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In The Bestselling Tradition Of The Christmas Thief . . . A Holiday Mystery At Sea America's Queen of Suspense -- Mary Higgins Clark -- joins forces with her daughter Carol -- bestselling author of the Regan Reilly mysteries -- in this fast-paced novel set on a special holiday cruise that sets sail from Miami the day after Christmas. Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turne In The Bestselling Tradition Of The Christmas Thief . . . A Holiday Mystery At Sea America's Queen of Suspense -- Mary Higgins Clark -- joins forces with her daughter Carol -- bestselling author of the Regan Reilly mysteries -- in this fast-paced novel set on a special holiday cruise that sets sail from Miami the day after Christmas. 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. As the Royal Mermaid sails through troubled waters, Alvirah and Regan uncover clues that lead them to the dangerous men who were not on the original guest list! Filled with suspense and humor, Santa Cruise is a holiday mystery you won't want to miss. Join the Clarks' as they bring this unpredictable voyage to a hair-raising and heartwarming conclusion and ring in the New Year.


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In The Bestselling Tradition Of The Christmas Thief . . . A Holiday Mystery At Sea America's Queen of Suspense -- Mary Higgins Clark -- joins forces with her daughter Carol -- bestselling author of the Regan Reilly mysteries -- in this fast-paced novel set on a special holiday cruise that sets sail from Miami the day after Christmas. Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turne In The Bestselling Tradition Of The Christmas Thief . . . A Holiday Mystery At Sea America's Queen of Suspense -- Mary Higgins Clark -- joins forces with her daughter Carol -- bestselling author of the Regan Reilly mysteries -- in this fast-paced novel set on a special holiday cruise that sets sail from Miami the day after Christmas. 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. As the Royal Mermaid sails through troubled waters, Alvirah and Regan uncover clues that lead them to the dangerous men who were not on the original guest list! Filled with suspense and humor, Santa Cruise is a holiday mystery you won't want to miss. Join the Clarks' as they bring this unpredictable voyage to a hair-raising and heartwarming conclusion and ring in the New Year.

30 review for Santa Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Not a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark. Doesn't seem to be a lot of research in her books. A woman shows up for a freebie cruise and gets two other couples on uninvited. I don't think so. The whole 'mystery' has too many improbable points to list.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Mary Higgins Clark is my 'go-to' author when I need a read to distract me, not necessarily to make me think. A friend has noted, she does not write good literature, but she spins a good yarn. This book is about a 'do-gooders' cruise given by a cruise ship owner trying to drum of business for his fledgling cruise ship. From the get-go things go wrong. His nephew (an 'officer' on the ship) is stowing away two dangerous fugitives, a member of the waitstaff jumps overboard to avoid being arrested, s Mary Higgins Clark is my 'go-to' author when I need a read to distract me, not necessarily to make me think. A friend has noted, she does not write good literature, but she spins a good yarn. This book is about a 'do-gooders' cruise given by a cruise ship owner trying to drum of business for his fledgling cruise ship. From the get-go things go wrong. His nephew (an 'officer' on the ship) is stowing away two dangerous fugitives, a member of the waitstaff jumps overboard to avoid being arrested, storms...etc. Nothing can go right. In the middle of everything is a man planning a heist. It certainly had the makings of a good mystery, but this story, in my opinion, falls flat. I checked it out because I am a cruise junkie. This story is predictable and the characters are annoying. This was the first MHC book I have read that she wrote with her daughter. I don't know that I'll be checking out another. I much prefer her older mysteries. In the end, it did keep me distracted and it was a quick read, but it wasn't really all that great.

