|Publisher:||Grand Central Pub|
|Publish Date:||Apr 1999|
|Number of Pages:||326|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.35|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.0 x 7.0 x 1.0|
Carol Higgins Clark was born in New York City in 1956 to suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark. She received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College before studying acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. She is the author of the Regan Reilly mystery series. Her novel Decked was nominated for both an Agatha and Anthony Award for Best First Novel. She has also co-authored several books with her mother including Deck the Halls, The Christmas Thief, Santa Cruise, and Dashing through the Snow. As an actress, she has appeared in numerous television, film, and theater productions, including A Cry in the Night, a 1992 television movie based on a novel written by her mother.
It's summertime, and Regan Reilly is called back home from Los Angeles to the Hamptons on New York's Long Island to protect her friend Brigid O'Neill, an up-and-coming country singer with a knack for fiddling who'll be performing at the local Melting Pot Music Festival. Brigid has been given a legendary old fiddle by Ireland's champion fiddler, Malachy Sheerin, but legend has it that to take this fiddle out of Ireland will bring bad luck to the owner.
Multimillionaire Chappy Tinka wants the instrument, which bears the initials C.T., and he's prepared to do anything to claim it for himself. An array of amusing but not necessarily deep supporting characters adds to this light but well-composed mystery. Humorous rather than chiller thriller, this is a nice buy for Clark fans and for those mystery readers who have not read her but who enjoy Joan Hoss and Charlotte McLeod.
- Alice DiNizo, Raritan P.L., N.J.
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Country music star and expert fiddler Brigid O'Neill hires Regan Reilly, series protagonist (Snagged, Audio Reviews LJ 9/1/93), to act as her bodyguard. Brigid is uneasy about some strange "fan" letters. Someone has also discovered that her wonderful, new Irish fiddle carries a curse. While Brigid is out partying, another violin is stolen in Ireland. Back in the United States, the threats increase in violence, and someone is almost killed.
Clark reads this abridgment of her work with enthusiasm, but two attempted murders, an attempted kidnapping, and attempted grand theft, all by different individuals, are a bit much for one three-hour audiobook. The final scene where everyone, including the violin thief, plan future get-together's is flat and unlikely. The full-text version is probably better. Not recommended. I. Pour-El, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
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Although Clark's last mystery, Iced, was "characterized by stick figures and stereotypes" (LJ 6/1/95), it sold more than 120,000 copies in hardcover. Here, series sleuth Regan Reilly guards an imperiled country music star named Budget.
A Week in The Hamptons can be Murder Sleuth Regan Reilly is hired as a bodyguard for singer Brigid O'Neill, a rising country star who has been receiving threatening "love notes". Brigid also possesses a "magical" Irish fiddle said to be cursed-whoever takes it out of Ireland will have an accident or face death. Still, Brigid brings it to the Hamptons, where her band will perform at a Fourth of July concert.
Chappy Tinka, heir to a thumbtack fortune, and his ditzy wife, Bettina, are their hosts. Regan joins them at "Chappy's Compound", an oceanfront estate where they encounter Bettina's guru Peace Man, Chappy's bumbling sidekick Duke, a feng shui specialist obsessed with rearranging furniture-and a party guest found floating face-down in the pool. Is the curse of the fiddle real? Is there a murderer in the house? As the concert nears, the menace to Brigid grows, and Regan must discover the truth before it's too late.
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