Hot Best Seller

Decked

Availability: Ready to download

When P.I. Regan Reilly attends a class reunion in England, the long-dead body of her former roommate turns up. Clues to the mystery follow Regan as she sails home--and into the hands of a killer.


Compare

When P.I. Regan Reilly attends a class reunion in England, the long-dead body of her former roommate turns up. Clues to the mystery follow Regan as she sails home--and into the hands of a killer.

30 review for Decked

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    Let me begin by saying that this book is the best 2 star book that I've ever rated. So what happened? I'll just say that there was too little plotting, and too much waffling going on. Conversely I think the book should be about as short as this review. I'm half serious. Too many characters. That means too many characters to keep track of. Their concerns lead nowhere. Somewhere in this book there's a greater offering, waiting to pupate and gestate. The wordiness of the book is its own downfall. I t Let me begin by saying that this book is the best 2 star book that I've ever rated. So what happened? I'll just say that there was too little plotting, and too much waffling going on. Conversely I think the book should be about as short as this review. I'm half serious. Too many characters. That means too many characters to keep track of. Their concerns lead nowhere. Somewhere in this book there's a greater offering, waiting to pupate and gestate. The wordiness of the book is its own downfall. I think that the author, Carol Higgins Clark, knew how flimsy her plot was and the powers that be greenlit the project anyway. That has still not dulled my appetite for the books in the series. I've hit gold before and I'll probably hit gold again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Good old fashioned mystery set aboard a transatlantic luxury liner with strong female characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I thought the cover illustration on my edition of this book was really cool. But the book and the mystery itself were pretty underwhelming. I really hope that Regan Reilly's detective skills improve as the series go on. In this one she was little more than a damsel in distress. I thought the cover illustration on my edition of this book was really cool. But the book and the mystery itself were pretty underwhelming. I really hope that Regan Reilly's detective skills improve as the series go on. In this one she was little more than a damsel in distress.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    This cozy is fun because it's on a cruise ship, primarily, and that brings back memories of our own cruises. It is fun to read, and the murder is a many-years-ago tragedy, so it's always nice to have an old mystery wrapped up. I like the writing style, and enjoyed reading this one. This cozy is fun because it's on a cruise ship, primarily, and that brings back memories of our own cruises. It is fun to read, and the murder is a many-years-ago tragedy, so it's always nice to have an old mystery wrapped up. I like the writing style, and enjoyed reading this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    i love this book so because has keep me guessing till the end of the book what would happen to regan reilly and her roommate . this is great book and i will be reading all the books in this series .i start reading this other day and can not put till i finished the book today . i love the mystery of this book and kept me wanting to read more of the book till i finished it .

  6. 4 out of 5

    JaNel

    Pretty boring. The story was strangely organized and all the different points of view were confusing and unnecessary. Weird. Since I enjoyed the 9th book in the series, which I read first, I’ll give it one more try with the second book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Barfield

    Such a cute story. I truly enjoyed Regan's character and Veronica was an absolute trip. Ironic I would finish this on Betty White's birthday when I could picture her plain as day as Veronica Exner. Definitely a great story. I look forward to the next mystery in the series. Such a cute story. I truly enjoyed Regan's character and Veronica was an absolute trip. Ironic I would finish this on Betty White's birthday when I could picture her plain as day as Veronica Exner. Definitely a great story. I look forward to the next mystery in the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christina B

    I picked this book up right before going on a cruise, as I had just finished [Book: The Woman in Cabin 10] and quite enjoyed it! I had searched for other books that were thrillers set on cruise ships to continue the theme. I would give this book 2.5 stars for a few reasons... The Good: • For those that don't like violence, sex, or really anything even mildly "offensive" or gratuitous, this is a decent read. • The writing wasn't terrible (no grammatical errors or the like) The Bad: • The cha I picked this book up right before going on a cruise, as I had just finished [Book: The Woman in Cabin 10] and quite enjoyed it! I had searched for other books that were thrillers set on cruise ships to continue the theme. I would give this book 2.5 stars for a few reasons... The Good: • For those that don't like violence, sex, or really anything even mildly "offensive" or gratuitous, this is a decent read. • The writing wasn't terrible (no grammatical errors or the like) The Bad: • The character development was terrible - very thin characters mostly defined by stereotypes • The plot was laughably unbelievable! Talk about having to suspend reality • The writing, while not technically bad, was very much geared towards older people. Think Danielle Steele type writing almost, only minus the romance. I used to read Mary Higgins Clark books when I was in my early teens and really enjoyed them, but that was 20-ish years ago and I've read thousands of books since, so my expectations are much higher now. • Similar to my last point, the book felt very old-fashioned for something that was supposed to be set in modern times. Nothing felt fresh, current, or realistic. Overall I finished this book because I rarely leave books unfinished, and I had already downloaded it to my Kindle prior to sailing off into the Caribbean with not many other options. I wish that I'd brought [Book: The Woman in Cabin 10] along instead, because THAT would have been fun late-night balcony reading while staring out into the dark ocean with no land in sight!