  3. 5 out of 5

    gina

    Santa Cruise was not the worst book I read this year, but it comes close. I picked it up at the library for a good trashy mystery read--and it certainly was trashy. Predictable plot, two-dimensional characters, and flat prose--all I have to say is, meh! I guess that whatever Mary Higgins Clark writes, gets published. Oh--and her lucky daughter gets published too. I wish I had that kind of carte blanche. The good thing about this book is that it was a quick read, so it didn't waste too much of my Santa Cruise was not the worst book I read this year, but it comes close. I picked it up at the library for a good trashy mystery read--and it certainly was trashy. Predictable plot, two-dimensional characters, and flat prose--all I have to say is, meh! I guess that whatever Mary Higgins Clark writes, gets published. Oh--and her lucky daughter gets published too. I wish I had that kind of carte blanche. The good thing about this book is that it was a quick read, so it didn't waste too much of my time. In the future, I'll check out the books before I check them out at the library.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pumpernickel

    The story is interesting, but oh... Does it take not ONE but TWO writers to write THIS badly ? (-.-) ... I'm having fun with it anyway, cuz it takes place during X-Mas & it's one of my X-Mas readings... By the way : It's written by mother and daughter : Mary AND Carol Higgins Clark. Good story but doubtful writing, with dialogues that you go "Sure...", and you simply decide to forget it cuz you wanna know how the mystery is gonna be solved... The story is interesting, but oh... Does it take not ONE but TWO writers to write THIS badly ? (-.-) ... I'm having fun with it anyway, cuz it takes place during X-Mas & it's one of my X-Mas readings... By the way : It's written by mother and daughter : Mary AND Carol Higgins Clark. Good story but doubtful writing, with dialogues that you go "Sure...", and you simply decide to forget it cuz you wanna know how the mystery is gonna be solved...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    My sister recommended Santa Cruise to me when I complained to her about having nothing else to read. She and my mom are avid fans of Mary Higgins Clark's written works so I tried this one out. Immediately, I was engrossed in the tale. The storyline was well-written; the setting fit the story; the characters in the book were all realistically portrayed and featured as intelligent and sophisticated (and especially nosy) no-nonsense people. Distinguishing the bad guys from the good guys was very ea My sister recommended Santa Cruise to me when I complained to her about having nothing else to read. She and my mom are avid fans of Mary Higgins Clark's written works so I tried this one out. Immediately, I was engrossed in the tale. The storyline was well-written; the setting fit the story; the characters in the book were all realistically portrayed and featured as intelligent and sophisticated (and especially nosy) no-nonsense people. Distinguishing the bad guys from the good guys was very easy since the story was narrated from all the characters' perspectives, but, trying to guess what was going to happen next was very hard! It kept me guessing until the very last page. And the plot twist that was brought out in the end -- the heist of the silver chest box that was said to have belonged to Cleopatra? It really wasn't anticipated. Couldn't have seen it coming! It added up to the whole "mystery" concept of the book and made the ending much more enjoyable. A well-deserved rating of five stars! I'll definitely be reading more of this author's books soon.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda H

    As far as mystery books go, it had an interesting twist, especially since they were out at sea while this was all going on. Certain mystery books thrill you though, and make you want to re-read them to see what clues were written and you just skipped over. Unfortunately, that was not the case with "Santa Cruise". It is intersting the first time, but after you know what the solution to the mystery is, you don't really want to read it again. Therefore, if you would like a good mystery, I suggest g As far as mystery books go, it had an interesting twist, especially since they were out at sea while this was all going on. Certain mystery books thrill you though, and make you want to re-read them to see what clues were written and you just skipped over. Unfortunately, that was not the case with "Santa Cruise". It is intersting the first time, but after you know what the solution to the mystery is, you don't really want to read it again. Therefore, if you would like a good mystery, I suggest getting this out of the library, but it is not worth buying because you will probably never read it again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    This was a pretty good mystery, and the cruise was of interest since I'm hoping to plan a cruise in the new year. I enjoyed most of the story, and it was a light, easy read. Wow ... I absolutely do NOT remember ever reading this book before! This time I thoroughly enjoyed the book, reading it practically in one sitting. Having been on the above mentioned cruise earlier this year, it was all fun for me, recognizing some of the things that that were mentioned, and understanding some of the workings This was a pretty good mystery, and the cruise was of interest since I'm hoping to plan a cruise in the new year. I enjoyed most of the story, and it was a light, easy read. Wow ... I absolutely do NOT remember ever reading this book before! This time I thoroughly enjoyed the book, reading it practically in one sitting. Having been on the above mentioned cruise earlier this year, it was all fun for me, recognizing some of the things that that were mentioned, and understanding some of the workings of a cruise ship. The mystery was fun, mostly known to the reader from the beginning, but still with a bit of mystery to be unfolded at the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Krissy

