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Zapped (Regan Reilly Series #11)

Zapped (Regan Reilly Series #11)

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by Carol Higgins Clark

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It's a hot, humid July night in New York City. Where were you when the lights went out?

A New York City resident for many years, Carol Higgins Clark was there during the blackout of 2003. Not surprisingly, she felt that Regan and Jack Reilly should one day share the experience!

As Zapped begins, the Reillys return home from a summer weekend to the


It's a hot, humid July night in New York City. Where were you when the lights went out?

A New York City resident for many years, Carol Higgins Clark was there during the blackout of 2003. Not surprisingly, she felt that Regan and Jack Reilly should one day share the experience!

As Zapped begins, the Reillys return home from a summer weekend to the loft in Tribeca they are in the agonizing process of renovating and expanding. They are looking forward to a quiet supper on their newly acquired rooftop terrace. But it's not meant to be. While Jack goes to pick up Chinese food, Regan enters their apartment, unaware that a nervous thief, who preceded her by minutes, is hiding in the front closet. A thief who knows about a hidden safe that Regan and Jack have yet to discover. Minutes later, the blackout strikes, and both Reillys are called into action.

A new gallery in SoHo, featuring treasured glass sculptures from all over the world, has been burglarized. As head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, Jack oversees several departments. Art theft is one of them.

PI Regan hears from her best friend, Kit, who is in Manhattan on business. She's been abandoned at a comedy club by a colleague from an insurance convention, Georgina Mathieson, who ran out for a cigarette moments before the blackout struck and never came back. Kit gets a call that Georgina is disturbed and dangerous. Fueled by her rage at a college boyfriend who dumped her, Georgina seeks revenge on unsuspecting young blond men. She was last seen getting into a cab outside the club -- with a tall blond. Regan heads the search for Georgina and her potential victim.

Meanwhile, Lorraine Lily, an almost famous actress,returns to New York City the night of the blackout, after spending three months in England doing a play, and is informed by her estranged husband, Conrad Spreckles, that he'd sold his loft to their next-door neighbors, the Reillys. Lorraine had never told him about the hidden safe she'd had installed in the closet. If she doesn't get back what's in there, she's sure her budding career will be ruined.

In Zapped, Clark takes readers on a tour of the city they won't forget and introduces them to a wonderful cast of colorful, eccentric characters whose stories intersect in precarious and often humorous ways during one very dark and hot summer night.

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Publishers Weekly

Three separate investigations, conducted during a blackout, propel Clark's diverting 11th mystery to feature PI Regan Reilly (after 2007's Laced). Soon after Regan and her husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, return home to Manhattan from a weekend on the Cape, the lights go out across the city. In the darkness, Regan is dismayed to discover an intruder has left behind a stun gun in their apartment, which is undergoing renovations. Hours later, Jack looks into the theft of some unusual glass sculptures from a SoHo art gallery. In addition, the pair become involved in the frantic search for Georgina Mathieson, a psychotic with a track record for branding blond men, before she can claim her next victim. The number of coincidences, including one that allows the heroes to save the day in the nick of time, may be on the high side, but fans of lighter crime fare will be satisfied. (Apr.)

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Regan Reilly Series , #11
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5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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A burst of humid air greeted Lorraine Lily as she exited the baggage claim area at Kennedy Airport and headed to the taxi stand. The unbearably hot night did nothing to improve her mood. Her high heels were killing her feet and she was tired. When she finally made it to the front of the line, the next yellow cab pulled up quickly. The driver popped the trunk, got out, and eyed her one carry-on bag.

"That's it?" he asked.

"They lost my luggage."

"What a surprise," he grunted. "Don't worry. In this weather, all you need is a bathing suit. Hop in."

In the back of the cab, Lorraine was grateful to find that at least the air-conditioning was functioning at a decent level. She pushed her auburn hair off her forehead and sighed. The driver looked at her through the rearview mirror.

"Where are you going?"

"Downtown Manhattan." She gave him the address.

His only reaction was to step on the gas.

Lorraine reached into her massive handbag, pulled out her cell phone, and took a deep breath. How many more deep breaths am I going to need in my life? she wondered. She was sick of people telling her to take a deep breath. Everyone from the baggage claims supervisor to her estranged husband, Conrad. She'd had a wonderful three months away, and now it was back to reality.

P. Conrad Spreckles picked up on the second ring.

"I've landed," she told him.

"Back on home soil," he responded in a remote tone.

"They lost my luggage."

"It's probably wandering the earth. Just like its owner."

"I wasn't wandering the earth, dear. I was acting in an important new play that could be a springboard for my career."

"In a remote town in England with a population of eleven people. You may as well have performed it in our basement up here in Greenwich."

"We had wonderful audiences," Lorraine protested. "You wouldn't know since you didn't bother to come. Listen, Conrad, we need to talk. But right now I'm too tired. I'll sleep at the loft and take a car to Connecticut in the morning."

"There's nothing to talk about," he said flatly. "I filed for divorce."

