Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Harbor Island by Carla Neggers

Harbor Island by Carla Neggers
Sharpe & Donavon #4

Emma Sharpe, former nun and granddaughter of world-renowned art detective Wendell Sharpe, is a handpicked member of a small Boston-based FBI team. For the past decade Emma and her grandfather have been trailing an elusive serial art thief. The first heist was in Ireland, where an ancient Celtic cross was stolen. Now the Sharpes receive a replica of the cross after every new theft—reminding them of their continued failure to capture their prey.

When Emma receives a message that leads her to the body of a woman on a frozen island in Boston Harbor, she finds the victim holding a small, cross-inscribed stone—one she recognizes all too well. Emma's fiancĂ©, FBI deep-cover agent Colin Donovan, is troubled that she's gone off to the island alone, especially given the deadly turn the thief has taken. But as they dig deeper they are certain there is more to this murder than meets the eye.

As the danger escalates, Emma and Colin must also face do-or-die questions about their relationship. While there's no doubt they are in love, can they give their hearts and souls to their work and have anything left for each other? There's one thing Emma and Colin definitely agree on: before they can focus on their future, they must outwit one of the smartest, most ruthless killers they've ever encountered.

My Thoughts…

I have not read any of the other books in this series and feel that by not reading them I missed parts of this story.   There was background that I did not have and felt I needed, there were characters that I was not familiar with and if I had read the other books I would have been more familiar with them.   With that being shared, I really enjoyed Harbor Island.  

Finding a good mystery book is always a plus for me.    I love a book that keeps me guessing and not giving away too much at a time.   Harbor Island did this to me.   I had guesses, which were usually wrong, and kept changing who I thought the thief and murderer was.  This kept me intrigued and reading, not able to put it down.   

One of the huge plusses of this book is the locations.   The beautiful setting of Ireland and then back to Maine and Boston were where most of the story is taken place.  I could picture the quaint inns and the fancy hotels the various characters stayed and visited.  I could see the island where the cottages were located at.    When a scene plays in my mind as I read, I know that it is a book that I will not soon forget.  

If you are looking for a great mystery with a great setting, Harbor Island is the perfect book for you.  I recommend it.

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 "Well-plotted, intriguing…the novel is smart and satisfying."

Kirkus Review on Declan's Cross

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