The Regan Reilly Series is the work of Carol Higgins Clark. The books fall perfectly within the Cozy mystery genre and follow the exploits of a private investigator by the names of Regan Reilly.
Carol Higgins Clark was always going to cause a stir when she finally decided to produce her own novels. The author comes from a family that is heavily steeped in literature and mystery.
And as the daughter of famed mystery author Mary Higgins Clark, everyone expected big things from her. Interestingly enough, Carol initially had her eye on acting and she pursued it with a passion.
Order of Regan Reilly Mystery Series
|5||Deck the Halls||2001|
|9||The Christmas Thief||2004|
|14||Dashing Through the Snow||2008|
However, Carol’s mistake was in spending so much time helping her mother with her writing duties. She would often type and re-type Mary’s transcripts. She would even make certain changes to the transcripts under the supervision of her mother. And it wasn’t long before all that exposure to her mother’s work infected Carol Higgins Clark with the writing bug.
Of course, anyone in Carol’s situation might have shied away from writing. After all, considering the fame that her mother had garnered and the fact that every book Mary wrote was a bestseller, Carol wouldn’t have been rebuked for refusing to undertake the difficult task of breaking out from under Mary Higgins Clark’s shadow.
Yet, Carol wasn’t afraid to undertake this challenge and eventually produced ‘Decked’ in 1992. The first book in the Regan Reilly series, ‘Decked’ saw Private Investigator Regan Reilly attend a class reunion in England only for the emergence of her former roommate’s body to upend things.
The Regan Reilly series is Carol’s primary source of fame as an author. The series perfectly manifests the differences between Carol’s writing style and that of her mother. Even though both Carol and Mary write suspense, Mary’s books have always been darker, angsty and almost harrowing.
Carol likes to inject humor into her work and her novels are almost playful. Whether it was an intentional choice or merely an organic manifestation of her personality, the humorous nature of the Regan Reilly books has allowed Carol to secure her own unique legacy within the publishing industry, independent of the image of her mother.
The Regan Reilly series suffers from an overabundance of POVs. Carol Higgins Clark has also been accused of being a little wordy when writing the books, not only exploring the perspectives of too many characters but also going on and on about irrelevant subjects.
Regan Reilly Awards
For her efforts in writing the Regan Reilly series, Carol has received an Agatha Award nomination (1992) and an Anthony Award nomination (1993).
Best Regan Reilly Books
The biggest problem Caro Higgins Clark faces is the constant comparisons with her mother; though, she has slowly but surely built her own identity, with some of the best books in the Regan Reilly series including the following:
Decked: Regan Reilly did not think that she would have to put her Private Investigator hat on when she went to her class reunion in England. But that was before her roommate’s dead body turned up.
The first book in the Regan Reilly series introduces Regan to readers. As the daughter of a mystery writer, Regan is pretty sure of herself, certain that she has what it takes to be a successful private investigator.
However, when a former roommate turns up dead during a class reunion in England, Regan has no time to put her skills to the test. Instead, a previous commitment forces her onto a transatlantic cruise. Fortunately for Regan, the clues to her former roommate’s murder are determined to follow her.
Snagged: When Regan Reilly attends a wedding at South Beach, she thinks that the only excitement that will come her way are the curious chats with Uncle Ritchie, the bride’s favorite relative. But then someone makes several attempts to kill Uncle Ritchie and Regan realizes that Miami might be in desperate need of her services.
The second book in the Regan Reilly series finds Regan playing bodyguard to a man in his seventies. Someone is out to get Uncle Ritchie and Regan keeps getting in their way.
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Under Suspicion Series by Mary Higgins Clark: This series by famed author Mary Higgins Clark follows Laurie Moran, a television producer who explores and solves cold case murders for a television program.