2008-02-01 / Community

Bestselling Author Visits Local Book Club

By Kizzy Thompson

New York Times bestseller, Carol Higgins Clark. New York Times bestseller, Carol Higgins Clark. Famed mystery writer, Carol Higgins Clark accepted an open invitation to speak at the monthly book club meeting, hosted by Maureen Shannon of Dayton Towers, on January 4. She was passionate and entertaining as she spoke of her career as an actress and writer. Along with club members, she reminisced about her childhood summers, spent on Beach 114 Street. The group met to discuss Clark's novel "Laced," a mystery that takes place in Ireland.

"Laced" is the 10th suspense novel in the Regan Reilly mysteries. In this chapter of the series, newlyweds Regan and Jack Reilly are honeymooning in Ireland, spending some much-needed time away from their careers, as private investigator and NYPD detective, in New York City. Their romantic retreat, at Hennessy Castle, is interrupted by a few mind-boggling mysteries. First, Regan sees a ghost - rumored to be the spirit of an 18th century maid and lace-maker who never received payment for table coverings ordered by the owners of the castle. Then a fire erupts and the table coverings are stolen by burglars, calling themselves Jane and John Doe. Shortly thereafter the Reilly's are in hot pursuit of international jewel thieves (Jane and John Doe) who have eluded and taunted the law enforcement agents for years.

Pictured are the members of the book club with author Carol Higgins Clark (center). Pictured are the members of the book club with author Carol Higgins Clark (center). Clark, daughter of the Queen of Suspense, Mary Higgins Clark, was born in New York. She obtained her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. She then studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Clark starred in "Who Killed Amy Lang?" a mini-mystery featured on "Good Morning, America" and performed in New York's Carnegie Hall in Wendy Wasserstein's play, "Uncommon Women and Others." She also held the lead role in the film, "A Cry in the Night," based on a novel by Mary Higgins Clark. The film was shown nationally on television.

What began as an apprenticeship to her mother, exploded into a dynamic, successful career. She went from typing her mother's manuscripts to following in her bestselling footsteps. All of her Regan Reilly novels hit the New York Times bestseller list.

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