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Gypped ➹ [Download] ➵ Gypped By Carol Higgins Clark ➼ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Private Investigator Regan Reilly is back in another fun, delightful, and entertaining mystery, enhanced by quirky endearing characters WashingtonTimes When Regan Reilly returned to the West Coast, wh Private Investigator Regan Reilly is back in another fun, delightful, and entertaining mystery, enhanced by quirky endearing characters WashingtonTimes When Regan Reilly returned to the West Coast, where she began her career as a PI, she never imagined that her unsuccessful appearance on a game show seven years earlier would throw her trip totally off courseREGAN REILLY is in Los Angeles with her husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad After Jack finishes his meetings with the LAPD, the couple may head north to the wine country, or may head south to Baja Their only plan is to see which way the wind blows The first day back, Regan goes shopping at an upscale new mall in West Hollywood To her surprise, she runs into Zelda, a woman she d become friendly with seven years before at a television studio in Burbank, when they were waiting to appear on the game show Puzzling Words They haven t seen each other since Zelda and Regan didn t win much money, but Zelda made up for it A year ago an elderly neighbor she barely knew left Zelda eight million dollars She has been enjoying her newfound wealth but is aware of the need to give back At a recent fundraiser, she bid on a week s stay in an old Hollywood Hills estate and was the lucky winner She s currently in residence there and invites Regan to a party at the mansion While Jack attends a business dinner, Regan goes to Zelda s by herself, unaware that she is being followed Regan is than surprised at the run down condition of the house and grounds People should be paid to stay here, she thinks Zelda introduces Regan to a colorful cast of characters, including her old neighbors, friends from her yoga class, a filmmaker, Zelda s financial adviser, her bookkeeper, and her personal assistant It s all good fun As the guests are leaving, Zelda asks Regan to stay for a cup of tea They ve barely sat down to chat when Zelda falls ill A worried Regan doesn t want to leave Zelda alone and decides to spend the night at the isolated, aging estate It s not long before Zelda asks Regan to investigate people in her life, starting with her father s new wife, Bobby Jo The couple said I do in the back of a cab at a drive through chapel in Las Vegas after only three months of togetherness Has Zelda s windfall put her in danger Regan is determined to find out, not knowing that she s a target herself.


