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Impostor's Lure

(Sharpe & Donovan #8)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Master of suspense and New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers delivers an exhilarating page-turner where the disappearance of a federal prosecutor launches the latest high-stakes case for FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan.

Newlyweds Emma and Colin are suspicious when prosecutor Tamara McDermott is a no-show at a Boston dinner party. Matt Yankowski, head of
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by MIRA
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Pam Jenoff
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you read Neggers incredible Donovan & Sharpe seriies? The series features a husband and wife team of FBI agents. In the latest installment, they must solve the high stakes case of a missing federal prosecutor. The book toggles between Boston and London and the mysterious world of art crimes. Twisting, clever, page-turning fun!
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A federal prosecutor drops by Emma Sharpe/Colin Donovan’s apartment in Boston and invites them to a 21st birthday dinner for her daughter Adalyn that evening. They are not friends, but their FBI boss is also coming, so Emma agrees. Tamara is a no show for her daughter’s dinner.

The same day, Emma’s grandfather and art investigator Wendell Sharpe is supposed to meet a friend of Adalyn’s in London with questions about art forgery. She is also a no show until Sharpe and two acquaintances (one MI5,
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Impostor’s Lure
Carla Neggers

Number eight in Carla Neggers spellbinding Sharpe and Donovan series, Impostor’s Lure, is another fantastic magic show featuring the author’s iconic cryptic clues, slight of hand and red herring crime solving techniques leading the unsuspecting characters (and readers) to wrong conclusions and multiple dead ends. And where the only ones who know the truth are dead or conveniently in a coma.

Colin and Emma who at series start seemed an unlikely pair has continued to wo
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is one of my favorite series. This book is the ninth one and I never get tired of Emma and Colin. I liked that they are together for most of the story. The characters make this series good. The mysteries are sometimes confusing. Not this one. The villain is not really a surprise. I like that we learn more background on a few recurring characters. All things considered, Impostor's Lure is one of my favorites in the series. Highly recommended. Also I strongly suggest reading the books ...more
Julia David
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the first Emma and Colin book, I thought that it was going to be a pretty good series. With each book, I realize that this is more than a good series. I have fallen in love with Emma, Colin and the rest of the crew. The newlyweds stumble upon another mystery and several lives are in danger. Emma is invited to a birthday party that ended in the search for a Federal prosecutor and maybe involves art forgery. Loved it.
Niken Widyastuti
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
8th book in the series, and it should come with note to read previous books first.

The story itself was standalone, yet the characters in it (and they are A LOT!) had interconnection and relationships that span for books. Yes, we’re told who they were and what the relationships were, but still, it was just a bit overwhelming. I’ve read the first 2 books in the series before, but I did find myself a bit confuse with these band of characters.

Aside from that, the story was great and extremely intrig
Cheryl Whitty
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This was my first foray into a Carla Neggers murder mystery. I so glad I did , I also love a complex plot which takes the readers on the journey from Boston, London, Ireland Dublin, and back to states with the investigators putting together all the parts of the puzzle.
This was also very character driven, bringing to life all the driven groups leaving me as a fly on the wall. I was absorbed right to the end. Just for the record I did not guess who the
Diane Saul
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is part of the Sharpe and Donovan series. The author explains the back story and relationships between characters in the book but I still had a hard time keeping them straight. It might be because I haven’t read all the previous books in the series. Readers who have kept up with the series will probably enjoy this book. There was a good plot about art fraud. There is suspense, murder and plenty of twists and turns in the book. My reason for the 3* rating is because I had trouble keepin ...more
Linda Smatzny
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A page turner because the story is difficult to bring together all the pieces. Parts of the story are in the US and parts are in Europe. The main characters Emma and Colin are in the US but Emma's grandfather is in Europe and gets involved with part of the case when a woman who called him is found near death. Emma and Colin get involved when the woman who invited them to a party for daughter doesn't show at the party. There are multiple deaths and lots of lies. The book was a quick easy read but ...more
Barbara Schultz
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.7 I cannot believe this is my first [Author: Carla Neggers] novel. I do like Emma Sharpe & Colin Donovan and will read another. Although this is my first read in this series, it does have recurring characters, but not confusing and actually makes me want to go back and read some of the earlier novels in this series. Story is intriguing.... zipping through Maine as well as Ireland!
Kathleen Schilling
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really appreciated this series installment. Rather than introducing new characters she flushed out some existing characters.
Susan Lindemulder
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Another installment in the Sharpe/Donovan series, set between coastal Maine and Ireland. A quick, fun mystery.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this latest Sharp and Donovan story. I've been Carla Neggers for years (and this series). I read that this could be a stand=alone, but I don't see it. There is a lot of backstory and characters involved and if you didn't know any of the history, it would be difficult to follow along. With the said, I recommend that you read this series from the beginning! This a well-written series with characters you root for and want to succeed.

