Rival's Break

Rival's Break

by Carla Neggers

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Overview

A deadly poisoning, a stolen painting and a criminal mastermind challenge the skills of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan as never before in their latest high-stakes case. New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers has crafted a gripping novel of international intrigue and suspense not to be missed.

Emma Sharpe is recovering from a shattering loss while her husband, Colin Donovan, is deep into his latest undercover mission. So they’re grateful to enjoy a peaceful autumn weekend together on the southern Maine coast to celebrate Colin’s brother Andy’s wedding.

But the peace is short-lived when Kevin Donovan, a marine patrol officer, receives a call to check on suspected food poisoning at a party aboard a yacht. Colin decides to tag along. He is surprised to recognize one of the victims as an undercover British intelligence officer, and it quickly becomes evident they’re dealing with something very sinister. At the same time a valuable painting by Irish artist Aoife O’Byrne—a friend of Emma and Colin’s—is missing from the yacht, and the connections make the investigation international and extremely personal.

Emma and Colin discover they are up against a deadly foe who plans to strike again. With the help of HIT, their small, elite Boston-based FBI team, they must foil an attack that will have devastating effects. It’s a case that will alter their lives beyond anything they’ve ever imagined…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778308102
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Sharpe & Donovan Series , #9
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 18,282
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sharpe and Donovan series featuring Boston-based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan and the Swift River Valley series set in small-town New England. With many bestsellers to her credit, Carla and her husband divide their time between their hilltop home in Vermont, their kids' places in Boston and various inns, hotels and hideaways on their travels, frequently to Ireland. Learn more at CarlaNeggers.com.

