A Regan Reilly Mystery
Carol Higgins Clark
When Regan Reilly returned to the West Coast, where she began her career as aPI, she never imagined that her unsuccessul appearance on a game show seven years earlier would throw her trip totally o course!Regan Reilly is in Los Angeles with her husband, Jack, head o the NYPD MajorCase Squad. Ater Jack fnishes his meetings with the LAPD, the couple may head north to the wine country, or may head south to Baja. Teir only plan is tosee which way the wind blows. Te frst day back, Regan goes shopping at an upscale new mall in West Holly- wood. o her surprise, she runs into Zelda, a woman she’d become riendly withseven years beore at a television studio in Burbank, when they were waiting toappear on the game show Puzzling Words. Tey haven’t seen each other since.Zelda and Regan didn’t win much money, but Zelda made up or it! A year agoan elderly neighbor she barely knew let Zelda eight million dollars. She has beenenjoying her newound wealth but is aware o the need to give back. At a recentundraiser, she bid on a week’s stay in an old Hollywood Hills estate and was thelucky winner. She’s currently in residence there and invites Regan to a party atthe mansion. While Jack attends a business dinner, Regan goes to Zelda’s by hersel, unawarethat she is being ollowed. Regan is more than surprised at the run-down condi-tion o the house and grounds. People should be paid to stay here, she thinks.Zelda introduces Regan to a colorul cast o characters, including her old neigh-bors, riends rom her yoga class, a flmmaker, Zelda’s fnancial adviser, herbookkeeper, and her personal assistant. It’s all good un. As the guests are leaving,Zelda asks Regan to stay or a cup o tea. Tey’ve barely sat down to chat whenZelda alls ill. A worried Regan doesn’t want to leave Zelda alone and decides tospend the night at the isolated, aging estate. It’s not long beore Zelda asks Re-gan to investigate people in her lie, starting with her ather’s new wie, Bobby Jo. Te couple said “I do” in the back o a cab at a drive-through chapel in Las Vegasater only three months o togetherness.Has Zelda’s windall put her in danger? Regan is determined to fnd out, notknowing that she’s a target hersel!