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The Christmas Thief (Regan Reilly Mystery)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  4,567 Ratings  ·  318 Reviews
Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark, have again joined forces to create a suspenseful and humorous holiday tale. The folks who picked a beautiful eighty-foot blue spruce from Stowe, Vermont, to be Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree don't have a clue that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just r ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 9th 2004 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published 2004)
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Aug 29, 2009 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.
Jan 22, 2017 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
entertaining, would make a good movie.
Vanessa Kay
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
Dec 22, 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
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
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.
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.
Feb 02, 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!
Dec 28, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
Cheesy and stupid. But at least a quick, easy read.
Alvirah Meehan always makes for a good story and this one was no dissapointment! She always gets her man!
Mar 28, 2009 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.
Nov 20, 2016 Robin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Coincidences abound in this very simple novel about a thief. No worries, though, as you always know everything will work out perfectly. I have one more to go in this 3-in-1 Mary Higgins Clark book. The biggest mystery I've experienced yet is wondering if the 3rd will be even worse than the 2nd, which was worse than the 1st.....
Mike Corgan
Fun book. Another in the Christmas series by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. Nothing deep, but just entertaining.
Kelly Fowler
Jan 02, 2017 Kelly Fowler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick, fun holiday read!
Janet York
Another cute, quick read.
Oct 28, 2016 Jeannette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read that made me laugh out loud at times.
Dec 19, 2016 Anwnh5 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
its a Christmas story sort of.
Dec 26, 2016 Katiria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-books
Review of The Christmas Thief (Regan Reilly Mystery) on Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews.

Now this is the second book that I got from a library sale a couple of months ago, and I had no clue that this great book was part of Regan Reilly Mystery Series and that it was also co written with Mrs. Mary Higgins Clark daughter. Which I don't mind at all because this book can be read as a stand-alone, and I have read other books that were written by two authors b
Marie Hanley
Mar 13, 2017 Marie Hanley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Country Christmas

Christmas in Vermont. A great way to see the mountains and snow. A great story for a young person to read and enjoy.
Kari Anderson
Nov 29, 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
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
Erika Harris
Feb 26, 2017 Erika Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Regan Reilly mysteries and this one pretty much had me reading it without putting it down.
Dec 03, 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
Feb 19, 2017 Didinebzh29 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un petit policier sympathique sur fond de fêtes de fin d'année dans lequel on retrouve Regan et Alvirah. J'ai passé un bon petit moment de lecture. Lecture très addictive comme sait le faire Mary Higgins Clark
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
Dec 21, 2016 Ingrid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Man kann es lesen, aber der Neidgedanke, der das ganze Buch durchzieht, nervt gewaltig.
Dec 14, 2016 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice light entertaining read.
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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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