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storytellers Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and her
daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, two favorite suspense
novels filled with holiday cheer.
Deck the Halls
(first published in 2000) was the mother-daughter duo's first
collaborative effort, a brilliant story of high-stakes intrigue and
detection played out against a holiday setting. Christmas is only three
days away when Regan Reilly, the dynamic young sleuth featured in the
novels of Carol Higgins Clark, accidentally meets Alvirah Meehan, Mary
Higgins Clark's sharp-witted lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, at a
New Jersey dentist's office. When a call comes through on Regan's cell
phone notifying her that her father and his driver, Rosita Gonzalez, are
being held for $1,000,000 ransom, Alvirah insists that Regan allow her
to lend a hand in gaining their release. Complicating the situation is
the fact that Regan's mother, the famous mystery writer Nora Regan
Reilly, has just been hospitalized with a broken leg, and a brutal
winter storm is bearing down on them all. Regan must comfort her mother
while trying to meet the harsh demands of her father's kidnappers, who
are not just rank amateurs but also laughably inept — making them all
the more dangerous and unpredictable.
In The Christmas Thief
(2004), Alvirah and Regan team up again to investigate another kind of
kidnapping. When an eighty-foot blue spruce is chosen to spend the
holidays as Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree, the folks who
picked the tree have no idea that attached to one of its branches is a
flask chock-full of priceless diamonds that Packy Noonan, a scam artist
just released from prison, had hidden there over twelve years ago. When
an excited Packy breaks his parole and heads to Stowe, Vermont, to
reclaim his loot, he discovers that his special tree will be heading to
New York City the next morning, so he and his bumbling crew have to act
fast. Meanwhile Alvirah Meehan and Regan Reilly happen to be on a
weekend trip to Stowe with their families when they learn that the tree —
and Alvirah's friend Opal, who won the lottery, but lost all her
winnings in Packy's scam — has gone missing.
With two novels filled with
twists and turns, intrigue and danger, as well as a hearty dose of good
cheer, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark offer stories that are
as breathlessly suspenseful as they are heartwarming — Christmas
classics for many holiday seasons to come.