The Christmas Thief

The Christmas Thief Alvirah Meehan the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery In Deck the Halls they rescued Regan s kidnapped father Th

  • Title: The Christmas Thief
  • Author: Mary Higgins Clark Carol Higgins Clark
  • ISBN: 9780743272254
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery In Deck the Halls, they rescued Regan s kidnapped father This time they get in the middle of a case involving a beautiful eighty foot blue spruce that has been chosen to spend the holidays as Rockefeller Center s famous Christmas trAlvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery In Deck the Halls, they rescued Regan s kidnapped father This time they get in the middle of a case involving a beautiful eighty foot blue spruce that has been chosen to spend the holidays as Rockefeller Center s famous Christmas tree The folks who picked the tree don t have a clue that attached to one of its branches is a flask chock full of priceless diamonds that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just released from prison, had hidden there over twelve years ago An excited Packy breaks his parole and heads to Stowe, Vermont, to reclaim his loot Once there, he is horrified to discover that his special tree will be heading to New York City the next morning With a bumbling crew consisting of Jo Jo, Benny, and an unsuccessful poet, Milo, he knows he has to act fast What Packy does not know is that Alvirah and Regan are on a weekend trip to stowe with Alvirah s husband, Willy Regan s fiance, Jack Regan s parents, Luke and Nora and Alvirah s friend Opal, a lottery winner who lost all her winnings in Packy s scam On Monday morning when they re suppose to head home, they learn that the tree is missing, Packy Noonan may be in the vicinity, and Opal has disappeared.

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    1. Mary Higgins Clark Carol Higgins Clark

      Mary Higgins Clark, 1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting she s written thirty three suspense novels three collections of short stories a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story two children s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges She has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Higgins Clark and The Cinderella Murder, a new thriller in collaboration with bestselling novelist Alafair Burke.Clark s books have sold than 100 million copies in the United States alone Her books are beloved around the world and have made her an international bestseller many times over.

    225 thoughts on “The Christmas Thief”

    1. This was a simple, quick read. It took me a couple of hours, and I was able to finish it in one sitting. The story and plot was not complex, which was a bit disappointing. When you pick up a mystery novel, you want to spend time figuring out the clues and putting the pieces of the puzzle together. There were no mysterious details for the reader to discover. The thief was known from the start of the novel. Packy, the villain, was easy to dislike as well as the next door neighbor, Wayne. Overall, [...]


    2. This was a quick, easy to read, cozy mystery. It wasn't as detailed or had the depth that most Mary Higgins and Carol Higgins Clark books have, but still enjoyed it.


    3. A bit silly without intending to be. It's been probably 25 years since I've read an Alvirah mystery, so it was fun to revisit the character, but the book is less a mystery than a reunion of beloved characters who accidentally catch some incompetent criminals.


    4. A much better mystery compared to the earlier MHC-CHC Christmas books I'd read. Light hearted and funny, I really enjoyed it. It's not a page turner by any means, but suitable for mindless entertainment during Christmas. 🎄🎄🎄


    5. This book is a nice easy read. The characters are not really developed but that doesn't matter for the story. I'm very sure I'll keep buying these books for Christmas reading.


    6. My Mom and I saw this book at a bargain shop one day and decided to buy it for my mom is also a huge fan of MHC. Like mother like daughter eh. The story isn’t that bad, I still find myself enjoying the book for a fair few minutes. I don’t like it but I don’t hate it either. I lost count already on how many times I dislike MHC’s holiday books, and I don’t know why I can’t relate and be interested in this story like how I used to love her suspense/thriller books. I know I should stop r [...]


    7. Review of The Christmas Thief (Regan Reilly Mystery) on Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews.katisbookaholicramblingreviewsNow this is the second book that I got from a library sale a couple of months ago, and I had no clue that this great book was part of Regan Reilly Mystery Series and that it was also co written with Mrs. Mary Higgins Clark daughter. Which I don't mind at all because this book can be read as a stand-alone, and I have read other books that were written by two authors before. But [...]


    8. The annual Christmas collaboration of the Higgins Clarks is just like their others; a lighthearted romp starring PI Regan Reilly and her family, plus a few other wacky characters. The story begins when swindler Packy Noonan gets out of jail, plotting to recover a flask of diamonds he has hidden in a tree. Packy’s accomplices, the Como twins, Benny and JoJo, could have starred as the crooks in the Home Alone movies. At the same time, everyone in Vermont is all aflutter over a local tree being c [...]


    9. It is really hard to like characters who have won the lottery and are complaining about normal life problems. I didn't connect with any of them at all. Characterization was lacking, with no real differentiation between personalities. The biggest difference was that Opal found every way to complain about losing her money as fast as she won it.I'm also confused as to who we should be siding with here. We get a good look at the antagonist but he is made so likeable that it doesn't seem right. The p [...]