  9. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    DECKED - Poor Clark, Carol Higgins - 1st book The daughter of a successful mystery writer and a P.I. with pizzazz, Regan Reilly is attending her class reunion at St. Polycarp's, England, when the long-dead body of her former roommate turns up under the bushes. It's a case Regan would love to solve, but a prior commitment puts her on a transatlantic cruise. She shouldn't have fretted. The clues to the crime are following her on the Queen Guinevere. Here, on a ship awash with secret lovers, a fortune DECKED - Poor Clark, Carol Higgins - 1st book The daughter of a successful mystery writer and a P.I. with pizzazz, Regan Reilly is attending her class reunion at St. Polycarp's, England, when the long-dead body of her former roommate turns up under the bushes. It's a case Regan would love to solve, but a prior commitment puts her on a transatlantic cruise. She shouldn't have fretted. The clues to the crime are following her on the Queen Guinevere. Here, on a ship awash with secret lovers, a fortune hunter, a jewel thief and an assassin, Regan is sailing home--and into the hands of a young girl's killer. She is definitely not her mother.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book was just ok. A lot of fluff. Hopefully as the series goes on the books get better.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Enjoyable read!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Toby

    This is the first of the Regan Reilly mysteries — I’ve read several of the later books in the series so it was fascinating to go back to the beginning and see where (& how) it all started! I will say, Carol Higgins Clark (hereby referred to as CHC) has changed her writing style tremendously over the course of the series. In this book, there are some of the trademark multiple plot lines that arc and twist and weave together for a seamless conclusion. But compared to later books, this one is a walk This is the first of the Regan Reilly mysteries — I’ve read several of the later books in the series so it was fascinating to go back to the beginning and see where (& how) it all started! I will say, Carol Higgins Clark (hereby referred to as CHC) has changed her writing style tremendously over the course of the series. In this book, there are some of the trademark multiple plot lines that arc and twist and weave together for a seamless conclusion. But compared to later books, this one is a walk in the park. As you progress in this series, CHC’s plots become a lot more convoluted, there’s a lot more story arcs to keep straight, a ton more characters, and there’s also typically a lot less murder. Book one was more of a typical murder mystery. I’ll be curious to read the next books in the series to see where (& how!) things start to shift.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I did not read any books during the month of November due to traveling and sightseeing with family. This book helped me get back in practice. The quick pace and simple plot were the perfect combination to build my confidence and renew my interest in reading. I read the paperback format - very rare for me, I usually read hardback books. I don't think I'll continue with the series - the characters weren't interesting to me and there wasn't much description of the setting. The focus is on the myster I did not read any books during the month of November due to traveling and sightseeing with family. This book helped me get back in practice. The quick pace and simple plot were the perfect combination to build my confidence and renew my interest in reading. I read the paperback format - very rare for me, I usually read hardback books. I don't think I'll continue with the series - the characters weren't interesting to me and there wasn't much description of the setting. The focus is on the mystery and action, and I enjoyed being swept up in the energy of the book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Girard

