Declan's Cross (Sharpe & Donovan, #3)
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Declan's Cross (Sharpe & Donovan #3)

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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, who are in...more
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jonel Boyko
This is one of those novels that make you want to go to Ireland. Neggers’ describes the countryside so vividly and eloquently that you’re just dying to be there. You can see and feel everything that happens. Everything flows so well that you are never caught off guard, even if the storyline does take a few twists and turns. I was quite intrigued by the way that the author played with the story’s pacing to match with the current events. The pace varied throughout, along with minute changes in the...more
Declan's Cross by Carla Neggers was a nice, relaxing read. First, I was transported off to a very green Ireland (as I look out at the snow-covered lawn), to the fictional town of Declan's Cross where the sheep outnumber the two legged inhabitants. The story revolves around an art theft that had taken place 10 years earlier. Everyone in the story seems to be attached to this art theft to some degree. The main characters are in US law enforcement. Emma Sharpe works for the FBI where her specialty...more
Declan's Cross is the third book in the Sharpe and Donovan series by Carla Neggers. While I haven't read the first two, I have read other books by the author in the past.

The good news is that you don't need to read the first books in the series but it might help with a little background information on the characters.

I wanted to like Declan's Cross. Set in Ireland with some mystery and some romance. Alas, it just didn't work for me. My two main issues were the details of the storyline and the p...more
I really felt I had to finish listening to this audiobook, because I'd listened to the other two. But it was not enjoyable at all, apart from some descriptions of Ireland.

The pace is SO slow, and the author feels obliged to repeat things several times but in dialogues between different people - just in case we didn't quite understand the first time.

The storyline is inadequate and even unlikely, especially the link between a 10-year-old art theft and a present day "probable accidental death". I...more
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)

A serial art heist, a thief on the loose, a murder mystery that had me scratching my head to the very end, a light touch of romance, and all the breathtaking beauty of an old Irish village tucked on the Celtic Sea cliffs...the visual impact of this third installment of the Sharpe & Donovan series is simply spectacular. A master of her craft, Ne...more
The Lit Bitch
3.5 stars.

The first thing I have to say about this novel….the author makes the assumption that you have read the other books in the series. There was a limited recap for new readers. For me, I really struggled with the first part of the book because I didn’t understand the dynamics of Emma and Colin’s relationship or any of the references to past books etc. I was a little lost, but that said the story was still engaging.

For me, not having the author fill in the gaps or at least give a little mo...more
In Declan's Cross, the latest Sharpe Donovan novel, Carla Neggers increases the mystery element of this romantic suspense series, when Lindsey Hargreaves, a marine biologist, disappears in this idyllic Ireland village.

Julianne Maroney has journeyed to Ireland to meet with Hargreaves and join her marine biology project and also to escape her latest misadventure in love with Colin Donovan's brother. But Hargreaves has disappeared.

Meanwhile, Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are in Ireland to try to re...more
If you’re looking for an escape from the recent crazy weather, author Carla Neggers’ DECLAN’S CROSS will transport you to beautiful Ireland.

Narrator Carol Monda does a terrific job bringing the characters to life. She gives each character their own unique voice with her mannerisms.