    Meh

  9. 4 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Subtitle: A Holiday Mystery at Sea The mother/daughter writing team gives us a cozy mystery featuring retired maid and lottery winner Alvirah Meehan, her husband, Willy, and their friends on a holiday cruise. The plot is suitably complicated, if somewhat outlandish. There’s no murder, though there is an attack, some stolen Santa suits, several criminal types, more than one person with a secret identity, and the usual cast of eccentric bystanders and amateur sleuths. All told, it’s a fun, fast, co Subtitle: A Holiday Mystery at Sea The mother/daughter writing team gives us a cozy mystery featuring retired maid and lottery winner Alvirah Meehan, her husband, Willy, and their friends on a holiday cruise. The plot is suitably complicated, if somewhat outlandish. There’s no murder, though there is an attack, some stolen Santa suits, several criminal types, more than one person with a secret identity, and the usual cast of eccentric bystanders and amateur sleuths. All told, it’s a fun, fast, cozy mystery with a satisfying conclusion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Keshan

    This story more like young adult mystery novel. Its so different what I Read last time the same author. “all dressed in white “ is more like normal Thriller phenomena. But this is like soft mystery novel. But any way this is good Novel . I also like to read marry Higgins novels. Every one called her writing More like to romance suspense. I think that’s true… this story about cruise of different types people. Specialty Commodore has purpose to given free her mother. Dudley say to given a fre This story more like young adult mystery novel. Its so different what I Read last time the same author. “all dressed in white “ is more like normal Thriller phenomena. But this is like soft mystery novel. But any way this is good Novel . I also like to read marry Higgins novels. Every one called her writing More like to romance suspense. I think that’s true… this story about cruise of different types people. Specialty Commodore has purpose to given free her mother. Dudley say to given a free trip to rich people and its is the way get charity for the ship. But every thing get upide- down because commodore’s nephew Eric has another plan to get more money. He help to escape bull-eye who called the murdere…Meanwhile Henry Crater has onther plan about CLEOPATRAS CHEST……..own purposes, good people, nice cruise…..BUT finely everything change…..

  11. 4 out of 5

    Plum-crazy

    I've read a lot of Mary Higgins Clark's back catalogue & found them to be good gripping thrillers - although not so much the more recent ones but I digress....this however, is what I'd class as a "cosy" murder mystery. It's a much more light hearted read, maybe that's her daughter's influence on the book. It's a Alvirah Meehan mystery, (the cleaner who won the lottery & turned amateur sleuth) & this time she's been invited on a short cruise with a select group of people who have "helped make the I've read a lot of Mary Higgins Clark's back catalogue & found them to be good gripping thrillers - although not so much the more recent ones but I digress....this however, is what I'd class as a "cosy" murder mystery. It's a much more light hearted read, maybe that's her daughter's influence on the book. It's a Alvirah Meehan mystery, (the cleaner who won the lottery & turned amateur sleuth) & this time she's been invited on a short cruise with a select group of people who have "helped make the world a better place"...these include the youngsters Fredericka & Gwendolyn, who are particularly obnoxious (but amusing) despite, or probably rather because of, their do-gooding :o) Also on board are two felons fleeing from prison, 10 Santa Claus & the ghost of a dead prize fighter...just your average cruise then... There's nothing to tax the brain here but it's entertaining enough that you'll sail easily to the end of it!  

