Best Selling Books by Carol Higgins Clark

Carol Higgins Clark is the author of Wrecked (2010), Twanged (2008), Gypped (2012), Mobbed (2012), Burned (2005), Hitched (2007) and other 36 books.

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Wrecked

release date: Apr 13, 2010
Wrecked
Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack "no relation" Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They are looking forward to a quiet romantic weekend out of town. Wouldn’t you know their choice of destination provides them with anything but! Regan and Jack had considered going to Bermuda, but instead they decide to spend four days at his parents’ beautiful beachfront home on Cape Cod, a wonderful spot where they’d never been alone. During the summer the house overflowed with Jack’s family, bubbling with activity from morning until night. But to be up there for a weekend in April, just the two of them, sounded like a perfect escape. Arriving at the Cape late at night, Regan and Jack are just in time to experience the beginning of a major storm. The next morning, Cape Cod Bay is quite a sight, churning with whitecaps. The wind is howling ferociously. Sheets of rain are pelting the house. Regan is looking forward to settling in the den with Jack and watching the storm. However, the best laid plans . . . In the bedroom, Regan opens the curtains to find Skip, the Reillys’ young caretaker, pressing his nose against the glass, supposedly checking for leaks. A moment later, Jack arrives home from the market, two gossipy older women who live up the street in tow. A branch crashed through their living room window, and they need a place to stay. When Regan thought things couldn’t get any worse, Skip comes running into the house, distraught that he’d just discovered Adele Hopkins, the woman renting the house next door, in a heap at the bottom of her staircase to the beach. Regan and Jack run back down with him, but huge waves are crashing on the shore. Hopkins is gone, presumably swept out to sea. Who was Adele Hopkins? No one knows. The sixty-ish loner, who moved in five months ago, shunned her neighbors. Even her landlords, friends of the Reillys, have no idea how to locate her next of kin. Discovered in her dining room are stacks of apology cards she’d not yet sent and bags of decorative pillows that are embroidered with the saying grudge me, grudge me not. Regan and Jack begin an investigation to help their friends track down Hopkins’s family. They start by interviewing two young women who own the shop where Adele had bought the pillows. Pippy and Ellen opened Pillow Talk after they both lost their jobs. When a newspaper article revealing the terrible way the women had been treated by their former employers was posted on the Internet, business took off, they started to become well-known, and the Pillow Talk website became a place for people who had had similar experiences to vent their feelings. Pippy and Ellen just received an anonymous e-mail from someone who spews venom about her former rowing coach—Adele Hopkins. Could she be the same Adele Hopkins? Regan and Jack’s search for clues to this mysterious woman’s identity makes for an anniversary weekend they’ll never forget!

Twanged

release date: May 01, 2008
Twanged
Regan Reilly plans to spend her Fourth of July week vacationing in the Hamptons at her parents'' home and also with her best friend, Kit, who has a share in a group house. A last-minute phone call, however, casts Regan''s trip in a new light. Brigid O''Neill, a rising country star, has been getting frightening "love notes" and she hires Regan as her bodyguard for a Fourth of July concert in Southampton. Brigid plans to play a fiddle given to her in Ireland and said to have magic powers. She later learns the rest of its legend - whoever takes it out of Ireland will have an accident or face death. A guest found floating face-down in a pool at Chappy''s welcoming party for Brigid is only the first in a series of ominous incidents. As Brigid''s Fourth of July concert nears, it looks as if the cursed fiddle should be shipped back to Ireland - Express Mail! It''s Regan''s job to hold the curse at bay and fend off Brigid''s pursuers. "Entertaining...exactly what Clark fans have been craving." --- USA Today "A superb mystery writer...makes it fun for her readers. " --- Washington Times "A breezy cosy, full of crazy characters...A pleasant and charming outling." --- San Francisco Chronicle

Gypped

release date: Apr 03, 2012
Gypped
PI Regan Reilly and her husband Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, investigate an L.A.-based business scam that extends up and down the coast of California --

Mobbed

release date: Mar 27, 2012
Mobbed
Private investigator Regan Reilly and her husband Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, hop from one Jersey shore resort town to the next in hopes of solving a tough case, one which is complicated when Regan bumps into an old friend she hardly recognizes. By the best-selling author of Wrecked. Reprint.

Burned

release date: Mar 22, 2005
Burned
New York Times bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark''s trademark light touch, humor, and quirky characters make for another wonderfully unpredictable mystery. Say "Aloha" to an unforgettable Hawaiian adventure! L.A.-based private detective Regan Reilly gets a call from her best gal pal, urging her to come to Hawaii for one last girls'' weekend before Regan ties the knot with Jack "no relation" Reilly, and so she happily packs her bags. At the Waikiki Waters Playground and Resort, the body of Dorinda Dawes, the hotel''s gossipy PR woman, washes ashore wearing a valuable lei that once belonged to a Hawaiian princess and was stolen from a museum in Honolulu thirty years ago. The resort manager doesn''t believe that Dorinda drowned accidentally and persuades Regan to take on the case. The more she starts digging, the more danger she is in. Can Regan find out what really happened before it''s too late for her and the other vacationers at the Waikiki Waters?

