Mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark combines humor with suspense in her Regan Reilly series, acclaimed for witty dialogue, eccentric characters, and trendy settings. In Decked, sleuth Regan Reilly solved a mysterious murder case during a luxury cruise; in Snagged, she thwarted a killer at a Miami pantyhose convention; in Iced, she foiled an audacious art heist in Aspen. Now, in Twanged, she heads to the celebrity-studded beach towns of New York's Hamptons, to again face crime and danger...Twanged
Regan Reilly plans to spend her Fourth of July week vacationing in the Hamptons at her parents' home and also with her best friend, Kit, who has a share in a group house. A last-minute phone call, however, casts Regan's trip in a new light. Brigid O'Neill, a rising country star, has been getting frightening "love notes" and she hires Regan as her bodyguard for a Fourth of July concert in Southhampton. Brigid plans to play a fiddle given to her in Ireland and said to have magic powers. She later learns the rest of its legend-whoever takes it out of Ireland will have an accident or face death.
Brigid and her band are invited to stay at Chappy Tinka's oceanfront compound. Tinka, heir to a thumbtack fortune, and Bettina, his ditzy wife, are social climbers trying to get on the Hamptons "A" list. But the Hamptons elite is not impressed by thumbtacks or the tacky castle the Tinkas call home. Chappy's solution: build Chappy's Theatre by the Sea, where he will produce plays starring himself and perform with Brigid's magical fiddle. But first, he must steal it.
At Chappy's castle, Regan encounters a cast of characters including Chappy's bumbling sidekick and accomplice, Duke; Bettina's live-in guru, "Peace Man"; and a feng shui specialist obsessed with rearranging furniture.
A guest found floating face-down in a pool at Chappy's welcoming party for Brigid is only the first in a series of ominous incidents. As Brigid's Fourth of July concert nears, it looks as if the cursed fiddle should be shipped back to Ireland-Express Mail! It's Regan's job to hold the curse at bay and fend off Brigid's pursuers.
A Main Selection of The Mystery Guild. and a Featured Alternate of The Literary Guild. and of Doubleday Book Club#&174;
Country music star and expert fiddler Brigid O'Neill hires Regan Reilly, series protagonist (Snagged, Audio Reviews LJ 9/1/93), to act as her bodyguard. Brigid is uneasy about some strange "fan" letters. Someone has also discovered that her wonderful, new Irish fiddle carries a curse. While Brigid is out partying, another violin is stolen in Ireland. Back in the United States, the threats increase in violence, and someone is almost killed. Clark reads this abridgment of her work with enthusiasm, but two attempted murders, an attempted kidnapping, and attempted grand theft, all by different individuals, are a bit much for one three-hour audiobook. The final scene where everyone, including the violin thief, plan future get-togethers is flat and unlikely. The full-text version is probably better. Not recommended.�I. Pour-El, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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Grand Central Publishing
March 24, 1998
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