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Rival's Break 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
CynB 15 hours ago
Rival’s Break, by Carla Neggers, is the ninth entry in the mystery series, featuring the husband and wife team of Colin Donovan and Emma Sharpe. It was my first introduction to this series, and it is a challenging task to catch up to the wide cast of family and friends that were introduced and developed over the eight preceding novels. Neggers does as well as any author might to introduce new readers to an interesting array of characters; however, I occasionally found myself wondering or actually going back to identify who was who and how they fit in. While I guessed the antagonist about two-thirds into the book, I am intrigued enough with the characters and the settings in Ireland, England, and the US to want to read the entire series. The characters are nuanced and complex. The settings are beautifully described. I look forward to getting to know both slowly enough to enjoy the unfolding. Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Publishing for the opportunity to read the electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review.
bamcooks 2 days ago
I'm new to the Sharpe & Donovan series and this author and jumped in with both feet when offered the chance to read an arc of book #9 in the series. What a terrific opportunity to spend some time on the Maine coast in the fall! I enjoyed the characters, the setting--both in Maine and Ireland--and found the mystery intriguing. The story, however, is not easily read as a standalone mystery. There's a lot going on here, not only with the plot but with the characters, several of whom are FBI or MI5 agents, and share a great deal of personal history that the first-time reader needs to catch up on. It might be best to visit the author's website, CarlaNeggers.com for more information on the series, as she suggests in her author's note. I received an arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and I thank them for the opportunity.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Carla Neggers gives us another chapter in the exciting story of one of the best husband/wife investigative teams in print. This one starts as a vacation to enjoy a family wedding and quickly moves into a multi pronged investigation of epic proportions! It's great to see the familiar characters and follow their lives as they make the world a little safer.
Anonymous 7 days ago
I+hated+for+this+book+to+end.+Loved+it.
Horsebranchjess 12 days ago
Rival's Break is part of the Donovan and Sharp series and is better read as part of the series. A familiar cast of characters wander the pages of the book as accidental poisoning, a missing painting, and undercover spies drive a mystery that twists and turns to leave you guessing. Suspenseful and unexpected, the suspense builds for a satisfying mystery that will leave you coming back for more and a little leery of mushrooms. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
Momma_Becky 13 days ago
After reading Rival's Break, I think it's safe to say this is not exactly a standalone story. The mystery, such as it is, could probably stand on its own, but the number of characters who pop in and out and have little to absolutely nothing to do with the case is way over the top. And it's not just that those characters are mentioned. Oh no, we get what I felt was a ridiculous number of points of view. I could have safely skipped a number of chapters and not missed a single thing to do with the case, and I felt like I needed to sift through to find the 'gripping novel of international intrigue and suspense' that is promised in the blurb. In the end, I didn't find any of that and was quite underwhelmed with this one. I don't know if this is Carla Neggers' style or if the many points of view used here is something new, so I remain undecided on whether I'll try another book. I'm sure that fans of the series will enjoy this one more than I did, but it clearly wasn't a good fit for me.
BuckeyeAngel 14 days ago
Emma Sharpe is recovering from a shattering loss while her husband, Colin Donovan, is deep into his latest undercover mission. So they’re grateful to enjoy a peaceful autumn weekend together on the southern Maine coast to celebrate Colin’s brother Andy’s wedding. But the peace is short-lived when Kevin Donovan, a marine patrol officer, receives a call to check on suspected food poisoning at a party aboard a yacht. Colin decides to tag along. He is surprised to recognize one of the victims as an undercover British intelligence officer, and it quickly becomes evident they’re dealing with something very sinister. At the same time a valuable painting by Irish artist Aoife O’Byrne—a friend of Emma and Colin’s—is missing from the yacht, and the connections make the investigation international and extremely personal. Emma and Colin discover they are up against a deadly foe who plans to strike again. With the help of HIT, their small, elite Boston-based FBI team, they must foil an attack that will have devastating effects. It’s a case that will alter their lives beyond anything they’ve ever imagined. This was the first time I got a chance to really read a book by this author and I’ve wanted to for a long time, always seeing her name on the shelves every time I’m at a bookstore (yes, they do still exist). This book didn’t disappoint. I do wish I had started at the beginning though as I was a little confused trying to figure out everyone in the beginning. It didn’t deter from the great writing as I delved into the story. I can’t wait to read more from this author. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Anonymous 15 days ago
I really enjoy the Sharpe and Donovan series about the art theft expert/FBI agent and her FBI undercover agent husband. I don’t know that you need to have read the previous books since there is a little background reminder given for each character. That was helpful for me, but I suspect that it would still be confusing for someone coming to this novel without having read any of the earlier books. There are too many characters and references to earlier plotlines. It’s always necessary to suspend disbelief about how many crimes, particularly art-related crimes can take place in the small Maine community where Sharpe and Donovan live, but just go with it. The mystery starts out with food poisoning sickening the people on a yacht that had stopped at that town. It then becomes clear that there is something more going on when we learn that there is an MI5 agent undercover on the yacht. There’s a lot of back and forth about what might be going on and the mystery sucks you in. I found the reveal to be pretty unsatisfying, but maybe that is because I prefer mysteries where there are clues within the novel leading up to the resolution rather than outside information thrown in right at the end. But I still will snap up any Neggers novel and then stay up all night finishing it. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