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Commodore Weed is making his maiden voyage with his new cruise ship. He has filled the boat with special guests who have accepted a free vacation. A few passengers have boarded with nefarious activities in mind. This book is apparently one in a series and I was able to follow the story with no trouble, however I still don’t know the main characters very well. The characters that are unique to this story are developed well enough that you know what kind of people they are rather quickly. The paci Commodore Weed is making his maiden voyage with his new cruise ship. He has filled the boat with special guests who have accepted a free vacation. A few passengers have boarded with nefarious activities in mind. This book is apparently one in a series and I was able to follow the story with no trouble, however I still don’t know the main characters very well. The characters that are unique to this story are developed well enough that you know what kind of people they are rather quickly. The pacing is the story was steady. I enjoyed the sprinkling of humor in the book. I never had a sense of suspense as I read. It seemed more like a story with quirky criminals than a mystery. I did enjoy the book, it just didn’t spark an interest in going back and reading the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Really enjoyed this book!! I’m a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark and am working thru reading her books..

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Feeling like not using your brain when reading? This book is exactely what you’re looking for. It is not really bad, but it is a kind of tv movie, in the form of a book. The whole story is rather predictable, the characters have no depth, but it is not too badly written. Anyway, I don’t mind to read these books occasionaly, especially or before after tackling some real stuff.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This was my first dive into the world of the cozy mystery and I LOVED it! I am very much looking forward to reading more cozy mysteries and had a great time reading this one! The only thing I wasn't in love with is the fact that you already know exactly who the bad guy is so there wasn't much "mystery" to that but the story did give out small clues into how the story would end one by one in a way so that was fun. Will be reading more from the Clark ladies in the future!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    This was a decent mystery. Not as strong as some of Mary Higgins Clark's others, but worth a listen. I liked the idea of a cruise for those who are charitable and helpful throughout the year, It seems like a nice way to say thank you. BUT things aren't always as they seem.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Another good book by the mother/daughter team. The storyline was not as interesting as some of their other Christmas capers, but it still held my interest.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    3 / 5 stars  S U M M A R Y  Alvirah won a cruise during a charity auction, and due to miscommunication is offered to bring along 2 couples as appeasement. The entire thing is a series of comical disasters as this free Santa Cruise descends into chaos.   C H A R A C T E R S A hilarious cast of well meaning amateur sleuths and stereotypical mobsters and criminals fill this book. I can't say any of them feel full or fleshed out, but I didn't expect them to at all, and so was amused by the whole thing. 3 / 5 stars  S U M M A R Y  Alvirah won a cruise during a charity auction, and due to miscommunication is offered to bring along 2 couples as appeasement. The entire thing is a series of comical disasters as this free Santa Cruise descends into chaos.   C H A R A C T E R S A hilarious cast of well meaning amateur sleuths and stereotypical mobsters and criminals fill this book. I can't say any of them feel full or fleshed out, but I didn't expect them to at all, and so was amused by the whole thing.   P L O T  This book makes me think that Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors had a lovechild with The Series of Unfortunate Events. Definitely a suspension of belief in spades, but I didn't expect anything less from a Higgins book called Santa Cruise. I found it highly entertaining and laughed out loud more than once. Fun and cheesy.   N A R R A T I O N  Carol Higgins Clark is a good an amusing narrator.   O V E R A L L  A fun little read that doesn't seem to take itself seriously. Don't expect much from it, and it will entertain you. I only picked it up because I was playing book bingo, but I don't regret it. 

  19. 5 out of 5

    Spynonu

    One star or two? That is the question. This book was painful to read. The dialogue is terrible. The people, their reactions and their interactions unrealistic. Even the "mystery" was clunky and convoluted. I understand it was supposed to be a light hearted holiday read but... it falls pretty flat. Unless you are desperate for something to read -I'd skip this one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kara of BookishBytes

    This is a bad book. The writing is poor, the characters are irritating, the plot is weak. And I say all of this as a lover of cozy mysteries (so my standards aren't necessarily high!). Don't spend your time on this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    A little too "gangster on boat" for me but the story was okay. I don't know if it was just how it came off on the audiobook or what but I just wasn't all that into it. Meh Read