Thank you #netgalley and #harlequinmira for the eAR
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

The Sharpe & Donovan series is somewhere in that borderland between romantic suspense and mystery. Sorta/kinda like a contemporary version of In Death, but in a different place on the romantic suspense/mystery divide than the futuristic series.

At the beginning, Sharpe & Donovan hewed a bit closer to romantic suspense side, as FBI Agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan meet in the middle of an investigation near their hometowns on the coast of Maine. C
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, mystery, 2018, arcs
Review originally posted at A Lovely Book Affair.

Received an advanced copy from NetGalley/InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

*Actual rating: 4.5 stars

This is one of the rare times I’ve decided to read a mystery/suspense novel, and I have to admit I’m impressed. I enjoyed Impostor’s Lure immensely.

I really liked Emma and Colin. Their love for each other was the cutest thing and I want to read the earlier books to know how they got together. Their ability to put their jobs first and un
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Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I definitely need to go back and read more in this series and continue reading this series when another comes out.

This was a wonderfully written book. I couldn’t put it down for I had to know who was killing and kidnapping and why. The book had subplots at the same time that were intriguing as well. We have the mystery of the overdose of Verity, killing of Graham and Graham’s friend, kidnapping of Tamara, the reason Verity was going to Emma’s grandfather, Emma’s dad, Emma’s grandfather, Emma an
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the eighth book in a series with these same characters, and as such, it was a little difficult for me to keep the characters and their relationships straight because it was the first one that I had read. Having said that, the author does explain each relationship, but there are tons of characters. The plot is centered around art fraud, murder and a missing federal prosecutor. There is plenty of action and lots of twists, but the tension escalates slowly. There are a lot of false clues to ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

That intro made the story intriguing and made me curious. Honestly I wasn't sure what was going on in the start, there were many things shown bits and pieces of the mystery adding up. In a way I like that makes you think and guess what's going on. The intercontinental setting made it interesting enough, lot of details to hard to keep track. On the other hand so many names and history that's connected that can be hard to keep track of. Not unusual for suspense kind of stories but I'd ra
Sep 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 60ish%

I’ve heard of Carla Neggers but I don’t recall every having read any of her books which is why I took the opportunity to review this title. Regrettably, this book is not for me.

Touted as a standalone, I can accept the book does tick this box, however it does so by referencing so many – too many - previous characters and their backstories that I found it overwhelming. In fact, I started reading this book several times before pushing beyond the 5% mark because of the tidal wave of char
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Impostor's Lure is the 8th book in Carla Neggers' Sharpe and Donovan series. I really enjoy a good "whodunit" with a side of romance and had high hopes for Impostor's Lure. It had all of the elements I look for in a book of this type; a missing person, international intrigue, a little bit of action and some romance thrown in. Impostor's Lure had all of those and yet, it fell short for me. The writing itself was good, but the number of characters to keep up with was too much for me. It's understa ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Lovethis series. Good entertainment. Story keeps you guessing and wanting to read on....

