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Regan Reilly -- the smart, saucy sleuth featured in all of Carol Higgins Clark's bestsellers -- is in New York attending a crime conference organized by her celebrity-author mother...and enjoying time with a new beau, Jack no relation Reilly. It's not long before trouble finds her: a family friend, Thomas Pilsner -- the president of the Settlers' Club on Gramercy Park -- d Regan Reilly -- the smart, saucy sleuth featured in all of Carol Higgins Clark's bestsellers -- is in New York attending a crime conference organized by her celebrity-author mother...and enjoying time with a new beau, Jack no relation Reilly. It's not long before trouble finds her: a family friend, Thomas Pilsner -- the president of the Settlers' Club on Gramercy Park -- desperately needs help. Two Settlers are dead, diamonds they were donating to the flagging club have vanished, and Thomas is rapidly becoming the prime suspect on all counts. As sharp as ever, Regan sets about solving the mystery of the disappearing diamonds and dead donors in order to save Thomas' neck...before the real killer finds him.


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Regan Reilly -- the smart, saucy sleuth featured in all of Carol Higgins Clark's bestsellers -- is in New York attending a crime conference organized by her celebrity-author mother...and enjoying time with a new beau, Jack no relation Reilly. It's not long before trouble finds her: a family friend, Thomas Pilsner -- the president of the Settlers' Club on Gramercy Park -- d Regan Reilly -- the smart, saucy sleuth featured in all of Carol Higgins Clark's bestsellers -- is in New York attending a crime conference organized by her celebrity-author mother...and enjoying time with a new beau, Jack no relation Reilly. It's not long before trouble finds her: a family friend, Thomas Pilsner -- the president of the Settlers' Club on Gramercy Park -- desperately needs help. Two Settlers are dead, diamonds they were donating to the flagging club have vanished, and Thomas is rapidly becoming the prime suspect on all counts. As sharp as ever, Regan sets about solving the mystery of the disappearing diamonds and dead donors in order to save Thomas' neck...before the real killer finds him.

30 review for Fleeced

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    Wonderful, wonderful, and criminally underrated series. Take a bow Carol Higgins Clark. I simply love the series. It rivals with the best ones I've read and registered here on Goodreads. I don't have much to analyze. The huge cast of characters is a chore to memorize, but once you pass that hurdle then your enjoyment has no limits. There have been a few low rated franchises that I've adored. This series has a heroine that's more badass than most of the books I've read. Try it for yourself. The pro Wonderful, wonderful, and criminally underrated series. Take a bow Carol Higgins Clark. I simply love the series. It rivals with the best ones I've read and registered here on Goodreads. I don't have much to analyze. The huge cast of characters is a chore to memorize, but once you pass that hurdle then your enjoyment has no limits. There have been a few low rated franchises that I've adored. This series has a heroine that's more badass than most of the books I've read. Try it for yourself. The proof is etc...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 This is a light-hearted, easy-to-read murder mystery. Regan Reilly, a smart, sassy P.I., is asked by Thomas Pilsner, the president of the Settlers Club in Gramercy Park, to solve two accidental deaths, which Thomas doesn't believe were accidents. Also missing are four diamonds valued at four million dollars. A host of characters (I counted 25) dominate this mystery and the reader hears their viewpoints in 81 short chapters written in a 265 page novel. Keeping track of th 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 This is a light-hearted, easy-to-read murder mystery. Regan Reilly, a smart, sassy P.I., is asked by Thomas Pilsner, the president of the Settlers Club in Gramercy Park, to solve two accidental deaths, which Thomas doesn't believe were accidents. Also missing are four diamonds valued at four million dollars. A host of characters (I counted 25) dominate this mystery and the reader hears their viewpoints in 81 short chapters written in a 265 page novel. Keeping track of these characters can be confusing, but the story is entertaining. There is a dating service, a butler school, two con artists, a movie director, saboteurs and two stuffed sheep. While the reader learns quickly who are the con artists, the murderer is kept a secret until the climax. The method Clark used to write the novel made it seem like a fast read. It hiked up the suspense and the tension. The characters, too numerous to list here, were classic who-done-it flat characters, used mostly to toss red herrings in the reader's perspective path. The heroine was perhaps ⅓ present in the story. The murder plot was expertly written. The location of the missing diamonds are known to the readers but not to the characters. Overall, this novel was well-written with a touch of wit to liven up the reading. A special thank you to Luffy for joining me on our first Buddy Reread. Thank you for introducing me to a new author.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christyn

