Jinxed (Regan Reilly Mysteries #6) by Carol Higgins Clark

Pages: 264

Publisher: Scribner Book Company

Published: August 27, 2002

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Hardback from Personal Library

Available Format: Digital, Audiobook, Hardback, Paperback, and Mass Market Paperback

My Review: I have been a fan of the Regan Reilly series for many years after I read several books CHC write with her mom, Mary Higgins Clark. Over the years my mom tried getting me the entire series. I’m missing three.

In Jinxed, Regan and her boyfriend had to cut their vacation short as soon as they got to the winery in Napa Valley. The next day Regan gets a call from one of the owners asking her to find her daughter or they will lose millions in inheritance. The case goes from missing daughter, to found daughter, to missing daughter again, possible art thief, and an aging actress getting married to a much, much younger man. Can Regan solve this star-studded case before the fire burns them all?

I altered between listening and reading this book. The author is the narrator herself, which I thought was neat but I preferred reading over listening.

The story moves nicely but isn’t as light and airy as some newer cozy mysteries. For some reason I felt I should read the book under the cover of darkness. Not much suspense. I don’t remember any cursing. No sex scenes. Not a hug “aha” moment.

I will continue the series.

From Goodreads: Carol Higgins Clark, bestselling author of Fleeced and co-author with Mary Higgins Clark of He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, returns in top form in her new Regan Reilly mystery, blending her talent for intriguing locales, eccentric characters, and fast-paced suspense laced with humor. In Jinxed, smart, saucy sleuth Regan Reilly faces a new challenge — the case of the missing wedding guest. Regan, an L.A.-based private detective, returns to her office after a vacation with her beau, Jack no relation Reilly. Their tour of the wineries in Napa Valley and Santa Barbara County is cut short when Jack has to fly back to New York City, where he is the head of the Major Case Squad of the NYPD. Their last stop had been at Altered States, a run-down winery owned by three siblings who are all former hippies — Lilac, Earl, and Leon Weldon. Not knowing how soon it would be put to use, Regan leaves her business card behind. Within minutes of being back to work, Regan gets an excited call from Lilac. The Weldon family has been invited to the wedding of ninety-three-year-old Lucretia Standish, a former silent-screen star, who made a killing in a dot-com before it went bankrupt. Lucretia had been married to the Weldons’ Uncle Haskell and had invested the money she inherited from Haskell in the dot-com. Lucretia’s maid, Phyllis, clues Lilac in on the fact that Lucretia plans to give the Weldons $2 million each — if they all show up at the wedding. The wedding is two days away, and there is only one problem — Lilac’s daughter, Whitney, aka Freshness, a young actress, has taken off on one of her go-with-the-flow weekends. Whitney is out of touch and goes where the wind blows. If itdoesn’t blow her back into town by Sunday morning, the Weldon family will be out $8 million. Regan’s job is to find Whitney. But unbeknownst to Regan, there’s someone else on the hunt. Lucretia’s fiance, the much younger Edward Fields, has hired an accomplice in crime to locate Whitney and keep her away from the wedding. Edward knows Whitney will recognize him as the con man she’d met in acting class in New York. He wants to say I do to Lucretia and her millions before Whitney can protest. When Edward finds out that Regan Reilly has been hired to find the missing Whitney, he gives the order to get rid of her as well. Meanwhile, Lucretia is befriended by a gang of bikers, the story of her upcoming nuptials is featured on national television news, and wildfires are threatening to consume the barn where Whitney is being held captive. As in her previous novels, Carol Higgins Clark has created a novel that is both exciting and vastly entertaining. As no less a master of suspense than Nelson DeMille has said, Clark’s writing is elegantly clear and concise, her characters are witty and engaging, and her plots and pacing are perfect. And in Jinxed, she is at her very considerable best.

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