Neggers’ beautifully flowing and skillfully narrated novel is rich with dialogue that emphasizes the sights, sounds, culture and panoramic views of Ireland. Her characters consist of old friends and new, along with a villain or two, and all are profoundly perfect in their portrayals. Her stars Emma and Colin are as unforgettable as ever as their romance progresses. Although part of a series, Declan’s Cross stands well alone.
FBI agents and lovers Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are in Ireland for a much-needed break when chaos erupts. A decade-old, unsolved art crime resurfaces, and the arrival of hometown girl Julianne Maroney seems to be the catalyst. Julianne has come to Declan’s Cross, Ireland, for many reasons and suddenly is thrust in the midst of a dark conspiracy. The stakes rise when a body is discovered and Emma and Colin must solve the puzzle to prevent more deaths. (MIRA, Sep., 320 pp., $24.95)