Review: Declan’s Cross by Carla Neggers

Title: Declan’s Cross {A Sharpe and Donavon Novel #3}

Author: Carla Neggers

Published: Harlequin MIRA October 2013

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Status: Read on September 09, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy BookTrib}

My Thoughts:

Declan’s Cross is the third suspense novel featuring FBI Agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. Set primarily in Ireland, in a village with surprising links to Rock Point, Maine, this mystery involves theft, betrayal, blackmail and murder.

There are two primary story arcs in Declan’s Cross that eventually intersect – a murder and an art theft. Emma and Colin’s romantic getaway is interrupted by the death of a young woman in the Irish village of Declan’s Cross. The possibility of a link to a decades old art theft intrigues Emma while the dead woman’s connection to Julianne Maroney, a marine biologist from Colin’s hometown in Maine, and his brother’s ex girlfriend, has Colin on guard.

There is history between Emma and Colin that I am not privy to given I haven’t read either the first or second installment though Neggers provides some details of the couple’s past adventures. Their romance is new and Ireland is a chance for both to spend some time together away from the pressures of their job. Emma and Colin’s relationship is just one of the three romantic subplots that are part of this story – Julianne has recently had her heart broken by Andy Donovan, while Irish farmer/garda, Sean, and O’Byrne House Hotel owner, Kitty, have a long history of love/hate.

The plot isn’t terribly complicated though it does seem so at times given the the large cast of characters, their various relationships, and the shifts of setting between Ireland and Maine. The only real issue I had with the story is the pacing. It seems to take a long time for anything to actually happen, and there is some repetitiveness to elements of the story. Distracted by the elusive art thief that continues to taunt her grandfather, it is a while before Emma and Colin, with the the help of local man Sean, piece together the motive for Lindsey’s murder, resulting in Julianne being vulnerable to the killer.

As a personal aside, Ireland is one of the few places I would one day like to visit and Neggers makes the prospect even more inviting with lovely descriptions of the country’s rolling green farmland, rugged coasts and quaint villages steeped in history.

A quick and entertaining read, I think fans of the Sharpe and Donovan series will particularly enjoy Declan’s Cross for its romantic resolutions, but the mysteries should hold the interest of those unfamiliar with the characters.

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Also available Books #1 & #2


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. stacybuckeye
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 13:48:19

    I like Carla. I met her at a book signing a few years ago and she was so nice. I haven’t read these yet, but someday!



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