10 thoughts on “Gypped

  1. Grace Grace says:

    When I go to the beach, I often hoard junk books Light things that I can read in the hammock, mostly Mary Higgins Clark was always stocked in the local library, and hers were go to beach books, so I THOUGHT I picked another one up for Memorial Day Weekend Turns out, the library had taped the shelving label right over the word Carol Key, key difference.This was a bloody awful book I m not saying that MHC is any sort of master writer, but this must be nepotism of the highest order, because When I go to the beach, I often hoard junk books Light things that I can read in the hammock, mostly Mary Higgins Clark was always stocked in the local library, and hers were go to beach books, so I THOUGHT I picked another one up for Memorial Day Weekend Turns out, the library had taped the shelving label right over the word Carol Key, key difference.This was a bloody awful book I m not saying that MHC is any sort of master writer, but this must be nepotism of the highest order, because the only thing passed down to her daughter is the ability to put words on a page and some sort of general grasp of plot structure wherein you follow three or four apparently separate groups, only to have them intersect in the final chapters The characters are two dimensional, with absolutely painful dialogue of the tell not show tradition You could get whiplash trying to track some of these conversations they re either exposition or dutifully shoving the plot forward, and CHC doesn t seem to care much for consistency There s a character named Turquoise in the first few pages, who is written with the same depth as characters we stick with the rest of the book this is not a compliment Criminals leap from petty, white collar crime to federal cases with NO LOGIC AT ALL There is no suspense here This book is apparently a plodding account of a woman who inherited money and is too stupid to live They re all too stupid to live, frankly Spoilers Yes, spoilers So don t click if you don t want a terrifying trip into the totally mundane Did you know a life coach can buy her non paying clients material goods without violating ethical standards that it s much easier to leave a shiny new butcher s knife at the site of your failed attack, rather than risk carrying it back to your car, even though it s dawn on an abandoned road On a side note, I at one point carried a large Global cleaver through a suburban mall First in a purse, then wrapped in a shirt Unless you are totally naked, knives are really quite simple to conceal I got the knife as a present and then the box was thrown away in the restaurant I don t actually wander malls with knives just because this book s protagonist has a mother who is a celebrated mystery novelist And she s a key, smug part of the plot that a man who tries to open multiple cars in the garage has not lost his rental, but is actually a brigand of some sort a ten year old televised gameshow appearance is remembered by the majority of the book s characters that a petty criminal will try to kill you AT LENGTH if you report him to the bored parking attendants for essentially looking kinda shifty that everything will be tied up with a big bow BY FORCE OF WILL at the end of this book that Jack might as well have stayed home for all he does in this book, but then who would have provided delusional lovestruck asides about Regan Honestly, this book was shockingly bad Like middle schoolers putting on a badly blocked play You know, where crossing to the table to put down a book is not natural at all, and is instead so weirdly emphatic that you know the precision means someone s going to have to pick up that book in the next act This book was a relay race of morons And they speak to each other like robots.I just picked this up off the shelf and it s apparently one of a series, and this one s later in the series Whatever I refuse to believe that I m missing anything redeeming, given Regan rehashes her life story extensively in the first half of the book There s no mystery, no suspense, no romance, no nothing, just the slow unveiling of factual things Early on in the book you think to yourself hunh, this is probably what s happening and lo and behold, you re right Except for the bit that is so totally left field that it s making a cameo from another,interesting book about degenerative mental disorders, because there is no other way to explain that character otherwise I actually went back to the library and took out a few MHC books to make sure I wasn t imagining things I m not, MHC is acceptable beach reading CHC is not Boring, dim and absolutely awful writing Save yourself


  2. Ben Ben says:

    Mary Higgins Clark books are a guilty pleasure Read aloud with my significant other, they are a laugh riot The short chapters, predictable events, stereotypical characters, and mild suspense make for a handful of fun evenings Gypped was the first Carol Higgins Clark book we read together Judging by this book alone, it seems Carol does not share her mother s talents.We bought this book because the title is so obnoxiously offensive Gypped here refers to exactly the stereotypically racist act Mary Higgins Clark books are a guilty pleasure Read aloud with my significant other, they are a laugh riot The short chapters, predictable events, stereotypical characters, and mild suspense make for a handful of fun evenings Gypped was the first Carol Higgins Clark book we read together Judging by this book alone, it seems Carol does not share her mother s talents.We bought this book because the title is so obnoxiously offensive Gypped here refers to exactly the stereotypically racist activity the word used to be used to refer to in ignorant society We were amused that, in twenty first century America, a bestselling mystery author would think it was reasonable to use that word for a book title, and somewhat hopeful that the book would present the same guilty pleasure as a Mary Higgins Clark novel in other words, not a good book, but an amusing one.Unfortunately if predictably the book was a tremendous disappointment The author s ignorance in using a racist title should have alerted us that the rest of her book would exhibit similar ignorance The mystery is late in arrival and thin on foundation The climax is roughly constructed and over far too quickly There are no red herrings or, rather, the red herrings are each dispatched with so quickly as to remove any real suspense from the tale The author, and, by extension, each character, suffers from a lack of focus One sentence does not logically follow the one before it, so that whole thoughts or connectors are lost What remains is a scattershot, unusually slim novel with no payoff.For a guilty pleasure like a Mary Higgins Clark novel, seek out something by Mary s ex daughter in law, Mary Jane Clark Her writing is breezy and her mysteries, while as silly as Carol s, have the fun of Mary s Gypped, on the other hand, may be the worst book I ve ever read At least Veronica Roth s Divergent and Insurgent were fully developed, if insipid


  3. Glenda Glenda says:

    This book met my primary criteria for a road trip audio book six hours long and no graphic sex and violence I wanted a bigger pay off from the scenes where the PI is driving around LA in a rental car having forgotten that she has a big butcher knife in her trunk that she meant to surrender to the local police but she just remembered the knife and turned it in.