Lorraine gasped. She was shocked that he'd taken such a drastic step. Not that she wanted to stay married. But she was hoping to be supported for a while longer while she pursued her career. Doing her best to sound saddened, she murmured. "Well, Conrad, if that's how you feel..."

"It's how I feel."

"Okay. I'll spend the night at the apartment..."

"You can't."

"Why not?"

"I sold it."

"You sold it?" Lorraine shrieked. The cabbie turned around to take a quick look, then shifted his attention back to the road. She lowered her voice and hissed, "How could you?"

"Funny you took the news very well about parting ways with me. But the thought of losing the apartment..."

"You had no right."

"I had every right. The loft was mine. It says so very clearly in the prenuptial agreement you signed two years ago." Conrad laughed mirthlessly. "That was when I believed you loved me for me instead of my money."

"I did love you..." Lorraine protested. "I mean I DO love you."

"Serves me right for letting my head be turned by a beautiful woman more than twenty years younger. Anyway, time to move on. I'll sell the house -- the love nest we were going to be so happy in for the rest of our lives -- and you'll get half."

Lorraine felt physically ill. "Who did you sell the loft to?" she sputtered.

"Our next-door neighbor Jack Reilly and his new wife, Regan. When they returned from their honeymoon three months ago, I made them an offer they couldn't refuse. They're already in the process of combining the two apartments. I'm sure they'll find a lot more happiness within those walls than we...

Meet the Author

Carol Higgins Clark is the author of the bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries. She is coauthor, along with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, of a bestselling holiday suspense series. Also an actress, Carol Higgins Clark studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and has recorded several 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.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1978

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Zapped (Regan Reilly Series #11) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After spending a delightful weekend at the Cape, NYPD Major Case Squad Chief Detective Jack Reilly and his wife private investigator Regan return to Manhattan. Jack stops for some Chinese take-out while Regan enters their partially renovated apartment where she finds a stun gun on the floor. Obviously someone broke and entered leaving behind evidence. However, a blackout engulfs the city leaving Reilly in the dark. Lorraine Lily is cursing her estrange husband for selling the pad to the Reillys without informing her while she was performing in London. She had a safe built that she needs to open before the Reillys find it or watch her career die.------------------- Not too long afterward Jack is in Soho investigating a theft of valuable sculptures from an art gallery. Meanwhile their friend Kit calls frantically as she says she was with deranged Georgina at a comedy club when the woman vanished just as the blackout occurred they know Georgina hates and hurts blond men.. Regan gathers a group to find them before her date is branded. Ironically the person who broke into her apartment and left the stun gun behind helps on the search------------------- The chance meter is stratospheric as a series of coincidences especially the final spin stacks the deck. However, fans will not care as Regan works the B&E, Jack the art theft, and together the Georgina branding in a fast-paced suspense crime thriller in which Manhattanites think nothing of a blackout in July as this is somewhat the norm.--------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zapped is an excellent edition to the cozy mysteries written by Carol Higgins Clark. The book is set during a blackout in New York and you feel almost as if you are there with them. It's great how she can write about the different character's stories and how they all relate to each other and tie together. I especially enjoyed the part of how the stolen items were recovered. And it was great how there was the one hotel that opened early so that people could stay there and enjoy the "state of the art generator" that was working so that at least a few people didn't have to be out in the heat and they could ride the elevators during the blackout. Wouldn't it be nice if all apartment buildings and hotels had generators like that for during blackouts, ice storms, etc.? Carol's books are always cozy, amusing mysteries and I find myself laughing several times during the books. Her books are cozies, not like the sometimes scary suspense her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, writes. Carol's books are for those who prefer cozies. Any adult who likes cozies can read these and understand them. That's often what mysteries are about, cozy or otherwise, different characters whose lives all tie together somehow. Even regular adult fiction is like that. I look forward to Cursed and many more books by Carol.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a mystery but yet something light...and this was the perfect choice! It was the first Jack/Regan book I have read...and it did not matter that I had not read the others. The story was interesting and it was kind of fun to see how people kept intertwining with each other. For a change of pace, read this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story deals with Regan and Jack returning from their honeymoon and redecorating their apartment. I liked the story, but as a cozy mystery, not as a suspense, as there was little suspense to this story.
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RJohnson More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorites for the Regan Reilly Series. I so enjoyed it. All the different stuff going on during the black out.
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I would recommend this book due to easy to follow yet having suspense and keeping my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stopped reading Carol Higgins Clark years ago but this book sounded good enough to try again. Really disappointed. The book is not written for an adult, it is written for an immature reader. The plot was flimsy and there were a number of large holes in it, especially for somebody who lived through the 2003 blackout in NYC. Buy it for your 12 year old daughter but don't bother with it otherwise. If you want a good mystery, get one of the "In Death" books by J.D. Robb.
Zena_Zee More than 1 year ago
The story is quirky with all of the characters interacting and relating in unexpected ways. Ms Higgins is always an entertaining read.
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SassySD More than 1 year ago
I love Carol Higgins Clark Regan Reilly series.
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