September 27, 2013

Declan's Cross Blog Tour: Review

Welcome to my stop on the Declan's Cross blog tour! I have my review of the book to share with you today!

Declan's Cross (Sharpe & Donovan #3)
Author: Carla Neggers
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Romance
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA


An escape to an idyllic Irish seaside village is about to turn deadly in this riveting new novel by master of romantic suspense Carla Neggers.

For marine biologist Julianne Maroney, two weeks in tiny Declan's Cross on the south Irish coast is a chance to heal her broken heart. She doesn't expect to attract the attention of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan—especially since a Donovan is the reason for her broken heart.

Emma and Colin are in Ireland for their own personal retreat. Colin knows he's a reminder of everything Julianne wants to escape, but something about her trip raises his suspicion. Emma, an art crimes expert, is also on edge. Of all the Irish villages Julianne could choose…why Declan's Cross?

Ten years ago, a thief slipped into a mansion in Declan's Cross. Emma's grandfather, a renowned art detective, investigated, but the art stolen that night has never been recovered and the elusive thief never caught.

From the moment Julianne sets foot on Irish soil, everything goes wrong. The well-connected American diver who invited her to Ireland has disappeared. And now Emma and Colin are in Declan's Cross asking questions.

As a dark conspiracy unfolds amid the breathtaking scenery of Declan's Cross, the race is on to stop a ruthless killer…and the stakes have never been more personal for Emma and Colin.

Praise for Carla Neggers:

"Heron's Cove gives romantic suspense fans what they want...complex mystery with a bit of romance. Negger's skillfully created a compelling puzzle, refusing to reveal all the pieces until the very end."
- Top Pick, RT Book Reviews

"Once in a while, a writer who's been at it seemingly forever reaches a new pinnacle. Such is the case with Carla Neggers in her latest superb adventure of romantic suspense!"
- Providence Journal

"Carla Neggers has emerged as the queen of the romantic suspense novel...Heron's Cove is a novel that is written with a gripping and suspenseful style that will surely have the most astute armchair sleuths and amateur detectives scratching their heads and guessing right up until the very end. Neggers does a first-rate job of creating scenes with images that are so vivid, one can almost breathe in the briny salt air along Maine's craggy coast.”
- Nashua Sunday Telegraph

Declan's Cross is the third installment in the Sharpe and Donovan series that follows FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan as they are called to a small seaside town in Ireland where heartbroken Julianne Maroney is trying to get her life back together. Since it was Donovan who broke Julianne's heart, he and Emma aren't too keen on going to Declan's Cross - a town that is shrouded in mystery and in a decade old art theft that was never solved. It seems that Julianne has something to do with the theft or has gotten in over her head and now it's up to Sharpe and Donovan to solve the case before things turn deadly

This was a fantastic romantic suspense novel that had me eagerly turning the pages until the end. I've never read the author's work before, but the book can easily be read as a standalone from the series. I wasn't confused at all by the plot or the characters and their relationships. The setting of the book is perfect - a seemingly idyllic seaside town in Ireland. It's romantic and old world - a perfect place for romance and mystery to occur. I've always had a love for Ireland, so the setting definitely hit a soft spot with me. The characters were very well written, especially the two main characters of Sharpe and Donovan. We get to see their strengths, weaknesses, personalities, and pieces of their pasts - all of which make them realistic and easy to identify with. The plot was fast paced and flowed naturally, making it hard to put down. The mystery was intriguing and full of twists, which mystery and suspense lovers will find puzzling and fun to keep up with. Overall, this is a great third installment in a wonderful series and generally a fabulous book for fans of all genres - especially mystery and romantic suspense.

Carla Neggers has been spinning stories ever since she climbed a tree with pad and pen at age eleven. Now she has millions of copies of her books in print in more than 30 countries, and more than two dozen of her books have placed on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Declan’s Cross is the third novel in her acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense series that launched with Saint’s Gate and Heron’s Cove and has been praised as “a breathtaking reading experience” (Providence Journal), “gripping and suspenseful” (Nashua Telegraph), and “outstanding” (USA Today). Her popular Swift River Valley series debuted with Secrets of the Lost Summer, which spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews, including a starred review from Booklist and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews. Growing up in rural western Massachusetts with three brothers and three 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.

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