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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 rWhen 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-cover agent who prefers to go it alone. He's back home in Maine after wrapping up his latest mission, but his friend Father Bracken presents him with an intrigue of murder, international art heists and a convent's long-held secrets that is too tempting to resist. As the danger spirals ever closer, Colin is certain of only one thing: the very intriguing Emma Sharp is at the center of it all.A ruthless killer has Emma and Colin in the crosshairs, plunging them into a race against time and drawing them deeper into a twisted legacy of betrayal and deceit....

Title : Saint's Gate
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ISBN : 9780778312352
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Number of Pages : 331 Pages
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Saint's Gate Reviews

  • Kathryn Bain
    2019-03-10 14:55

    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 worst the killer had done up to that point was hit people over the head. One died. How are we to assume he's a sadistic killer from that. There was no groundwork layed to make me believe this was a sadistic killer. Also, I didn't like the hero. Once he discovered the heroine had been a member of the Sisters of Joy Convent, he acted like a total jerk. Then later we're to think that she's got the hots for him, so much so, that she initiates their initial sexual encounter. No way. The only thing she'd even noticed about him was the way he looked and how he was built. There was no other redeeming quality mentioned. This is the beginning of a series. I hope in the next, Ms. Neggers puts a lot more fire into both the suspense and the heart of her characters.

  • Anita
    2019-02-22 16:40

    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 she wants Emma to look at. Soon after Emma's arrival, Sister Joan is murdered and the painting disappears. Colin is home in Maine for some much needed R&R and his friend, Father Finian Bracken, enlists his help to figure out who killed Sister Joan and what is going on. Emma's boss also wants him to keep and eye on Emma. There are many layers and character interactions, not to mention the blossoming attraction between Emma and Colin, both of whom deny it. Motives are hidden and the relationship between past and present makes for a very interesting book. My favorite character is the tragic Father Bracken. Awesome character development for a secondary character.

  • Mardy
    2019-03-09 12:56

    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 "coincidental" revelations that were all over the place chronologically and geographically. I hope all of that was pulled together into a cohesive plot by then end but I'll never know.

  • Christa
    2019-03-15 09:51

    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 had more suspense than romance, but I was still satisfied by what romance there was. In Saint's Gate, Emma Sharpe, is called by a nun for help. Emma, who is now an FBI agent, was once a novice in the same order. When Emma responds to the plea for help, the nun is murdered before she can tell Emma what she called about. This order of nuns is very interested in art education and restoration, and it quickly becomes apparent that art had something to do with the murder. Colin Donovan is a deep undercover agent who lives in the same part of Maine as Emma and the order of nuns. He is sent to keep an eye on Emma, and as they begin to work together to uncover the murderer and the mystery behind it, they develop feelings for one another. While they try to unravel the mystery, which could be tied to a previous case or to Emma's art detective family, they have to decide how to handle their attraction and growing feelings.This was a good romantic suspense, and I really hope to see these characters again. There were several secondary characters who would make great main ones in another book. The plot was interesting with the connections to the order of nuns, art, and the past. I enjoyed this book, and look forward to more by Neggers.

  • Peggy
    2019-03-12 12:36

    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. Enter Colin Donovan, FBI undercover agent. He and Emma search for the killer and the painting. Of course, Ms. Neggers can't resist the romance angle. Sheesh, a nun just got her head bashed in, someone is trying to murder Emma, and priceless art is missing. Can we, I don't know, focus on the job instead of his broad shoulders and piercing eyes? Otherwise it is a decent story.

  • Saturnus
    2019-03-14 10:58

    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 konstnär. Mördaren finns bland dom, men vem kan det vara?

  • Susan
    2019-02-20 11:54

    Well, the sense of place was great. I really felt like I was in Maine and experienced the fog, smells and sites there. However, I found the story really slow going and the characters not to have much depth. I wish I liked this story better as it looks like the series goes to Ireland in future tales but I found this just borderline interesting, unfortunately.