  4. Rosa St.Claire Rosa St.Claire says:

    Carol Higgins Clark s latest book, Gypped,starting her popular character, Regan Reilley, is another mystery to thrill her legion of readers Gypped is full of surprises and suspense In the beginning, Regan is with Jack, her husband, the head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, who has to attend some important conferences in LA for his department While Jack is full of meetings to go to,Regan goes shopping on her first day back to the west coast Lucky to find a perfect pair of jeans, she heads out o Carol Higgins Clark s latest book, Gypped,starting her popular character, Regan Reilley, is another mystery to thrill her legion of readers Gypped is full of surprises and suspense In the beginning, Regan is with Jack, her husband, the head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, who has to attend some important conferences in LA for his department While Jack is full of meetings to go to,Regan goes shopping on her first day back to the west coast Lucky to find a perfect pair of jeans, she heads out of the store, and encounters Zelda, one of the contestants alongside her years ago in a game show, Puzzling Words Zelda and Regan became friends during the show, even though they both fared poorly Life has been good for Zelda, though She s rewarded amply for her good deeds when an elderly lady, who is extremely grateful to Zelda for her kindness, leaves her a fortune of 8 million dollars in her will Upon their meeting once again, the old friendship sparks up with Zelda inviting Regan to come to the mansion she is staying at The suspense starts escalating here, reaching a maximum crescendo The clues are there to follow, but to find out whether Regan and Zelda escape alive from the mayhem and danger surrounding them, you can only discover by reading the book


  5. Mike McAdam Mike McAdam says:

    I received this book free through a goodreads giveaway I was fully prepared to give this book 3 stars until I got to the last few pages which were full of such unrealistic moments I don t know how many times I thought, That would never happen or That doesn t even make sense or Nobody would react like that or say that Too many There were some truely suspenseful moments but that isn t enough to make up for all the shortcomings For a 200 page book, one would want to set up the mystery I received this book free through a goodreads giveaway I was fully prepared to give this book 3 stars until I got to the last few pages which were full of such unrealistic moments I don t know how many times I thought, That would never happen or That doesn t even make sense or Nobody would react like that or say that Too many There were some truely suspenseful moments but that isn t enough to make up for all the shortcomings For a 200 page book, one would want to set up the mystery right off the bat and get going with the plot Not in this case About 70 pages in and I still had no idea what the plot was And there was a subplot about internet scams that went absolutely nowhere I couldn t figure out why it was even in the book except to make the book longer The mind boggles Disappointing read


  6. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    Quick and easy to finish Entertaining.


  7. Doris Doris says:

    Only 4 out of 5 stars, because even though I enjoyed it, there were several points that I took issue with I picked this audio book from the library shelves because I can always count on Carol Higgins Clark s Reilly stories for a feel good read, with a light mystery and a satisfying ending.This book delivered all of the above.I did have a few quibbles issues , in areas which detracted from the story somewhat 1 at one point Regan Reilly puts her car in drive then engages the parking brake be Only 4 out of 5 stars, because even though I enjoyed it, there were several points that I took issue with I picked this audio book from the library shelves because I can always count on Carol Higgins Clark s Reilly stories for a feel good read, with a light mystery and a satisfying ending.This book delivered all of the above.I did have a few quibbles issues , in areas which detracted from the story somewhat 1 at one point Regan Reilly puts her car in drive then engages the parking brake before getting out My personal feeling is that this would be a dangerous combination of actions 2 there was a throwaway line about Norman, which unfortunately I didn t document, but it was the last sentence or two in a chapter and added nothing except perhaps to remind the audience that he is important3 since this is a book on tape I may have misheard, but Regan puts her boots on then goes on a walk on a hiking trail in her sandals4 unnecessary repetition of the fact that Regan s father Luke is the owner of 3 funeral homes once is enough to tell the reader who he is5 during a climactic scene near the end, Jack gets out of the back of the police car Now I realize that the writer does not need to cover every minute detail, but with other details being covered multiple times, I felt that it was important to note that someone would have had to let him out After all, the back doors of police cars don t normally allow the passenger to exit freely.6 As for Regan, she actually covered the next quibble I had when she realized that she had babbled everything she knew about what was happening to people she barely knew Not a good trait in a PI.7 The final quibble I had was with the reader The accents she affected for the reading seemedChicago and New York than Los Angelos, especially for Norman, who had what sounded very Chicagoan to me Okay maybe not the final quibble I kept wondering how a PI, with an important police officer for a husband, would pick up knives that might be a clue, without gloves, or other means of keeping her prints off them Overall, however, the book did entertain me during my long drive, kept me awake and amused It also gave me an added benefit, as I was able to note the above points which kept the story from being boring, although there were points when I wanted to shake the heiress in the story, get her to wake up, and tell her to stop taking people on their word The story itself was interesting and well told It doesn t have the dramatic flair of other, spine tingling mysteries, but is a good road companion It also is woven together in a way that brings all the characters together in a happy ending I have to admit that I knew how it would turn out, as I have read a later installment about these same characters However, that later story did not spill enough of the beans so that it spoiled this one Great job on that one


