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Queen of suspense Mary Higgins Clark joins forces with her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, in this fast-paced novel set on board a holiday cruise that sets sail from Miami the day after Christmas....

Title : Santa Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea
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ISBN : 9781416526759
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 576 Pages
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Santa Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea Reviews

  • Samantha
    2019-02-03 11:38

    Mary Higgins Clark is my 'go-to' author when I need a read to distract me, not necessarily to make me think. A friend has noted, she does not write good literature, but she spins a good yarn. This book is about a 'do-gooders' cruise given by a cruise ship owner trying to drum of business for his fledgling cruise ship. From the get-go things go wrong. His nephew (an 'officer' on the ship) is stowing away two dangerous fugitives, a member of the waitstaff jumps overboard to avoid being arrested, storms...etc. Nothing can go right. In the middle of everything is a man planning a heist. It certainly had the makings of a good mystery, but this story, in my opinion, falls flat. I checked it out because I am a cruise junkie. This story is predictable and the characters are annoying. This was the first MHC book I have read that she wrote with her daughter. I don't know that I'll be checking out another. I much prefer her older mysteries. In the end, it did keep me distracted and it was a quick read, but it wasn't really all that great.

  • Pumpernickel
    2019-02-03 07:28

    The story is interesting, but oh... Does it take not ONE but TWO writers to write THIS badly ? (-.-) ...I'm having fun with it anyway, cuz it takes place during X-Mas & it's one of my X-Mas readings...By the way : It's written by mother and daughter : Mary AND Carol Higgins Clark.Good story but doubtful writing, with dialogues that you go "Sure...", and you simply decide to forget it cuz you wanna know how the mystery is gonna be solved...

  • Amanda H
    2019-02-07 11:30

    As far as mystery books go, it had an interesting twist, especially since they were out at sea while this was all going on. Certain mystery books thrill you though, and make you want to re-read them to see what clues were written and you just skipped over. Unfortunately, that was not the case with "Santa Cruise". It is intersting the first time, but after you know what the solution to the mystery is, you don't really want to read it again. Therefore, if you would like a good mystery, I suggest getting this out of the library, but it is not worth buying because you will probably never read it again.

  • Joy Gerbode
    2019-02-02 08:22

    This was a pretty good mystery, and the cruise was of interest since I'm hoping to plan a cruise in the new year. I enjoyed most of the story, and it was a light, easy read.Wow ... I absolutely do NOT remember ever reading this book before! This time I thoroughly enjoyed the book, reading it practically in one sitting. Having been on the above mentioned cruise earlier this year, it was all fun for me, recognizing some of the things that that were mentioned, and understanding some of the workings of a cruise ship. The mystery was fun, mostly known to the reader from the beginning, but still with a bit of mystery to be unfolded at the end.

  • Cyndi
    2019-02-13 07:11

    Not a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark. Doesn't seem to be a lot of research in her books. A woman shows up for a freebie cruise and gets two other couples on uninvited. I don't think so. The whole 'mystery' has too many improbable points to list.

  • Adrienne
    2019-02-10 07:35

    My sister recommended Santa Cruise to me when I complained to her about having nothing else to read. She and my mom are avid fans of Mary Higgins Clark's written works so I tried this one out. Immediately, I was engrossed in the tale. The storyline was well-written; the setting fit the story; the characters in the book were all realistically portrayed and featured as intelligent and sophisticated (and especially nosy) no-nonsense people. Distinguishing the bad guys from the good guys was very easy since the story was narrated from all the characters' perspectives, but, trying to guess what was going to happen next was very hard! It kept me guessing until the very last page. And the plot twist that was brought out in the end -- the heist of the silver chest box that was said to have belonged to Cleopatra? It really wasn't anticipated. Couldn't have seen it coming! It added up to the whole "mystery" concept of the book and made the ending much more enjoyable. A well-deserved rating of five stars! I'll definitely be reading more of this author's books soon.