  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    2019-02-23 09:40

    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 convent, but left before taking final vows.The international, multimillion dollar art crime operations are often linked with gun trafficking, drug trafficking, money laundering, kidnapping, fraud, extortion, and even terrorism. Emma is analytical and brings a unique perception to her work. While she can shoot straight and fight when needed, she is by nature thoughtful, reflective, contemplative, and prayerful. She needs her space at times to function at her best.When her friend Sister Joan asks for help on a matter at the convent, Emma goes and finds herself entangled in murder and theft. Events that happened long ago that may involve Emma’s family as well as the convent and artists, long-dead, may be the cause of the upheaval at the convent.Colin Donovan, trying to recharge after a long undercover assignment as a FBI ghost agent, is a “Lone Ranger” type who likes his space. But, at the request of his friend, Father Finian Bracken, Colin gets involved with the convent case. It is on his “old stomping ground”, just a short distance from his hometown. From his marine patrol days along the Maine coast, he is well acquainted with Heron’s Cove and the convent. He and Emma square off at each other for a short time, but soon work together with a little encouragement from Emma’s boss Matt Yankowski, who goes a long way back with Colin.The tangle of events from Dublin, Ireland to Maine keeps the adrenaline pumping. The many secondary characters and sub-plots help keep tensions high and emotions on full alert. Emma’s grandfather and brother become a part of the tangled web as do the nuns. The flighty young artist Ainsley deAuberville, her deceased father, and her fiancé Gabe Campbell add to the tangled web with their connection to Emma’s family and the convent.Carla Neggers’ skill in foreshadowing and subtle clue-giving make suspense crackle like distant lightning that announces danger. Her characters come alive with their hang-ups, fears, past histories, and present needs. Father Finian Bracken is a character that intrigues with his connections and wealth in Ireland. The wide variety of characters make Saint's Gate throb with life, mystery, and suspense with humor wrinkled in that makes one smile.Ms. Neggers weaves bits of Viking lore, religious history, and art crimes into the immediate story of Emma and Colin as they ferret out a murderer and thief from the many possible suspects while they make a life-changing love connection that sizzles. The happy-ever-after is tenuous—not the usual and more a "happy for now", but who knows what the future holds? Saint's Gate is one for the bookshelf to be enjoyed again.

  • Anne OK
    2019-03-11 13:35

    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 attention. Among those, a rich priest who drives a BMW and drinks expensive whiskey with a background story that tore at my heart, an FBI agent who was once committed her life to becoming a nun but never took her final vows, and a bad boy undercover agent who I still haven't quite figured out. I loved the scenes with the lobster boats, the cliffs, the apple orchards and Hurley's, where you can grab a beer and talk for hours. The ending wasn't quite the happily ever after you generally await. Perhaps that will be completed in a second book titled "Heron's Cove" in the "Sharpe and Donovan" series.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-25 15:01

    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 they or won't they...Also I just felt that the 'crazy' killer aspect was very over hyped. I mean, someone was killed, but it was one person hit over the head. Not a mass serial killer. I had a hard time believing anyone else was in real danger.All in all, Carla Neggers is a great author (may I suggest The Widow) and I know her stories are good; just this one wasn't for me.

  • Kimberlee
    2019-02-20 12:50

    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
    2019-03-07 16:44

    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
    2019-03-16 15:40

    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.

  • Vicki
    2019-03-19 08:32

    Just finished this book and as always, she captured me from the beginning!

