Series: Sharpe & Donovan

KEEPER’S REACH by Carla Neggers

KEEPER’S REACH by Carla NeggersKeeper's Reach by Carla Neggers
Series: Sharpe & Donovan #5
Published by MIRA Genres: Suspense
Source: Publisher

ReviewedbyJo

Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan have some downtime after solving their last case—a case that Emma’s family has been trying to solve for several years.  Right now Emma is looking forward to having time to planher and Colin’s wedding and to spend more time with Colin’s family.  Colin has meetings at the FBI office to get through before he can join Emma, which proves to be hazardous to Emma’s well-being.  But for these two FBI agents, it seems that even solved cases are never over, and that is exactly what is happening now and it is on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Colin’s oldest brother, Mike, has been invited to a meeting with several of his past military contacts, some of which he worked with a lot and some that he only worked with when the mission needed it, and a woman that he loved and lost because of their work. It seems one of his buddies is putting together a new security company, and he is looking at possibly hiring-on some of the old crew. Somehow, this meeting becomes embroiled with Colin and Emma’s last case and then Emma is placed into danger before Colin and Emma even get a handle on what is happening.  Now, the FBI office that Colin and Emma are part of is involved, which ramps-up the danger and suspense.  Before it’s all over, more than one couple will be risking their futures to find and stop a person who believes they are better than everyone else.

 

Just when Emma and Colin think they might have a small bit of down time, they are thrown into a matter that is full of danger, suspense, and it brings in aspects from their last case in Keeper’s Reach.  While I have been learning about Emma and Colin as their romance has progressed, I have also been seeing parts and pieces of their family and friends.  This time it was Colin’s oldest brother, Mike, who was the lead, and I learned more about him and his past as I watched him grab the second chance at love that was presented to him.  I really loved how while Emma and Colin were not exactly part of this matter.  They were thrown in by a serious left curve and had to double time it to figure out what was going on, who were the people involved, and how they could help Mike shut it down fast.  I am quickly learning that you really don’t want to play hardball with either the Donovan’s or the Sharpe’s because you will lose every time.  I really enjoyed trying to follow all the clues and even what turned out to be red herrings and trying to figure out who was the bad guy before it was revealed to me.  I will admit that in this case, I was not even close when I found out who was behind it all.  Once again, Ms. Neggers has provided a suspense that keeps you guessing until the very last second.  Keeper’s Reach keeps you intrigued from the first page until the last with great suspense and the right touches of danger and passion.  I can’t wait until the next chapter in the Sharpe & Donovan world.

HARBOR ISLAND by Carla Neggers

HARBOR ISLAND by Carla NeggersHarbor Island by Carla Neggers
Series: Sharpe & Donovan #4
Published by MIRA Genres: Suspense
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

Emma Sharpe and her fiancé, Colin Donovan, are FBI agents and both are enjoying their down time after several back to back cases which have all had a link to Emma’s grandfather’s biggest case, one that still remains unsolved. Emma’s grandfather was an world renowned art detective and Emma is an art specialist for her elite team with the FBI.  Colin is also part of the same team, but his background is very different, he’s a deep cover investigator.  One morning while Colin is out, Emma gets a phone call asking her to meet the mysterious caller on a small island in the Boston Harbor.

 

What Emma finds is a dead woman with a relic in her hand that Emma knows is from the same art heist from her grandfathers’ unsolved case.  Calling Colin to join her, Emma begins yet another case involving her family and the stolen ancient Celtic art that has been missing for so long.  Colin and Emma work side by side to follow the clues that surround the dead woman’s very dysfunctional family and that Celtic art. Each clue brings the danger closer to Emma and Colin and it seems for every answer they find, yet more questions come up. The clues also involve their entire FBI team, some more intimately than others.  As if that isn’t enough, Emma and Colin are facing questions and concerns regarding their engagement and undercurrents that are happening within the FBI that could very well tear them apart.

