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Hitched (Regan Reilly Series #9)

Hitched (Regan Reilly Series #9)

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by Carol Higgins Clark

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Private investigator Regan Reilly and her fiancee Jack "no relation" Reilly are finally getting married! Like brides everywhere, Regan discovers that all the planning for the big day is serious work. But unlike most brides, she can't even plan her wedding without getting involved in a mystery. This time it's a case of stolen wedding gowns that have several New York


Private investigator Regan Reilly and her fiancee Jack "no relation" Reilly are finally getting married! Like brides everywhere, Regan discovers that all the planning for the big day is serious work. But unlike most brides, she can't even plan her wedding without getting involved in a mystery. This time it's a case of stolen wedding gowns that have several New York City brides — including Regan — very upset. An elite bridal shop on the Lower East Side, where gowns are still stitched by hand, was broken into and cleaned out of all its wedding finery. Regan investigates the robbery and tries to quickly recover the gowns.

Jack, the head of the Major Case Squad in New York City, is working to solve a series of bank robberies that seem to be committed by the same perp. Jack feels sure that the thief is about to strike again. What Jack doesn't know is that this bank robber has a connection to the bridal gown robberies. And the robber has a major heist planned that could wreak havoc on Jack and Regan's upcoming wedding. It takes the combined forces of Regan and Jack to stop the thief so they can get "Hitched" and get on with their lives as Mr. and Mrs. Reilly!

Editorial Reviews

Nothing spices up a wedding week better than a homicide. As Regan Reilly races around Manhattan, making last-minute preparations for her nuptials, a murderer is in the wings. Carol Higgins Clark's nicely modulated whodunit will please readers of her light, humorous fare.
Publishers Weekly
Nervous brides may want to wait until after the wedding to read bestseller Clark's winning ninth mystery to feature PI Regan Reilly (after 2005's Burned). With her wedding to Jack "no relation" Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, only a week away, Regan thinks she has everything under control. But when she arrives to pick up her wedding dress at Alfred and Charisse's Coutures in Little Italy, she finds the young husband-and-wife designers bound and gagged, a wedding dress shredded on the floor and four others missing, including her own. In spite of all she must do before the wedding, Regan agrees to investigate. Jack, hoping to solve a big bank robbery case before their nuptials, is more than supportive. To Regan's surprise, not all the brides-to-be who've lost their gowns are that distraught. Regan's and Jack's cases convincingly intertwine as the sleuthing trail leads them from the streets of New York to Las Vegas. With her usual cast of quirky characters, Clark's lighthearted romp will keep readers guessing who will and who won't make it to the altar. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
PI Regan Reilly finds the perfect wedding gown-and then finds it stolen! The daughter of Mary Higgins Clark lives in NYC. National author tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"With her usual cast of quirky characters, Clark's lighthearted romp will keep readers guessing who will and won't make it to the altar."
Publishers Weekly

"Bestseller Clark's winning ninth mystery."
Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
Regan Reilly Series , #9
Edition description:
Abridged, 4 CDs, 4 hrs. 30 min.
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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Chapter One

Regan Reilly descended the staircase from the second floor of her parents' home in Summit, New Jersey, as she had on countless Saturday mornings in the thirty-one years of her life. As usual, she was headed for the kitchen where her mother would be putting out breakfast. But this Saturday was different.

It was her last Saturday as a single.

Regan's hand lightly brushed the banister as she reached the bottom step and turned toward the living room. The presents from her bridal shower, held the night before, were neatly stacked in the corner -- everything from the latest and greatest cappuccino machine that Regan was sure she'd never be able to figure out, to a clock radio that blared "Today is the first day of the rest of your life" when the alarm went off. The set of gleaming kitchen knives had intrigued Regan the most. A private investigator, she had examined them closely. The only other present that could have been considered a deadly weapon was the cookbook, her father, Luke, had remarked.

Luke and Regan's fiancé, Jack "No Relation" Reilly, had escaped to a restaurant in town, and then returned to join the women for an after-dinner drink. All the obligatory oohing and aahing over the household goods and lingerie were mercifully over. Jack's mother, sisters, and aunts were at the shower as well as many of Regan's old family friends. It had been a lively party.