  • Carrie
    2019-03-10 15:39

    Book one of this rounds #crushyourtbr

  • Dee
    2019-03-07 13:48

    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
    2019-02-16 08:45

    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
    2019-03-04 10:50

    [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 “saints” but I find them interesting historically in a detached way. The insider’s peek into their nunnery is well done and the nuns aren’t stereotypes. The small town living experience is there in spades and it’s interesting how its subcommunities intertwine.These lifelike neighborhoods coupled with mood-matching environment descriptions created a moving atmosphere. This along with an interesting buildup whodunit made me continue reading. I do think the blurb’s misleading though, I’d call it a mounting mystery rather than countdown thriller. But that’s only a negative expectation-wise for me. It was enjoyable nonetheless minus the romance and until the climax.The GoodWell-researched, interesting topicsSolid mystery I didn’t figure out earlyDecent, likable cast of charactersThe Bad & The OtherForced, disconnected romanceVillain was fine until sudden pathological change (aka bullshit) made them a monsterFailed climax with anticlimactic ending (because of villain)Couldn’t connect with characters emotionallyCharacters start strong and coast alongEmma’s history is different than anything else I’ve read while Colin’s standard FBI hero material. Her specialty meshes with his action-oriented style, creating a perfect crime-fighting duo for this case. Their team leader, their families, and Father Braken round out the supporting cast. They’re likable with one exception. Boy, did that fucker make it hard to reader xe’s appearances. It’s a good start for a series but you’ll have to wait for character progression. However, I did have difficulty connecting with them. Our dynamic duo’s most common emotes are staring and deadpan. They’re introspective, communicating only about the case while sizing each other up like spitting cats. I found Father Braken and his whiskey talk more interesting. I’ve read and watched tons of crime dramas yet these partners didn’t do anything for me. Maybe because they felt like pawns instead of people or maybe there was too much suspicion and emotional isolation. I don’t know. The next book will hopefully expand upon the good beginning and I can groove with them. The Hot Pocket RomanceI know insta-love is a cornerstone of romantic suspense but this was so horrendous, I don’t even give a fuck about that part. It doesn’t make any sense for these characters. It felt like watching your drunken friend cook after driving them home—without the funny. Emma was almost a nun and didn’t quit for sex. Yet she goes from “OMG, look at his hips” to saying she’s in love and jumping his bones 100 pages later. Really? Saying she “tripped and fell on” would be more believable. It’s not like she was dying to lose her virginity and didn't have the opportunity to bone an attractive man before. She’s calculating and removed emotionally, not prone to rash decisions. Yet an empty house is all she needs to become an insta-fuck seductress apparently. Then there’s Colin. He plainly wanted sex and was checking out Emma from get-go. He flipped from aloof and cold to hot and tempting like he was trying to neg her. Obviously, not surprising he gets his freak on. However, I do have problems believing he'd commit this quickly with all of his trust issues and career. It’s beyond “I don’t get the connection”, their romance flies in the face of their characterization. It felt forced to make it a romantic suspense. Suddenly: Sadistic Killer! *jazz hands*I was enjoying the building suspense and mystery until the end. Then the villain got amped up to make it a “thrill ride showdown” because Murderer + Torturer= Monster. But there were no prior signs or reasons for the shift. It’s easy to see what it was supposed to accomplish but did the opposite. Confusion rather than shock or awe disrupted my focus. It killed progress from other solid pieces of last-minute information making it anti-climactic. Skipping the transforming bite is a misstep. And falls in line with my other problem with Saint’s Gate, the sudden vaulting characters. Instead of feeling natural, it’s like they’re forced along with a cattle prod. ConclusionInteresting tidbits and atmosphere but it’s not my kind of romance and even the best part, the case, ends on a sour note.Recommended for:fans of Carla Neggers or those not picking about fluff. If you want a mystery or case procedural, I’d recommend previewing it. If your suspension of disbelief is stronger than mine, you’ll hopefully have a better time. Note: Originally posted on 11/28/2012, updated on 9/19. All ratings, pros, cons, and sections remain the same, it’s (hopefully) better written now and re-formatted to fit my new design. FYI Update: I’ve read more of Neggers’s work, beyond Heron’s Cove (Sharpe & Donovan #2) and I won’t be reading more. They’ve all been alright but not my thing, especially with the pattern of adult women virgins who of course have first-time idealized sex. However, I’ve been recommended her Death series written as J.D. Ward, so I’ll be trying that soon(ish). We’ll see if mixing up the elements is enough or if Neggers really isn’t the author for me.

