"Back from the honeymoon and straight into a cold case!"
Reviewed by Patti Loveday
Posted May 23, 2018
Romance Suspense | Suspense
THIEF'S MARK by Carla Neggers is the seventh book in the Sharpe &
Donovan series and may be read as a standalone novel.
This book has very extensive back stories from many of the
characters both main and secondary along with background
information about past events that can make you feel a
little overwhelmed. The series features FBI Agents Emma
Sharpe and Colin Donovan as they work together to solve case
after case. Sharpe and Donovan are not only work partners
but are also wrapping up their honeymoon.
The pair is roped into assisting an investigation involving
a cold case in THIEF'S MARK. Their friend Oliver is engaged
which provides even more drama. I found it to be a
fast-paced read but lacking the suspense and thrilling edge
of your seat scenes that would make for a more exciting
mystery read. I just felt this book does not hold up to the
other books in the series in regards to the suspense. I was
disappointed and thought it lacked "not sure what to expect
on the next page scenes" like the previous books in the
series. There are various mini plots running throughout
where you can easily get confused. The romantic element is
overpowering and takes away from the suspense of the novel.
It could be because the pair is still in their honeymoon
phases. I enjoyed reading the others in the Sharpe & Donovan
series and hope the next book in series steps back up to the
thrilling suspense for which the Sharpe and Donovan series
is known and praised.
A murder in a quiet English village, long-buried
secrets and a man's search for answers about his traumatic
past entangle FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan in
the latest edge-of-your-seat Sharpe & Donovan novel
As a young boy, Oliver York witnessed the murder of his
wealthy parents in their London apartment. The killers
kidnapped him and held him in an isolated Scottish ruin, but
he escaped, thwarting their plans for ransom. Now, after
thirty years on the run, one of the two men Oliver
identified as his tormentors may have surfaced.
Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are enjoying the final day of
their Irish honeymoon when a break-in at the home of Emma's
grandfather, private art detective Wendell Sharpe, points to
Oliver. The Sharpes have a complicated relationship with the
likable, reclusive Englishman, an expert in Celtic mythology
and international art thief who taunted Wendell for years.
Emma and Colin postpone meetings in London with their elite
FBI team and head straight to Oliver. But when they arrive
at York's country home, a man is dead and Oliver has vanished.
As the danger mounts, new questions arise about Oliver's
account of his boyhood trauma. Do Emma and Colin dare trust
him? With the trail leading beyond Oliver's small village to
Ireland, Scotland and their own turf in the United States,
the stakes are high, and Emma and Colin must unravel the
decades-old tangle of secrets and lies before a killer
New York Times bestselling author Carla
Neggers delivers the gripping, suspense-filled tale readers
have been waiting for.
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