    When will I learn? I've really got to stop picking these books when I'm not in the right mood for them. Fleeced follows in the same vein as it's predecessors - with Regan on whatever vacation/trip she's on at the moment getting drawn into something or other with a rather large cast of side characters many of whom I'll forget as soon as they leave the page. It doesn't help that characters are still being introduced near the end of the book (one of my biggest issues with this book). The Book: Oka When will I learn? I've really got to stop picking these books when I'm not in the right mood for them. Fleeced follows in the same vein as it's predecessors - with Regan on whatever vacation/trip she's on at the moment getting drawn into something or other with a rather large cast of side characters many of whom I'll forget as soon as they leave the page. It doesn't help that characters are still being introduced near the end of the book (one of my biggest issues with this book). The Book: Okay - in terms of mysteries - this is more of a follow along while the character(s) (hero/heroine) solves the mystery - no thinking on the readers part necessary. With the exception of the murderer (which could've been a complete stranger by the end as the murderer wasn't a huge part of the story) that may surprise some people there was nothing for the reader to really 'figure out' as it was laid out for us. In this particular Regan Reilly adventure we have two dead men, two stuffed sheep, four missing diamonds, ~five 'bad' guys (and some misc. 'minions') and of course a whole circus of characters. It was predictable and this was a problem if it wasn't at least predictable in an amusing way. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a book for children. You know - follow along, can you predict what's going to happen next feel. I am also not a fan of the wide and varied POV switch, in this case. Practically every chapter featured a different characters POV from the last (for example, we may get Regan, Thomas, Janey, Nora, Regan, Georgette, etc.). In fact sometimes we'd get a POV switch multiple times a chapter. It's a little jarring and not well done, I get the point is to show the readers how something lead to something else which would prove a help (or hindrance) in figuring out the mysteries or accomplishing something in the story but I think there were better ways to do it. I just got tired of trying to remember whose who in this very large cast. I also felt there was just too much going on. Between the main problem of the missing diamonds, and potential murder we also had: con artists, a Princess of Love - matchmaking service, the Princess of Love's completely baffling ex-lover showing up in the book for no real reason except as a device for bringing down one of the villains, rival Butler Schools, a nut-job of a sheep-stealing 'director' shooting a scene in the books primary location and causing trouble, an Archibald 'villain', saboteurs, blabbermouths, multiple B&E's, dude with a camera catching a lot of stuff on video, and it was just too much. Everything was just in excess and it didn't help the book at all. I also didn't like the quick way everything just snapped into place at the end. (view spoiler)[ Regan realizes where the diamonds are, who the thief/buttercup is, who the Killer is (rather stupid of the killer - I'm betting she probably could've gotten away with it, as nobody knew it was her - if she hadn't gone after Thomas), saves a potential victim from said killer, unwittingly unmasks a saboteur who Jack ties to a deranged Butler School owner who will not allow other Butler Schools to rival his, and pretty much heroes save the day and all the bad guys are arrested. (hide spoiler)] Well, damn just cram all that into a measly 6 pages. By the way - will we ever see Regan when she's not on vacation/traveling? You know when she's actually doing her P.I. job in Los Angeles? The Characters: TOO MANY. Seriously - it's hard enough to get to know to a character without adding a whole bunch of unnecessary ones. To be honest - I could probably really like Regan, If I'd just had the opportunity to see more of her. For a Regan Reilly series - she features very little. It felt like she was only in maybe 1/3 of the book. All the character switches and everything else - she just becomes another character instead of the lead. I have grown fonder of her - in that I kind of like her, but am still undecided - way. I'm not even going to bother trying to mention the side characters. There's too many, quite a few which I don't really remember the names of. But Mom & Dad make an appearance again, as do Jack . The only side character I really bonded with was probably Nat Pemrod - and he was dead for most of the book. I was a little weirded out about the stuffed sheep as surrogate "children" but hey - to each their own. Overall - it was okay for light, mindless (and I mean truly mindless - absolutely no thinking necessary) reading. I just don't think it was for me today. I guess I wanted something a little less predictable or more amusing (if it had to be predictable).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i love this book so much . it keep guessing what would happen next in the book . this book has a great storyline . i like the fact that the ending was not how i thought it would end. she is a great writer when you get past the first couple of book that are in this series . i am going to keep reading this series for now . i love how the jewelry was used as the sleep eyes that was the best part of the book . i like how the regan come to the idea that the jewelry was used in the sleeps eyes .