  • Teri
    2019-03-07 13:50

    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 very much like a tight knit family; their relationships are solid and they are always there for one another. Carla Neggers does a great job in setting the background scene of the book. I have never been to a coastal town before, but through her description, I could picture the quaint, quiet life that Heron Cove and Rock Point have to offer.The female lead, Agent Sharpe, does tend to obsess a bit too much over the fact that others find out about how she was a novice of the sisterhood. Other than that, I liked her character and the banter between her and Agent Donovan gave the book a reprieve of lightheartedness. All in all, there was enough action in the storyline to set the pace of the book and to keep my interest peaked. Although I figured out who the 'bad guy' was early on, I didn't know what drove them to their actions until the ending when the story unfolded.With the main character's backgrounds, the author has a multitude of options for future storylines in this series. I look forward to reading more about them and what shady characters she introduces next, I just hope that they are given more depth and grow from here on out to keep reader's connected.

  • Liz McMahon
    2019-03-01 13:50

    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 convent on an important but unexplained matter, Emma does not hesitate. However, as Emma waits at the gate, Sister Joan is attacked and murdered. A puzzling art mystery quickly devolves into a murder mystery. Undercover FBI agent Colin Donovan has his kayaking/camping vacation cut short as he is drawn into the investigation. Small town life in a Maine coastal community, the art world and old family legacies intersect and tangle in this absorbing mystery with two FBI agents who have definite fascinating backgrounds and chemistry! Looking forward to the next in the series!

  • Judy Hall
    2019-03-02 14:37

    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 may even owe her.The investigation starts in Maine, travels to Boston and then to Ireland, before it goes right back t Maine. For some reason, I haven't read any Carla Neggars for a couple of years. I've meant to. Now that I've read this, I've really missed her. I like her characters and platting.

  • L Corky
    2019-02-28 08:54

    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 attention from the beginning and held it. I kept trying to figure out who the bad guy was, I was a bit surprised when it wasn't the person I thought it was. I look forward to reading more stories written by Carla Neggers.

  • Felicia
    2019-02-18 14:37

    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.)I'm not certain if I'm sold on looking for the next book in this series. I have a huge list of things I want to read, and mystery is not one of my really preferred genres. We shall see.

  • G
    2019-02-22 08:55

    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 might have been more interesting to me at the moment.

  • Liz
    2019-03-01 08:58

    I have been meaning to read this series for a long time, but somehow just didn't get to it. Well, now that I have read the first one (free e-book from the library) I will definitely be getting more.FBI agent Emma Sharpe gets a request from an old acquaintance regarding the authenticity of a piece of art, a specialty her family has long been involved in. Things get complicated when the acquaintance, a nun, is killed on convent grounds and the piece of art has disappeared. Add in another member of the FBI in the form of Colin Donovan, sparks fly and things get really interesting!

  • Anais Chartschenko
    2019-02-21 11:01

    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
    2019-03-06 11:51

    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
    2019-03-08 10:53

    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?

  • Linda
    2019-03-10 09:42

    I am not impressed with this book. I have read a couple of Neggers books because others have recommended them. Same with this one. But she doesn't hold my interest. In Saint's Gate, the suspense is light and the characters pretty vanilla. I think there is potential for the newly developed relationship between the FBI agents (Emma and Colin), but I am not motivated to find out.

  • Karen
    2019-02-22 08:37

    After starting this book I realized that I had read this book years ago. But because it was a good book I read it again. This is a story of a girl who had left a convent and later came back as an agent to help a nun with a problem. Before the nun can tell her what the problem is, the nun is murdered. So while she solves the mystery she also reflexes on her feeling on being back.