Mother and daughter authors, Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, banded together to write this Christmas tale. It is a Regan Reilly Mystery and a fun book to read. This novel also features Alvirah and Willy Meehan, who occasionally pop up in some of the Regan Reilly mysteries.
Branscombe, New Hampshire is having a Festival of Joy for Christmas. It is the first, but hopefully won't be the last. But some of the attention is taken away from the Festival when a group of employees at the local market win the mega-mega lottery. There is another ticket holder sharing the winnings, but the employees get $180 million dollars to divide amongst themselves. Of course, there is a mystery involved, and PI Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, find themselves wrapped up in the events. One of the market employees who usually played the lottery with the rest of the group, Duncan, decided not to play at the last minute, on the advice of his financial advisers. But his Powerball number is what helps the group to win. They decide to include him in the winnings, but he disappears and no one knows what happened to him. His financial advisers are also not what they are cracked up to be. And more mystery evolves as Duncan's girlfriend decides to surprise him with an unexpected visit and ends up missing as well. Plus, there is some mystery behind the engagement ring that Duncan intends to give her.
All of the questions are answered and all of the mysteries are solved by the end of the book. It was an enjoyable novel, though not my all-time favorite by the mother and daughter pair. Still, it is a book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to read a Christmas mystery.