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Dashing Through the Snow by  Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark

(Publisher’s Weekly, Oct. 27)

The festive fifth holiday mystery from the bestselling mother-daughter Clarks (after 2006’s Santa Cruise) focuses on a wish-fulfillment theme many Americans dream about-winning a fortune in a lottery.  As Christmas approaches, the folks of Branscombe, N.H., are celebrating their first “Festival of Joy.”  Visiting from New York City are novelist Nora Regan Reilly and her PI daughter, Regan Reilly., and their close friends Alvirah and Will Meehan, who won $40 million in the lottery a few years earlier.  When four employees of Conklin’s Market win $160 million using numbers supplied by their associate Duncan Graham, they decided to share their winnings with Duncan.  Duncan, alas, has vanished.  The Reillys and Meehans soon get a trail of intrigue involving abduction, thieves, con men and a second winning lottery ticket.  Through the plotting and the characterization can be as thin as early winter ice, this trifle still rates a cheerful ho ho ho. (November 2009 release)