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Declan's Cross (Sharpe & Donovan) Hardcover – August 27, 2013

Book 3 of 4 in the Sharpe & Donovan Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Uneven pacing weakens an otherwise solid mystery in Negger's third Sharpe and Donovan novel (after 2012's Heron's Cove). FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan become concerned when their friend Julianne Maroney travels to the Irish village of Declan's Cross to recover from a difficult breakup. Emma, a nun-turned-art crimes specialist, believes Julianne's visit is connected to a famous, unsolved case of art theft that took place at Declan's Cross a decade earlier. After Julianne's new acquaintance in the village, Lindsey Hargreaves, is found dead, Emma and Colin fear that the thief has returned and turned violent. Amorous troubles accompany the investigation: Emma and Colin struggle with their new romantic relationship; Julianne obsesses over ex-boyfriend Andy Donovan; and Sean Murphy, an Irish policeman, fights to earn Kitty O'Byrne's forgiveness. Lovers of travel will particularly enjoy the detailed forays into Irish culture and geography. Neggers's engaging, straightforward prose mostly makes up for a plot that slows to a standstill for more than 100 pages, divesting both the romantic and investigative storylines of any urgency. (Sept.)

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The third book in the Sharpe & Donovan series by prolific and popular Neggers takes the two FBI agents to Ireland, but they aren’t the focus of the story. Julianne Maroney, a marine biologist from the same small town in Maine in which the Donovans live, has had her heart broken by Andy Donovan. Fleeing her problems, she travels to Ireland at the invitation of Lindsey Hargreaves, an heiress who is planning to open a marine field station in the beautiful small coastal town of Declan’s Cross. But when Julianne arrives, Lindsey is nowhere to be found. The missing Lindsey and a cold-case art heist generate suspense, and Neggers’ characters have interesting back stories. Colin Donovan is a deep-cover FBI agent, and Emma Sharpe is a former nun and art-crimes expert. Young Father Bracken, an Irish priest with a tragedy in his past, is half-owner of a distillery that is instrumental in bringing the people in Rock Point, Maine, and those in Declan’s Cross together. Readers of Saint’s Gate (2011) and Heron’s Cove (2012), who already know many of these characters, will derive the most enjoyment, while those new to the series may be left at sea. --Diana Tixier Herald

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Product Details

  • Series: Sharpe & Donovan
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA; First Edition edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778314634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778314639
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carla Neggers has been spinning stories ever since she climbed a tree with pad and pen at age eleven. Now she is the New York Times bestselling author of almost 70 novels, with millions of books sold in over 30 countries. Her popular Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense series featuring FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan launched with Saint's Gate in 2011 and has been praised as "a breathtaking reading experience" (Providence Journal) and "gripping and suspenseful" (Nashua Telegraph). In 2012, her Swift River Valley series debuted with Secrets of the Lost Summer, which garnered a starred review from Booklist and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews and shot onto the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

Growing up in rural Massachusetts with a Dutch father, a Southern mother and six brothers and sisters, Carla developed an eye for detail and a love of a good story. Her imagination, curiosity and sense of adventure are key to creating the complex relationships, fast-paced plots and deep sense of place in her books.

When she isn't writing, Carla loves to travel, hike, garden and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband, Joe, are frequent travelers to Ireland and divide their time between Boston and their hilltop home in Vermont, not far from Quechee Gorge.

For more information and to contact Carla, visit her Web site: and join the conversation at and

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Customer Reviews

Enough twists & turns to keep it interesting.
Lydia Davis
The characters in each series seem to show up in the following books and that makes it feel like you are one of the group.
She developed a great description of the beauty of Ireland It's a thrilling romantic mystery filled with suspense!
Nicole Laverdure

