Dashing Through the Snow Paperback
In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are preparing for the annual Festival of Joy.
With preparations in full swing, a group of employees at the local market, recently cheated out of their Christmas bonus by their boss's new wife, learn that they have won $180 million in the lottery.
On the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, one of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute not to play.
He goes missing and the next day his girlfriend Flower also disappears.
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.
Alvirah and Regan 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 ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/10/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781847396310
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Review by elliepotten
This was my first Mary Higgins Clark - and reading it in July might have been a little strange - but I rather enjoyed it! It was one of those books that is best described as 'nice'. It doesn't have a particularly gripping plot or particularly memorable characters, nor does anything particularly dreadful happen. It's just nice. But I should explain! It's a festive offering which opens with a group of local market workers winning an enormous amount of money in the lottery, just in time for the town's new Christmas Festival of Joy. But the celebrations soon lose their sparkle when their fifth coworker, Duncan, who decided not to chip in that week on the advice of two dodgy financial investors, goes missing. Has he bought the second winning ticket without telling them and gone into hiding? Or has something terrible happened to him? When his girlfriend Flower flies in to surprise him and promptly disappears herself, it will take the combined efforts of stylish sleuths Alvirah Meehan and Regan Reilly to solve the mystery...It was definitely a cozy tale - ladies of a certain age running around solving crimes amidst bucketloads of community spirit - but it was good fun! Kind of like 'Murder, She Wrote' in book form. There were some amazing 'coincidences' and rather a lot of conveniently rich people tumbling around the town of Branscombe, and the mystery just sort of bumbled its way to the happy ending... but it was a sweet little read and provided exactly the kind of gentle, warm froth I was looking for. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy one of these, but if another one happened to come into our bookshop I'd definitely be tempted to take it home, put the kettle on and settle in for a few hours' mental candy floss!
Review by stevejwales
A group of co-workers win the lottery just before the Christmas 'Festival of Joy' but one, who decided not to take part that week, mysteriously goes missing. Did he buy the other winning ticket? What about his dodgy financial advisers? Or his missing girlfriend?<br/><br/>Another read-before-wrapping Christmas present!<br/><br/>Good fun, even if some of the story is a <i>little</i> bit farfetched!