MORROW, Ga, April 1, 2011 — Mobbed by Carol Higgins Clark (Scribner, ISBN: 978 1439170281), is the fourteenth installment of Regan Reilly, Private Investigator, and her madcap adventures.
The Regan Reilly sagas developed a following of readers that enjoy following the endearing characters Clark creates.
Regan and her husband, Officer Jack Reilly, plan to go to the Jersey Shore for the weekend to celebrate Regan’s mother’s birthday. Regan drives out with her mom, Nora, ahead of Jack, who heads the NYPD Major Case Squad.
Regan and Nora are going to help Mrs. Edna Frawley, a family friendy, with a garage sale. Nora and Karen Frawley are friends as well, and Nora, at Karen’s bequest, has tagged along with Mrs. Frawley to ensure that Karen’s treasures stay out of the garage sale.
Regan and her mom team up to help deal with the eccentric yard sale buyers, a situation practical Nora finds hilarious, as the yard shoppers go to extreme lengths to barter and buy what is on sale, even when they don’t need it.
The mystery comes in when film actress Cleo Paradise, who just happens to be Mrs. Frawley’s tenant, turns up missing. Cleo’s mother is looking for Cleo, and a previous encounter with Regan via Mrs. Frawley leads Mrs. Paradise to call Regan.
Regan leans that a stalker has been sending Cleo dead roses with thorns, which imitates a plot scene from the murder/slasher movie “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Alive or Dead” that Cleo starred in.
As always, a Regan Reilly mystery is a fun, delightful, and entertaining tale. Although the story line is somewhat farcical, readers will not be able to put down “Mobbed,” especially when everyone looking for Cleo converges in one spot.
The story is enhanced as Jack and Nora team up to find Cleo, discovering and following false leads that might be frustrating, if not for the warm relationship between husband and wife. The repartee between them is loving, witty and cute.
There is plenty of action in this character-driven tale that leaves readers feeling they know the psyche of each character. This is, in my opinion, one of the main reasons this particular series is a success.
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