Hitched

release date: Feb 27, 2007
Hitched
Private detective Regan Reilly investigates the theft of a number of wedding gowns, including her own, while her fiancâe Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, tries to solve a series of bank robberies, unaware that the two cases are intertwined.

He Sees You When You're Sleeping

release date: Oct 27, 2009
He Sees You When You're Sleeping
Now in trade, "It''s A Wonderful Life" meets "The Sopranos" in this classic holiday tale from bestselling authors Mary and Carol Higgins Clark.

Dashing Through the Snow

release date: Oct 27, 2009
Dashing Through the Snow
While in Branscombe, New Hampshire, for the holidays, private investigator Regan Reilly and amateur sleuth Alvirah Meehan investigate shenanigans involving the local mega lottery in the midst of preparations for a local festival.

Iced

release date: May 01, 2008
Iced
It''s Christmas in Aspen and P.I. Regan Reilly is vacationing with her parents and hoping to meet an unmarried man. Soon, however, all thoughts of romance turn to sleuthing when million-dollar paintings start disappearing, along with an old friend of Regan''s--who happens to be an ex-con. The snow is falling, the plot is thickening, and the danger is closing in on Regan. After assorted hijinks, adventures, false alarms, and--yes--plain old silliness, the plot finally gets all tied up in a nice, neat, mostly happy ending that will no doubt charm even the most Scrooge-like reader. Solidly entertaining, mostly clever, occasionally funny, and always fun, this one is sure to please the author''s growing audience. --Booklist "A fun and funny read." --- USA Today "The quintessential beachbook...Clark writes with a breezy style that will quickly refresh readers." --- Publishers Weekly

Carol Higgins Clark Boxed Set - Volume 1

release date: Apr 05, 2011
Carol Higgins Clark Boxed Set - Volume 1
Three complete novels from the Regan Reilly mystery series: Zapped, Cursed, and Wrecked. Join Regan Reilly as she takes on NYC during a blackout, returns to LA to help a friend out of a jam, and tries to have a romantic anniversary weekend on Cape Cod with calamitous results in these bestselling novels!

Scammed

release date: May 08, 2012
Scammed
When Regan Reilly returned to the West Coast, where she began her career as a PI, she never imagined that her unsuccessful appearance on a game show seven years earlier would throw her trip totally off course! Regan Reilly is in Los Angeles with her husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad. After Jack finishes his meetings with the LAPD, the couple may head north to the wine country, or may head south to Baja. Their only plan is to see which way the wind blows. The first day back, Regan goes shopping at an upscale new mall in West Hollywood. To her surprise, she runs into Zelda, a woman she''d become friendly with seven years before at a television studio in Burbank, when they were waiting to appear on the game show Puzzling Words. They haven''t seen each other since. Zelda and Regan didn''t win much money, but Zelda made up for it! A year ago an elderly neighbor she barely knew left Zelda eight million dollars. She has been enjoying her newfound wealth but is aware of the need to give back. At a recent fundraiser, she bid on a week''s stay in an old Hollywood Hills estate and was the lucky winner. She''s currently in residence there and invites Regan to a party at the mansion. While Jack attends a business dinner, Regan goes to Zelda''s by herself, unaware that she is being followed. Regan is more than surprised at the run-down condition of the house and grounds. People should be paid to stay here, she thinks. Zelda introduces Regan to a colorful cast of characters, including her old neighbors, friends from her yoga class, a filmmaker, Zelda''s financial adviser, her bookkeeper, and her personal assistant. It''s all good fun. As the guests are leaving, Zelda asks Regan to stay for a cup of tea. They''ve barely sat down to chat when Zelda falls ill. A worried Regan doesn''t want to leave Zelda alone and decides to spend the night at the isolated, aging estate. It''s not long before Zelda asks Regan to investigate people in her life, starting with her father''s new wife, Bobby Jo. The couple said "I do" in the back of a cab at a drive-through chapel in Las Vegas after only three months of togetherness. Has Zelda''s windfall put her in danger? Regan is determined to find out, not knowing that she''s a target herself!

The Christmas Thief

release date: Oct 31, 2006
The Christmas Thief
Lottery winner-turned-amateur sleuth Alvirah Meehan joins forces with private detective Regan Reilly to track down the ninety-foot tree, destined for display in Rockefeller Center, that vanished en route to the city, unaware that the tree contains a secret cache of priceless gems, hidden by scam artist Packey Noonan before being sent to prison. Reprint.

