Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth; recently "hitched" private detective Regan Reilly; and their husbands Willy and Jack, are guests on the Royal Mermaid's maiden voyage, the Santa Cruise. The cruise is Commodore Randolph Weed's gift to a select group of people who in the last year made the world a better place. What he doesn't know is that his ne'er-do-well nephew, Eric, has smuggled two escaping criminals on board.
Follow the adventures of lottery-winning couple Willy and Alvirah Meehan through these best selling short stories. The couple is targeted and pursued by ex-cons after winning the lottery in "Plumbing for Willy," they discover the body of actress Fiona Winter in their New York apartment in "The Body in the Closet," and they help Cynthia Lathem solve the murder of her stepfather in "Death at the Cape."
In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first (and many hope, annual) Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. One of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing.
"Light Hearted Story"
Winning the lottery has made Willy and Alvirah Meehan famous. Now that she sports a stylish hairdo and knows how to dress like the wealthy lady she is, Alvirah quite enjoys being a guest on a talk show. But fame has its down side: three ex-cons in the viewing audience choose Willy as a kidnapping target. Unfortunately for the criminals, the Meehans haven't forgotten their old skill: Alvirah can become a cleaning woman at a moment's notice, and Willy still loves plumbing.
"An enjoyable listen!"
All of Alvirah's deductive powers and Willy's world-class common sense are called upon as the two stumble into a Christmas mystery. A woman abandons her newborn at a Manhattan church. Simultaneously, a thief is absconding with a treasured artifact, a chalice adorned with a star-shaped diamond. To elude police, he grabs the stroller and disappears.
"CAN'T GO WRONG WITH CLARK"
On a sweltering summer night, a major blackout hits New York City and more than one person in Sleuth Regan Reilly's building blows their fuse! In the midst of the chaos, with her husband Jack out coping with the city's problems, Regan finds herself drawn into a case she would never expect to happen in her own home.
"OH Dear, She Needs Help"
Regan Reilly, is a young PI who has come from L.A. to ski and celebrate with her parents and their rich Aspen friends. It ends up being a busman's holiday for Regan, who gets swept up in art theft intrigue after some multimillion-dollar paintings are stolen from her parent's friends. The thieves continue to elude capture, but Regan is on their trail. She's up agaist time, though, as the clock ticks down to Aspen's biggest party of the season-at which the town's most valuable painting of all will be unveiled.
"Narration not that great"
"That's The Ticket!" Ernie and Wilma Bean have finally made it! Their lucky number has won the special Christmas lottery. Trouble is, Wilma's out of town, and it's tough to keep news like that a secret for too long. It couldn't hurt to celebrate a little with Loretta Thistlebottom, now could it? "Voices in the Coal Bin" The country cabin where Mike spent so many idyllic summers with his grandmother ought to be the perfect place for his wife, Laurie, to recover from the nightmares of her own childhood.
After hobnobbing with the rich and famous at the Cannes Film Festival with her parents, Regan Reilly sets off for her next destination, Naples...Florida, that is. Its there that Regan's college buddy Maura lives. Maura works in quality control at the nearby Palm Hotel. With three kids and a husband, Maura's household is a full one, so she arranges free lodging for Regan at the Palm. But the Palm Hotel is no quiet oasis either, as Regan quickly discovers.
"Product To Good To Be True"
In Deck the Halls, Regan Reilly, the dynamic young sleuth featured in the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, meets Alvirah Meehan, the famous lottery winner and amateur detective who has appeared in several books by Mary Higgins Clark. Listen to the mother-daughter duo talk about how they collaborated to create this story of high stakes and detection played out against a holiday setting.
Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack, head of the Major Case Squad in New York City, have just gotten hitched! They've headed to Hennessey Castle, a romantic spot in western Ireland, to escape the world and the criminals they deal with daily. But their getaway is anything but relaxing!
L.A.-based private detective Regan Reilly flies to Las Vegas to help an old school chum, Danny Madley. Danny is producing the pilot of a reality TV show, "Love Above Sea Level." But someone is trying to sabotage Danny's show before he can shoot the final scene at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
When we last saw L.A.-based private detective Regan Reilly, she'd recently become engaged, but before the big event Kit convinces her to come to Hawaii for one last girls' weekend.
"Worst audiobook I have ever suffered through"
Private Investigator Regan Reilly moved from Los Angeles to New York City when she married her husband, Jack "no relation" Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad. To help a friend she ends up taking on a case that calls her back to her old stomping ground....
Regan Reilly and her fiance, Jack "no relation" Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are getting married! Regan had the perfect dress made by two young designers on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Arriving at the bridal salon to pick up her gown, Regan discovers the shop has been broken into, the designers bound and gagged, and wedding dresses for four of the April brides (her dress included) are missing. A fifth dress is in shreds on the floor.
"Nice Summertime Listen"
Savvy young Los Angeles P.I. Regan Reilly faces an unusual challenge when she gets an urgent call from Lilac Weldon, owner -- with her two hippie brothers -- of the run-down California winery Altered States. Lilac asks Regan to find her actress daughter, Whitney, aka "Freshness," in time to attend the wedding of Lilac's wealthy aunt Lucretia Standish, a 93-year-old silent film star.
Fleeced is a witty portrait of modern urban life, and proves once again that Carol Higgins Clark is a uniquely talented writer.