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L.A.-based private detective Regan Reilly gets a call from her best gal pal, urging her to come to Hawaii for one last girls' weekend before Regan ties the knot with Jack "no relation" Reilly, and so she happily packs her bags.
At the Waikiki Waters Playground and Resort, the body of Dorinda Dawes, the hotel's gossipy PR woman, washes ashore wearing a valuable lei that once belonged to a Hawaiian princess and was stolen from a museum in Honolulu thirty years ago.
The resort manager doesn't believe that Dorinda drowned accidentally and persuades Regan to take on the case. The more she starts digging, the more danger she is in. Can Regan find out what really happened before it's too late for her and the other vacationers at the Waikiki Waters?
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  • Simon & Schuster Australia | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780731815821 | 
  • December 2011
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Chapter 1

"This is going to be the snowstorm of the century," the action reporter, Brad Dayton, cried with a certain hysterical glee. Clad in bright yellow foul weather gear, he was standing on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike. Cars were inching by, sliding and spinning, as a gusty wind blew wet snow in every direction. The flakes seemed to target the reporter's face and the lens of the television camera. The sky was thick with gray clouds, and the whole Northeast was hunkering down for an unexpected blizzard.

"Don't go anywhere," he cried as he blinked to avoid the pelting precipitation. "Stay home. And forget the airports.... see more

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Reading Group Guide

BURNED: A Regan Reilly Mystery
Carol Higgins Clark

Questions and Topics for Discussion

1. When her best friend Kit calls, begging her to come to Hawaii instead for one last “girls’ weekend” before her wedding, Regan hesitates. But when she learns a dead body has washed up on the shore, she decides to go. What does this reveal about Regan? What is your impression of Kit? What do we learn about the relationship between Regan and Kit in the first few pages?

2. In chapter two, we learn that Regan’s mother is a well-known mystery writer. How much do you think the author, Carol Higgins Clark, draws on her relationship with her own famous mother, Mary Higgins Clark? What are some specific examples of their interactions that could have been drawn from “real” life? Why do you think the author included this character in the story—what role does she play?

3. Jack “was a worrier when it came to Regan. And now he had a particularly good reason. Whenever she was with Kit, something odd always happened.” (14) What does this tell you about Regan and Kit’s past? What does it make you think is going to happen next? Why doesn’t Regan tell Jack about Dorinda Dawes, the woman whose body washed up on the beach of the hotel where Regan will be staying?

4. The Waikiki Waters Resort has had numerous “mishaps” occur recently, with Dorinda Daw see more

About the Author

Carol Higgins Clark
Photo Credit: Deborah Feingold

Carol Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark is the author of thirty-one worldwide bestselling suspense novels and a memoir. She lives with her husband John Conheeney, in Saddle River, New Jersey. Visit . Carol Higgins Clark is the bestselling author of eleven Regan Reilly mysteries. Carol lives in New York City and Los Angeles. Visit www.carolhigginsclark.com . DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW is the fifth holiday suspense novel Mary and Carol have written together.

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