  5. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    2020 What I want to know: How are these books bestsellers? They are, in general, okay. But mostly they are just bad. Or simply tolerable (on a good day). One thing I will never understand is why we need so many characters. There are characters being introduced literally throughout the entire book. And, most of the time, their little side stories are not relevant to the original mystery at all. Easily this book could be trimmed down by about 50% and I wouldn't miss it. In fact, the story would 2020 What I want to know: How are these books bestsellers? They are, in general, okay. But mostly they are just bad. Or simply tolerable (on a good day). One thing I will never understand is why we need so many characters. There are characters being introduced literally throughout the entire book. And, most of the time, their little side stories are not relevant to the original mystery at all. Easily this book could be trimmed down by about 50% and I wouldn't miss it. In fact, the story would be stronger and more appealing without half of it there. And there are always so many miscellaneous bad guys. That is something else I don't understand. If we are supposed to be here to figure out/solve/investigate two dead settlers and their missing diamonds, why are we supposed to care about competing butler schools? Seriously, there is so much extra fluff in this book, it makes the sheep look naked.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    If you've ever read any of the Reagan Riley Mysteries, this one is very indicative of the series. It was pleasant, easy reading--not scary, gorey, no bad language... just fun. If you've ever read any of the Reagan Riley Mysteries, this one is very indicative of the series. It was pleasant, easy reading--not scary, gorey, no bad language... just fun.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teisha

    Read on recommendation from my mother years ago. Not horrible but not my cup of tea. Too predictable, easy, and slapped together at the end. I felt as though the characters were a little hollow.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Birch

    So far, Fleeced has been my absolute favorite Regan Riley novel. The hysterical cast of characters made the story. It was a light, easy read that had me laughing from start to finish.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    This was one of my first cozy series I ever read so I was happy to dive back in and that the book I needed to read next fit the theme. Regan Reilly is traveling from her home in LA to visit her parents and new boyfriend in NYC for the weekend. She plans on attending the crime convention her mom is hosting. That night a man dies in his apartment at The Settlers Club and the manager requests that Regan investigate while she is in town. Why? The deceased promised to donate four very rare diamonds t This was one of my first cozy series I ever read so I was happy to dive back in and that the book I needed to read next fit the theme. Regan Reilly is traveling from her home in LA to visit her parents and new boyfriend in NYC for the weekend. She plans on attending the crime convention her mom is hosting. That night a man dies in his apartment at The Settlers Club and the manager requests that Regan investigate while she is in town. Why? The deceased promised to donate four very rare diamonds to save the club. Will Regan find the diamonds before she becomes a crime statistic herself? Regan is one of my favorite sleuths because she has so much poise and elegance but seems very down to earth. I would like to think if she was real we’d be friends. Her character did not disappoint in this book. I did not figure out the criminal until it was revealed. I like that as it is disappointing when you figure out the unsub way too early. This book has whetted my appetite for more Regan Reilly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Olano

    While it takes me longer to read Regan Reilly books than Mary Higgins Clark books, I must say they are a treat... They really are enjoyable. In here, the focus isn't much on who killed who, but on the missing diamonds and lots of side mysteries... So its barely about murder than about greedy things... It's strange that the murder hasn't anything to do with greed, though. In the middle, the story becomes the kind of chaotic that's fun because, by then, the book is hard to put down. One thing I not While it takes me longer to read Regan Reilly books than Mary Higgins Clark books, I must say they are a treat... They really are enjoyable. In here, the focus isn't much on who killed who, but on the missing diamonds and lots of side mysteries... So its barely about murder than about greedy things... It's strange that the murder hasn't anything to do with greed, though. In the middle, the story becomes the kind of chaotic that's fun because, by then, the book is hard to put down. One thing I noticed - Regan Reilly became a lot less of a fun character the moment she found Jack. I found that really annoying. She used to have such a great sense of humor. She was a much more vivacious and fun person when she was single. And I know that Jack was barely there to hinder her everyday activities, but it's like from the back of her mind, it's like she has to be a proper woman. I was really missing her dry wit in this book. And in this book, there were zero interactions with her best friend Kit... because now it's all about Jack.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    I have to sneak a quick, easy, fun read in the middle of all of the intense books I read and listen to. This fit the bill! Regan Reilly plans a quick vacation; home to New York where she plans to attend a crime conference organized by her mother, the author. Of course, she also plans to spend time with her new squeeze Jack; but, neither of those things will happen! Jack is leaving for England to make a visit to Scotland Yard, and an old family friend, Thomas Pilsner is in need of urgent assistance I have to sneak a quick, easy, fun read in the middle of all of the intense books I read and listen to. This fit the bill! Regan Reilly plans a quick vacation; home to New York where she plans to attend a crime conference organized by her mother, the author. Of course, she also plans to spend time with her new squeeze Jack; but, neither of those things will happen! Jack is leaving for England to make a visit to Scotland Yard, and an old family friend, Thomas Pilsner is in need of urgent assistance! Thomas is currently the President of the Settler's Club at Gramercy Park. Two long time members of the clubbed recently died; on the same day! The men who died had informed the club they were donating $40,000 worth of diamonds to the club to update it and hosts new membership drives; but now the diamonds are also missing. Everyday brings new problems to the club, can Regan find the diamonds and the killer, before the killer finds her?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nat and Ben are members of the Settlers Club. They own 4 diamonds worth 4 million dollars. Ben dies of a heart attack. Nat dies in a fall in the tub after declaring he will give the diamonds to the club in order to restore it. The diamonds go missing Reagan is called in to find the diamond by Thomas, the manager of the club. Regan discovers Nat has been murdered by his wife's friend. Two con artists are at the club looking for the diamonds. I only have eyes for ewe... After reading several of CHC Nat and Ben are members of the Settlers Club. They own 4 diamonds worth 4 million dollars. Ben dies of a heart attack. Nat dies in a fall in the tub after declaring he will give the diamonds to the club in order to restore it. The diamonds go missing Reagan is called in to find the diamond by Thomas, the manager of the club. Regan discovers Nat has been murdered by his wife's friend. Two con artists are at the club looking for the diamonds. I only have eyes for ewe... After reading several of CHC books, I have found the nail biting suspense and shock associated with mysteries to be missing. I am not a fan of wholesome mysteries. I do love the character of Regan. I find her to be strong and independent despite Jack...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lagniappe

