Dashing Through the Snow (Regan Reilly Series)

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From beloved mother-daughter duo Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and Carol Higgins Clark, author of the hugely popular Regan Reilly mystery series, comes Dashing Through the Snow, a holiday treat you won't want to miss.

In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first (and many hope annual) Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that ...

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Overview

From beloved mother-daughter duo Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and Carol Higgins Clark, author of the hugely popular Regan Reilly mystery series, comes Dashing Through the Snow, a holiday treat you won't want to miss.

In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first (and many hope annual) Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. One of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing. 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. They 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. This fast-paced holiday caper will keep you dashing through the pages!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The festive fifth holiday mystery from the bestselling mother-daughter Clarks (after 2006's Santa Cruise) focuses on a wish-fulfillment theme many Americans dream about-winning a fortune in the lottery. As Christmas approaches, the folks of Branscombe, N.H., are celebrating their first "Festival of Joy." Visiting from New York City are novelist Nora Regan Reilly and her PI daughter, Regan Reilly, and their close friends Alvirah and Will Meehan, who won $40 million in the lottery a few years earlier. When four employees of Conklin's Market win $160 million using numbers supplied by their associate Duncan Graham, they decide to share their winnings with Duncan. Duncan, alas, has vanished. The Reillys and Meehans soon get on a trail of intrigue involving an abduction, thieves, con men and a second winning lottery ticket. Though the plotting and the characterization can be as thin as early winter ice, this trifle still rates a cheerful ho ho ho. (Nov. 18)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439129173
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 11/18/2008
  • Series: Regan Reilly Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 859,915
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Higgins Clark

Carol Higgins Clark is the author of fourteen previous bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries. She is coauthor, along with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, of a bestselling holiday mystery series. Also an actress, Carol Higgins Clark studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and has recorded several of her mother’s works as well as her own novels. She received AudioFile’s Earphones Award of Excellence for her reading of Jinxed. She lives in New York City. Her website is CarolHigginsClark.com.

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has 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 is also the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five holiday suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

Biography

If Mary Higgins Clark is the Queen of Suspense, then her daughter, Carol, could be considered the Princess of the Pratfall for the quirky comedy she liberally sprinkles throughout her bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries. As a reviewer once said, "Mary Higgins Clark goes for the jugular; Carol Higgins Clark goes for the funny bone."

Clark's apprenticeship to her mega-bestselling mom began early on. In 1975, when she was a student at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, mama Mary was still working full time, supporting five children on her own while trying to get her fledgling career as a novelist off the ground. Daughter Carol did her part to help, pitching in between term papers and acting classes to peck away at her mother's pages on a manual typewriter, making savvy edits along the way.

She recalled to the Philadelphia Inquirer her early days as an unsung editrix of her mother's work: "In one of her books, Loves Music, Loves to Dance, she had a serial killer who was making dates through the personal ads and then killing the girls. So the best friend of one of the girls he killed is trying to figure out who might have done it, so she's going out on these dates. So I was reading it and going over it with my mother and she had all these bars in New York. I said, 'No one goes there, no one goes there.' So I changed all the bars and restaurants. And People magazine said in its review: 'Clark offers a well-informed tour of New York's singles haunts.' So that was my contribution to that book. But I was really learning a lot."

After a few acting stints in off-Broadway theater, movies, and television -- her first role was as an extra on the soap opera Ryan's Hope -- Clark decided to try her hand at writing her own novel. She conjured up a semi-autobiographical heroine, sleuth Regan Reilly (who just so happens to have a celebrity author mother), and Decked debuted in 1992, garnering nominations for both an Agatha and an Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Clark relishes researching each new Regan Reilly adventure, gleaning inspiration from real-life capers both daffy and decadent.

After establishing herself in her own right as a farcical force to be reckoned with -- all of her Regan Reilly novels hit the New York Times bestseller list -- Clark teamed up with her mother in 2000 to pen their first holiday-themed thriller, Deck the Halls. We think it's pretty safe to say Carol didn't have to do all the typing!

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Clark:

"My first job was at a dry cleaner's. You'd be amazed at what you find in people's pockets! All sorts of clues about their lives! I had a character in Iced who worked at a dry cleaner's."

"I started out as an actress, and that background has helped me with my books. I love going to the theatre."

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

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    The latest holiday collaboration between the great mother and daughter queens of suspense is a fun tale

    In Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are excited and volunteering as the village prepares for its first ever Festival of Joy with plans to hold annual galas. Visitors are expected from the rest of New England and especially New York. In fact novelist Nora Regan Reilly and her daughter private investigator Regan Reilly accompanied by their close friends Alvirah and Will Meehan, are in town for the event.<BR/><BR/>On the night before the opening ceremony, four employees of Conklin's Market win $160 million in the lottery. The Meehans especially understand the joy and pitfalls of lottery winnings as they won $40 million a few years ago. The grateful quartet agrees to share their new wealth with a fifth employee of the store, Duncan Graham who provided the winning numbers at the last moment declined participation on the advice of financial advisors. When they go to tell him what they want to do to thank him, the foursome finds him missing. The NYC visiting quartet begins to investigate a strange trail of cons and lottery winners.<BR/><BR/>The latest holiday collaboration between the great mother and daughter queens of suspense is a fun tale that focuses on lottery winnings. As with the previous adventures (see SANTA CRUISE and THE CHRISTMAS THIEF) Carol Higgins Clark¿s sleuth Regan Reilly is the lead investigator assisted by her retinue. The story line is razor thin, but no one will care as fans will enjoy DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW of New Hampshire along side Regan, her mom and their friends.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2008