  • Plum-crazy
    2019-01-22 12:39

    I've read a lot of Mary Higgins Clark's back catalogue & found them to be good gripping thrillers - although not so much the more recent ones but I digress....this however, is what I'd class as a "cosy" murder mystery. It's a much more light hearted read, maybe that's her daughter's influence on the book.It's a Alvirah Meehan mystery, (the cleaner who won the lottery & turned amateur sleuth) & this time she's been invited on a short cruise with a select group of people who have "helped make the world a better place"...these include the youngsters Fredericka & Gwendolyn, who are particularly obnoxious (but amusing) despite, or probably rather because of, their do-gooding :o)Also on board are two felons fleeing from prison, 10 Santa Claus & the ghost of a dead prize fighter...just your average cruise then...There's nothing to tax the brain here but it's entertaining enough that you'll sail easily to the end of it! 

  • Keshan
    2019-02-06 10:38

    This story more like young adult mystery novel. Its so different what IRead last time the same author. “all dressed in white “ is more like normalThriller phenomena. But this is like soft mystery novel. But any way this is goodNovel . I also like to read marry Higgins novels. Every one called her writingMore like to romance suspense. I think that’s true… this story about cruise of different types people. Specialty Commodorehas purpose to given free her mother. Dudley say to given a free trip to richpeople and its is the way get charity for the ship. But every thing get upide-down because commodore’s nephew Eric has another plan to get more money. He help to escape bull-eye who called the murdere…Meanwhile Henry Crater has onther plan about CLEOPATRAS CHEST……..own purposes, good people, nice cruise…..BUT finely everything change…..

  • gina
    2019-02-13 09:14

    Santa Cruise was not the worst book I read this year, but it comes close. I picked it up at the library for a good trashy mystery read--and it certainly was trashy. Predictable plot, two-dimensional characters, and flat prose--all I have to say is, meh! I guess that whatever Mary Higgins Clark writes, gets published. Oh--and her lucky daughter gets published too. I wish I had that kind of carte blanche. The good thing about this book is that it was a quick read, so it didn't waste too much of my time. In the future, I'll check out the books before I check them out at the library.

  • Dawn
    2019-02-17 10:29

    Commodore Weed is making his maiden voyage with his new cruise ship. He has filled the boat with special guests who have accepted a free vacation. A few passengers have boarded with nefarious activities in mind. This book is apparently one in a series and I was able to follow the story with no trouble, however I still don’t know the main characters very well. The characters that are unique to this story are developed well enough that you know what kind of people they are rather quickly. The pacing is the story was steady. I enjoyed the sprinkling of humor in the book. I never had a sense of suspense as I read. It seemed more like a story with quirky criminals than a mystery. I did enjoy the book, it just didn’t spark an interest in going back and reading the series.

  • Amy
    2019-01-27 10:22

    This was a decent mystery. Not as strong as some of Mary Higgins Clark's others, but worth a listen. I liked the idea of a cruise for those who are charitable and helpful throughout the year, It seems like a nice way to say thank you. BUT things aren't always as they seem.

  • Cecily Kyle
    2019-01-24 10:26

    A little too "gangster on boat" for me but the story was okay. I don't know if it was just how it came off on the audiobook or what but I just wasn't all that into it. Meh Read

  • Jessica
    2019-01-27 08:32

    Really enjoyed this book!! I’m a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark and am working thru reading her books..

