Book Review: Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers 10

 Thief’s Mark

by Carla Neggers

Series: Sharpe & Donovan (Book 7)

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Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: MIRA (August 29, 2017)


A murder in a quiet English village, long-buried secrets and a man’s search for answers about his traumatic past entangle FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan in the latest edge-of-your-seat Sharpe & Donovan novel 

As a young boy, Oliver York witnessed the murder of his wealthy parents in their London apartment. The killers kidnapped him and held him in an isolated Scottish ruin, but he escaped, thwarting their plans for ransom. Now, after thirty years on the run, one of the two men Oliver identified as his tormentors may have surfaced.

Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are enjoying the final day of their Irish honeymoon when a break-in at the home of Emma’s grandfather, private art detective Wendell Sharpe, points to Oliver. The Sharpes have a complicated relationship with the likable, reclusive Englishman, an expert in Celtic mythology and international art thief who taunted Wendell for years. Emma and Colin postpone meetings in London with their elite FBI team and head straight to Oliver. But when they arrive at York’s country home, a man is dead and Oliver has vanished.

As the danger mounts, new questions arise about Oliver’s account of his boyhood trauma. Do Emma and Colin dare trust him? With the trail leading beyond Oliver’s small village to Ireland, Scotland and their own turf in the United States, the stakes are high, and Emma and Colin must unravel the decades-old tangle of secrets and lies before a killer strikes again.

New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers delivers the gripping, suspense-filled tale readers have been waiting for.



My Rating:



Favorite Quotes:


I never bought the absolute-secrecy thing as a kid. I always figured Father Callaghan would rat me out to my parents if I told him the good stuff. Did you tell your priest all your sins?


He’s a great guy but he can be like an old housecoat. Comfy and no bother.


His flush deepened until he was purple to his hair roots.


My Review:


As I made my way through the complicated tale of Thief’s Mark, and even as I finished that last page, I vacillated in how I felt about the author’s style as well as how to review and rate the book. For the most part, it was like old-timey picture-taking with sepia prints – incrementally slow and causing me to squirm a bit – that was until the last quarter of the book when everything happened on triple zoom speed… like I’d accidentally drank rocket fuel or hit fast forward. However, despite the tortoise/hare like speed of the storyline, I was intrigued, baffled and perplexed by the present circumstances and thirty-year history of the original crime, overwhelmed by the complicated family histories, and blown away by the sheer amount of eccentric characters; yet still completely on the hook for the totally never saw ANY of that coming ending. It was an intricate head-scratcher, but I have to bow to the creativity of the plot and author, she confounded me.   I have just recently started to dip into this genre and was unaware of Ms. Neggers’ massive body of work, and have surmised she must be a rather devious character herself to have contrived such a twisty tale populated by a large, peculiar, and cagey cast of characters.


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About Carla Neggers

Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, including her popular Sharpe and Donovan and Swift River Valley series. Her books have been translated into 24 languages and sold in over 35 countries. A frequent traveler to Ireland, Carla lives with her family in New England. To learn more and to sign up for her newsletter, visit

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers

  1. Reply boundtowriting Sep 20,2017 7:16 am

    I enjoy when books have an unexpected ending.

  2. Reply Whispering Stories Sep 20,2017 7:17 am

    I like the sound of this book. I love psychological thrillers and this seems to fit that genre perfectly. I’ll have to add it to my TBR list as I need to know whether Oliver is the victim or not.

  3. Reply J. Hooligan @Platypire Reviews Sep 20,2017 9:20 am

    I can only read these types of books every now and again. They really mess with my head. But this one sounds really interesting.

  4. Reply terriluvsbooks Sep 20,2017 9:45 am

    “For the most part, it was like old-timey picture-taking with sepia prints ”
    What a fantabulous description. It makes absolute sense to me.

  5. Reply Caroline Andrus Sep 20,2017 3:29 pm

    But…. this isn’t a super sexy romance! WHO are you and what have you done with DJ???

    But really, this sounds interesting. I love that it’s set in Scotland/Ireland.

  6. Reply Katie @ Book Ink Reviews Sep 20,2017 5:55 pm

    I really, really, really hate slow romances. And Caroline is right! Where are the steamy romances?? 😉

  7. Reply theabominablebookgirl Sep 20,2017 6:25 pm

    I clearly have issues because I read this book and thought… Oliver Twist? The plot sounds nothing like Oliver twist though, the name just got me. I like the mystery aspect of the book, but I hate super slow build books.

  8. Reply Heather J. @ TLC Sep 23,2017 9:07 am

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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