    1.5 I read a book of this series years ago and thought it was good. Oh how my reading taste changed since then ! It was boring... I liked the first 80 pages of the book but the rest was very meh. I won't continue this series. 1.5 I read a book of this series years ago and thought it was good. Oh how my reading taste changed since then ! It was boring... I liked the first 80 pages of the book but the rest was very meh. I won't continue this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Fun book, with no redeeming social value- neither enriching intellectually, broadening socially, nor elevating morally!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I have never read anything by either Mary Higgins Clark or Carol Higgins Clark and only knew of the former by reputation, so I came into this book with very little expectations. However, I still found myself a tad disappointed by Decked - there was a lot of promise of what it could have been, but the final product didn’t quite pull together. It’s not a bad read, however; merely an “all right” one. This book felt like a combination of a modern thriller and a traditional British mystery. The openin I have never read anything by either Mary Higgins Clark or Carol Higgins Clark and only knew of the former by reputation, so I came into this book with very little expectations. However, I still found myself a tad disappointed by Decked - there was a lot of promise of what it could have been, but the final product didn’t quite pull together. It’s not a bad read, however; merely an “all right” one. This book felt like a combination of a modern thriller and a traditional British mystery. The opening, with a girl called Athena on the run from someone and presumably meeting a nasty end, was exactly what I’ve come to expect from a thriller novel. Most of the rest of the story, however, read like one of Conrad Allen’s luxury liner mysteries, or even a good old Agatha Christie novel. It is a familiar format where you get to know individual travelers on board the ship separately, most of them seemingly unconnected to each other and participating in their own activities, but by the end you’ll realize that they are all related to the case in some way or will at least play a supporting role somewhere. That is what I expected from the travelers of the Queen Guinevere, but where I felt it fell apart was that a lot of them ended up playing very little part whatsoever. Sylvie, for example, whom we’re told has made the Atlantic crossing several times hoping to attract a new husband with her money, was of very little consequence to the story despite the time she was allotted. Or Regan’s parents, Luke and Nora; aside from their intervention being what saved (view spoiler)[Regan’s life (hide spoiler)] at the end, we didn’t really get to know them but were fed bits and pieces of information about their separate activities. There’s just enough dialogue to tease, but not enough to make me feel like I know these characters. The climax was particularly disappointing; after finding out that most of these characters aren’t really that interesting and won’t play a real part in the mystery, the actual “big reveal” ended up being done by Nigel Livingston, the policeman at Oxford whom I thought was set up to be the support to Regan’s main detective role. Despite Regan being described as a sharp and experienced investigator, she didn’t really do all that much investigating at all. It seems to me that she made a few phone calls and picked up one or two pieces of key information (not through her own designs, either, but by chance), but was otherwise mostly oblivious to what was happening. The criminals themselves gave up quite quickly once everything fell into place, and so the whole murder mystery fizzled rather than making an impression. Aside from what I mentioned previously about Regan being remarkably passive throughout the whole book, I really can’t get a sense of her character either. She’s supposed to be our detective; the Poirot of the story, so to speak, but her activities can be summarized in the following: playing the long-suffering caretaker to Veronica, briefly agonizing over the murder of Athena but doing little actual investigation because she’s unaware that there’s anyone connected to the case on the cruise, and almost (view spoiler)[getting killed by the criminal at the end (and even there, she’s saved by her dad) (hide spoiler)] . I’m curious to know more about her, but it’s really frustrating how little insight we got into her character aside from her short moments of narration where she’s mainly making wry comments about Veronica. All that said, it’s a bit odd that I feel quite open to the thought of reading the next book in the series. Perhaps it’s because I’m hoping to know more about Regan Reilly, the main character? It’d be nice if the next book really did develop the key characters better, and I definitely won’t say no to a possible romance on the horizon for Regan. I know that the “series hunk” role is cliché, but you do learn a surprising amount about a character when you watch her interactions with someone she’s attracted to. It’d certainly spice things up, if nothing else.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    It's your basic who-done it type mystery. It also happens to have been my first Carol Higgins Clark that I've read. I don't feel like it was very "noteworthy" so to speak. It's not something I would re-read nor is it a favorite. If you want a quick and easy read then this is what you want. The plot wasn't to bad, had maybe one or two twists you may not expect which is always a good thing. Although it didn't hold much suspense I still enjoyed the story overall. The characters were average, and enj It's your basic who-done it type mystery. It also happens to have been my first Carol Higgins Clark that I've read. I don't feel like it was very "noteworthy" so to speak. It's not something I would re-read nor is it a favorite. If you want a quick and easy read then this is what you want. The plot wasn't to bad, had maybe one or two twists you may not expect which is always a good thing. Although it didn't hold much suspense I still enjoyed the story overall. The characters were average, and enjoyable. I don't regret having read it and I did go onto reading more of the series. As of now I'm on the fifth one.... somewhere in the middle. However I've gotten wrapped in another novel...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This was the first of the Regan Riley mysteries. I really enjoyed it and have enjoyed all of the others in this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Glenna

    This first in a series was a fun read. I have read many books by this author's mother (Mary Higgins Clark) and I found this series to be more lighthearted than her mother's. I liked that. This first in a series was a fun read. I have read many books by this author's mother (Mary Higgins Clark) and I found this series to be more lighthearted than her mother's. I liked that.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    This is a quick, easy, and very entertaining mystery with a lot of humor.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Hersh

