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Santa Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea [Large Print] [Paperback]

Mary Higgins Clark , Carol Higgins Clark
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Book Description

8 Nov 2007
Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and her husband Willy, private detective Regan Reilly, her new husband Jack, and Regan's parents are all guests on the Royal Mermaid's maiden voyage, the Santa Cruise. The ship's passengers include members of the Oklahoma Readers and Writers group - who are planning a mystery seminar dedicated to a Ghost of Honour, the late Left Hook Louie - as well as assorted other charitable folk all planning on a restful post-Christmas vacation. What the guests don't know is that two escaping criminals have been smuggled on board. The hoped-for tranquility quickly vanishes when a terrified mystery fan swears she has spotted the Ghost of Honour in the ship's chapel, and soon after - while a storm develops outside - an attempt is made on the life of a feeble passenger. As the Royal Mermaid sails on through troubled waters, Alvirah, Regan and Jack are uncovering clues that lead them to dangerous criminals.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Press; Lrg edition (8 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594132135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594132131
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,102,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! 26 Jun 2007
This is worse than bad. The writing is stilted and simple. Mary Higgins Clark should stick to writing on her own as her books are usually great.

Buy this book if you need somthing to swot flies with.
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1.0 out of 5 stars SANTA CRUISE - Higgins Clark 2 Jun 2007
By J. Otto
Terrible terrible writing. Hang up your computer keyboard ladies. this reads like a ridiculous farce. I couldnt even finish it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MHC/CHC fan 20 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like MHC books anyway, and so I thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas tale. Another page-turning Christmas story, that I could't put down until the end!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of paper. 4 Jan 2012
By KathyW
Format:Kindle Edition
I knew within a couple of pages that this was not written by Mary Higgins Clark. Her writing has you hooked from page 1. It is a waste of paper and MHC should never have allowed her name on it.
MH is a brilliant story teller - sadly her daughter is not. I am pleased that I got this book from the library and therefore did not pay for it. I have looked at a couple of CHC's books in the library but knew from just a page that it was not worth reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is Carol the Weak Link? (2.5 Stars) 13 Dec 2006
By Janet Boyer - Published on
Although I've read almost every Mary Higgins Clark book (including her memoir), I haven't read any of Carol Higgins Clark. That's because I bought one of her books that sat on a remainder table, and the writing was so bad, I put it down and never read another.

I had just finished The Christmas Thief and thought I'd read the newest book, Santa Cruise. (I got both from the library, thankfully!) The Christmas Thief is a *bit* better than Santa Cruise, but both have unbelievable plots and cardboard characters.

Alvirah Meehan, MHC's elderly lottery winner, gets on my NERVES. I was hoping that she'd get whacked by the middle of the book. The plot was unbelievable, the gaggle of elderly people were tiresome, and there was much to be desired in terms of evoking atmosphere.

There was a time when MHC would describe a character making a salad, and I'd get hungry for one just reading about it!

I'm beginning to wonder if the weak links in the holiday novels is actually MHC's daughter, Carol. Would Carol have come this far without having a famous mother? I wonder. Regan, Nora, Luke, and Jack ("The Reillys") are the most thinly drawn of the characters, after all...

If you're a rabid fan of MHC and her daughter Carol, you may enjoy this light read. (I finished it within 24 hours). Me...I'm glad I didn't spend the $ buying the book. If you want to read a great holiday book (although it has touches of mystery, it's not a crime novel) that also has a lot of heart, try Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans.

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad 24 Dec 2006
By nom de femme - Published on
Remember the Gong Show, where the annoying little guy with the stick would bang on the huge metal gong when an act was really bad, and the performer had to leave the stage in disgrace? There was the sound of a really loud "gong, gong, gong" from the very first page of this book.

I don't want to insult MHC - I have been reading and enjoying her books for decades - but nepotism has no place in the publishing world. I think Carol Higgins Clark looks and sounds like a very nice person, but she is no writer, and I truly think if she'd attempted to break into the fiction market anonymously, using the name C. H. Clark or whatever, she would still be collecting rejection letters on her first manuscript. I have mistakenly picked up one or two of her books thinking they were MHC novels and been extremely disappointed in myself for not being more careful.

I could compose paragraphs about the horrific misuse of words and phrases in the book, The Santa Cruise, but those points would be nit-picky. Sort of like looking at a car wreck and noticing a crooked antenna. The entire book is just one huge fiasco on every level. The only thing that could have saved it would have been to market it in the category "For ages 7-12".
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling!! 9 Jan 2007
By Steven James - Published on
This was, without a doubt, the worst book I've read in over a year. The plot was completely ridiculous and full of cliches. The characters were mere caricatures of real people and the outcome was just plain silly. The two authors must be getting greedy or spending beyond their means because any author worth their salt would have flushed this down the toilet before subjecting the masses to it. Thinking maybe I was delusional I gave the book to my mother, without commenting on it, she told me today that she can't remember the last time she read such a terrible book. I love Mary Higgins Clark, but "Santa Cruise" (cute title) is a real sinking ship!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Even One star is too generous 14 Mar 2007
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This book reeked of Carrol's horrible writing style. I think Mary said, "This is what I want to happen with my character," and left the writing up to Carrol. It was so bad, I made it to page 38 and then threw the book back on the shelf. I couldn't stand the agony anymore. Please, Mary, don't let Carrol ruin another of your books.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this book! 5 Mar 2007
By Myvu - Published on
Yikes....this is really a stinker. The plot is unrealistic, the characters

are shallow and the writing is bad!! Other than that, it's great. They should both be ashamed to collect a paycheck on this one. P U!! Move along quickly to find another book to read.
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