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Deck the Halls - Movie Tie-In (Regan Reilly Mystery)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  6,999 Ratings  ·  278 Reviews
Mary Higgins Clark, the “Queen of Suspense,” and her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, joined forces for the first time to create an exciting and entertaining suspense novel—the story of a kidnapping played out against a holiday setting.

Three days before Christmas, Regan Reilly, the dynamic young sleuth featured in the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, accide
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published October 24th 2000)
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 190 صفحه و 11 فصل تشکیل شده است و از آن دسته از داستانهایست که زندگی های مختلف را همزمان مورد بررسی قرار داده و هرکدام را به نوعی به داستان مرتبط میسازد
داستان به نوعی هیجانی و جنایی است... اصلِ داستان حول محور خانواده ای میگردد که با شکستنِ پای مادر خانواده یعنی «نورا» برنامه هایی که برای کریسمس داشته اند خراب شده است و فرزند خانواده «ریگان» خود را مقصر میداند، چراکه زیر اندازی را برای مادر خریده و پاشنهٔ کفشِ «نورا» در آن گیر کرده و پایش شکسته است و سعی دارد تا با ر
Crystal Starr Light
I have enjoyed Mary Higgins Clark's other books and with Christmas just around the corner, this seemed to be a good pick.

Regan Reilly, a private investigator in California, is the daughter of funeral director, Luke Reilly, and famous mystery writer, Nora Reilly. Alvirah Meehan, an amateur detective, was a former cleaning lady and a winner of the lottery. When someone looking for 1 million dollars decides to kidnap Luke and his chauffeur, Rosita, these two women must brace the impending wind
Silvana (Por detrás das Palavras)
Rapto na noite de natal marca a minha estreia com a autora Mary Higgins Clark. Foi uma leitora muito inferior àquilo que esperava da autora. Já me tinham falado muito bem dos livros dela, por isso estava à espera de encontrar algo mais aliciante.

A história está muito bem estruturada, porém é uma história pobre em acontecimentos, adrenalina e interações entre as personagens. Falta o fator supense que os policiais nos conseguem oferecer.
Começo a achar que estou a ficar bastante exigente com os po
Pr Latta
When TNT did a series of mystery movies based directly on books, I tried to read them. I knew I wasn't fond of the Regan Reilly series (too inane even for me) but I have enjoyed Carol's early books. Suffice it to say, the made for TV movie was better than the book. It has a Lexile of 740, which is a 3rd-6th grade difficulty and the sentence structure and plot correlates.
Jan 26, 2010 Sylvia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
it sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!okay not that bad but jeeze..its MARY HIGGINS CLARK! you'd expect more.that book is for little 8year olds!
Easy-reading mystery/suspense combining characters from each author's individual works.
Jun 22, 2017 Rita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found the story rather dull. By cover description, I felt it would be a lot more interesting and suspenseful.
Nov 27, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The danger , for me, in reading the same author or same genre or series too close together is that I tend to get bored with the same characters etc. I am afraid that happened here with this book. I read The Christmas Thief just a few weeks ago and I maybe should have waited a little while longer before I read this one.
The premise is that Nora had tripped on a rug and broke her leg, landing her in the hospital. While recovering, Luke plans to attend a funeral and his driver , Rosita, picks him u
Book Concierge
Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, combine their talents in a new mystery series featuring the collaboration of the two writers’ lead characters – Alvirah Mehan, former cleaning lady who won the lottery and is now an amateur sleuth, and Regan Reilly, daughter of a famous mystery writer and a licensed private investigator. Regan’s mom, mystery writer Nora Reilly, sustains a broken leg in a household accident. Her hospitalization just three days before Christmas makes news, ...more
Jen Mays
'Tis the season for greedy relatives and extortion, at least in the Clark heroes world! When investigator Regan Reilly's father is kidnapped and a ransom demand issued, amateur detective Alvirah Meehan joins up to help solve the crime and save the day. They have to race against time and the weather, though, because Christmas is coming and along with it, a fierce winter storm that threatens to eliminate all possible rescue.

This is the first of what was to become a holiday series of the Clark moth
Ryan G
Dec 30, 2010 Ryan G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What goes together better than Christmas and a well written mystery? I for one sure do, it combines two of my loves in life and I couldn't be happier that there are wonderful authors out there catering to that love. Now I've never read a book by either Mary Higgins Clark or her daughter Carol Higgins Clark before, so I feel a little bad for starting with them on this book. I feel like I skipped from 8th grade graduation straight to high school graduation.

The book itself is pretty simple, two ama
Dec 24, 2012 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I'm teetering between one and two stars. I settled on two because I didn't hate it and it did keep my attention enough to finish it, but honestly it was just mildly entertaining at best. If this is typical Mary Higgins Clark style writing I'll pass on reading any of her other titles.