    Mother and daughter are always good reads. Such a delight to be able to read alllll day ... and at the beach!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    This book kicks off the Regan Reilly series of detective novels. Clark has a unique writing style which has the third person omniscient narrator jumping from character to character so that we get to see a little bit of each person's part as the whole story unfolds. The narrative starts off with a murder, then jumps ten years to a theft and then starts to bring all of the characters together. Private investigator Regan is attending a reunion of an overseas boarding school (?) that she went to with This book kicks off the Regan Reilly series of detective novels. Clark has a unique writing style which has the third person omniscient narrator jumping from character to character so that we get to see a little bit of each person's part as the whole story unfolds. The narrative starts off with a murder, then jumps ten years to a theft and then starts to bring all of the characters together. Private investigator Regan is attending a reunion of an overseas boarding school (?) that she went to with her friend Kit. While there, Regan's roommate disappeared. At the time, no one was worried but now her body has appeared just over the boundary of one of their teacher's aunt's house. Said aunt, Veronica, is about to embark on an overseas cruise to America on the same ship as Regan's funeral home director father, Luke, and bestselling mystery author mother, Nora. Veronica's companion becomes ill and Regan's old teacher offers to pay double her daily rate to act in her stead. Is there a lot going on in these books? Yes. This is just the first fifty pages. But Clark generally makes the books easy to read despite large numbers of characters and jumping story lines.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    As a mystery this book didn’t really work. Regan, the star of the series, didn’t really do anything in helping to solve the case. The actual reveal was done too early, especially as there was no usually-included-in-mysteries plot twist and I also felt that the book drifted in style between American and British. However, on the whole, this was enjoyable as a light read. The characters were one of the highlights of the book and even the minor characters were depicted well, and most were very amusin As a mystery this book didn’t really work. Regan, the star of the series, didn’t really do anything in helping to solve the case. The actual reveal was done too early, especially as there was no usually-included-in-mysteries plot twist and I also felt that the book drifted in style between American and British. However, on the whole, this was enjoyable as a light read. The characters were one of the highlights of the book and even the minor characters were depicted well, and most were very amusing. One of the things that I found annoying about the characters was that the ones who were doing something wrong, constantly acted in ways that were unbelievable and were very revealing. One major example is at the end, where implausibly the person who is caught, sells out their associate, when this would more than likely prevent their plan from coming to fruition. I really liked the different settings and thought the author captured the atmosphere of the different settings (and the changes between them), really well. I personally loved the cruise ship element. Overall a good reading, but I don’t plan on reading anymore on the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dlora

    I wasn't expecting much, thinking that Carol Higgins Clark was riding on the coattails of her very popular mother, Mary Higgins Clark. I was pleasantly surprised. Decked was more of a cozy mystery than her mother's suspense thrillers but it was well done with a pretty good mystery and entertaining, quirky characters. Having just attended a school reunion at St. Polycarp's in England, Regan Reilly, who has become a professional detective, has been persuaded to accompany an old friend of the schoo I wasn't expecting much, thinking that Carol Higgins Clark was riding on the coattails of her very popular mother, Mary Higgins Clark. I was pleasantly surprised. Decked was more of a cozy mystery than her mother's suspense thrillers but it was well done with a pretty good mystery and entertaining, quirky characters. Having just attended a school reunion at St. Polycarp's in England, Regan Reilly, who has become a professional detective, has been persuaded to accompany an old friend of the school's, Lady Veronica Whitcomb Exner--who never fails to mention her deceased, titled husband Lord Gilbert in every conversation--on a cruise crossing the Atlantic. While at the reunion, the body of a long missing schoolmate had been discovered, and that mystery not only follows Regan and Lady Veronica but the murderer follows them as well.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Honestly I went into this book thinking it would be a good read. It was good, but definitely not the same caliber as something written by her mother. But I'm going to base my review on her own work. It was well written, story went rather smoothly and for the most part it was logical and realistic. I found it annoying that I didn't really know what time period this was supposed to have occurred. One of the characters suffered from something called agida, I had to look it up and turned out to be he Honestly I went into this book thinking it would be a good read. It was good, but definitely not the same caliber as something written by her mother. But I'm going to base my review on her own work. It was well written, story went rather smoothly and for the most part it was logical and realistic. I found it annoying that I didn't really know what time period this was supposed to have occurred. One of the characters suffered from something called agida, I had to look it up and turned out to be heartburn. Why not just say it was heartburn? None of this book was funny, slightly humorous at times yes, but definitely not funny. I really wanted to stop reading about half way through. I'm going to read one more book by Carol, if it falls short like this one, I will most likely not be reading any further in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ElaineY