Regan had flown in two days before from Los Angeles where she had her own PI agency. There was now one week left to finalize all the arrangements before she went from Ms. Reilly to Mrs. Reilly. Today she was heading into New York City with her mother, Nora, and her best friend, Kit, to pick up her wedding gown.

Getting married is a lot of work, Regan had thought more than once since she'd gotten engaged six months ago. It was easy to see why women turned into Bridezillas. But all the hassle was worth it. Jack was what she had waited for all her life and they both wanted to celebrate with their friends and family by having a large, festive wedding.

After years of enduring dates with losers, weirdos, and, worst of all, cheapskates, Regan often felt that she would never meet her soul mate. It took her father getting kidnapped for her to find Jack. He was the head of the Major Case Squad in New York City and had worked day and night to get Luke back. In the process, he and Regan had fallen in love.

At the large butcher block table in the kitchen, Nora and Kit were sipping coffee and munching on blueberry muffins.

"Good morning," Regan said cheerily. "Kit, I can't believe you're up. We don't have to head into the city for another fifteen minutes."

"I was sleepless thinking about seeing you in your wedding gown today," Kit said in her usual droll tone. "I never thought the day would arrive. I never thought my day would arrive. Yours did. Mine, I'm sure, never will."

Regan laughed as Nora cooed sympathetically. "Of course it will."

"Mom, don't worry about Kit," Regan said as she poured herself a cup of coffee. "Kit, we'll get through everything that this next week entails, get me married off, and then I'm sure we'll be planning your wedding before...before uh..."

"Before what?" Kit asked as she spread butter on her muffin. "Before the cows come home?"

"Way before that," Regan answered with a wave of her hand. "Life can change in an instant. I still have a week before I walk down the aisle. Who knows what could happen before then?"

Nora jumped up, an alarmed expression on her face. "Don't even think like that, Regan. Everything is going to be wonderful. Now let's finish our coffee, get in the car, and drive into the city to pick up the gorgeous dress you will wear one week from today. I must say I'm glad it'll be the last time we have to deal with those crazy designers and that drafty loft they have the nerve to call a bridal salon."

Regan and Kit looked at each other and laughed.

"Mom, Charisse and Alfred are a very talented couple and they are starting to make their mark in the fashion world. They're booked a year in advance. I'm glad they were willing to squeeze me in. Pretty soon they're going to be household names."

None of them could have predicted that Charisse and Alfred's quest for fame would be sped up by their appearance on the front page of the following day's New York Post.

With Regan at the wheel, Nora's Mercedes-Benz glided into the Holland Tunnel.

"It's a lovely day," Nora sighed as the sunlight disappeared behind them. "I hope it's like this next Saturday."

"I do, too. But it's April. You never know..." Regan's voice trailed off.

"A girl in my office scheduled her wedding for late October on Martha's Vineyard. Wouldn't you know a nor'easter hit that very day? When they got to the reception, the restaurant was without power. And the backup generator had gone kaput," Kit remarked from the backseat.

"Thanks, Kit." Regan smiled. "I'll be sure to pray for good weather."

Fifteen minutes later they parked the car in a lot not too far from the heart of Little Italy. Alfred and Charisse's Coutures was located in a loft on the entire third floor of a building that, in Nora's opinion, was in need of a makeover.

"I don't know what the allure is of places like these," Nora muttered as they walked down a side street that looked like the Broadway set for Cats.

"People love it down here," Regan commented. "And if you're in fashion, it makes you seem hip to have an address like this. It's where old New York meets the new. The pushcarts of yesteryear have been replaced by trendy boutiques."

"What's wrong with Madison Avenue?" Nora asked as she stepped over a piece of broken glass on the cracked sidewalk. They stopped in front of an old building and caught the door as a young couple was coming out. Regan held the door open as she pushed the buzzer for Alfred and Charisse's loft. There was no answer. She pushed it again, and they waited.

Kit looked at her watch. "It's eleven o'clock."

"I can't imagine where they'd be. They live here and they're expecting us," Regan said.

"We've already made it through security..." Nora remarked wryly, glancing around at the empty lobby.

"That we have," Regan agreed. "Let's head upstairs."

The three of them got on a large, battered, groaning elevator, which took its time about everything. The car slowly ascended to the third floor where it stopped with a jerk. A loud click and a mournful moan followed. After an agonizing six seconds, the door opened.

