A Regan Reilly Mystery

Book - 2010 | Center point large print ed.
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For their first anniversary, Regan and Jack Reilly decide to spend four days at his parents' beautiful beachfront home on Cape Cod. Usually, the house is overflowing with Jack's big, boisterous family, so they're looking forward to spending a few peaceful days there away from the demands of their busy lives. As they arrive late one night, they're just in time to experience the beginning of a major storm. Their plans to laze around and watch the storm churn on Cape Cod Bay are thwarted when Skip, the young caretaker, comes running into the house distraught because he's just discovered the body of Adele Hopkins, the woman renting the house next door, at the bottom of the staircase on the beach.

The problem is that no one seems to know much about sixty-ish Adele Hopkins. And in her rented house are stacks of apology cards not yet sent, and bags of decorative pillows embroidered with the saying, "Grudge Me, Grudge Me Not." It's clear that Adele Hopkins' demise was not an accident - and that Regan and Jack will not have a peaceful anniversary weekend.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2010.
Edition: Center point large print ed.
ISBN: 9781602857407
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 286 ; 23 cm.


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Jan 18, 2011

The writing is extremely simple, there's something odd about this author, and I've never figured out what it is. It's grandma-safe, there's no sex/drugs/violence, or it's written at grade 3 reading level, or the story is abnormally short. Could it secretly be written by a robot? Wasn't there a famous novelist who wrote an entire book without using any adjectives?

It reminds me a bit of Anne Perry, I suspect there's a moral lesson going on somewhere. There's a lot of human flaws being forgiven (not in a complex, High-and-Mighty Literature way, don't worry).

Nevertheless, I enjoy this sweet and dumb series. At least our girl detective is not too plucky. And strangely it's not sexist, the male and female characters share equally in characteristics traditionally assigned in a gender-based way (like courage, domestic skills, good looks, loving family, impulsiveness, crankiness, etc.).

Jul 16, 2010

Another excellent book in the Regan Reilly series by Carol Higgins Clark!

Jun 08, 2010

As with the rest of her books I have read, I couldn't put this book down until I finished it, because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.


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