boclairedesigns 15 days ago
It was good to return to the latest happenings for Sharpe and Donovan (now officially two Donovans's since their marriage at the end of Imposters Lure). While still reeling from her father's death, Emma returns to Herons Cove with her husband for the weekend. After a call to a yacht moored in town for food poisoning, a friendly MI5 agent is one of those guests affected and the mystery begins. Full of twists and turns, per her usual stories, but not one of my favorites. The end was still a surprise so the author 's story was a success. I enjoyed the growing storyline of the friendship developing between Henrietta and Oliver with all the regulars: Fr Finian, Emma, and Colin. It also brings a clearer understanding of Jeremy, Oliver's MI5 handler, and a recurring character. All in all, 3.5 stars from me. I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher for my honest opinions.
cherlym 15 days ago
Hard to believe already book 9 in the Sharpe and Donovan series. You could read this is a stand alone, you could read them all that way but why would you? Each book adds more flavor, enhances more characters, and we meet and get to know plenty, not just Emma and Colin, who are the two main characters in the series. This pretty much has it all, a cozy mystery, suspense, intrigue, family and such great characters in Maine and abroad. I sure wouldn't mind Finnan sharing some of that whiskey he helped distill, and I don't drink whiskey. Would love to walk the coast and see some of the paintings, Even with the twists and red herrings I was pretty sure who "done it". I was right but it was a great ride. Thank you Carla Neggers for continuing this wonderful series, thank you Mira Books and Net Galley for the arc. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were unsolicited.
Jypsylynn 20 days ago
Rival's Break is the ninth book in the Sharp Donovan series (I think), but it's the first one I've read. I was confused. There are numerous characters immediately thrown at you, and many important twists and turns are happening. I didn't know which way was up! The story premise is good, and it's a well written sharp and intelligent story. It's engrossing once(if) you get past the initial what is going on stage. Although still confused, I did gradually get a better sense of who was who and what they were doing and why. The story is thrilling and moves quickly through numerous twists and turns all the way to the end. I enjoyed this one overall, but reading the series in order would be best. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
nku 20 days ago
Rival's Break (Sharpe & Donovan #9)by Carla Neggers ...I love this series...Carla Neggers never disappoints...Thanks to the publisher and #NetGalley for letting me preview this book. I almost feel like part of the family.. Colin and Emma both FBI and never a dull moment. It is such fun to connect with old friends and family and find out what is happening in their lives. There is mystery, suspense, some evil, laughs, tears and sorrow and lots of love all take us to a very HEA. Can't wait for the next book to find out what happens next. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Entertaining Easy-to-read Great world building Romantic Informative Unpredictable Wonderful characters Happily Ever After Page-turner Witty Action-packed
Owl_Books 20 days ago
I have read this series from the beginning. I loved the last book but not too sure about this recent installment. I found it difficult to get into and the writing choppy. I kept losing interest in the beginning but kept going as I loved the others in the series and am a Carla Neggers fan. About 3/4 of the way through, it all came together and for the rest of the book, I couldn't put it down. Definitely don't recommend this as a stand-alone as there are too many characters and too much backstory to be able to follow along. I'm giving this a 3 out 5, for the reasons I stated above. However, when there are so many books in a series, they can't all be 4 and 5 stars. I do look forward to the next one ... curious what will happen with Fin and Aiofe. Thank you #netgalley and #HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada) for the eARC.
AMGiacomasso 20 days ago
An entertaining and gripping book. It's the first I read in this series and will surely read the previous instalment. I like the fast paced plot, full of twists and turns, the well written cast of characters, and the setting. I look forward to reading the next instalment. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
MKF 20 days ago
How have I missed this series? Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are whiz FBI agents- she's an art expert among other things- and this latest installment sees them working a case which involves not only espionage but also, obviously, art theft. Neggers gives enough background info up front, as well as tidbits about the characters (including Colin's brothers) to get you going right away. Here, Colin follows his brother to investigate a case of major food poisoning on a yacht and stumbles into a bigger issue. He spots Jeremy, a British intelligence agent, and then it turns out a painting is missing. I liked this because it was never completely implausible but walked right on the edge with a lot of excitement and good twists. No spoilers as to exactly what was happening on that yacht! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I'm definitely going to look for more from Neggers.
thicks 26 days ago
I haven't yet experienced the Donovan's and Sharpe's since this is my first read by this author but I have to admit I am intrigued. I did enjoy this author's style and her characters. It's a fast paced read with a lot of twist and turn that keep you on the edge of your seat and no lasting suspects. They thought they would have some peaceful sweet time together but they are out of luck. A simple food poisoning ends up being so much more. If you are a follower you know that MI5 and FBI and more are strung throughout these two clans and there always seems to be action surrounding them. It's a race to the finish and lives are on the line. With a surprising twist and lots of colorful characters it's a great read.