Zapped

release date: Jan 27, 2009
Zapped
Returning home from their honeymoon to discover that their neighbor has put his Manhattan apartment up for sale, Regan Reilly and her husband Jack decide to buy it to enlarge their own loft, but the renovation process spawns its own set of problems and an unexpected case. Reprint.

Jinxed

release date: Jan 31, 2006
Jinxed
Hired to find a missing movie starlet, private investigator Regan Reilly finds her search taking her to such sites as a movie set, boutique wineries, and new-age cults, where she meets a host of colorful characters and experiences a range of misadventures. Reissue.

Santa Cruise

release date: Oct 27, 2009
Santa Cruise
Embarking on a mystery seminar cruise during the holiday season, amateur sleuth Alvirah, private detective Regan, and their family members find their voyage overshadowed by a ghost spotting, the disappearance of a fan, and an unexpected storm.

Deck the Halls/The Christmas Thief

release date: Nov 03, 2009
Deck the Halls/The Christmas Thief
Collects two hit Christmas-themed novels from the mother-daughter writing team in a single omnibus edition that includes Deck the Halls and The Christmas Thief. 250,000 first printing.

Popped

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Popped
At the height of the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, sleuth Regan Reilly finds the festivities threatened by saboteurs and winds her way through a host of pilots, balloonists, enthusiasts, tourists, and merchants to find a killer. Reissue.

Decked

release date: Jan 01, 1994
Decked
While attending a class reunion at St. Polycarp''s in England, private detective Regan Reilly becomes embroiled in the murder of her former roommate, a mystery that follows her on a transatlantic cruise. (Mystery).

Cursed

release date: Apr 07, 2009
Cursed
Private Investigator Regan Reilly moved from Los Angeles to New York City when she married her husband, Jack "no relation" Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad. To help a friend she ends up taking on a case that calls her back to her old stomping ground... Cursed opens on a cold and gray January morning. Sleet and snow are swirling as Regan arrives at a warehouse in Long Island City with a trunk full of her old case files from Los Angeles. After carting all her boxes into a storage unit, she heads back out into the snow, and her cell phone rings. Abigail Feeney, a young woman who had lived across the hall from Regan in an apartment complex in the Hollywood Hills, is on the line. Abigail believes her life has been cursed since birth. She was born on Friday the 13th of January, and her parents gave her a name with 13 letters. A hairdresser on movie sets, Abigail was recently injured at work when a piece of scaffolding fell and knocked her over, and her arm was broken in two places. But that isn''t why she is calling. "Regan!" she exclaims. "The ''no good bum'' has been spotted in town. I desperately need the money he owes me. Can you please come out here and help me find him?" Regan immediately knows the identity of the "no good bum." From her L.A. apartment, Regan had often seen Abigail''s ex, Cody Castle, sitting by the pool, bent over his cell phone, text messaging nonstop. Before he disappeared three months ago, he borrowed $100,000 from Abigail. He promised to pay her back in three months. "Find him?" Regan asks. "Yes! My grandmother is flying here tomorrow. There''s a condo she wants to buy me. But we need that money. She can''t find out I don''t have it. Regan, can''t you spend a few days with me?" If Regan weren''t freezing, she might have made an excuse. But Jack was away at a seminar, Regan had never liked the "no good bum," and Abigail had brought her chicken soup when she''d had the flu last winter. Within hours Regan is on a flight to Los Angeles where her adventure with Abigail will take her from the beaches of Malibu, to the mountains north of the city, to the renovated lofts of downtown L.A. Regan starts to feel Abigail''s curse is contagious as she encounters a cast of characters who aren''t always welcoming. Some are downright dangerous. And there''s one who is the most dangerous of all...

Laced

release date: Feb 19, 2008
Laced
Tracing their ancestry to a small Dublin town while honeymooning in Ireland, newlyweds Regan and Jack Reilly learn disturbing information about their families, a discovery with which they are aided by Jack''s colleagues at the Major Case Squad. By the author of Hitched. Reprint.

The Plot Thickens

release date: Nov 01, 1997
The Plot Thickens
A host of favorite authors including Lawrence Block, Edna Buchanan, Carol Higgins Clark, and Donald Westlake contribute stories that each feature a thick fog, a thick book, and a thick steak, in an anthology that supports the efforts of Literacy Partners. Original.