  8. Spencer Spencer says:

    These books are just so cringe worthy Little Red Riding Hood, he whispered That s who you ll be And I m the Big Bad Wolf there is a scene with a guy sitting in his car, handling a knife and that s his big scary line It s so cringey that it hurts Aside from that, I m fairly sure that she s used that in one of her Regan Reilly mysteries in the past So, apparently, a bunch of bad guys think that little red riding hood in the tops of scary things they can say.I m not a huge fan of her These books are just so cringe worthy Little Red Riding Hood, he whispered That s who you ll be And I m the Big Bad Wolf there is a scene with a guy sitting in his car, handling a knife and that s his big scary line It s so cringey that it hurts Aside from that, I m fairly sure that she s used that in one of her Regan Reilly mysteries in the past So, apparently, a bunch of bad guys think that little red riding hood in the tops of scary things they can say.I m not a huge fan of her writing style I think a lot of it has to do with her mother Mary Higgins Clark has done this kind of writing style for like 40 years and has it down to an art But it s hard to be your own writer when you are imitating some else s writing style A lot of her books are jumbled with so many characters and a lot of the time it doesn t tie together really well Or it just seems like there s a whole bunch of extra fluff that doesn t even belong in the story Instead of being a 300 page book, it d almost work better for me in they cut that into a third just because the story has so much unneeded additional nonsense that I d rather read a shorter version that makes me feel like I m involved in just one story instead of involved in a tangled piece of yarn that never really comes together.I feel like I gypped myself because I forced myself to read the whole thing


  9. Kathy Kathy says:

    Most of Ms Clark s books are easy reading mysteries, and this one is as good as the rest Regan Reilly bumps into an old friend while traveling with her husband, who has come to LA for a conference She attends an evening party, and stays afterward because the friend gets sick The rest is the story I found this book a well written, fast reading light mystery, with characters who endear themselves to the reader from the get go None of the characters, including the main one, Regan, is overpowe Most of Ms Clark s books are easy reading mysteries, and this one is as good as the rest Regan Reilly bumps into an old friend while traveling with her husband, who has come to LA for a conference She attends an evening party, and stays afterward because the friend gets sick The rest is the story I found this book a well written, fast reading light mystery, with characters who endear themselves to the reader from the get go None of the characters, including the main one, Regan, is overpowering and none overshadows another Still, you definitely get a good feeling for them all I highly recommend this or any of Ms Clark s other books


  10. Kay Kay says:

    Her books are quick reads and perfect for the plane ride only a short trip or the doctor s waiting room However, her plots seem to get evensimple and the book shorter It was 202 pages of fairly large type with a lot of blank pages between sections and chapters to account for the 25 price tag Good thing I check her books out of the library because I certainly couldn t justify the cost.


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