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Deck the Halls Hardcover – October 24, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743212002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743212007
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,045,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

On her own, each Clark has written reliably entertaining mystery/thrillers that occasionally exhibit storytelling magic. The authors' first collaborationDwhich also sees a collaboration by their respective publishers, as well as the teaming of two of their best-known sleuthsDis only middling, however, though it will please their many fans. Three days before Christmas, Luke Reilly, who owns a string of funeral homes, and his young female driver, Rosita Gonzalez, are kidnapped for ransom. Luke is the husband of Nora Regan Reilly, a bestselling mystery writer based somewhat on Mary Higgins Clark; both are parents to Regan Reilly, Carol Higgins Clark's series detective (Twanged, etc.). Regan gets on the case at once, but she doesn't make much headway until she pairs up with Alvirah Meegan, the cleaning woman who turned private eye after winning a $40-million lottery in Mary Higgins Clark's Weep No More My Lady. (Here, Regan and Alvirah make each other's acquaintance at a dentist's office.) Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita remain chained on a small boat offshore from New Jersey as their two bumbling kidnappers plan, execute and bobble a ransom run. The boat starts to sink. Will Luke and Rosita drown? There's probably not a reader alive who thinks they will, and it'll surprise no one when Regan and Alvirah trip over clues as big as Christmas trees to save the day. But if the novel generates little suspense, it does go down like roasted chestnuts, and fans will greatly enjoy the pairing of two favorite detectivesDand two popular writersDin a lightweight but amiably lighthearted Christmas ornament of a book. (Nov. 1)
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From Booklist

It's Christmas time, but C. B. Dingle has no Christmas spirit. His departed Uncle Goodloe left his fortune to the Sod, Plant, Bloom, and Blossom Society, and Dingle is distraught. He's so upset, in fact, that he's bent on revenge. The plan is to kidnap Luke Reilly, owner of the funeral home that set dear old Uncle on the garden path. But Dingle's partner, Petey, accidentally drops the ransom in the drink (the East River, to be exact), which gives the assorted investigative types--including Reilly's daughter, the PI star of several Carol Higgins Clark novels, and Alvirah Meehan, the amateur detective featured in a few Mary Higgins Clark books--a second chance to find dear Dad, which they do just in time. Happy Christmas to all. This first collaboration by the mother-daughter team is a lightweight bit of fluff that readers will speed through in no time. The writing styles mesh seamlessly, but the goofy goings-on and the coincidences (a detective name Jack Reilly--no relation!) add a layer of comedy that isn't quite in tune with the suspense, leaving readers to wonder if it's all supposed to be a big joke. No matter. Clark, the prolific mom, and Clark, the daughter, who now has several books to her credit, have enough loyal fans between them to gather a hefty readership, even if the product is a bit thin. Stephanie Zvirin
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The characters were colorful and the plot exciting.
Jessica M. Lucas
By my rating I am in no way saying that the rest of their books are just as bad, I am just advising them to think twice before they write a book together again.
Christine Staik
I feel that the book was a little slow moving, and could really get boring at certain parts.
Erika Sorocco

