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Book Cover Image: Title: Santa Cruise, Author: Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark

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Join Carol Higgins Clark in a discussion of Santa Cruise, the latest holiday mystery she's penned with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark. This is the fourth holiday novel by the mother-daughter duo: Carol and Mary took a cruise to do research, and came back with lots of stories about what it's like to be writing on the high seas, and a new mystery for their heroines Alvirah Meehan and Regan Reilly to dive into. Santa Cruise is set on a special holiday cruise that sets sail from Miami the day after Christmas. Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth; her husband, Willy; recently hitched private detective Regan Reilly and her groom, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad; and Regan's parents, Nora and Luke, 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 really wants is good publicity that will generate future bookings for his struggling new venture. He also plans to scatter his beloved mother's ashes at sea during this four day odyssey in the Caribbean. What he doesn't know is that his ne'er-do-well nephew, Eric, has smuggled something very unsettling on board...With Regan and Alvirah onboard The Royal Mermaid for its maiden voyage, dubbed 'The Santa Cruise,' you can be sure it won't be smooth sailing!

About Carol Higgins Clark

Author Photo: Carol Higgins Clark
Carol Higgins Clark is the author of nine bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries. Decked was nominated as Best First Novel for both the Anthony and Agatha awards. Her other titles are Snagged, Iced, Twanged,Fleeced, Jinxed, Popped, Burned, and Hitched. Yes, there is a theme here! She has also written four holiday mysteries with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark -- Deck the Halls, He Sees You When You're Sleeping, The Christmas Thief, and their latest, Santa Cruise, which was just released by Scribner and Simon and Schuster.

Carol was born in New York City, grew up in New Jersey, and obtained her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. She then studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. She performed in New York's Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) in Wendy Wasserstein's play "Uncommon Women and Others." She was the lead in the film A Cry In The Night, based on the book by her mother. She also starred in "Who Killed Amy Lang?," a mini-mysery that aired on Good Morning America, as well as other television and theatre productions.

Jointly with her mother, Carol received the University of Scranton's Distinguished Author Award in September 2000.

Carol has recorded her books on tape as well as many of her mother's. She received AudioFile's Earphones Award of Excellence for her reading of Jinxed.

She lives in New York City.

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