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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR CARLA NEGGERS
UNVEILS another GRIPPING NEW ROMANTIC THRILLER
“Well-plotted, intriguing…the novel is smart and satisfying.”
—Kirkus Review on Declan’s Cross
When an FBI agent’s clandestine meeting with an anonymous informant turns into a cold-blooded murder scene, the only clue seems to involve the most legendary and elusive art thief in the world. From the New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty books, Carla Neggers, comes HARBOR ISLAND (Harlequin MIRA, September 2014, $24.95 U.S./$27.95 CAN.), her latest novel featuring former nun and art crime expert turned FBI agent, Emma Sharpe.
Emma Sharpe is still getting used to life with her new fiancé and fellow FBI agent, Colin Donovan, when she receives an anonymous phone call asking her to come to a remote island off the Boston Harbor.
Emma arrives, to find a dead woman lying in a pool of blood. Gripped in the victim’s cold palm is a stone bearing the signature Celtic inscription of an international thief whom Emma’s family of art detectives has been chasing for the past decade.
Emma discovers that the victim, Rachel Bristol, was a filmmaker working on a movie based on the exploits of the legendary art thief, but her research may have led her too close to the truth and gotten her killed. Or perhaps she is the victim of her former husband and stepdaughter, Travis and Maisie Bristol, two of Hollywood’s most powerful movie producers. The Bristols are working on their own film version of the art thefts and clearly didn’t appreciate the competition.
And what of Oliver Fairbairn, a Hollywood consultant on matters of Celtic mythology exactly like the type inscribed on the stone in the dead woman’s hand? Suspicion even falls on Emma’s friend Finian Bracken, a tortured Irish priest now living in Maine. Ten years ago, however, Father Bracken was Mr. Bracken, a happily married businessman who now has ties to the same Irish village where the now infamous art thief struck for the very first time.
Emma knows this is no movie, however, but real life with real lives in danger, including those of her own FBI team and everyone they care about. To protect them, Emma must solve a case that has, for over a decade, stymied the smartest detectives in the world, including her own grandfather…and she must solve it now.
HARBOR ISLAND is available wherever books are sold, and at www.Harlequin.com.
DECLAN’S CROSS is available wherever books are sold and at Harlequin.com.
$24.95 U.S./$27.95 CAN.
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About Carla Neggers
New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers has been spinning stories ever since she climbed a tree with pad and pen at age eleven. Now she has millions of copies of her books in print in more than 30 countries, and more than two dozen of her books have placed on the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Declan’s Cross is the third novel in her acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense series that launched with Saint’s Gate and Heron’s Cove and has been praised as “a breathtaking reading experience” (Providence Journal), “gripping and suspenseful” (Nashua Telegraph), and “outstanding” (USA TODAY). Her popular Swift River Valley series debuted with Secrets of the Lost Summer, which spent three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews, including a starred review from Booklist and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews.
Growing up in rural western Massachusetts with three brothers and three sisters, Carla developed an eye for detail and a love of a good story. Her imagination, curiosity and sense of adventure are key to creating the complex relationships, fast-paced plots and deep sense of place in her books.
“My first job was cleaning rooms at a local motel,” says the author. “As I’d pull back a shower curtain, I’d be thinking, ‘What if I found a dead body in the tub?’ As kids, we fanned out into the fields to pick wild blueberries. I’d be thinking, ‘What if I found a dead body under a pine tree?’
Fast-forward to a boat tour of a Dutch canal a few years ago. I was thinking, ‘What if a dead body floated by?’ Are we seeing a pattern here?”
At the core of every novel Carla writes is what Publishers Weekly has called her “flair for creating likeable, believable characters and her keen recognition of the obstacles that can muddle relationships.” She sold her first book not long after graduating magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in journalism. An accomplished musician, she studied with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and freelanced as an arts-and-entertainment reporter—always with a novel in the works.
Carla attributes her enduring success to the dedication of her readers. An active member of the writing community, she teaches workshops across the country. She is a founding member of the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America and has served on the boards of International Thriller Writers and Novelists, Inc. She has given numerous media interviews, from a popular talk-radio show in small-town Louisiana to television appearances in such cities as Boston, Denver, Phoenix, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Louisville, Columbus, Memphis and Vancouver, British Columbia.
When she isn’t writing, Carla loves to travel, hike, garden and spend time with her large family. Get-togethers at her family’s tree farm on the western edge of the Quabbin Reservoir are a favorite. She and her husband, Joe, a native of middle Tennessee, have two grown children. They are frequent travelers to Ireland and divide their time between Boston and their hilltop home in Vermont, not far from Quechee Gorge.
For more information please visit her at CarlaNeggers.com.
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