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gpangel on August 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Declan's Cross by Carla Neggers is a Harlequin MIRA publication due for release in August 2013. This is the third installment of the Donovan/Sharpe series. Set in Ireland, Colin and Emma are still looking into a decade old art theft, while being on a vacation of sorts. Julianne and Andy Donovan, Colin's brother, went through a bad break-up. Now, Julianne is off to Ireland to Declan's Cross as well. She was to meet up with a new friend of hers named Lindsey, a fellow marine biologist enthusiast. But, when Julianne arrives in Ireland, Lindsey is MIA. When Lindsey's body is found after what looked like a fall from a cliff, Julianne's plans are disrupted. Colin and Emma are there to help Julianne deal with the death of her friend, thank goodness, since it turns out that Lindsey may have been pushed off the cliff. When Lindsey's father shows up, it's discovered that he may have had a connection to the stolen art that Colin and Emma are investigating. Could Lindsey's death have a connection to the stolen art? Meanwhile, there are several romantic entanglements going on. Colin and Emma are still trying to sort out the occupational roadblocks in their relationship, Julianne is suffering terribly from a broken heart, and Andy still loves her even if he thinks they are on two separate paths in life. The owner of the Inn in Declan's cross, Kitty , and Sean, a local policeman and sheep farmer have a history together and may at last have found a way to be together. I have enjoyed this series so far. This is one of Carla's better efforts. I love Ireland and the descriptions of area has me daydreaming of a romantic getaway. Mysteries involving stolen art is also a favorite of mine, and so I was intrigued from the beginning of this one. The story moves at a good pace, no boring lulls.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Redfern on August 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Book number three in the Sharpe/ Donovan series continues the complicated relationship between FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. Ever since they met, they have danced around their feelings and what the future holds for them both. Colin is recuperating from an undercover assignment gone horribly wrong by going to Ireland and Emma has flown out to be with him. Added to the mix is another friend, Julianne Maroney, coming to Declan's Cross to meet with a young woman about working at a marine station and to get away from her failed relationship with Andy Donovan. Everyone ends up in the small village and when there is a murder, all kinds of secrets are laid bare. Emma's family has a history with the village as important art was stolen 10 years ago and the Sharpe family firm investigated the theft. Local Garda member Sean Murphy helps out as much as he can but he was romantically revolved with the owner of the building where the theft occurred and that theft may or may not be tied to the murder.
There is a lot going on in this book. There are so many characters and so many subplots that it is hard to see who is doing what but it all comes together in a plausible way. Hovering in the background is Mike Yankowski, the man who recruited Emma into the FBI and who runs the unit that Colin is in. Father Fin also has a role in this book as Declan's Cross is near the area where he lived in Ireland before he came to the US. The relationship between Emma and Colin is secondary to the murder mystery in the book but still an important part. Ms. Neggers promises us more books in the series and I am looking forward to reading them and seeing how the partnership between Emma and Colin continues to develop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pure Jonel on October 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is one of those novels that make you want to go to Ireland. Neggers' describes the countryside so vividly and eloquently that you're just dying to be there. You can see and feel everything that happens. Everything flows so well that you are never caught off guard, even if the storyline does take a few twists and turns. I was quite intrigued by the way that the author played with the story's pacing to match with the current events. The pace varied throughout, along with minute changes in the writing style to highlight various emotions and activities. I also appreciate the fact that this novel, although part of a series, can be read as a standalone without missing a great deal of detail. There are certain aspects that the author assumes the reader knows from past stories in the series, but it is quite easy to follow along in this one without having read them.

The characters in this novel are quite intriguing. You get to know each as an individual, a family member, and as part of a couple, however rocky the road they may be on. It's quite an intriguing look at the inside of a close family when things are less than perfect on the outside. I also enjoyed how Neggers developed the characters. Everything was laid out so naturally. As a reader you never feel like she is throwing information at you just so that you have it. Each character is developed in the manner that you would get to know someone in person. The supporting cast is developed in the same manner. You get to know them in the aspects that are relevant to their role in the story.

This is an absolutely fantastic romantic suspense. It sets the bar for the genre. Each aspect is kept in proportion to the whole while creating a completely unforgettable whole.
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