Saint's Gate - Sharpe & Donovan, Bk 1 Author:Carla Neggers When Emma Sharpe is summoned to a convent on the Maine coast, it's partly for her art crimes work with the FBI, partly because of her past with the religious order. At issue is a mysterious painting depicting scenes of Irish lore and Viking legends, and her family's connection to the work. But when the nun who contacted her is murdered, ... more »it seems legend is becoming deadly reality.
Colin Donovan is one of the FBI's most valuable assets -- a deep-cover agent who prefers to go it alone. He's back home in Maine after wrapping up his latest mission, but his friend Father Bracken presents him with an intrigue of murder, international art heists and a convent's long-held secrets that is too tempting to resist. As the danger spirals ever closer, Colin is certain of only one thing -- the very interesting Emma Sharpe is at the center of it all.
A ruthless killer has Emma and Colin in the crosshairs, plunging them into a race against time and drawing them deeper into a twisted legacy of betrayal and deceit. « less
I really wanted to like this book a lot. I liked many of the elements - setting in Maine, nun turned FBI heroine, lobsterman turned FBI hero, meddling young priest, small tight knit community, but somehow the whole just didn't add up to "great!" for me. I was left feeling like I was outside the action instead of part of it. The mystery was built up for so long that there wasn't much to its resolution. This is the first book in the series and I do want to give the next one a try. Maybe I'll feel more of a connection the next time.