 

The killer is closer than either Emma or Colin imagined as they not only discover just who did the murder but why.  Another angle is that their friend and Irish priest, Father Finian seems to be tangled up in this case yet again, but this time a past relationship will bring his faith into question.  The final answers will bring deadly danger and will destroy one family and bring another closer together, while yet others will confirm that their current paths are exactly what are right for them.  Most importantly, the answers to several art robberies will become known – if not “solved.”

 

Fate and love brought two souls together who shouldn’t work, yet while surrounded by death and danger their love only grows stronger and stronger.  Emma and Colin discover this is true in Harbor Island.  I have grown absolutely in love with Emma and Colin as their romance has developed.  This last case of theirs not only solved several long lasting mysteries but also solved a very recent murder that all but happened in front of Emma.  I also love watching how Emma and Colin team up to solve their cases, it is so interesting how they approach investigations from such different directions.  Chaos is still in the air with their professional lives and I know that it will affect their personal lives – yet I find myself hoping that their next adventure shows up soon so I can visit with them again.  Harbor Island kept this reader riveted with suspense, deadly danger and fierce passion that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.  Grab a comfy chair when you open Harbor Island because you won’t want to move anytime soon.

SAINT’S GATE by Carla Neggers

SAINT’S GATE by Carla NeggersSaint's Gate by Carla Neggers
Series: Sharpe & Donovan #1
Genres: Suspense
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

Emma Sharpe’s family has always been well known in the field of art criminals and crimes, but she went a slightly different way with her life.  Emma is an FBI agent in an elite group where her knowledge of art crimes is a major asset.  However, today another part of Emma’s past is about to meet up with her present.  Emma is answering a call for help from one of the sisters from Sisters of the Joyful Heart, a nunnery that specializes in art restoration and teaching, when death came calling.
 
Colin Donovan is home on a much needed vacation.  Colin is a deep undercover FBI agent who just finished a mission that took a lot out of him.  The last thing Colin needed was to be called from his vacation by two different friends about the same matter.  One an Irish priest who just heard about a nun who was killed and the other is Emma’s boss who is worried about what she might have fallen into.  Colin agrees to take a look at the situation and travels to Emma’s hometown and the nunnery.
 
When a sexy so called lobsterman suddenly appears around Emma, she knows he is much more than that.  Learning that Colin is also an FBI agent doesn’t surprise Emma or the knowledge that he knows her boss.  Colin might not know much about art or art crimes but he knows a lot about crimes in general and he knows that there is something strange about this murder.  As Colin and Emma come to terms on working this case, as not quite partners, they are also beginning to feel an attraction that neither is sure if they want it at this point in their lives.  Following the clues leads Emma and Colin into the past that involves both the nunnery and Emma’s family.  Answers are being discovered and danger seems to be following the sisters and Emma’s family.  If that isn’t enough, Emma and Colin are also dealing with an intense passion.  When the killer is found lives are on the line and it will take all the moves and knowledge that Emma and Colin have to make sure that when morning breaks everyone will be there to see it. 
 
It takes missing art, nuns, a priest and a killer to bring two FBI agents together in Saint’s Gate. While their meeting was a bit unusual, I loved watching Emma and Colin circle each other and work on finding a killer.  I could see why both Emma and Colin thought that now just wasn’t a good time to begin a relationship, but when fate brings your match sometimes you just have to work with what you have.  The suspense was very intriguing and well done from beginning to the end.  I didn’t figure out the killer until just before their identity was revealed.  I enjoyed watching Colin come to terms with Emma’s past while falling in love with her just as I loved watching Emma fall for Colin even knowing his job could take him away at any time.  While the suspense is the focal point, I could follow loves path as it brought Emma and Colin together.  Saint’s Gate is a spine tingling suspense with just the right touch of romance to bring a sigh by the last page.  I personally will be watching and waiting for the next book that will take Emma and Colin further on their romantic path.
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