Right away Regan could tell something was wrong. The door to the loft was ajar. Whenever she'd been at the salon, Alfred always made a point to keep the door closed. He was paranoid that his genius might float out the door and people would somehow steal the ideas for his designs. Regan hurried across the hall and pushed the door fully open. There was no one in sight. The dress racks were empty. But one lone gown was in shreds on the floor.

"Charisse?" Regan called. "Alfred?"

There was no answer.

Nora grabbed Regan's arm. "Regan, be careful."

"Charisse?" Regan called again, her voice rising. "Alfred?" She slowly moved farther into the loft and saw that the shredded dress had drops of blood on it. Regan inhaled sharply and hurried to the back of the loft and around the corner to where she knew their bedroom was. Gingerly, Regan opened the door.

"Oh, my God!" Regan cried.

Charisse and Alfred were stretched out on their bed, bound and gagged. Regan hurried over and removed Alfred's gag.

"Regan!" he cried, struggling for breath. "A couple of thieves broke in here in the middle of the night. They tied us up. I thought they were going to kill us. They smashed our safe here in the bedroom and grabbed our cash and jewelry!"

"They did more than that," Regan said quickly as she ran around the bed and untied the cloth around Charisse's mouth. "It looks like all your dresses are gone. Except one that could use a lot of help."

Two screams pierced the air: One belonged to Alfred. The other emanated from the owner of that sorry bridal gown who had just arrived in the next room.

Regan couldn't decide whose scream was worse.

Copyright © 2006 by Carol Higgins Clark

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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Hitched (Regan Reilly Series #9) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the Regan Reilly books are well written and great fun. This was one of my least favorite.
NCLibby More than 1 year ago
I have just recently been introduced to the Regan Reilly Series of books and am trying to read all of them. They are very entertaining and once you get started, you don't want to put them down. Anyone interested in mystery solving would enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is favorite Regan Reily book so far. I just love this book. Yes it is a little mysterious but it is also humorous. I just love the characters in the story, especially the wedding dress designers. This book also has some twists and turns that just kept me flipping the pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cozy story is a good read, but not as suspenseful as the earlier Regan Reilly mysteries. Still, Carol does a good job in tying things together. You may want to read some of her first books in this series such as Iced and Decked.
LouieTheCat More than 1 year ago
Hitched is the best book out of her 6 books that I've already read. There are many central characters, who are involved in suspenseful twists and turns, all leading to a satisfying ending. I couldn't put it down, and finished it in record time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Carol Higgins Clark and love the Regan Reilly series, great read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
We knew it would finally happen that Regan Reilly would marry Jack Reilly and she can't say no relation any more. It was a fun read and had lots of twists. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I was tricked. This author has become as good a writer as her mother. I've recommeded this book to my book club.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an awesome Mystery. As usual Carol Higgins Clark did not let us down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! This is the first book that I have read by Carol Higgins Clark. She does an amazing job of bringing everything together. Highly recommend. The book cover is definitely creepy.
harstan More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time coming but finally California private detective Regan Reilly is getting married to NYPD captain Jack Reilly, head of the Major Case Cquad. The happy couple is going to live in Jack¿s Tribecca loft but with just a week to go before the wedding, Regan has a lot of details to settle. The most important item is to pick up her wedding dress but when she goes to Alfred and Cherisse¿s Couture, she finds the owners tied up and the wedding gown stolen along with twenty thousand dollars in cash.---- Regan is determined to find the thief who stole her gown and the robbery gains media attention as a human interest story. The thieves are driving to Las Vegas to sell the dresses there while Regan is dealing with the dress and the other brides who also had their dresses stolen along with hers. Jack is trying to catch a bank robber who only is active on rainy days. As he keeps apprised of Regan in her investigation, he discovers a link to his case that just might catch the perpetrator. Regan takes all the problems surrounding the wedding in stride concentrating on catching a jewel thief and a missing woman who was attending one of the bride¿s bachelorette party.---- Looking for an exciting light-hearted mystery with an eccentric cast of characters, some of whom surprisingly turn out to be crooks? Look no further than HITCHED, the latest and most romantic Regan Reilly mystery. Readers finally see Jack as a three dimensional character who is not afraid to show his love for his fiancée. The two protagonists share equal billing in this delightfully charming crime caper.------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did anyone else have problems with adjustig the margins and text? I have never had this happen before. I tried reloading several time to no avail.