Gypped by Carol Higgins Clark

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Gypped is a good title because I'm feeling a little gypped by the length of the book... everything in the book could have been fleshed out more.


When Regan Reilly returned to the West Coast, where she began her career as a PI, she never imagined that her unsuccessful appearance on a game show seven years earlier would throw her trip totally off course!

REGAN REILLY is in Los Angeles with her husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad. After Jack finishes his meetings with the LAPD, the couple may head north to the wine country, or may head south to Baja. Their only plan is to see which way the wind blows.

The first day back, Regan goes shopping at an upscale new mall in West Hollywood. To her surprise, she runs into Zelda, a woman she’d become friendly with seven years before at a television studio in Burbank, when they were waiting to appear on the game show Puzzling Words. They haven’t seen each other since.

Zelda and Regan didn’t win much money, but Zelda made up for it! A year ago an elderly neighbor she barely knew left Zelda eight million dollars. She has been enjoying her newfound wealth but is aware of the need to give back. At a recent fundraiser, she bid on a week’s stay in an old Hollywood Hills estate and was the lucky winner. She’s currently in residence there and invites Regan to a party at the mansion.

While Jack attends a business dinner, Regan goes to Zelda’s by herself, unaware that she is being followed. Regan is more than surprised at the run-down condition of the house and grounds. People should be paid to stay here, she thinks. Zelda introduces Regan to a colorful cast of characters, including her old neighbors, friends from her yoga class, a filmmaker, Zelda’s financial adviser, her bookkeeper, and her personal assistant. It’s all good fun. As the guests are leaving, Zelda asks Regan to stay for a cup of tea. They’ve barely sat down to chat when Zelda falls ill. A worried Regan doesn’t want to leave Zelda alone and decides to spend the night at the isolated, aging estate. It’s not long before Zelda asks Regan to investigate people in her life, starting with her father’s new wife, Bobby Jo. The couple said “I do” in the back of a cab at a drive-through chapel in Las Vegas after only three months of togetherness.

Has Zelda’s windfall put her in danger? Regan is determined to find out, not knowing that she’s a target herself!

About Carol Higgins Clark

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Carol Higgins Clark is the author of fourteen previous bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries. She is coauthor, along with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, of a bestselling holiday mystery series. Also an actress, Carol Higgins Clark studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and has recorded several of her mother’s works as well as her own novels. She received AudioFile’s Earphones Award of Excellence for her reading of Jinxed. She lives in New York City. Her website is
Published April 3, 2012 by Scribner. 226 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Publishers Weekly

Below average
May 28 2012

...a barebones plot and lack of suspense make Clark's newest unlikely to appeal to new readers.

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Reviewed by John Valeri on Apr 15 2012

Gypped is a fresh and fun new entry into a series that has always offset the horrors of everyday life with humor and heart.

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Reviewed by Christine Irvin on Apr 19 2012

The novel is filled with plenty of plot twists and subplots as any good mystery should entertaining, lighthearted read...

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Peachy Deegan

Apr 10 2012

The character development in Gypped is a strong point of the book but the most winning aspect of it all is its ability to keep you interested and not be able to put it down.

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Below average
Apr 25 2012

Gypped is a good title because I'm feeling a little gypped by the length of the book... everything in the book could have been fleshed out more.

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Reviewed by Mason Canyon on May 08 2012

The story is fast pace and filled with a few things you may be expecting, but a number of fun and suspenseful twists to catch you off guard.

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