The story starts with a murder and a missing painting. Although, technically, it starts with Emma Sharpe receiving a call from Sister Joan, a member of the Sisters of the Joyful Heart (an order Emma once belonged to and is no longer a part of), asking her to come, but not why.
Colin Donovan is a deep-cover FBI agent whose path has, marginally, crossed with Emma's (or rather, hers with his) during a case. He becomes drawn into the case by Father Finian Bracken, a friend of his and his family's.
This is the first book I have read by Carla Neggers and I do not know why I hadn't picked her books up to read before. I really enjoyed reading the book with its blend of suspense, history tidbits and art crime. What I also liked about the book is the various characters and how their different personalities and backgrounds rubbed against each other - in good and bad ways - to work their way through the storyline.
I look forward to reading more of Ms. Neggers' books and definitely look forward to the next Sharpe/Donovan book.
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, 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 intriguing Emma Sharp 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.