  • An Odd1
    2019-01-22 06:19

    Alvirah Meehan, arthritic ex-housecleaner lottery-winner sleuth, PI Regan Reilly, their husbands Willy and NYPD cop Jack, and Reilly parents, sail free on a silly Santa Cruise, refurbished bad-luck Royal Mermaid's 4-day Caribbean maiden voyage. Commodore Randolph Weed chose do-gooders for publicity, but for a fast million, his lazy nephew, Eric stows away two villains, crime boss Bull's-Eye Tony Pinto and swindler Highbridge intend to disembark on extradition-free Fishbowl Island. Eric steals them two Santa costumes for disguises, from ten for Santa guests. A plethora of useless extras do diddly. Cute annoying little too-helpful pests, Gwendolyn and Frederika, injure Carter, wash off his grey face makeup disguise as elderly invalid. Why do they take his cell phone? Butler Winston snoops everywhere, but is not spy for ambitious newscaster Bianca. Pinto resembles boxer Left-Hook Louie, honored by Mystery Readers Club aboard. Ivy screams at his ghost in the chapel. Weed, thrice-divorced, likes Ivy, intends to honor late gran by throwing her ashes overboard in silver box. Alvirah goes after fleeing duo alone. Dum dum dum. (view spoiler)[ Eric desperately shuffles hiding places of brother-in-laws, but doesn't take buffet food for hungry fugitives - why not? Alvirah interrupts Pinto strangling Carter, confined to infirmary overnight; Carter testified against Pinto's dad. More fiddle diddle details. Pinto leaves card deck in Eric's cabin. Swiss bank account numbers decorate face cards. Why bother? Weed's last wife knew urn was Cleopatra's jewelry box, stolen from museum, hired Winston to steal. Carter knows too - how? Alvirah jumps overboard - why not run toward friends on deck? Pinto shoots at her only after she jumps. Gwen throws box that lands on Alvirah. Regan jumps in with a life ring and takes box. Jack jumps in and holds Alvirah, Alvirah passes out. One ring for three? Pinto could have still shot them.(hide spoiler)]

  • Brook
    2019-01-25 11:39

    I got this book from the library because it was by Mary Higgins Clark (love her books) and I wanted a good mystery. I did not notice when I picked it up that her daughter, Carol, was a co-author.The story was sort of lackluster and had characters that Carol had previously written about. They were okay characters, but certainly not the most captivating. Maybe I would have liked them more if I had read more of Carol's books.However, I will not read any of Carol's books. The book was a letdown. I am used to twists and a sense of "aha" at a point of MHC's books. Even when things were 'let out of the bag' it just kind of fell flat. I got to about 60 pages to the end of the book wondering when the entertainment, if any, was going to start. I did finish the book for good measure, where the aforementioned explanation of the mystery took place, but overall did not enjoy it. I'm sorry Carol, but you brought your mom down.

  • Amber Eats Books
    2019-02-01 07:35

    2.5 stars

  • Kate Elizabeth
    2019-02-12 12:20

    This f-ing book. Boring, a bit hard to follow, and good lord GET A COPY EDITOR. Multiple words, including names, are spelled inconsistently (examples: Crater/Carter, Reagan/Regan), and various details drift in and out of the book at will. In one particularly memorable example, a character is gagged at the mouth and unable to speak, until another character asks her a question; they chat, then a page later she's gagged again. I picked this up wandering around the library before Christmas and thought it would be a fun and quick read. It was laborious and terrible. How Mary Higgins Clark has sold a bajillion books, I don't know. Avoid at all costs.

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-13 10:37

    This was my first dive into the world of the cozy mystery and I LOVED it! I am very much looking forward to reading more cozy mysteries and had a great time reading this one! The only thing I wasn't in love with is the fact that you already know exactly who the bad guy is so there wasn't much "mystery" to that but the story did give out small clues into how the story would end one by one in a way so that was fun. Will be reading more from the Clark ladies in the future!

  • Yzobelle
    2019-01-25 06:12

    This particular book of Mary Higgins Clark is so unlike her. I didn't see the usual excitement and unique suspense that her other stories have. It became a bit too dragging since I am used to the clutch-on-your-seat-edge kind of suspense.

  • Jan
    2019-02-18 09:29

    Lottery winner Alvirah Meehan and PI Regan Reilly are both on this holiday cruise, so of course there will be a mystery to solve. Lightweight fluff. Either I just wasn't in the mood, or it wasn't their best.

  • Dawn
    2019-02-07 14:29

    Another good book by the mother/daughter team. The storyline was not as interesting as some of their other Christmas capers, but it still held my interest.

