Posts Tagged ‘Carla Neggers’

Tension mounts in a couple of thrillers you may have missed.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

I recently read a couple of books by authors I had not read before, Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger, and Saint’s Gate by Carla Neggers.

Darkness, My Old Friend (Find in our catalog) is set in The Hollows, where a variety of characters are trying to come to terms with changes in their lives. Jones Cooper is a retired police detective. Willow Graves, a teenager pining for her old life in Manhattan. Paula Carr is questioning her abusive marriage. Michael Holt wants to know why his mother disappeared years ago and hires a local private eye and a psychic to help him find answers. The paths of these, and other characters, cross in a tense and haunting climax. Characterization is good, the plots are complex enough and the writing is fast-paced. Unger produces a chilly, dark atmosphere that carries through from her previous novel, Fragile. Although Darkness can be read as a stand alone, I wished I had read Fragile first & highly recommend doing that as it features some of the same characters & helps with background. It is also another taut thriller.

Saint’s Gate by Carla Neggers (Find in our catalog) is set in a couple of small towns on the Maine coast. Emma Sharpe is contacted by a nun from the Sisters of the Joyful Heart Convent. Sister Joan works on art restoration and has some questions for Emma, who herself is involved with art crimes as an FBI agent. Before Sister Joan can tell Emma all the details, she is murdered and so begins a hunt for a vicious art thief. Father Finian Bracken, a priest from Ireland who is on temporary assignment to Maine, Ainsley D’Auberville the daughter of a local artist, Emma’s brother & grandfather, who are part of Sharpe Fine Art Recovery, and Sister Cecilia, a novice at the convent are all drawn into the mystery of Sister Joan’s death and the disappearance of two paintings.  Added to these are Colin Donovan, an undercover FBI agent currently on leave, and Matt Yankowski, Emma’s boss. Interesting characters, the mix of convent life, art, saints and Vikings, gives this quick-read book many dimensions. The ending leaves the reader wanting to know more about what will happen between Emma and Colin (and their budding romance) in the future. One hopes there are more books to follow featuring these characters.

Posted by Julia

Romantic Suspense like Carla Neggers’ “The Angel” – Great Summer Reads

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I read an author interview and profile of Carla Neggers this morning, June 24, in Fresh Fiction News, an online newsletter. It struck me that most of Carla’s 50 plus books of romantic suspense would make great summer reads!
In her last book, The Angel, Carla tuned in to the current vogue for the paranormal by introducing ancient celtic myth and a stone angel said to come alive.
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Plot summary from our catalog: “On a remote stretch of the rugged coast of Ireland, folklorist and illustrator Keira Sullivan pursues the mysterious Irish legend of an ancient Celtic stone angel. As she searches an isolated ruin, she’s certain she’s discovered the mythic angel, but before she can examine her find, she senses a malevolent presence. Is someone in there with her? Then the ruin collapses, trapping her. Keira’s uncle, a Boston homicide detective, enlists the help of Simon Cahill to find his missing niece. Simon, an expert with Fast Rescue, a rapid-response search-and-rescue organization, is trying to keep a low profile after secretly assisting in the takedown of a major criminal network, but he rushes to Ireland, pulling Keira out of the rubble just as she’s about to free herself. Simon isn’t interested in myths or magic, nor is he surprised when Keira can’t find a trace of her stone angel. He doesn’t believe it exists. But the gruesome evidence of a startling act of violence convinces him that whatever she found in the ruin, the danger she faces is real. When the violence follows them to Boston – and escalates – Simon and Keira realize that the long-forgotten story that has captivated her has also aroused a killer: a calculating predator who will certainly kill again.

The Mist, Carla Neggers latest book is to come out shortly. Find this book in our catalog Read more on Carla Neggers’ website.