    10. This one is a bit of a stretch for "a book set at Christmas" in my 2015 ultimate reading challenge but as it is about a Christmas tree, has Christmas in the title and was in the Christmas books section at the library, I'm going with it. This is a good, easy to read book. It wrapped up quickly without a lot of fuss. I appreciate an easy read and finished it very quickly (a few hours). So not a Pulitzer but still a satisfying mystery with very little mystery. That is the one major complaint I had, [...]


    11. An ok read. The book is very well thought out and flows well. Other than the fact that the tree in the book has been picked for Rockefeller Center for Christmas, the story really doesn't have much to do with Christmas, which was the reason I wanted to read it. I know that the main characters are from a series that the author has written, which is maybe the reason why I felt the characters lacked depth. They are mostly just there. Even though the author does a good job of moving the action along, [...]


    12. I was in the mood for a non-traditional Christmas book and picked this up to read. It was alright. The writing style seemed a bit stale; there was very little, if any, character development; and it was fairly predictable. I'm not a fan of Mary Higgins Clark (or Carol Higgins Clark), but thought I'd give their books another try. Plus, I wasn't much in the mood for anything thought-provoking or mind-intriguing, so the book fit my mind frame at the time I suppose.


    13. 2,5 stars The book could have been a lot better, honestly. There was no real mystery involved, there wasn't any thrill derived from unraveling secrets so the story fell short for me but it had its moments.


    14. Predictable, but still liked it. Not one of my favorites of Mary Higgins Clark's, though still worth reading. I like her early books better. If you like the dumb criminal types, rather than the scary criminal types, (although, I don't know how realistic that really is) then read this one!







    15. Audiobook performed by Carol Higgins ClarkFrom the book jacket: Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery. This time the case involves an eighty-foot blue spruce that has been chosen as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. The folks who picked the tree don’t have a clue that attached to one of its branches is a flask full of diamonds that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just released from prison, h [...]


    16. A group of friends decide to go to Stowe, Vermont for a ski week-end. Included in the group is Alviriah Meehan , a lottery winner who is an untrained detective, and her friend Regan Reilley.A con artist, Packy, has just gotten out of jail and escapes to Stowe to retrieve a vase of diamonds that he has stored in a tree for years. However, this same tree has been picked to be the tree that is going to stand in Rockerfeller Center in New York City for the holidays. Packy cuts down the tree to get h [...]


    17. This book was like reading the script of a lifetime Christmas movie. I liked that it was a fast read because of its lack of depth, but all the characters and scenes were bland and undeveloped. There were way too many characters! Half of them provided no real addition to the story, and that’s my main beef besides the fact that the book was very predictable. I like a little mystery, but there was really none here. So, I give this book a meh. It was something to read around the holidays, I s’po [...]


    18. Malheureusement, ça ne vaut qu'un 3/5 pour moi. Ce n'est pas mauvais à proprement parler, c'est juste beaucoup trop simple, souvent trop tiré par les cheveux et surtout trop court. Annoncé comme un "thriller" selon la couverture, on n'y est absolument pas! En plus, certaines actions ne sont vraiment pas réalistes J'ai plus eu l'impression de lire une histoire de Noël classique avec quelques rebondissements qu'un livre policier Un peu déçue pour du M. Higgins Clark!


    19. Quick escapism read. Nothing complicated about this book other than the number of characters for such a short book. For those familiar with previous books by these authors it will be easier to keep everyone straight and concentrate on the story. It was a nice break to read this light and sentimental book.


    20. Hard to rate this one, it is so different than what I usually readI guess I'd say 3.5 stars? It was a good Christmas time read - very light, didn't take a lot of thought and was kind of in the Christmas mode. Probably wouldn't pick up another one but it passed the time.


    21. Great read for the Christmas season. Picked this out because the story is in Stowe Vermont. There are a few chuckles while reading this story. A real page turner. I had a hard time putting it down. I have learned to look closer at tree branches from now on. LOL


    22. Too many characters, back and forth story viewpoints. Could as doe better- not a favorite, disappointing. Did not like any of the characters, didn’t know much about them, except the heir names and felt lie they all had the same name, or hard to connect with names.


    23. Pretty shallow plot and no character development. Hard to believe Clark was one of my favorite authors years ago. The most interesting point in the book was where the narrator tied in how Spruce's grow to the foolishness of the villain, Packy.


    24. A predictable but easy-reading mystery. Even if you haven't read other books in the series, enough is explained about the large cast of crime-solving relatives and friends to follow their adventure. Good for light reading and a short novel.



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