  22. 4 out of 5

    Juanita

    Review: Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark. 08/11/2018 The story was about a free Holiday cruise for passengers who had done a good deed that year. The book was fast pace and predictable all the way. There’s mystery, suspense, crime, and adventure with many Santa‘s on board. The Royal Mermaid was owned by Randolph Weed the Commodore of the ship who was a complainer throughout the book. However, his nephew Eric Weed is trying to earn millions of dollars by shifting and hiding two crooks wherever h Review: Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark. 08/11/2018 The story was about a free Holiday cruise for passengers who had done a good deed that year. The book was fast pace and predictable all the way. There’s mystery, suspense, crime, and adventure with many Santa‘s on board. The Royal Mermaid was owned by Randolph Weed the Commodore of the ship who was a complainer throughout the book. However, his nephew Eric Weed is trying to earn millions of dollars by shifting and hiding two crooks wherever he could aboard the ship. These two fugitives are headed for an Island where there is no extradition back to the US. Alvirah Meehan who was a strange character, won the cruise with her husband and decided to invite four people, Jack and Regan Reilly and Nora and Luke Reilly to their group. Things start with Alvirah seeing a ghost in the chapel, than two Santa outfits were stolen out of a locked utility closet, and chips found on the carpet in Erik’s room was a strange red flag for someone to noticed. As the Royal Mermaid sails through trouble waters while Alvirah and her husband Willy and the four Reilly’s start to investigate what they think is trouble and mystery clues that lead them to the dangerous criminals who were not listed on the quest list.

  23. 5 out of 5

    An Odd1

    Alvirah Meehan, arthritic ex-housecleaner lottery-winner sleuth, PI Regan Reilly, their husbands Willy and NYPD cop Jack, and Reilly parents, sail free on a silly Santa Cruise, refurbished bad-luck Royal Mermaid's 4-day Caribbean maiden voyage. Commodore Randolph Weed chose do-gooders for publicity, but for a fast million, his lazy nephew, Eric stows away two villains, crime boss Bull's-Eye Tony Pinto and swindler Highbridge intend to disembark on extradition-free Fishbowl Island. Eric steals th Alvirah Meehan, arthritic ex-housecleaner lottery-winner sleuth, PI Regan Reilly, their husbands Willy and NYPD cop Jack, and Reilly parents, sail free on a silly Santa Cruise, refurbished bad-luck Royal Mermaid's 4-day Caribbean maiden voyage. Commodore Randolph Weed chose do-gooders for publicity, but for a fast million, his lazy nephew, Eric stows away two villains, crime boss Bull's-Eye Tony Pinto and swindler Highbridge intend to disembark on extradition-free Fishbowl Island. Eric steals them two Santa costumes for disguises, from ten for Santa guests. A plethora of useless extras do diddly. Cute annoying little too-helpful pests, Gwendolyn and Frederika, injure Carter, wash off his grey face makeup disguise as elderly invalid. Why do they take his cell phone? Butler Winston snoops everywhere, but is not spy for ambitious newscaster Bianca. Pinto resembles boxer Left-Hook Louie, honored by Mystery Readers Club aboard. Ivy screams at his ghost in the chapel. Weed, thrice-divorced, likes Ivy, intends to honor late gran by throwing her ashes overboard in silver box. Alvirah goes after fleeing duo alone. Dum dum dum. (view spoiler)[ Eric desperately shuffles hiding places of brother-in-laws, but doesn't take buffet food for hungry fugitives - why not? Alvirah interrupts Pinto strangling Carter, confined to infirmary overnight; Carter testified against Pinto's dad. More fiddle diddle details. Pinto leaves card deck in Eric's cabin. Swiss bank account numbers decorate face cards. Why bother? Weed's last wife knew urn was Cleopatra's jewelry box, stolen from museum, hired Winston to steal. Carter knows too - how? Alvirah jumps overboard - why not run toward friends on deck? Pinto shoots at her only after she jumps. Gwen throws box that lands on Alvirah. Regan jumps in with a life ring and takes box. Jack jumps in and holds Alvirah, Alvirah passes out. One ring for three? Pinto could have still shot them. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brook