FBI Agents Colin Donovan and Emma Sharpe are enjoying some down time in Ireland. Meanwhile, marine biologist Julianne Maroney has come to Declan’s Cross to heal her broken heart after a split with Colin’s brother, Andy...more
Jacqueline Seewald
Declan’s Cross is a complex romantic mystery novel, a thoughtful book that is both engaging and engrossing. The novel begins with Lindsey Hargreaves, a lost and troubled young woman. She invited Julianne Maroney, a marine biologist who Lindsey met in Maine, to work with her in Ireland. Julianne accepted since she wanted to leave home for a time to deal with a broken relationship. But Lindsey does not meet Julianne at the airport as promised. Soon Julianne discovers that Lindsey is dead under sus...more
STOP! Do NOT read this book if you haven't read the other two in this series. You will not understand most of what is happening. You might still get some enjoyment but really, not as much has having the more extensive background of earlier books in the series.
Julianne is one such character we met in Saint's Gate and Heron's Cove. She dated Colin's brother Andy for awhile before he inevitably broke her heart. When offered a chance to study marine life in Ireland, Julianne jumps at the offer, even...more
It took a while to "get" what this book was about-- would have helped if I had read the earlier Sharpe and Donovan books and so had a better idea of the characters involved, but since this was set primarily in Ireland-- my favorite non-home country-- I loved the descriptions of the land, the people and soon became involved in the mystery. Julianne has just been dumped by the youngest Donovan and heartbroken, she impulsively accepts an offer from a woman she has just met to staff a marine researc...more
Stephanie Ward
'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...more
Laurie Treacy
(From the blog tour: I have not traveled to Ireland yet but after reading Declan's Cross by Carla Neggers, I feel that I have. This mystery author imbues her writing with minute details of everyday living in a small town on the Emerald Isle and I forgot I was reading a book. Speaking of books, this title is the third in the Sharpe & Donovan series. I also have not read any of those books so that may be the reason why it took me a little longer to act...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Declan's Cross is the third suspense novel featuring FBI Agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. Set primarily in Ireland, in a village with surprising links to Rock Point, Maine, this mystery involves theft, betrayal, blackmail and murder.

There are two primary story arcs in Declan's Cross that eventually intersect - a murder and an art theft. Emma and Colin's romantic getaway is interrupted by the death of a young woman in the Irish village of Declan's Cross. The possibility of a link to a decade...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Declan's Cross is an amazing book that left me wanting more. I will say this I wish I had read the previous books so I would know more about the characters but what I did get was great and I look forward to reading the other books. Who doesn't love a good mystery that keeps you on your toes because that is what this book did to me and just when I thought I had everything figured out nope no way it was something different.

Julianne is a Marine Biologist who just had her heart broken. She wants to...more

This is I believe the third book in the sharpe and Donovan series. I have enjoyed reading all 3 of them. Wish my memory was like it used to be. The story bounces from Ireland to U.S and back & forth. It covers art theft now and ten years ago, missing person/murder? Lots of secrets.
Their are four Donovan brother's from small town in Maine. Colin works for the FBI deep undercover but he tells everyone he works in office. Colin right now went to Ireland to unwind after his last mission. His gi...more
Sharon Redfern
Book number three in the Sharpe/ Donovan series continues the complicated relationship between FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. Ever since they met, they have danced around their feelings and what the future holds for them both. Colin is recuperating from an undercover assignment gone horribly wrong by going to Ireland and Emma has flown out to be with him. Added to the mix is another friend, Julianne Maroney, coming to Declan’s Cross to meet with a young woman about working at a marine...more
At the start of Declan's Cross, Julianne has decided to leave Rock Point, Maine for Declan's Cross, Ireland to put distance between her and Andy Donovan. She has known the four Donovan brothers all her life and knew getting into a relationship with one of them is a heartbreak.

Julianne was to interned for Lindsay Hargraves to start a marine field office off of Declan's Cross. When Lindsay failed to meet her at the airport, she thought it was suspicious but waved it off that Lindsay might has so...more
Cardyn Brooks
Declan's Cross is written in a style that assumes every reader has a memory disorder. Aside from the gorgeous descriptions of the lush Irish countryside and village, it's mostly dialogue in which the characters rehash the same information multiple times. Emma and Colin are referred to as FBI agents on practically every page.

An odd pattern of constantly referring to most characters by their first and last names (even when Emma is thinking about her own grandfather, with whom she's very close) co...more
I didn't read the first two books in this series but for the most part that wasn't a problem. I had downloaded the prequel novella when it was a freebie and read that which helped. I wouldn't recommend starting the series with this book though as it would be confusing.

