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Decked (Regan Reilly Series #1)

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When P.I. Regan Reilly attends a class reunion in England, the long-dead body of her former roommate turns up. Clues to the mystery follow Regan as she sails home--and into the hands of a killer.
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Overview

When P.I. Regan Reilly attends a class reunion in England, the long-dead body of her former roommate turns up. Clues to the mystery follow Regan as she sails home--and into the hands of a killer.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Actress/writer Clark does her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, proud in this skillful cat-and-mouse debut. When Los Angeles PI Regan Reilly is in Oxford, England, for the 10th reunion of her semester-abroad college class, the body of her former roommate Athena is found buried in the woods nearby. Though Athena had disappeared at the end of term a decade ago, everyone had thought that the Greek girl had simply fled for home. Now Regan is appalled to learn that Athena was strangled to death. Another reunion surprise is the engagement announcement of shy instructor Philip Whitcomb, whom Athena adored. Once Regan realizes that she can't help the local police with their investigation, she agrees to accompany spry Lady Exner, who is Philip's aunt and was a friend to all the girls when they were in school, on her ocean crossing to New York. On board are also Regan's parents (her mother is a noted suspense author, her father a funeral director) and someone with plans to kill Lady Exner and her companion. Clark deftly ties the plot playing out on the ocean liner to Athena's murder in a suspenseful climax in this lively series launch. (July)
Library Journal
First in a proposed series by the daughter of Mary Higgins Clark, this shows private detective Regan Reilly returning to Oxford for her tenth reunion. Discovery of a dead classmate's body on the estate of a former professor and his eccentric aunt, however, dampens any festivity. Regan accompanies the aunt on a week-long cruise to New York after someone poisons the original companion but stays in touch with police. Danger lurks on the boat, of course, and Regan figures things out just in time. A forgettable story with no subtlety, no starch, no strength.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446364706
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Regan Reilly Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 175,843
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Higgins Clark
Carol Higgins Clark is the author of ten bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries, including DECKED which was nominated as Best First Novel for both the Agatha and Anthony Awards. She is the daughter of America's # 1 bestselling suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark, and they have co-authored four bestselling holiday suspense novels. Before turning to writing, Carol studied acting. She has recorded several audiobooks and received AudioFile's Earphones Award of Excellence for reading her novel Jinxed. She lives in New York City.

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 April 27, 2009

    Great Reading

    I have thoroughly enjoyed Carol Higgins Clark's Regan Reilly series of books! They are fun and easy to read and enjoy! Just want to grab a cup of coffe and snuggle up and read from cover to cover. Its hard to get anything else done around my house when I have a new Regan Reilly book calling my name!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2001

    Worth buying and keeping

    The first one I read was Iced and I had to find out if there were any other books in this series, I have now read Decked, Snagged, Twanged along with Iced, and I can not wait for the next one. This is the type of book you just can't put down. I will be buying and keeping this series for years to come.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    A good read

    The setting was interesting and the characters were just whacky enough to keep you smiling. I will continue reading the series about Regan Reilly.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    Just like her Mom

    She is just as good as mom and her Regan serirs is just great. All of her books leave you waiting for the next one to come.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    Not what I expected

    After seeing the high reviews on this book, I was really excited to delve into this detective novel. Regan Reilly was a very likeable character, as were several others, but the story seemed to be going by so slowly. Plus, it was a bit confusing in the beginning because multiple characters were narrating different parts of the plot. I don't want to say it was boring, but there was hardly any humor or wit, and no romance... not even some good flirting. If you want strictly a detective novel, this will be a good choice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    pleasure reading

    I've read some of the other Regan Reilly series and enjoyed them. I thought I would read the series starting at the beginning.

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