Santa Cruise (Alvirah Meehan Regan Reilley)
Santa Cruise - Alvirah Meehan Regan Reilley Author:Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth; her husband, Willy; recently hitched private detective Regan Reilly and her groom, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad; and Regan's parents, Nora and Luke, are guests on the Royal Mermaid's maiden voyage, the Santa Cruise. The cruise is Commodore Randolph Weed's gif... more »t to a select group of people who in the last year "made the world a better place." What he really wants is good publicity that will generate future bookings for his struggling new venture. He also plans to scatter his beloved mother's ashes at sea during this four-day odyssey in the Caribbean. What he doesn't know is that his ne'er-do-well nephew, Eric, has smuggled two escaping criminals on board.
Alvirah won the cruise at a charity auction and persuaded the Reillys to accompany her and Willy. Other passengers include members of the Oklahoma Readers and Writers group, who volunteer their time teaching people to read. The group is planning a mystery seminar dedicated to a Ghost of Honor, the late Left Hook Louie, a champion prizefighter turned bestselling author. There are also ten men on board who had donated their time playing Santa Claus during the holiday season as well as assorted other charitable folk, all planning on a restful post-Christmas vacation.
The hoped-for tranquility soon vanishes. A terrified mystery fan swears she has spotted the Ghost of Honor in the ship's chapel. Two Santa suits disappear from a locked supply room. A storm develops, and in the infirmary an attempt is made on the life of a seemingly feeble passenger. Back in Miami, a TV reporter is turning the cruise into a public-relations nightmare, thanks to her spies on the ship.
As the Royal Mermaid sails through troubled waters, Alvirah, Regan, and Jack are uncovering the clues that lead them to dangerous criminals who were not on the original guest list!« less
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I love all these characters!! When Mary & Carol get together on a book it is always a fun read. This is their latest and it is good. Combines Nora & Luke Reilly, Reagen & Jack Reilly, and Alvirah & Willie. Alvirah and Willie have won a wonderful four day cruise in the Carribean and invite the rest of the crew to join them. It sets sail a couple of days after Christmas, and since noone has any special plans until the New Year they all decide to go. A calm, restful break from the hectic Christmas season this is not! There is way more going on with this cruise than meets the eye, and of course the lot of them get caught up in trying to piece together all the puzzles and solve the mysteries. A great read!
"Santa Cruise" is the third Alvirah Meehan/Regan Reilly Christmas mystery written by the mother and daughter team of Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. Randolph Weed owns the cruise ship, The Royal Mermaid, and the maiden voyage is one that is free to guests who have done much good in the line of charity work. Alvirah Meehan wins a free cruise with her husband, Willy, and invites Jack and Regan Reilly and Nora and Luke Reilly to join them on the cruise. Eric, Weed's nephew, is hiding out 2 fugitives who are going to an island where there is no extradition to the US. One of the fugitives, a mobster named Tony Pinto, looks like the boxer turned mystery writer Left Hook Louie, and 2 women think they have seen the writer's ghost. Alvirah steals the show as she attempts to nab the suspects. There is too much coincidence in the book and Regan does very little in the way of detection for a private investigator. It is not the best of books for either author, but can provide a few hours of light entertainment if you have nothing better to do. Mary Higgins Clark is a fine mystery writer and her full length novels are excellent.
I have read all of Mary Higgins Clark's books and some of Carol Higgins Clark's books. It seems to me that Mary Higgins Clark can still spin a tale, but her stories have lost their edge. There is not much mystery to this story. It is a fun, easy read though.
I LOVE Mary Higgins Clark, have all of her books, but have only read one other by Carol Higgins Clark and I wasn't too impressed. This book does bring back some characters from MHC's and I guess CHC's previous books, but you don't get a real feel for the characters from this book alone. There were a few cute mishaps occurring, but it was a quick read, and I found it boring and hard to get through.