Saturday, November 8, 2008

Dashing Through the Snow-Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark

Dashing Through the Snow
Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
Scribner, Nov 18 2008, $23.00
ISBN: 9781439129173

In Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are excited and volunteering as the village prepares for its first ever Festival of Joy with plans to hold annual galas. Visitors are expected from the rest of New England and especially New York. In fact novelist Nora Regan Reilly and her daughter private investigator Regan Reilly accompanied by their close friends Alvirah and Will Meehan, are in town for the event.

On the night before the opening ceremony, four employees of Conklin's Market win $160 million in the lottery. The Meehans especially understand the joy and pitfalls of lottery winnings as they won $40 million a few years ago. The grateful quartet agrees to share their new wealth with a fifth employee of the store, Duncan Graham who provided the winning numbers at the last moment declined participation on the advice of financial advisors. When they go to tell him what they want to do to thank him, the foursome finds him missing. The NYC visiting quartet begins to investigate a strange trail of cons and lottery winners.

The latest holiday collaboration between the great mother and daughter queens of suspense is a fun tale that focuses on lottery winnings. As with the previous adventures (see SANTA CRUISE and THE CHRISTMAS THIEF) Carol Higgins Clark’s sleuth Regan Reilly is the lead investigator assisted by her retinue. The story line is razor thing, but no one will care as fans will enjoy DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW of New Hampshire along side Regan, her mom and their friends.

Harriet Klausner