the Christmas Thief
Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
Con man Packy Noonan has been sitting in prison for 13 years. Before his incarceration, he took the precaution of hiding the cache of diamonds he'd purchased with the millions he'd swindled from gullible investors, and he has plans to retrieve the diamonds and hightail it to Brazil.
Unfortunately for Packy, the tree where he'd hidden his stash has been selected to grace Rockerfeller Center, and is about to be cermoniously cut down and reomved from its current location near the Von Trapp family lodge near Stowe., VT..
Complicating things even further for Packy is the fact that Opal Fogarty, a former lottery winner whom Packy had devastated with one of his scams, is enjoying a vacation at the Von Trapp ski resort. Among the friends accompanying Opal are amateur sleuth Alivirah Meehan and P.I. Regan Reilly.
I enjoyed this enough to finish it. It was cute and light, but not quite to my taste. I'm not sure exactly why. I don't think there was anything really wrong with it at all. I'm sure others would appreciate it more. At least I spent an entertaining day with this book.