    I got this book from the library because it was by Mary Higgins Clark (love her books) and I wanted a good mystery. I did not notice when I picked it up that her daughter, Carol, was a co-author. The story was sort of lackluster and had characters that Carol had previously written about. They were okay characters, but certainly not the most captivating. Maybe I would have liked them more if I had read more of Carol's books. However, I will not read any of Carol's books. The book was a letdown. I a I got this book from the library because it was by Mary Higgins Clark (love her books) and I wanted a good mystery. I did not notice when I picked it up that her daughter, Carol, was a co-author. The story was sort of lackluster and had characters that Carol had previously written about. They were okay characters, but certainly not the most captivating. Maybe I would have liked them more if I had read more of Carol's books. However, I will not read any of Carol's books. The book was a letdown. I am used to twists and a sense of "aha" at a point of MHC's books. Even when things were 'let out of the bag' it just kind of fell flat. I got to about 60 pages to the end of the book wondering when the entertainment, if any, was going to start. I did finish the book for good measure, where the aforementioned explanation of the mystery took place, but overall did not enjoy it. I'm sorry Carol, but you brought your mom down.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amber Eats Books

    2.5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kate Elizabeth

    This f-ing book. Boring, a bit hard to follow, and good lord GET A COPY EDITOR. Multiple words, including names, are spelled inconsistently (examples: Crater/Carter, Reagan/Regan), and various details drift in and out of the book at will. In one particularly memorable example, a character is gagged at the mouth and unable to speak, until another character asks her a question; they chat, then a page later she's gagged again. I picked this up wandering around the library before Christmas and thoug This f-ing book. Boring, a bit hard to follow, and good lord GET A COPY EDITOR. Multiple words, including names, are spelled inconsistently (examples: Crater/Carter, Reagan/Regan), and various details drift in and out of the book at will. In one particularly memorable example, a character is gagged at the mouth and unable to speak, until another character asks her a question; they chat, then a page later she's gagged again. I picked this up wandering around the library before Christmas and thought it would be a fun and quick read. It was laborious and terrible. How Mary Higgins Clark has sold a bajillion books, I don't know. Avoid at all costs.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    A fun, fast, read with a Christmastime setting on a cruise. What could go wrong? Apparently many things when Alvirah Meehan is around and right from the start there's a hint of the trouble to come when a crew member jumps overboard. The mystery is transparent and if you're a fan of cozy mysteries, you know all the moves the characters will make and most of what will happen. There are some flaws e.g. Alvirah is gagged but then readily answers a question from Tony and on the next page jumps from A fun, fast, read with a Christmastime setting on a cruise. What could go wrong? Apparently many things when Alvirah Meehan is around and right from the start there's a hint of the trouble to come when a crew member jumps overboard. The mystery is transparent and if you're a fan of cozy mysteries, you know all the moves the characters will make and most of what will happen. There are some flaws e.g. Alvirah is gagged but then readily answers a question from Tony and on the next page jumps from the boat, instead of going for the stairs - you'll know why, with the gag in her mouth, smh. This is very light reading, indeed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel N.

    Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy have won a trip on the first cruise of the Royal Mermaid. They invite Regan Reilly and her husband and parents along. The cruise is free and is supposed to honor people who have done good all year long. There is a wide list of characters including two criminal stowaways who dress up like Santa to blend in. There isn't much of a mystery, more of a lighthearted Christmas read. The book ends really abruptly especially considering all the plot lines that were goi Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy have won a trip on the first cruise of the Royal Mermaid. They invite Regan Reilly and her husband and parents along. The cruise is free and is supposed to honor people who have done good all year long. There is a wide list of characters including two criminal stowaways who dress up like Santa to blend in. There isn't much of a mystery, more of a lighthearted Christmas read. The book ends really abruptly especially considering all the plot lines that were going on.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Lottery winner Alvirah Meehan and PI Regan Reilly are both on this holiday cruise, so of course there will be a mystery to solve. Lightweight fluff. Either I just wasn't in the mood, or it wasn't their best.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yzobelle

    This particular book of Mary Higgins Clark is so unlike her. I didn't see the usual excitement and unique suspense that her other stories have. It became a bit too dragging since I am used to the clutch-on-your-seat-edge kind of suspense.

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