Deck the Halls - Alvirah Meehan, Regan Reilly - Large Print Author:Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark Three days before Christmas, Regan Reilly, the dynamic young sleuth featured in the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, and Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner and amateur detective who has appeared in several previous books by Mary Higgins Clark, meet at a dentist's office. Alvirah is tending to her husband, while Regan is there in hopes of conne... more »cting with her busy father, scheduled for a routine visit.
Once it is apparent that Luke Reilly is not going to show up, Alvirah offers the troubled Regan a lift home. When a call comes through on Regan's cell phone, telling her that her father and his driver, Rosita Gonzalez, are being held for $1,000,000 ransom, Alvirah insists on lending a hand, for while Regan is a licensed private detective in Los Angeles, Alvirah has valuable contacts in the NYPD.
Regan's mother, successful mystery writer Nora Regan Reilly, was hospitalized the day before, and now Regan must comfort her while trying to meet the demands of her father's kidnappers -- and their deadline.
With Alvirah's help, Jack Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, leads the investigation as the two kidnappers, who are not just rank amateurs but also laughably inept -- thus dangerous and unpredictable -- make known their demands.
Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita, held in a decrepit houseboat, become increasingly concerned not only for their welfare but for that of their loved ones.« less
I finished this book in one sitting. Not because the book was that well written or that engrossing, but because it felt like something I read in grade school. Roberts should be ashamed of herself for this disaster.