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; FEBRUARY 12, 2021 Filled with annoying characters and a narrator who chose to give them even more annoying voices. A plot and writing as interesting as my navel, trap us all on board a cruise ship. Hell on the seas. A 3-hour audiobook felt like 30 hours. What an awful start to a series! Thankfully, I had made the mistake of listening to Book 4.5, Deck the Halls, thinking it was Book 1, Decked. Despite giving it only 2 stars (not good, in my rating scale), it had promise and I REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; FEBRUARY 12, 2021 Filled with annoying characters and a narrator who chose to give them even more annoying voices. A plot and writing as interesting as my navel, trap us all on board a cruise ship. Hell on the seas. A 3-hour audiobook felt like 30 hours. What an awful start to a series! Thankfully, I had made the mistake of listening to Book 4.5, Deck the Halls, thinking it was Book 1, Decked. Despite giving it only 2 stars (not good, in my rating scale), it had promise and I was ready to try another when I realized I'd gotten the 2 books mixed up. So, I shall pretend Book 1, Decked, was never written and will try Book 2, Snagged.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    One of Regan Reilly’s college girlfriends had disappeared years prior, but her body is found during the ten year reunion. Now, Reagan has become involved in the investigation despite the fact that she is leaving England to sail to New York as a personal assistant to a wealthy college benefactor. As Reagan begins looking through old newspaper stories concerning both a robbery and the murder of the girl’s aunt years earlier and listens to accounts, some simply gossip, she begins to put a face on t One of Regan Reilly’s college girlfriends had disappeared years prior, but her body is found during the ten year reunion. Now, Reagan has become involved in the investigation despite the fact that she is leaving England to sail to New York as a personal assistant to a wealthy college benefactor. As Reagan begins looking through old newspaper stories concerning both a robbery and the murder of the girl’s aunt years earlier and listens to accounts, some simply gossip, she begins to put a face on the murderer. Little does she know that the murderer has sent someone to handle both Reagan and the wealthy benefactor as the murderer ties up loose ends.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Olano

    It took me a long time to really get into the whole thing - I was trying to get into the style and the setting and the feel of the story, and unlike with her mother's books, getting into them isn't instant. But when I did, I started enjoying this whole Regan Reilly world - and that's why I ordered more of her books. Her style is playful, and a lot of parts made me laugh. Falling in love with the characters is a gradual thing, but when I did, I wanted more. The whole cruise ship ambience is also It took me a long time to really get into the whole thing - I was trying to get into the style and the setting and the feel of the story, and unlike with her mother's books, getting into them isn't instant. But when I did, I started enjoying this whole Regan Reilly world - and that's why I ordered more of her books. Her style is playful, and a lot of parts made me laugh. Falling in love with the characters is a gradual thing, but when I did, I wanted more. The whole cruise ship ambience is also very fascinating - and putting some mystery there really makes for some cozy reading.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    An entertaining cruise mystery that puts Regan Reilly trying to find out who killed her old roommate as she cruises back to the states from her class reunion in England. She finds herself accompanying a rather eccentric acquaintance on the journey and balances her time between sneaking visits with her parents who are trying to sail incognito and trying to uncover who some of the passengers are when they start acting strangely. How convenient that the murder is solved right on the ship! Great lit An entertaining cruise mystery that puts Regan Reilly trying to find out who killed her old roommate as she cruises back to the states from her class reunion in England. She finds herself accompanying a rather eccentric acquaintance on the journey and balances her time between sneaking visits with her parents who are trying to sail incognito and trying to uncover who some of the passengers are when they start acting strangely. How convenient that the murder is solved right on the ship! Great literature? No. Fun to read? Absolutely.

  30. 5 out of 5

    RC Prentice

    Delightful! Clever! With all the hallmarks of a cozy mystery but without some of the baggage that often marks that genre (improbable characters, non-existent places.) As grim, gruesome and horrifically realistic as her mother's mysteries are, Mary Higgins Clark's books are characterized by light-heartedness and easy-going plottings, yet retain the element of realism. Unforeseen circumstances keep foiling two competing purveyors of sneaky shenanigans aboard a cruise ship, yet you'd swear that thi Delightful! Clever! With all the hallmarks of a cozy mystery but without some of the baggage that often marks that genre (improbable characters, non-existent places.) As grim, gruesome and horrifically realistic as her mother's mysteries are, Mary Higgins Clark's books are characterized by light-heartedness and easy-going plottings, yet retain the element of realism. Unforeseen circumstances keep foiling two competing purveyors of sneaky shenanigans aboard a cruise ship, yet you'd swear that this time (of which there are many) one of them, at least, will succeed.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...