The main characters are Emma Sharpe, and art expert with the FBI, and Colin Donovan, an undercover agent for the FBI. They've been involved for several months and are currently on vacation in Ireland. While there, they run into Jul...more
Declan's Cross by Carla Neggers is a Harlequin MIRA publication due for release in August 2013.
This is the third installment of the Donovan/Sharpe series.
Set in Ireland, Colin and Emma are still looking into a decade old art theft, while being on a vacation of sorts.
Julianne and Andy Donovan, Colin's brother, went through a bad break-up. Now, Julianne is off to Ireland to Declan's Cross as well. She was to meet up with a new friend of hers named Lindsey, a fellow marine biologist enthusiast. Bu...more
Stacy Sabala
Book Review- Declan’s Cross by Carla Neggers

Declan’s Cross is a village in Ireland. FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan find themselves entangled in a murder mystery in this small village when they are on vacation. They have some ties to the community with a lot of coincidence thrown in. Emma helped investigate an art theft there ten years ago with her grandfather. This art theft is still unsolved and the thief likes to mock her grandfather every time he commits another one.
Colin is friend...more
Kathy Martin
I enjoyed DECLAN'S CROSS which was my first Sharpe & Donovan novel. I loved the Irish setting and was interested in both the current crime and the crime of ten years past that had not yet been solved.

Julianne Maroney, marine biologist, snapped at the chance to go to Declan's Cross to help set up a marine research station. She was eager to get away from Andy Donovan since their relationship broke up. She knew going into it that it was unlikely to succeed but that didn't stop her heart from b...more
Declan's Cross is the third book in the Sharpe & Donovan Series. I love this series! There's mystery after mystery and like any good mystery book I could not figure out the ending without finishing the book.

Emma Sharpe is an ex nun who becomes an FBI agent an arts crime expert. I adore her because she's full of contradictions and I relate to her so well. She is religious but doesn't preach. She's sweet but has a will of steel. She has gumption but can take help from others. She is a wonderfu...more
Declan’s Cross: Carla Neggers

A chance meeting, a hidden secret, lies and two paths that cross begin the third in the Donovan/Sharp series titled Declan’s Cross. Lindsey Hargreaves and Julianne Donovan were about to start a business venture that would give Julianne the chance to use her skills as a marine biologist helping Lindsey set up her new field station in Ireland. But, there is much more to this story as we meet Colin Donovan and Emma Sharpe visiting Declan’s Cross hoping to finally uncove...more
Originally published at Reading Reality

Declan’s Cross is the third book in Carla Neggers' Sharpe & Donovan series, and just like the first two books in the series, Saint's Gate and Heron's Cove, the suspense part of this romantic suspense story involves both a case from Emma’s past as a art recovery expert for her family’s firm from before she became an FBI agent and a mystery out of her grandfather’s murky past.

The case also explores more of Father Finian Bracken’s backstory in Ireland and...more
Emily Higgins
Julianne Maroney is invited to be a part of a marine biology study in Declan's Cross, Ireland. She decides to travel from her home in Maine to Ireland early to get an idea of the project she would be joining. No sooner had she arrived in Declan's Cross than murder and thievery diverted her from the purpose of the visit. Vacationing FBI agents, Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, come to Julianne's aid as soon as they learned about the murder. Interesting story.
Katherine Jones
This novel’s idyllic Irish setting immediately captured my fancy, and its sparkling dialogue does everything dialogue is supposed to do: ring true to character, reveal their personalities and move the story forward. I thoroughly enjoyed keeping company with the characters, each of which arrives encumbered with complicated pasts, creating interesting conflict in the present.

Though at times I felt the plot’s pace lagged a wee bit, my interest in the characters and the setting made this quibble neg...more
Kathleen Kelly
I love a good mystery story and the fact that it takes place in Ireland is even better. Declan's Cross is the third in the Sharpe and Donovan series by Carla Neggers and the first that I have read by this author. Even though I had not read the first two books in the series, I found that I was able to figure out who was who and the relationships the characters shared. This story has to do with an art theft that happened ten years previous and what the connection could be to the death of a woman w...more
I love Ms. Neggers' 'Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan' series and this 3rd book is the best so far. Most of the characters from the former two books appear in this one plus a few new ones. The book is set almost entirely in Ireland and the author has a way of making readers feel like they are there.

In this book there is a murder mystery which may or may not be connected to a ten-year old art theft which has never been solved. Emma and Colin are supposed to be vacationing in Ireland but of course t...more
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Carla Neggers has been spinning stories ever since she climbed a tree with pad and pen at age eleven. Now she is the New York Times bestselling author of almost 70 novels, with millions of books sold in over 30 countries. Her popular Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense series featuring FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan launched with Saint’s Gate in 2011 and has been praised as “a breatht...more
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