Book Review: “Declan’s Cross” By Neggers

“Declan’s Cross” was written by Carla Neggers in 2013. It was published by Harleguin. It is the third in the Sharpe and Donovan series by the author. The romantic suspense book is 349 pages long and was written in third person. I received the book in a free box of books. I am not being paid for my review in anyway.

Book Summary (back cover):

A marine biologist heads to Declan’s Cross on the south Irish coast to heal a broken heart. The person she was supposed to meet has disappeared and is later found murdered. It turns out that ten years ago a mysterious art theft happened in Declan’s Cross and it might be related to the dead woman.

Main cast of characters:

  • Marine Biologist Julianne Maroney
  • FBI Agent Emma Sharpe; the granddaughter of a renowned art detective who investigated the mysterious art theft
  • FBI Agent Colin Donovan. He is the boyfriend of Emma Sharpe; and the brother of Andy Donovan the relationship that Julianne ran to Ireland to forget.
  • Sean Murphy Irish policeman

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 2.5
  • Heroine: 2
  • Hero: 2
  • Read another book by author: Maybe; if it showed up in a free box of books
  • Read another book in the series: Maybe; if it showed up in a free box of books


This was the first book that I read in the series. The mysteries in the book centered around a ten year old art theft; and the mystery of the death of the young woman. The art theft provided a distraction for the FBI agents to focus on instead of the murder of the young woman. For the majority of the book the murder of the young woman was dismissed as an accident. Both the distraction of the old art theft and the dismissal of the murder left the marine biologist to fend for herself. The art theft story could have been it’s own novel as it didn’t seem to be directly connected to the death of the young woman. It is possible that the author will solve the art theft in a future book in the series.

There were too many characters floating around. The story seemed to focus on going over details of their relationships more than in providing details about the mysteries. There was a lot of repetition of details and repeating conversations that happened between characters. The story also gets off to a slow start and the book has uneven pacing throughout. In addition the jumps back and forth between Maine and Ireland seemed distracting and confusing.

Related blog posts:

Roseylinn: Recycled Book Reading Challenge 

Creator of the Recycled Book Reading Challenge: LifeExperimenting Blog Recycled Book Reading Challenge Post


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