Snagged

release date: May 01, 2008
Snagged
The spunky sleuth from Decked returns. A pantyhose convention in Miami takes a deadly turn as someone tries to kill the inventor of run-less pantyhose. Murder is afoot and Regan Reilly is on the case; the clues are opaque and the plotting is seamless. "A smart, saucey sleuth...a highly entertaining puzzler." --- Los Angeles Times "A bit of bawdy, a soupcon of slapstick...no one can read just one page." --- Washington Post "Mixes glitz, froth, fun, and a female detective." --- Miami Herald

Deck the Halls - Movie Tie-In

release date: Nov 29, 2011
Deck the Halls - Movie Tie-In
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, accidentally meets Alvirah Meehan, Mary Higgins Clark’s famous lottery winner and amateur detective, at a New Jersey dentist’s office. That’s where it all begins. While Regan’s mother, Nora, the famous mystery writer, is in the hospital with a broken leg, her husband, Luke, and his chauffeur, Rosita, are kidnapped and held for a million-dollar ransom. Together, Regan and Alvirah track the case as the inept yet dangerous kidnappers make their demands known. Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita are held captive on a houseboat on the Hudson River and a fierce winter storm is gathering force. DECK THE HALLS blends suspense with poignancy, laugh-out-loud humor, and all-around holiday cheer—a Christmas classic for many seasons to come.

Mary and Carol Higgins Clark Christmas Collection

release date: Oct 14, 2010
Mary and Carol Higgins Clark Christmas Collection
Three days before Christmas, Alvirah Meehan - the famous lottery winner and amateur detective - and Regan Reilly try to meet the harsh demands and tough deadlines of the kidnappers who have held Reilly''s father for a $1,000,000 ransom. To make matters worse, a winter storm is gathering, putting their lives in greater danger. DECK THE HALLS is filled with twists and turns, intrigue and danger, as well as a hearty dose of holiday cheer. In HE SEES YOU WHEN YOU''RE SLEEPING, Sterling receives his summons into heaven a few days before Christmas. In order to be deemed fit to enter heaven this year he is sent back to earth and given an opportunity to prove his worthiness by helping someone else. That someone is seven-year-old Marissa. She has been separated from her father and grandmother who have, following the threats of two mobsters, both been forced into the Witness Protection Program. Filled with suspense and humour, this is a delightful and warm-hearted tale of perseverance, redemption and love. Alvirah Meehan and Regan Reilly join forces once again in THE CHRISTMAS THIEF to solve a Christmas mystery. The time they must track down the beautiful ninety-foot tree that is hijacked on its way to the Rockefeller Centre for the Christmas season.

Fleeced

release date: Aug 01, 2002
Fleeced
Regan Reilly -- the smart, saucy sleuth featured in all of Carol Higgins Clark''s bestsellers -- is in New York attending a crime conference organized by her celebrity-author mother...and enjoying time with a new beau, Jack "no relation" Reilly. It''s not long before trouble finds her: a family friend, Thomas Pilsner -- the president of the Settlers'' Club on Gramercy Park -- desperately needs help. Two Settlers are dead, diamonds they were donating to the flagging club have vanished, and Thomas is rapidly becoming the prime suspect on all counts. As sharp as ever, Regan sets about solving the mystery of the disappearing diamonds and dead donors in order to save Thomas'' neck...before the real killer finds him.

He Sees You When Youre Sleepin

release date: Jan 01, 2001
He Sees You When Youre Sleepin
Mary Higgins Clark, America''s Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, have followed the successful publication of last year''s holiday bestseller "Deck the Halls" with a heartwarming tale that combines much of the charm of the classic movie "It''s a Wonderful Life" with unexpected menace. Meet Sterling Brooks. His was not an exemplary life -- he was too self-absorbed to ever really think about anyone else or make a commitment to the woman he loved. On the other hand, he had endearing qualities. His actual misdeeds were few -- his were sins of omission, not commission. It is a few days before Christmas. For forty-six years Sterling has lingered in the celestial waiting room outside the heavenly gates, awaiting summons by the Heavenly Council. Will he be deemed fit for entrance into heaven? At last the day comes and the council settles on a test for Sterling -- he will be sent back to earth and given an opportunity to prove his worthiness by helping someone else. Sterling Brooks finds himself in Manhattan, at the skating rink in Rockefeller Center. Among the skaters is a heartbroken seven-year-old named Marissa, and as Sterling soon realizes, it is "she" he has been sent to help. Marissa''s sadness comes from her separation from the father she adores, a talented young singer, and her sparkling grandmother, owner of a popular restaurant. Both have been forced into the Witness Protection Program because two mobsters, the Badgett brothers, have put a price on their heads to prevent their testifying against them in an arson case. Sterling, able to move back and forth in time and place, masterminds a plan to eliminate the threat from the Badgettbrothers and reunite Marissa with her loved ones. Filled with suspense and humor, "He Sees You When You''re Sleeping" is a perfect story for the holidays, a delightful and warmhearted tale of perseverance, redemption, and love.
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