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By michael luciano on October 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It has become an annual tradition for Mary Higgins Clark to put out a Christmas thriller. They are shorter books than her usual fare and I guess they are marketed as great stocking stuffers. Lately, I have found myself enjoying Clark's books less and less. They have become much too predictable and at best can be described as "lite" thrillers. If this type of book appeals to you, you will enjoy Deck The Halls. Loyal fans of Clark's work will find the usual elements that attract them to her books. For those readers looking for something fresh and exciting, this book is not for you. I have never read any of the books written by her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark(who she cowrote this book with), so I have no point of comparison on her end. I will say that reading Deck The Halls does not inspire to go out and read any of Carol's other work. This is not an awful book, it's just not an interesting one. Any mystery and thriller fan will be able to predict all the action in this book by the time they've reached page fifty. I realize that is actually a positive characteristic for avid Mary Higgins Clark fans. The familiarity of both the plot and characters is attractive to these fans and the formula will produce another New York Times Bestseller. For those who have never read Clark before this is not the place to start. Go back to one of her earlier works when her plots seemed fresh and new. A true Christmas present from Clark would be to write a book as good as those early ones. These books are an annual tradition I could live without.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on November 10, 2000
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As one who looks forward to any new Mary Higgins Clark book, I have to sadly admit that this was a disappointment. Being a lover of mysteries set at Christmas, I was totally captivated by her previous Christmas novella, "All Through The Night." This current one, while starting out on an interesting note (loved having Alvirah connect with Regan Reilly), falls flat quickly due to the lack of suspense. Is there any reader who does not know from early into the book how this is going to turn out? The suspense is virtually non-existent. Also, Mary has gone to the kidnapping at Christmas plot once too often. It worked so well in "All Through the Night" because the reader was caught up in the suspense of the helpless infant being the victim. It's hard to muster the same level of concern for two adults who seem far wiser than their inept kidnappers. I've read all of MHC's books and this one goes on the bottom of my list when ranking favorites. But I hope she does another Christmas one in 2001; just want her to be more imaginative and suspenseful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jordana Vista on November 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a moment away from Holiday Madness, this book does its job. The characters are fun and a bit too surreal to be taken seriously, or to worry over, but The Clark Ladies still give a good read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Piske on December 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A good Christmas thriller from the author we've come to expect them from. Not the heaviest writing, but entertaining nonetheless, and with all the straightforwardness of plot that is typical of her work. Granted, this consistency can produce a bit of predictability, but its hard not to be caught up into it anyway because of the interesting beginning. Don't expect too much and you'll be pleased.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chad Spivak on December 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Both Mary and Carol Higgins Clark are well-renowned authors, and have written countless good books between the two of them. Finally, we get the chance to see them work together. This collaborative effort is quite good.
In DECK THE HALLS, writer Nora Reilly is in the hospital with a broken leg. Her husband and his driver are kidnapped by a client, and held for $1 million ransom. In a race against time, not to mention the own personal friction between the two kidnappers, several characters from the past are included in the suspense.
What truly makes this novel entertaining is the diverse mesh of interesting characters. Both writers include some of your favorites from other stories. With a plethora of plot twists peppered with some incredibly zany situations, DECK THE HALLS is a real good read. The storyline is easy to follow, and the witty dialogue helps move it along nicely.
This is a pleasurable, light read, and one that is perfect for this time of year. DECK THE HALLS will definately leave you feeling quite jolly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on April 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Deck the Halls by the mother and daughter team of Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark is ideal for an afternoons read by the fire.Two private detectives, each a favourite character in the respective writers novels, team up to solve a kidnapping.It's a light,pleasant bit of flummery and, being such a slim volume, takes only a couple of hours to read without any brain strain. The crooks are bumbling idiots and the outcome is very obvious right from the beginning. Another thing that bothered me was the writing style-I seem to remember this speech pattern from my schoolgirl stories when I was a child and it just doesn't suit adult books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My review would almost mirror Michael's review, so I am only going to add to what he has already said.
If you have never read a MHC or CHC book, please don't let this be the first one you start with. MHC original 12 or so books are amazing, and CHC's book are also a good read. Save reading this book until after reading their other books.
To me, this book was a big thank-you to everyone in their lives. It is full of mommy, daddy, daughter, editor adoration(and others). Parts of the book were totally unbelieveable. An example is when Nora(Mary) is in the hospital talking with a young handsome cop, she is thinking about how nice it would be if he was her son-in-law(Nora is always trying to fix-up the single Regan), however, if my husband had been kidnapped, that probably would be the last thing on my mind. I also found the laughing and nonstop joking from the kidnap victims with their almost overly courteous kidnappers to be a bit strange(the kidnappers do get kudos, as they feed their victims on a regular basis!).
When I first heard about this joint project, I thought this most likely was a vehicle to be used to propel Carol into Mary's arena, and make Carol the next Queen of Suspense, however, after reading this book, I have changed my mind. I now believe this was something mom and daughter did together for the fun of doing it(because there is no way this little 180 something page book is capable of accomplishing that feat). Since Mary seems to be publishing a book at the holiday season, I would like to see something with a little more meat next year.
Bottom line: It's not a bad book, but it's not Mary's best(or Carol's), but I am not sorry I bought it. I just wish their was more to it!
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