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    The Higgens girls

    I won't give the plot away. Just to say it's another uplifting read and if you like this author, by all means don't wait for it to come to your library. Romance, believable characters and intriguing plot make it four stars. I left one off because I thought the cover was a little too Higginsonian, hardly room for the title.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    ANOTHER GREAT BOOK BY MOTHER & DAUGHTER

    I WAS THRILLED TO SEE THAT THIS YEAR A NEW BOOK CAME OUT BY MOTHER & DAUGHER THEY WRITE WONDERFUL STORIES TOGETHER..CAN'T SEEM TO PUT IT DOWN .ALL THE REILLY'S ALVIRA WILLY.WHAT COULD BE BETTER..THE STORY KEEPS YOU GOING..ALWAYS A GREAT PLOT WITH A TWIST..I HOPE TO READ MANY MORE OF THEIR STORIES.....GIRLS YOU HAVE ANOTHER WINNER....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    Great Holiday quick read and escape

    I found this a great quick read for the holidays and escape from the gift buying, parties, and rush if the holidays. It was very enjoyable, funny and had a few surprises. Fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    Loved it!

    I thought this book was great. I love the way this mother-daughter pair writes! It is a fun book to read. It is hard to stop reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

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    Is this Ur pot of $$$?

    As always this Mary Higgins Clark with Carol Higgins Clark mystery was a real page-turner. Non-stop action and suspense will draw U right in. Great plot development & lively characters will keep U reading and guessing what's going to happen next. Want a great who-done-it to figure out? go grab this an begin Ur journey to determine which of the many suspects is the one. Enjoy!
    A great reading adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    I did not like this book at all.  I love Mary Higgins Clark  and

    I did not like this book at all.  I love Mary Higgins Clark  and Carol Higgins Clark books.  This one was
     BORING.  Too many characters with too many different stories to follow.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Good fun read

    Love all the characters, they remind me of friends, funny,nosy friends

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Fun read!

    Light reaading and fun for the holidays. Highly recommend this book if you are looking for a good Holiday adventure read.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    So I'm a Clark Fan, But...

    I really enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's books, so I picked up this one for the holidays. I was a little disappointed though. It wasn't a bad book, it was just average. If you havn't read any other of Mary Higgins Clark's books then this is a good read! But after reading some of her really interesting and creative novels, I wasn't as thrilled. The book takes place in New Hampshere, that's a problem from the start. The characters are quite "hicky", and I don't think they gave enough excitement. They just seemed like idiots. (Not putting down NH, just the stereotype [I live in NH).
    However, I'm still glad I picked this book up because it was something good for the holiday season. My Christmas would have a different essence (not to sound weird..) if I hadn't read this. Its a relaxing, but still thrilling book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    Excellent book, ends way too soon.

    As usual with the Higgin-clark books,I could not put it down until I was down. Waitin for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2009

    Check this out from the library first.

    The early books introducing Regan Reilly were more suspenseful than the most recent ones. Still this book would be good to read on a rainy day and is enjoyable as a cozy mystery, although I didn't rate it as one. For those who don't prefer cozy mysteries, check this out from the library before buying it.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Typical Mary Higgins Clark Christmas

    I like MHC for a light quick read. This was "lighter" than usual. I was glad when I finished it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Not worth time spent

    Listened to this one in the car, so finished it. Would not have completed had I been reading the book. Story failed to keep me interested.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    As always, she had me from the first chapter.

    These two should do more books together. I always look forward to their holiday book.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Easy reading, fast paced.

    Enjoy reading their books as they are fast paced and you can complete them in one sitting. Her characters shape up quickly, as you follow their travails through to their conclusion with total satisfaction. The landscape and setting of the book always makes you feel part of it.<BR/>Cannot wait until her/their next book is printed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    So Good

    I have thoroughly enjoyed every book written by these two ladies. They havea talent that is outstanding to me.

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

    Great read for the holidays...

    I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't the best I've read from Carol or Mary. It was still enjoyable to read around Christmas though. I'd definately buy this as a Christmas gift.

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  • Posted December 12, 2008

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    Fun Holiday reading

    I've read some scathing reviews of this book, but I actually really enjoyed it. I'm not a regular Mary Higgins Clark fan, but I read the Santa Cruise last Christmas, and really enjoyed that book.<BR/>It was a very quick read..finished it in 3 days.<BR/>One of the twists with the characters left me scratching my head..so maybe that accounts for the reviews on the book, but i enjoyed it!<BR/>Well worth a read for a quick, holiday mystery.

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

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    Expecting Mary Higgins Clark style with new ideas, instead I got...

    Carol Higgins Clark slow writing style and the same old ideas. I might read another book written with her daughter but only if I had absolutely nothing ,and I mean nothing, else to do.

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