Newlyweds Emma and Colin are suspicious when prosecutor Tamara McDermott is a no-show at a Boston dinner party. Matt Yankowski, head of HIT, Emma and Colin's small, elite Boston-based team, is a friend of Tamara's, and he needs them to find her.In London, a woman who was supposed to meet Emma's art-detective grandfather to talk about forgeries is discovered near death. Her husband, who stayed behi
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is really 3 1/2 stars for me. I liked the overall story, although it was pretty easy to figure out. I believe in the previous two books, I didn't like that Emma and Colin were apart so much and although romance isn't the focus of these books, it is a fair part of it. I'm not sure if a bunch of people complained about it as well and Ms. Neggers listened or what, but this book had a great deal more togetherness with a little romance and I was very happy to see it and would have given this boo ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've adored FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan since I began this series. Later I came to appreciate the whole Sharpe clan with their art expertise, and all of those Donovan brothers showing up at just the right time. And while Oliver York was thought to be a criminal art thief for several books, he's now helping the Sharpes and lovely Henrietta solve crimes.
That's the backstory of Neggers' well-developed characters and the intricate relationships among them.
Enter Imposter's Lure. Same c
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok

The following statements are directed not only to this author, but most:

1 - I HATE coffee... The only thing I hate worse than drinking coffee is reading about drinking coffee and all the inane rituals it entails.

2 - I HATE reading about what characters are wearing, specifically when it has no bearing on the story.

3 - I HATE when items in the current news cycle are used to make social / political points... Specific example in this book is the opioid crisis. Yes, it is real. But, like all
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley to provide an honest review. All opinions are my own in this review.
I have only read one other book by Carla Neggers so I decided to try this one out. I must admit, I'm glad that I did read this and I will be looking into reading other books by this author. This story had a complex plot that takes the readers on an intriguing journey. It also is character driven, with previous history between the characters. I did not realize that this book is part of the Shar
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
* I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own *

This is the story of Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan who are now newlyweds. Continuing as FBI agents working for HIT they war put on a case to find missing prosecutor Tamara McDermott.
Matt Yankowski, boss of HIT gets suspicious when several tragedies that happen in the US and in the UK starts to link up with Tamara going missing.
Colin and Emma start the investigation into Tamara’s daughter, with art forgeries and murders
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carla Neggers is one of the best at writing complex plots with cryptic clues & assorted events that don’t seem to be but end up being related. A tough prosecutor goes to visit her daughter for her birthday & disappears. A linguist is killed in London by a rifle. A woman overdoses in London after just returning from the US while her husband stays behind. All seem to be unrelated coincidences but all end up being part of a coverup. Can Emma & Colin figure out what’s going on? There isn ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carla Neggers does it again in her eighth novel in the Sharpe & Donovan series with a brilliantly written mystery. We reunite with Emma and Colin in this book as they are thrust into the mystery of a death of a couple, a missing federal prosecutor and the suspicious death of a Russian Linguist. We also get to visit several loved characters from previous novels. We catch up with Oliver & Henrietta and Emma’s grandfather, Wendell Sharpe. We travel through Maine, Ireland and London as we un ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in this series I have read, and to be honest, it took me a long time to really understand what has gone on. There are so many characters and a few different locations. The author does do a good job of explaining who everyone is, how they know each other, etc which for me was necessary.

This book sure kept you on your toes, and I had to know how it was all resolved. And it was a satisfying ending. This book really will keep you interested and really suck you into this story
Amy Gennaro
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for my candid review.

This book is number 8 of the Sharpe & Donovan series by Carla Neggers. I believe that I got lost sometimes in this book due to the fact that I have not read the first books in the series. There was much that went on that was a continuation of other story lines in the series. Having said that, I will go back and read other books in this series as I found it very interesting. It is a whodunit series based upon th
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Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sharpe & Donovan series featuring Boston-based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, and the popular Swift River Valley series set in the small, fictional New England town of Knights Bridge. With many bestsellers to her credit, Carla loves to write now as much as she did when she climbed a tree at age eleven with a pad and pen a ...more

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