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Gypped: the new Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark (excerpt)

Gypped: the new Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark (excerpt)



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Published by Simon and Schuster
When Regan Reilly returned to the West Coast, where she began her career as a PI, she never imagined that her unsuccessful appearance on a game show seven years earlier would throw her trip totally off course!
When Regan Reilly returned to the West Coast, where she began her career as a PI, she never imagined that her unsuccessful appearance on a game show seven years earlier would throw her trip totally off course!

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Publish date: Apr 3, 2012
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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 unsuccessul 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. Ater 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 beore 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 let Zelda eight million dollars. She has beenenjoying her newound wealth but is aware o the need to give back. At a recentundraiser, 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 colorul 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 beore Zelda asks Re-gan to investigate people in her lie, starting with her ather’s new wie, Bobby Jo. Te couple said “I do” in the back o a cab at a drive-through chapel in Las Vegasater only three months o togetherness.Has Zelda’s windall put her in danger? Regan is determined to fnd out, notknowing that she’s a target hersel!
 Mobbed Wrecked Cursed  Zapped  Laced  Hitched  Burned  Popped  Jinxed  Fleeced Twanged  Iced Snagged  Decked 
 Dashing Through the SnowSanta CruiseThe Christmas Thief  He Sees You When You’re Sleeping Deck the Halls

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rhonda1111 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
4 STARSI really like Regan Reilly P.I. who married Jack Reilly no relation except by now being married.Jack is a police Detective in New York where they now live. He is in LA for a conference. Regan had lived for years in L.A. but moved back to New York after they got married. Regan wants to show Jack some places and meet some of her friends after his conference is over.Regan out shopping while Jack is busy with the conference runs into an old friend she made while they were on a game show together. They both lost.Her friend tells her that she was now rich a neighbor who lived in her apartment that she sometimes walked her dog when she was sick left her to her surprise 8 million dollars.Regan was invited to a party she was having this evening in a rundown mansion she bid on a charity auction and won for a week. After the party she asks Regan to help her find out about her father's new wife when she finds out they eloped.Before Regan finds out much her friend gets really sick so she stays the night to keep watch and help her.Earlier in the day Regan saw a suspious guy trying to get into multiple cars and reports it to security at the mall. She doesn't realized that she is followed to her hotel or the party.I liked the story it was not her best but it was good. She usually comes out in the spring with her books. I read some of others reviews until then I did not realize that Gypped was a racist title until it was pointed out. Maybe they did not realize or think of it in that context either. Sorry some people got hurt I will try not to use it now that I know.04/03/2012 PUB Scribner
thehistorychic reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Received for ReviewOverall Rating: 3.50Story Rating: 3.25Character Rating: 3.75Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)First thought when finished: This was a perfect summer afternoon mystery--not to complicated but very fun!What I Loved: Characters! Seriously, I just about loved every character in Gypped. I am not saying who was my favorite or who was just seriously bad but they all packed quite a wallop. I will say that a "certain someone" at the end with his "I don't want to read it" cracked me up! I loved the letter that he received and I thought it was a perfect ending to this story. I would hang out with everyone in this story---well except for the bad guys :)What I Liked: The mystery was not overly complicated but it was fun. Reagen did a fantastic job of sifting through the information, getting a little in over her head, and most of all reconnecting with her friend Zelda (whom I loved)! I just thought it was downright fun.Audio Review: Took me a bit to warm up to Michele Pawk but in the end she was perfect for Regan Reilly. I would listen to her again!Final Thought when finished: I think fans of Carol Higgins Clark will love this entry into the series.
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