- Hardcover: 414 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (3 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439175675
- ISBN-13: 978-1439175675
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,031,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Deck the Halls/The Christmas Thief: Two Holiday Novels Hardcover – 3 Nov 2009
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The Christmas Thief. Con artist Packy Noonan talked people into investing over 100 million in his phony shipping company, but though his confederates escaped Packy went to jail. After serving twelve years he heads to Stowe, Vermont to get the diamonds that are hidden in an eighty foot blue spruce tree belonging to his former employees Lenny and Viddy. He doesn't know the tree is heading to Rockefeller Center. Others head to Stowe like Alviah Meshim and Megan Reilly with a convergence about to occur.
These are reprints of entertaining lighthearted mystery collaborations of Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. Each entry is fun as stars from the mother daughter authors' solo books team up for the holidays. Although the underlying premises for the action are stretches, no one will care these are enjoyable Christmas suspense thrillers.
Although both stories were enjoyable, I especially liked the first novel, Deck the Halls. The writing was crisp and the storyline taut. While the underlying humor was interesting, the plot centered on how the inept kidnappers were going to pull everything together and whether the victims were going to be rescued in time to spend Christmas with their families. Although the ending was a given, the ride throughout was fantastic fun.
With The Christmas Thief, the criminals were just as inept, but the storyline just wasn't as interesting or mysterious for me. The authors spent too much time on the suspects and not enough on the main characters, whose lives prove to be much more interesting.
Fans of the authors will enjoy that these two stories are now combined in one book and available to read as we head into the Christmas season.
Deck the Halls/The Christmas Thief: Two Holiday Novels