  • Shelley
    2019-01-20 09:13

    The writing was pretty terrible. It's been awhile since I've read a Mary Higgins Clark mystery. I'm doubting myself in how I ever liked her? Could it be because it's not entirely her work alone? Her and her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark wrote it together. It was like I was reading a cheap version of a second rate author.It was a good enough plot, unfortunately, it just all fell flat. It wasn't boring, and I liked that the chapters were short (I detest extra long chapters). It was an easy enough read. It was just bla.A few times I rolled my eyes. Especially at the end, when a certain person is swimming in the ocean or when another certain person catches a box that went over the cruise ship.Do yourself a favour, skip this book.

  • Alton Motobu
    2019-02-09 14:15

    Far fetched story with unlikable character and convoluted plot lines dependent on coincidence, luck, and miracles. All characters are shallow and undeveloped, perhaps because the author already expects readers to know who they are and to like them without question. The two little girls are especially irritating and deplorable; they behave more like delinquent teens. Many questions are left unanswered: how is it that Tony and Louie look like twins, a fact which is reiterated numerous times, but no explanation given? Who is Harry Crater's benefactor who is rich enough to hire a helicopter to retrieve him from the ship? What was the meaning of the marked cards? and so on and so on. I do not appreciate stories with so many loopholes and unresolved issues.

  • Eileen
    2019-02-10 07:23

    A fun, fast, read with a Christmastime setting on a cruise. What could go wrong? Apparently many things when Alvirah Meehan is around and right from the start there's a hint of the trouble to come when a crew member jumps overboard.The mystery is transparent and if you're a fan of cozy mysteries, you know all the moves the characters will make and most of what will happen. There are some flaws e.g. Alvirah is gagged but then readily answers a question from Tony and on the next page jumps from the boat, instead of going for the stairs - you'll know why, with the gag in her mouth, smh. This is very light reading, indeed.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-01 06:34

    Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy have won a trip on the first cruise of the Royal Mermaid. They invite Regan Reilly and her husband and parents along. The cruise is free and is supposed to honor people who have done good all year long. There is a wide list of characters including two criminal stowaways who dress up like Santa to blend in. There isn't much of a mystery, more of a lighthearted Christmas read. The book ends really abruptly especially considering all the plot lines that were going on.

  • Christiane
    2019-01-31 13:22

    "I love the holiday spirit, mystery and humor "Another perfect holiday read ...PI Regan Reilly joins with her new husband, her mother the mystery writer Nora Reilly and her husband Luke and a recent lottery winner on a free Santa Cruise. The Cruise is for people who have done good deeds thru out the year but unknown to the captain a few ' bad apples ' have also made their way on board.The mystery is spun around a priceless antique, a complicated heist plan and two escaped convicts.

  • Sandrine Carloni
    2019-02-09 14:13

    Que dire si ce n'est que je suis très contente d'avoir emprunté ce livre à la bibliothèque municipale ? Je m'en serai voulue de l'avoir acheté.Je n'ai pas pu aller au-delà du 12ème chapitre. La quatrième de couverture nous annive des frissons, des rebondissements inattendus et de l'humour. Je n'ai lu que 95 pages de platitude qui m'ont surtout dit que je devais mieux exploiter mon temps.Bref, je n'ai pas aimé, ce n'est pas mon style.

  • Victoria Lees
    2019-02-20 10:36

    I love all the Alvirah Meehan and Regan Reilly mysteries written by the duo Higgins Clarks. I still own all the Mary Higgins Clark books and am collecting the Regan Reilly series now by Mary's daughter, Carol Higgins Clark. Great reads. Great plots. If you are looking for suspense for the beach, any of Mary's or Carol's books will do.

  • Diana Davis
    2019-02-18 13:31

    Fun holiday book. I listened to this one and liked the reader. Sometimes that can break a book so it is nice when you have a good narrator. Throughout the book I was wondering what was going to happen, it just seemed 2 stowaways were trying not to get caught. A real mystery comes up much closer to the end of the book that caught me off guard and seemed out of place. Still a good read though.

  • Bobbie
    2019-01-27 11:41

    Mystery on a cruise ship. Entertaining but kind of silly/slap-sticky. Not quite as bad as an "I Love Lucy" episode but sometimes close. I was in the mood for a Christmas-themed mystery and I love anything that takes place on a cruise ship. Copyright 2006.