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Dashing Through the Snow Hardcover – November 18, 2008
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Set in a little town in New Hampshire, the short but sweet novel takes place during the first annual Festival of Joy, which the young mayor and his camera-happy wife hope will put their charming little town on the map.
A group of disgruntled employees of the local grocery, who have reason to be unhappy because the owner's wife has given them wedding pictures of herself and her husband instead of the monetary Christmas bonuses they were counting on, have won the powerball lottery. But another winning ticket was sold in the next town. Who has it? And where is it?
Add to that a lovestruck grocery clerk and his sweetheart, who has flown from California to surprise him but has gone missing, and you have a situation just made for Alvirah & Regan.
I enjoyed this book, and you will, too. Take it with you on your holiday flight--it should fill the time between airports. I look forward each year to the Clarks' Christmas novel and to Anne Perry's Christmas novel. They did not disappoint me.
It has all my favorite characters...the darling and dashing team of Regan and Jack O'Reilly, sophisticated mom Nora and her stoic husband, Luke Reilly, and those lucky lottery winners, Alvirah and Willy Meehan, who haven't let winning all that money stop them from being such great people.
The book is 226 pages, and I didn't want it to end!
It has the usual good guys and bad guys and I love the quirks and devious plot revolving around people that have money, and those that want to take it from them!
If you are concerned that this book is a re-print, it is brand new and has not previously been published.
If you have enjoyed any of their previous books, you won't be disappointed. If you haven't read any of them, you can still read this book without knowing all the back stories and be entertained. Then you'll want to get all the rest!
I have read several Christmas-themed books from mother-daughter writing team Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark, but Dashing Through the Snow is by far the most engaging, delightful one of the all!
Dashing Through the Snow features a picturesque village in the midst of busy preparations for the first Festival of Joy, as well as likable characters and brisk plot.
From the group of local market employees who have won $180 million in the lottery (one of which who is a lovelorn, dependable worker who decided to NOT go in on the lottery this time!), to a surprising villian, there's a good dash of romance, a smattering of humor and a heaping dollop of suspense in this good-natured holiday book.
In stark contrast to the horrible Santa Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea, Dashing Through the Snow keeps MHC's obnoxious amateur sleuth (and lottery winner herself) Alvirah Meehan at a minimum; in fact, even Regan and Jack Reilly aren't major characters, really.
No, the main characters in this particular book is the charming town of Branscombe, a young couple in love, several unscrupulous thieves and kidnappers, a mysterious gemstone ring set in the shape of a flower, and the good-hearted townspeople.
This book could have easily skidded into holiday schmaltz, but fortunately for fans of MHC (and Christmas in general!), the authors deftly guide the story into a satisfying holiday mystery. Well done, Mary and Carol!
My sweet daughter bought me this book for Christmas, so I felt obligated to finish it. She's only fourteen and, after reading the enire book, I honestly feel that it was a total waste of her hard-earned money and a total waste of my (too little) free time. If they'll take it, I plan on selling it to a used book store, and give the proceeds to my daughter.
Don't waste your time or money on this book, as there are many, many good ones out there!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This short mystery was just as good reading as the authors' longer stories. The inclusion of the lottery win added to the intrigue and the outcome of the story. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Millie
Easy Christmas read, a little suspense with a happy ending.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had trouble getting through this book and didn't finish it. It didn't grip me as these author's books normally do.Published 4 months ago by Loretta Henke
I like everything Mary Higgins Clark writes......wish she could write faster!Published 7 months ago by Leann Qualle
I enjoy the author and have many of her books she never lets me down with her books.both Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark are great authors anyone will enjoy their booksPublished 8 months ago by punchpressbob
What a wonderful Christmas story with a twist. Mother and daughter have done it again,Published 11 months ago by Kim
Felt like a book for junior high kids. Was disappointed. You KNEW what was going to happen and parts of it did not make sense.Published 12 months ago by Dalene