Saint's Gate (Sharpe & Donovan, #1) by Carla Neggers

Saint's Gate (Sharpe & Donovan, #1)

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-cov...

Details Saint's Gate (Sharpe & Donovan, #1)

TitleSaint's Gate (Sharpe & Donovan, #1)
Release DateAug 23rd, 2011
GenreMystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews Saint's Gate (Sharpe & Donovan, #1)

  • Kathryn Bain
    This book deals with the death of a nun and possible art theft. Ms. Neggers did a very good job on her research on the details of the art and the history involving Vikings, etc. However, this book is billed as "A Novel of Suspense". There was none. Even at the end where the heroine is supposed to be in the most jeopardy, I didn't feel any tension. At the end, we are supposed to think that the killer is also a man who likes to torture people. The ...
  • Anita
    I am hit or miss with Carla Neggers. I've read some of her early works and loved them. Her later stuff...not so much. This new series is intriguing and her heroine, Emma, and hero, Colin, are, what I think of as, typical North Eastern characters. They are self-sufficient, tough minded and independent. They are also both FBI agents. Emma, an art expert in Boston with the FBI, gets a call from an old friend, Sister Joan in Maine, who has a painting...
  • Mardy
    blah, couldn't even finish it. The premise was good but the characters were all off. For some reason, the whiny, boring lead girl is all freaked out that someone may discover she was once, for a short time, training to be a nun. Now she's an FBI agent (although I couldn't buy into that with the persona she portrayed) with issues with everyone from the town priest to her immediate supervisor. The first 11 chapters were filled with all kinds of "co...
  • Christa
    I liked this latest from Carla Neggers, which I received as an ARC from Netgalley. The storyline caught my attention from the beginning, and kept me interested throughout. It had me guessing, and I was never able to completely figure out the culprit until the end of the book. Neggers introduced a large number of characters in this one, and I liked many of them enough to hope that this will be the beginning of another series. I felt that this book...
  • Peggy
    I have never read Carla Neggers before and should have taken a clue from the book list I found that showed that she does write some mystery and some romance. I detest romance novels, so was reluctant, but gave a mystery a try. FBI art expert Emma Sharp was a formerly almost a nun at an art loving convent. She is summoned by one of the nuns to look at a painting, but before she sees the painting, the nun is murdered and the painting goes missing. ...
  • Saturnus
    Emma Sharpe ville en gång i tiden bi nunna, men blev FBI agent. Under ett besök i det klostret hon en gång ville tillhöra dödas nunnan som vill visa Emma en tavla, men allt skulle vara hemligt. Efter mordet på nunnan dras Colin Donovan, en ensamvarg till agent in. Hans jobb är att hålla ögonen på Emma och försöka lista ut vem mördaren är. Men det är det många som vill veta. Som Fader Bracken, polisen, Emmas bror Lucas och en annan...
  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...While “Trust your faith. Let it guide you to act with strength, courage, and compassion” is good advice; it is not always easy to follow with a killer invades one’s life, whether one is a nun, an FBI agent, or a priest. Emma Sharpe is an FBI agent and highly valued for her expertise in the field of art crime. For three years she’d been a part of the Sisters of the Joyful Heart ...
  • Anne OK
    Start to a new series by Neggers. Enjoyed the diversity of the book, the story was intriguing from beginning to ending with a mixture of religious convictions, mysterious artwork, murder, and romance. I guessed the villain (or at least who I thought it would be) early on, but wasn't completely sure and certainly didn't figure out the complicated reasons for being said villain. This book had a variety of characters that thorougly captured my atten...
  • Sarah
    3 StarsThis was a solid 3 star books, it wasn't horrible, but it didn't blow me away. I'm still unsure how I feel about the character of Emma Sharpe, she just seemed to meek to be an FBI agent. I also didn't see her and Colin Donovan as a couple. Personally, and I find this odd to say how much I love romance novels, I don't feel the romance was needed in this book. It works as the two of them as just partners. Maybe some sexual tension, the will ...
  • Kimberlee
    I really enjoy this storyline, Emma a FBI agent who works recovering stolen art. Colin and undercover FBI agent also a Maine lobsterman when home. Together the solve a crime at a convent that restores art. Together they bring justice and manage to fall in love. Really enjoyed the suspense as well as the dynamics of Colin and Emma and their growing relationship.
  • Marjorie
    I have always loved Neggers' books but this was either poorly written or poorly edited. I would often have to go back a page or two to see if I had missed something to help me with the storyline. Yet I hadn't missed anything. It just wasn't there. Glad I got this from the library and didn't purchase it.
  • Michelle
    If the female lead had spent half as much time worrying about the case as she spent worrying about people finding out she had a been a nun-this book would have much, much better. It was had an interesting plot but the vague and confusing dialogue was distracting.
  • Carrie
    Book one of this rounds #crushyourtbr
  • Dee
    Two-haiku review:FBI art chickCalled by nun who's then murderedWas painting stolen?Decent charactersPlot's a bit convolutedGoing on to next3-1/2 stars
  • Jeanne T. Houde
    Good Detective Story This story was okay but a bit predictable. Not sure I would read another. It Did take place on familiar territory, but that was all.