    The first word that comes to mind when beginning my review is average. It was a pleasant read with a few quirky supporting characters and a plot that moved quickly. I'm not sorry I read it and will probably read more books from Carol Higgins Clark in the future. Having said that, nothing here was memorable or noteworthy. Probably a good summer read - just don't expect too much. The first word that comes to mind when beginning my review is average. It was a pleasant read with a few quirky supporting characters and a plot that moved quickly. I'm not sorry I read it and will probably read more books from Carol Higgins Clark in the future. Having said that, nothing here was memorable or noteworthy. Probably a good summer read - just don't expect too much.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vivien

    This book is the second one of her series that I’ve read. It is very similar to the other one (I didn’t read them in order). They are readable, quick to read books, just basically the same plot. I’ll see if any others are different.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Lees

    Carol Higgins Clark’s Fleeced is a fun and easy read. Higgins Clark takes what looks like disparate happenings and characters and joins them together in an intriguing urban plot. This murder mystery is full of unique characters. The cast is large, like most cozies. We have Maldwin Feckles and his butler school with students. We have a “Princess of Love” who gives “quality singles” parties. And we have Thomas and Janey, two characters who wished they lived in the past, to name just a few. As Higgi Carol Higgins Clark’s Fleeced is a fun and easy read. Higgins Clark takes what looks like disparate happenings and characters and joins them together in an intriguing urban plot. This murder mystery is full of unique characters. The cast is large, like most cozies. We have Maldwin Feckles and his butler school with students. We have a “Princess of Love” who gives “quality singles” parties. And we have Thomas and Janey, two characters who wished they lived in the past, to name just a few. As Higgins Clark pulls the net closer and closer together, Regan Reilly discovers how everyone is involved in this mystery and why Nat, a fun-loving jeweler who was part of the “four suits,” true friends who loved to play cards together, was murdered. Many threads to this mystery. If you are studying cozies, this one is put together well. Enjoy!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Judy van Ryn

    i really enjoy Carol Higgins Clark's books. This was funny, interesting and a great read. i really enjoy Carol Higgins Clark's books. This was funny, interesting and a great read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    Clean but not squeaky. Only a handful of mild swear words . No sex scenes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lugene Lancaster

    Always loved this author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    Settlers club and sheep

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debra Weisberg

    This is silly story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Fun read with some crazy characters.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Athornton

    Best way to spend the first day of winter break! Up early reading a book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pattie aka Grand

    A quick read for a car ride. Cute characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    sandra kaminski

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. These books take me a day to read....mindless reads but what I need sometimes.!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    So many characters that it gets confusing. Decent light read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mutter

    A fast read. About like a Hallmark Channel mystery/love story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    I like Carol's books better than her mom's, and Iike her writing much better as well. This installment in the series did not disappoint! I like Carol's books better than her mom's, and Iike her writing much better as well. This installment in the series did not disappoint!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Teneka

    I love mysteries and murder mysteries to be exact but this put a little hilarious twist on it and I liked that.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janie Tribble

    Another great read from the Regan Reilly series!

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