Rediscover this riveting novel by master of romantic suspense Carla Neggers, where an escape to an idyllic Irish seaside village is about to turn deadly.
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, who are in Ireland for their own personal retreat.
Ten years ago, art was stolen from a mansion in Declan’s Cross, but it has never been recovered, and the elusive thief never caught. Now, 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 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.
Originally published in 2012
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.