Dashing Through The Snow is the fifth Christmas book by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark that features Regan Reilly and Alvirah Meehan and their families. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, November 2008

From beloved mother-daughter duo Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and Carol Higgins Clark, author of the hugely popular Regan Reilly mystery series, comes Dashing Through the Snow, a holiday treat you won’t want to miss.

In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first (and many hope annual) Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. One of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing. A second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the next town, but the winner hasn’t come forward. Could Duncan have secretly bought it?

The Clarks’ endearing heroes — Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly — have arrived in Branscombe for the festival. They are just the people to find out what is amiss. As they dig beneath the surface, they find that life in Branscombe is not as tranquil as it appears. So much for an old-fashioned weekend in the country. This fast-paced holiday caper will keep you dashing through the pages!

They are on their way to Branscombe, NH for the first annual Festival of Joy when a local group wins half of $360 million dollars. One of the locals, Duncan, goes missing and at first it was assumed he bought the other ticket, but he was swindled out of his money by con artists who bought the other ticket with the group’s number. He later wakes up after falling down the con’s basement and comes back with tales of the swindlers who later kidnaps his girlfriend and is held for ransom of the lottery ticket that Duncan stole. Never fear with Regan, Jack and Alvirah on the trail and the culprits will be caught and bought to justice. I enjoy this holiday story where dreams can come true.

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