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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,725 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark Narrator: Carol Higgins Clark Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alvirah and Willy Series Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9780743562683
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IN THE BESTSELLING TRADITION OF THE CHRISTMAS THIEF . . . A HOLIDAY MYSTERY AT SEA

America's Queen of Suspense -- Mary Higgins Clark -- joins forces with her daughter Carol -- bestselling author of the Regan Reilly mysteries -- in this fast-paced novel set on a special holiday cruise that sets sail from Miami the day after Christmas.

Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth; recently "hitched" private detective Regan Reilly; and their husbands Willy and Jack, are guests on the Royal Mermaid's maiden voyage, the Santa Cruise. The cruise is Commodore Randolph Weed's gift to a select group of people who in the last year made the world a better place. What he doesn't know is that his ne'er-do-well nephew, Eric, has smuggled two escaping criminals on board. As the Royal Mermaid sails through troubled waters, Alvirah and Regan uncover clues that lead them to the dangerous men who were not on the original guest list!

Filled with suspense and humor, Santa Cruise is a holiday mystery you won't want to miss. Join the Clarks as they bring this unpredictable voyage to a hair-raising and heartwarming conclusion and ring in the New Year.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of mystery-lite cheer.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “If you want a frothy, holiday-themed whodunit starring the affable PI Regan Reilly, her DA husband, and mystery-writing mother—all aboard a luxury liner’s three-day maiden cruise—then this is your ticket.” 

    Booklist

  • ANew York Times Bestseller
  • AWall Street Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this fun and quick read..especially at Christmas time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monika | 2/9/2014

    " This book was a bit hokey, but it was entertaining as a holiday mystery. It's supposed to be a Christmas novel, but ironically it takes place after Christmas. Hmmmm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 2/8/2014

    " While I like Mary Higgins Clark, I don't like her books written with her daughter at all. Started this months ago, and I was pretty bored last night when I finished it off. Better than nothing, but not much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie Duncan | 2/3/2014

    " Struggling with this book. I think I've outgrown MHC books. Too many characters to keep track of, and just no real depth or care for the characters in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Huber | 1/28/2014

    " Slow first few chapters but then could not put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/27/2014

    " This was not even worthy of my time. I couldn't get through it, I have to admit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 1/24/2014

    " Another very good book by Mary Higgins Clark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael J. Bourgault | 1/22/2014

    " Another great Christmas mystery by the mother & daughter writers Carol & Mary Higgins-Clark "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikita Stiggers | 1/18/2014

    " I just enjoy reading her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara P | 12/17/2013

    " This was a fun novel to read around the holiday time. It is a mystery with a surprising ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea Vrtikapa | 12/10/2013

    " This was a nice book, but too wholesome for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 12/3/2013

    " This was a fun and funny Mary Higgins Clark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 11/28/2013

    " Typical Mary Higgins Clark fare, read it in a couple of hours, good junk food literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 10/13/2013

    " Mary Higgins Clark writes a good, clean mystery. I like to read her Christmas books around that time each year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 9/14/2013

    " It was a nice mindless read. I enjoyed her writing but her adverbs get on my nerves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonnie michele Frye | 7/25/2013

    " I love Mary Higgins Clark's books because they keep you on your toes. I love to read Christmas books more than anything and this books setting on the ship was very interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audra | 4/8/2013

    " This book was a pleasant surprise. I am glad that I got my holiday book in this year and that I picked this one. Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite writers. It was a fun read and you could really visualize the characters running around the ship. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cherry | 2/16/2013

    " Very light hearted, fun and fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy B | 2/15/2013

    " This one was fun! I am really enjoying this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 12/10/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I really love all of Mary Higgins Clark books she is such a great writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen Hook | 11/4/2012

    " Not one of my favorites. Usually I enjoy her books, but I found this one boring and predictable. I would not recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 4/1/2012

    " Good, easy read. I bought the book at the airport to get me through all of the layovers. Fun holiday mystery...don't need a lot of brainpower to get through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 10/5/2011

    " I enjoyed this booky Avaliah is so funny and Regan joing the fun just made me laugh more "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Happe | 10/4/2011

    " Easy read, good vacation book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 9/9/2011

    " This was a good mindless read for a quick vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rod | 8/6/2011

    " This would make a fun movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 5/8/2011

    " This was a fun and funny Mary Higgins Clark. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annemarie | 4/16/2011

    " Childish. To be honest, I really don't like Clark's team-up with her daughter. The stories are just too safe and too sedate. I found myself actually falling asleep... since I have severe insomnia I shouldn't be complaining.. but I will anyway. BOO! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 4/1/2011

    " I thought I'd try out a book by Mary Higgins Clark, but it is also by her daughter, Carol, so I don't know if it is typical. It was an enjoyable enough silly mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 2/28/2011

    " Very easy to read. Too see-through, no suspense. Almost childishly written. Sleuths figured out each mystery immediately. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/4/2011

    " Nice easy read, loved the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 1/25/2011

    " I read it on our holiday cruise this year, it was kind of slow and predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 1/12/2011

    " Cute, always fun for the holidays... Even a couple of days after... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/30/2010

    " Poorly written, predictable, and lame. I was looking for an easy read and this was just cheesy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 12/29/2010

    " Struggling with this book. I think I've outgrown MHC books. Too many characters to keep track of, and just no real depth or care for the characters in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 12/25/2010

    " I usually like Mary Higgins Clark but found this to be a bit boring and I didn't really like the characters ....it just seemed not as interesting as her other books. I was disappointed with this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 12/12/2010

    " When writing in tandem with daughter Carol, the Higgins plots seem less refined and are less engaging than books written by Mary; as though written for a younger audience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 12/10/2010

    " I'm not usually not a big mystery fan, but this book was a fun, fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tally | 12/1/2010

    " I'm not quite done, but this book is killing me. It just drags and is very predictable. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark’s books are worldwide bestsellers. In the US alone, her books have sold over one hundred million copies. She is the author of over thirty suspense novels and coauthor, with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, of five holiday suspense novels. She was chosen by Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An annual Mary Higgins Clark Award sponsored by Simon & Schuster, to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, was launched by Mystery Writers of America during Edgars week in April 2001. She was the 1987 president of Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, served on their board of directors. In May 1988, she was chairman of the International Crime Congress.

About the Narrator

Carol Higgins Clark is the author of the bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries. Her first novel, Decked, was published in 1992 and was nominated for both the Anthony and Agatha awards; she also coauthored a bestselling series of holiday mysteries with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark. Also an actress, Clark studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and has recorded several of her mother’s works. She received an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of Jinxed in 2002. She currently lives in New York City.