Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Review: Thief's Mark by Carla Neggers

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Harlequin Press, via netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.


Staying on the other side of 'the pond',
another mystery set in the British Isles!

thiefs mark cover


                                                                              Synopsis:



A murder in a quiet English village, long-buried secrets and a man's search for answers about his traumatic past entangle FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan in the latest edge-of-your-seat Sharpe & Donovan novel 
As a young boy, Oliver York witnessed the murder of his wealthy parents in their London apartment. The killers kidnapped him and held him in an isolated Scottish ruin, but he escaped, thwarting their plans for ransom. Now, after thirty years on the run, one of the two men Oliver identified as his tormentors may have surfaced.  
Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are enjoying the final day of their Irish honeymoon when a break-in at the home of Emma's grandfather, private art detective Wendell Sharpe, points to Oliver. The Sharpes have a complicated relationship with the likable, reclusive Englishman, an expert in Celtic mythology and international art thief who taunted Wendell for years. Emma and Colin postpone meetings in London with their elite FBI team and head straight to Oliver. But when they arrive at York's country home, a man is dead and Oliver has vanished. 
As the danger mounts, new questions arise about Oliver's account of his boyhood trauma. Do Emma and Colin dare trust him? With the trail leading beyond Oliver's small village to Ireland, Scotland and their own turf in the US, the stakes are high, and Emma and Colin must unravel the decades-old tangle of secrets and lies before a killer strikes again.  


Review:

This was the first book I read in this series, and the premise sounded fun, so I selected it to read. I'm not sure I'll read any more of the series though. So much felt contrived and just 'off' in this book. I really can't put my finger on why. Too much explaining maybe? It just didn't flow as well as I thought it would with 2 FBI agents solving a mystery involving their uncle. Like the earlier book from today, lies and secrets are surfacing and causing problems in the modern period, but unlike that book, you may find yourself putting this one back down and picking it up later, rather than racing through it. It's not bad, but it feels like a first draft, of what could have been a more interesting one.


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