  • Brooke Banks
    [Review] Saint's Gate: Subpar Villain and Romance Holds Back A Solid CaseSaint’s Gate is the first installment in Carla Neggers’s Sharpe & Donovan series. I won Saint’s Gate as a bundle with the second book, Heron’s Cove, from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I loved the bits of information about Vikings, painting, and visual vocabulary. It reminded me of Ideas and Values in the Humanities (HUM 250 & 251). I don’t give a fuck about “...
  • Teri
    I won a free copy of the Kindle edition of this book after entering a Goodreads giveaway. I have never read anything by this author before so I was unsure of what to expect. Although I was not blown away by her writing, I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the storyline of a budding romance between two independently single FBI agents mixed with the hunt for an art thief turned killer. In my opinion, the characters are a likable bunch that felt v...
  • Liz McMahon
    A delightful surprise to discover this Sharpe & Donovan series by Neggers that was recommended to me by a friend. Luckily found the first one at the library and jumped in. Very interesting combination of main characters: a former nun turned FBI agent and an undercover FBI agent. The convent is widely respected for the art restoration/repair work they do on priceless art objects. When Sister Joan contacts FBI agent Emma Sharpe to come to the conve...
  • Judy Hall
    When a friend asks for Emma Sharpe's help, she answers the call. But she's not in time to save her friend from a murderer. As an FBI agent, she can't let it go, even though it may not be her jurisdiction. Local priest Father Bracken, asks Colin Donovan, another FBI agent to look into things as well, since the victim happens to be a nun from a local convent. He doesn't know that Colin is familiar with Emma's work, although they've never met, and m...
  • Marcia
    I recently discovered that I had not updated my email with Goodreads so I hadn't received the notices that I won some ebooks including Saint's Gate. I hadn't read any of Carla Neggers' books so I was happy to have this opportunity to become acquainted with her writing. Saint's Gate is romantic suspense with art crime investigation, Maine artists, convent life, Viking legends, saints, and FBI. The story held my interest and the characters were lik...
  • Sandra
    Not my cup of tea. Too much explanation and description of everything, especially the attractiveness, build, eye color, shapeliness, etc of everybody. The romance and mystery didn’t really fit together well for me, making both seem sub-par.I will say that the very end actually gave me hope and possible insight into how this is a successful series - I can see the characters and relationships have potential to grow, and I’ll assume they do that...
  • L Corky
    I won a e-book version of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Emma is a FBI agent and a former nun. Colin is a undercover FBI agent and a lobsterman when he is home in Maine. Father Bracken is a Irish, BMW driving priest that is working in the United States for one year. The other characters in the book are a colorful bunch as well. The storyline was very good, it had a bit of everything, mystery, murder and romance. The story grabbed my attenti...
  • Felicia
    I'm not usually big on reading mysteries, but since I won an ebook copy through a giveaway I decided to be good about reading and reviewing. I really enjoyed the characters, and the setting. Sadly, I pegged the killer about 2/3rds of the way through the book. My biggest pet peeve with this one is how easily each character was able to get international flight tickets with no prior planning. (Only one ticket out of six had already been planned for....
  • Lynne Tull
    (Another author/series recommended by a library patron.) This is the first in the series so I had to go through a lot of background to set up the plot/characters. The movement through the story seemed disjointed. The conclusion seemed to come as an abrupt ending to the story. It was like "Oh, it's time to solve the mystery. Here you go." I will give it another try, but not sure I am attached to the characters or the plot. It is billed as a 'suspe...
  • Gretchen
    The elements of mystery, Ireland, religious life and saints in art caught my eye, and there was some interesting discussions about all three in the course of the story. I felt, though, that the pacing was a little off and the reveal was abrupt even for a murder mystery. Perhaps I was expecting more time to be given to actual art detective work and less to the sexy tension between Emma and Colin. Not that it was bad, but the art detective work mig...
  • Anais Chartschenko
    Saint's Gate is a fast paced page turner. I adored the heroine, who had an unconventional past. The hero was perfect for her. The backdrop of Maine and Ireland fascinated me, as I've never been to either place. There were several likely candidates for the killer, and I had fun trying to figure out who did it before the final reveal. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series. Carla Neggers never disappoints!
  • Amy
    A quick fun read. Had just the right amount of romance and suspense to keep the story interesting and not be overly sappy. The characters were fun and had interesting pasts. I enjoyed the bits of information about art and saints, there was enough information to be interesting without bogging the story down or distracting from the main plot. I will definitely keep an eye out for the rest of this series.
  • Diane Large
    Enjoyed the descriptions of Maine, information on art restoration and theft, the vikings and the convent. However, the story was weak, what happened before when Emma helped Colin on a case. Why should Emma dwell so much on being a novice and why, out of the blue, did torture come into the story at the end?