Review – Declan’s Cross by Carla Neggers

declan's crossDeclan’s Cross is the third book in the Sharpe and Donovan series by Carla Neggers.  While I haven’t read the first two, I have read other books by the author in the past.

The good news is that you don’t need to read the first books in the series but it might help with a little background information on the characters.

I wanted to like Declan’s Cross.  Set in Ireland with some mystery and some romance.  Alas, it just didn’t work for me.  My two main issues were the details of the storyline and the pacing.  The story is about a young woman who is found dead on the cliffs near the house where she was supposed to meet a friend.  We all knew that she was murdered (how else would you have a story) but for the majority of the novel, it’s still “probably an accident”.  I also felt that the continued forcing of a connection between current events and an art robbery that happened several years ago was unnecessary.

This goes to my issue with pacing.  The story rehashed what we knew about this murder, what we knew about the art robbery and relationship issues between the major couples – OVER and OVER and OVER.  I was sick of hearing about Andy not wanting to commit, Julianne feeling like she shouldn’t have fallen for him, Colin not knowing what to do about his FBI future, Emma unsure about her long-term plans with Colin, Sean and Kitty.  Blah, blah, blah.  For page after page there was no forward movement with the story.  I found myself just wanting it to end.

2/5 stars for a great description of the beauty of Ireland but a disappointing story.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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