Deck the Halls

BREAKING NEWS: Yesterday Luciana announced on Facebook that she has a role in Deck the Halls, a crime drama set during Christmas time and based on the mystery novel of the same name by famous mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark.

Slated to air in December, Deck the Halls is one of the new “TNT Tuesday Night Mystery” movies, a series of six (unrelated) contemporary crime dramas that include both fictional and true-crime stories.

Here’s TNT’s press release for Deck the Halls, as published by The Futon Critic:

Adapted from the first book in Mary Higgins Clark and daughter Carol Higgins Clark’s series of holiday mystery novels, this warm-hearted story brings together two of the authors’ most popular characters: Detective Regan Reilly and cleaning-woman-turned-private-eye Alvirah Meegan. The women investigate the kidnapping of Regan’s father and a young female driver just before the holidays. The race is on to rescue the pair and get them home in time for Christmas. Howard Burkons (John Q, TNT’s The Ron Clark Story) is set to write the script. He will executive-produce with Brenda Friend (Joan of Arc, The Ron Clark Story)

The novel this movie is based on is available at, of course (and wherever else you get your books from).

Deck the Halls book cover

While almost nothing is known about the movie at this point, there are plenty of reviews of the book, of course. The page at Amazon includes several editorial reviews which contain plot synopses as well.

Here is a quote from the publisher’s official plot outline, which can be found in its entirety on writer Carol Higgins Clarke’s website (where you can also read the full first chapter for free):

Three days before Christmas, Regan Reilly, the dynamic young sleuth featured in the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, accidentally meets Alvirah Meehan, Mary Higgins Clark’s famous lottery winner and amateur detective, at a New Jersey dentist’s office. That’s where it all begins. While Regan’s mother, Nora, the famous mystery writer, is in the hospital with a broken leg, her husband, Luke, and his chauffeur, Rosita, are kidnapped and held for a million-dollar ransom. Together, Regan and Alvirah track the case as the inept yet dangerous kidnappers make their demands known. Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita are held captive on a houseboat on the Hudson River and a fierce winter storm is gathering force.

So far, we don’t know which character Luciana will play. But considering she was sometimes cast for “Latin roles” because of her looks, it is likely she plays the role of Rosita Gonzalez, the driver who is kidnapped. Of course, assumptions like these are dependent on whether the movie adaption stays close to the novel and doesn’t change any of the characters.

Needless to say, we will let you know once new information about this project is released.

And last but not least: Congratulations to Luciana for booking that role!

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