New Release Books by Carol Higgins Clark

Carol Higgins Clark is the author of Dashing Through the Snow (2010), Deck the Halls/The Christmas Thief (2009), Santa Cruise (2009), Cursed (2010) and other 101 books.

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Dashing Through the Snow

release date: Feb 18, 2010
Dashing Through the Snow
In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are preparing for the annual Festival of Joy. With preparations in full swing, a group of employees at the local market, recently cheated out of their Christmas bonus by their boss''s new wife, learn that they have won $180 million in the lottery. On the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, one of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute not to play. He goes missing and the next day his girlfriend Flower also disappears. A second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the next town but the winner hasn''t come forward. Could Duncan have secretly bought it? The Clarks'' endearing heroes - Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly - have arrived in Branscombe for the festival. Alvirah and Regan are just the people to find out what is amiss. As they dig beneath the surface, they find that life in Branscombe is not as tranquil as it appears. So much for an old-fashioned weekend in the country ...

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.

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.

Cursed

release date: Mar 30, 2010
Cursed
PI Regan Reilly moved from Los Angeles to New York City when she married Jack “no relation” Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad. To help a friend, Regan takes on a case that takes her back to her old stomping grounds. . . . On a snowy day in New York City, PI Regan Reilly gets an urgent call from her former neighbor, Abigail Feeney. A Hollywood hairdresser, Abigail believes her life has been cursed since the day she was born— Friday the 13th. Always unlucky in love, Abigail now needs Regan’s help in tracking down an ex-boyfriend who was just spotted in downtown Los Angeles—a “nogood bum” who borrowed $100,000 from her three months ago, then promptly disappeared. Abigail desperately needs to get that money back, money given to her by her grandmother who is heading to L.A. Grandma Feeney, no shrinking violet, has plans to buy an old friend’s condo for Abigail and will need that hard-earned money to make the deal. With hubby Jack away, the weather in New York miserable, and the guiltprovoking memory that Abigail had brought her chicken soup when she was sick, Regan agrees to hop a plane. Before long, the hunt for Abigail’s ex takes some dangerous turns. . . . But when Abigail becomes a suspect in a murder investigation, Regan begins to wonder if the curse is real—and possibly contagious!

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.

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

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

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

Decked

release date: May 01, 2008
Decked
The daughter of a successful mystery writer and a P.I. with pizzazz, Regan Reilly is attending her class reunion at St. Polycarp''s England, when the long-dead body of her former roommate turns up under the bushes. It''s a case Regan would love to solve, but a prior commitment puts her on a transatlantic cruise. She shouldn''t have fretted. The clues to the crime are following her on the Queen Guinevere. Here, on a ship awash with secret lovers, a fortune hunter, a jewel thief and an assassin, Regan is sailing home - and into the hands of a young girl''s killer.

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.

Hitched

release date: Apr 04, 2006
Hitched
"Like an Agatha Christie incarnation, Carol Higgins Clark knows how to pull out the whodunit stops" (Ottawa Citizen) in this entertaining mystery in the bestselling Regan Reilly series about the mayhem that ensues as Regan''s wedding approaches. Regan Reilly and Jack "no relation" Reilly -- head of the NYPD Major Case Squad -- are getting married! Arriving at a bridal salon to pick up her dream gown, Regan discovers the designers bound and gagged. Four dresses (hers included!) are missing; a fifth is in shreds on the floor. With just a week before her wedding, Regan takes the case, meeting an unusual mix of brides and grooms-to-be, or not-to-be. Meanwhile, Jack is determined to crack a perplexing series of rainy-day bank robberies -- before his upcoming nuptials.

Christmas Collection

release date: Jan 01, 2006
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 Chrismtas. 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 seperated 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 warmhearted 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.

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?

Popped

release date: Sep 23, 2003
Popped
It''s up, up, and away with sleuth Regan Reilly -- in a lively new caper from beloved New York Times bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark. L.A.-based private detective Regan Reilly flies to Las Vegas -- the mythic city of cash and flash, glamour and kitsch -- to help an old school chum, Danny Madley. Danny is producing the pilot of a reality TV show, Love Above Sea Level. The show features three couples who all have experienced the proverbial Seven Year Itch and are now vying for the chance to renew their wedding vows and win one million dollars. But someone is trying to sabotage the show before Danny can shoot the final scene at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Danny''s show is in competition with the sitcom Take Me Higher for a coveted permanent slot on Hot Air Cable, also known as the Balloon Channel. Both shows involve hot air ballooning, and both have casts of characters who are more than capable of disrupting production of Love Above Sea Level. Regan''s job is to find out who is making trouble and why. Is the culprit one of the contestants on Love Above Sea Level? Could it be the advice columnists Danny has hired -- Aunt Agony and Uncle Heartburn -- who are there to help rekindle the sparks between the husbands and wives? Is it Danny''s right-hand man, Victor, a local Vegas boy Danny met while gambling? Or his cameraman Sam, who would much rather be surfing than working? Is it Bubbles Ferndale, producer of the sitcom, who is desperate to make her show the one that wins the competition? Is it Danny''s ex-girlfriend, the Vegas showgirl Honey? Or her friend Lucille, a dealer in one of the casinos? Could local entrepreneur Roscoe Parker, the owner of the Balloon Channel and mastermind behind the TV competitions, be the source of all Danny''s problems? There is no shortage of suspects and no shortage of mishaps. From their base in the Fuzzy Dice Hotel, a decidedly third-rate establishment, Regan tries to help Danny keep his production on an even keel. Danny''s well-meaning, meddlesome parents complicate matters. Jealousy among the Love Above Sea Level contestants escalates. Mysterious, inexplicable events keep occurring. Regan is determined to keep Danny''s show on schedule, and she''ll do whatever it takes -- on land and in the air! Popped is a funny, fast-paced jaunt that takes readers from the fancy Vegas casinos to the run-down hotels off the Strip, from the grounds of the hot air balloon fields up into the heavens as the balloons fly over the arid Southwest. Popped is written with Clark''s expert light touch and filled with the richly drawn, quirky characters so relished by her fans. As Nelson DeMille says, "Clark keeps her readers entranced and entertained from cover to cover."

Jinxed

release date: Sep 01, 2003
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. Reprint.
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