unaware that a nervous thief, who preceded her by minutes, is hiding in the front closet. A thief who knows about a hidden safe that Regan and Jack have yet to ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Georgie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment in the Regan Reilly series. 'Zapped' takes place on the night of the 2003 blackout in New York City, an event Carol Higgins Clark actually experienced herself. Her descriptions of the blackout and the physical sense of it really come off the page and she does a great job of showing how it brought out the good in people (people having block parties, and just handling the whole thing really well, people helping each other out) as well as the bad (looting, people breaking ...more
Dec 01, 2011 Kadrian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Victoria Lees
Another light-hearted adventure for Regan Reilly. I love mysteries and was looking for a cozy to lose myself in. Higgins Clark cast a wide net of characters to meet on a dark, dark New York City night when the power goes out. It enjoyed seeing how she connected all of them.
Jessica Flaska
Apr 17, 2008 Jessica Flaska rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i really loved this book! its the type of book that would make a good tv movie or movie where there are characters who need to get something or have to help someone and time is limited. in this case, there are 4 main sets of characters. t he reilley's. are the main couple. it happens on a night of a major blackout. there are two sets of criminals, a lady who came back from out of the country that found out her soon to be ex sold an apartment and she desperatly needs something, as of to which the ...more
Dale Safford
Carol Higgins Clark should really hire a professional reader to read her books, which seem amateurish with her reading them. The mystery is pretty good, however.

Regan and Jack Reilly have purchased the apartment next door to expand, and the former owner had installed a hidden safe where she hid some money, but she really needs to get back the scathing pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes and letters that the actress had written previously as therapy. It will ruin her career if they are sent! Mea
Anne Marie
This is a cute book and a fast read. The characters are easy to follow and it's great how they all come together somehow in the end. With that said, a couple of things bothered me. First of all, we wouldn't have a story I know, but why couldn't Lorraine just ask Jack and Regan if she could come to their apartment and get her belongings out of the safe? She wouldn't have to tell them what's in the safe. She just didn't know her soon to be ex-husband sold the loft to their neighbor's! Secondly, it ...more
Like all of her novels, this one is well-written and entertaining. Zapped is a quick paced mystery/suspense that can, if one is able, be read in one sitting; however, I didn`t have that luxury. The cast of characters can become confusing as the plot develops and more people become involved. The author jumps from one character/story line to another, generally doing so in separate chapters, so I found myself having to refresh my memory as to which character was which, especially when it came to th ...more
Jan 04, 2014 Violet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I was turned off pretty early by the plot. Lorraine came back from England and was notified by her husband that he had sold their apartment to their neighbors (by coincidence, the Reillys) and he was getting a divorce. Lorraine had some letters that she didn't want to be made public, in a safe in that apartment, so she immediately started dreaming up an idea for breaking and entering, etc. etc. etc. to get the letters .... corny. She could have just told the Reillys about the safe and they would ...more
Oct 12, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzanne by: me--library book
I had not read anything by this author. Probably won't again.
The story was mediocre. Nothing exciting. Nothing suspenseful. There were many strange storylines in this book. One of the storylines reminded me of the Three Stooges. Mind you, I didn't like The Three Stooges. They were so corny and not even funny.
Why did I pick this book? Well, I'm in a book challenge to read one book from every letter in the alphabet. Other than that, now I know why I never read a Carol Higgins Clark.
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May 04, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zapped was another great adventure featuring Clark's Regan Reilly. Clark delivers a fabulous adventure full of the great colorful characters of hers that I have grown to love. I have come to realize when I want a fast, fun, and delightful cozy to read then I have to pick up a Regan Reilly book. The book begins with Regan and Jack returning home after some time away to a blackout in New York. Naturally adventure follows them when the wife of the man who sold them his loft comes home to the surpri ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Carol Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors for a lite read. Funny, good plot, good characters and no sex, drugs or violence are all part of my criteria for a pleasant escape read. In this installment of the series, Regan and Jack Reilly have just returned to Manhattan, only to experience a regional-wide black-out. During that time their apartment is broken into (and Regan is locked on on her balcony), an art gallery is broken into and valuable glass works are stolen, a crazed female is on ...more
Danie Williams-Rivera
It was a quick and fairly entertaining read. Not terrible and not great, it was another installment of the Regan Reilly Mysteries. The description of the Blackout was fine and felt accurate to how the city would have reacted (I've lived there for 7 years, so I'm typically very critical of how the city is described.) However, the entire book seemed to be based on extremely (and highly unlikely) coincidental events, over-reactions and timelines that just didn't seem to fit.. How quickly can one re ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This was a very fast read and continues the story line of Regan Reilly and her now husband Jack. They have just come back from a trip and all of a sudden the city of NY is blacked out...along with parts of NJ and Conneticut due to a failure on the grid. In the midst of the evening (and yes it all takes place over about 12 hours max, probably more like 8) Regan gets locked on the roof of her building, a mad woman is on the loose that wants to brand all men because of a bad relationship and two di ...more
Not a bad read. It did take a while for me to get into this one. I think I bought it during the holidays because I had forgotten to bring a book to read during breaks and transit, and it was one of the only ones at the gift shop that wasn't torn, scuffed, or something I already owned. So it sat on the bottom of my backpack for a while, mostly because it was a little tough to start. The last week, however, I forced myself to finish it, and towards the end, I couldn't put it down! It seems kind of ...more
Two different groups want to break into Jack and Regan Reilly's New York loft the night of the blackout--but that's not the crime that really concerns the duo, he head of the Major Crimes Unit and she a private investigator. It's what Regan learns about Georgina, a convention-attendee who has a habit of picking up blond young men and branding their arms. Georgina has just dumped Regan's friend Kit (temporarily on crutches) at a comedy club, and gone off with Chip Jones, young and blond. Can she ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This was the first Carol Higgins Clark book I read, and it got me hooked. If you're coming from her mother, Mary's, books, don't expect the same kind of novel. CHC's books aren't thrillers like MHC's but rather comic mysteries with parallel storylines from the detective's and the villain's points of view. Zapped has an interesting, if not terribly original, plot, and I snickered the whole way through: the secondary characters are a real treat, particularly the wanna-be actress, Lorraine. This is ...more
Sep 23, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another great cozy mystery from Carol Higgins Clark, set in a blackout. I love her one-word titles. Very clever. Plenty good drama and suspense for this cozy. P.S. After I drop off 3 books on Monday, I hope to get at least 6-9 books done in a week from today. That'll leave me 2-5 books left to reach 30ish a week from tomorrow and request new books, including bonus books, two weeks from now. Stay tuned.
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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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