I thought the characters were each either flat and boring or over-the-top caricature. The story was silly and predictable. The interactions and various scenarios were totally unbelievable. It was just k
If I didn't have my phone in one hand and a copy of the book in the other, I would be hard pressed to tell you what this book was about other than it is a Christmas mash-up from the mother-daughter efforts of the Higgins-Clark team.
I'm really not a big fan of Christmas-themed novels and I like Carol Higgins-Clark's writing less than most. But I have read most of Mary H. Clarks books and enjoy her writing, at least while the book is in my hand.
Yet another, happy ending book regardless of the obst
Jan 02, 2009 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book in the library's free bin - a thin red Christmasy-looking hardcover with no jacket that would look nice on a holiday hall table and possibly be a light, fun read. It was just that - some of the characters were endearing - such as the budding interest between Jack and Regan, but the over-the-top contrast between the shrewd, bitter antagonist and his goofy sidekick (think Earl's brother Randy from My Name is Earl) was downright silly. A harmless book, fine for quick reading d ...more
Karen ⊰✿
This was ok . The kidnappers were carictatures and we knew from the beginning who kidnaps the pair and why, so there was really no suspense or thriller aspect. I'm actually not sure what the novel was trying for? Other than an opportunity for mother and daughter to write together?
I'm being generous and giving it 3 stars as it wasn't awful, it just wasn't anything really.
Nov 26, 2008 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Melissa
Shelves: holiday
Quick read, straight to the point, but very witty. This is a kidnapping tale, which I don't read very often. Completley different from my usual 'whodunnits', nice change of pace. I read this in one day, I just had time to read and it wasn't a long book. The story captured my interest quickly, I kept reading to see what would happen, and it was resolved reasonably. Overall, a good read!
Dec 19, 2016 Blueberry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, series
Another cozy Christmas mystery. This one includes Regan Reilly,a private detective, as well as Alvirah Meehan, an elderly woman who likes to solve mysteries; both continuing series characters. It involves a kidnapping, and various characters who won't be home for Christmas. I didn't enjoy it as much as All Through the Night.
Nov 23, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not a fan of the mother-daughter collaborations. Mary's writing style is much more preferable to that of her daughters. The collaborations always more elementary, with cheeky humor, completely predictable, etc. The upside is that they are clean stories that the whole family can enjoy, light, easy reading, takes only a couple of hours. These would be good audiobooks for family road trips.
Dec 21, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Oh, ya know. Not bad, not necessarily fabulous. It was okay and a fine enough light mystery read. It's always nice when the super rich and very classy couple with the super smart and gorgeous fab private detective have things work out for them.
Melissa Elder
May 22, 2015 Melissa Elder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good shorter version of the stories that Carol Higgins Clark typically writes. It was nice to read it and find out how Jack and Regan met since I never knew about this story the first time I read the Regan Reilly series.
Jul 25, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. Funny and fast paced reading. The 2 kidnappers were so fuunny. A couple of bumbling idiots. Mother and daughter did a great job of writing together.
Elizabeth Noah Astle
Nora Reilly tripped in a rug, broke her leg and ended up in the hospital. This is where the book begins.

Nora and Luke daughter Regan flies back east to be with her family ancestors she finds out tjis happens. Regan currently lives in LA and is a well known PI out there.

Luke and his driver disappear and are not heard from most of the day. People are worried as this is not the norm. Ends up these two have been kidnapped and being held ransom for a million dollars. Alvirah and Willy Meehan live ny
Lee Allen
Dec 06, 2016 Lee Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining, cosy, Christmas mystery.

This was my first encounter with both Mary Higgins Clark's Alvirah and Willy and Carol Higgins Clark's Regan Reilly, pulled together in a kidnap and ransom tale that takes place just days before Christmas.

For one reason and another, I was struggling to get into the Christmas spirit this year, but this book was the perfect remedy to that. I read it across three days and wanted to keep reading even when I had to place the book down.

This was a light-hearte
Jul 09, 2017 Anabreu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't believe I had to force myself to end this book, since MHC books are usually so interesting to read... this is just too boring and too plain, has nothing of what she used us to...
I enjoy this serious, it's fast paced, easy read , with fun characters
Nov 19, 2016 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. Keeps your interest, good story line. Nothing extra-spectacular. Pulls you in enough that you'd read another by this offer; this was my first.
Jun 24, 2017 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
se lit bien mais est previsible
Marie Hanley
Mar 13, 2017 Marie Hanley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy read

A fun book to read. Very easy to follow. Can see how it leads to Reagan and Jack getting together.
Deck the Halls was better than some of the other books in the series but it still wasn't mind-blowing. I think it's because of the mindset I tend to go into when I read mysteries - I want it to be an actual mystery for the reader (and the character). This series is done in a rather different way than I am typically used to - that is there isn't any mystery on the reader's part (because we already know - or can figure out - the major things) - but the characters have to figure it out on their own ...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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Regan Reilly Mystery (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • Snagged (Regan Reilly Mystery, #2)
  • Iced  (Regan Reilly Mysteries, #3)
  • Twanged (Regan Reilly Mysteries, #4)
  • Fleeced (Regan Reilly Mysteries, #5)
  • Jinxed (Regan Reilly Mysteries, #6)
  • Popped (Regan Reilly Mysteries, #7)
  • Burned (Regan Reilly Mystery, #8)
  • Hitched (Regan Reilly Mystery, #9)
  • Laced (Regan Reilly Mystery, #10)

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