Imposter’s Lure – Carla Neggers [Review and Excerpt]

Welcome to our stop on the IMPOSTER’S LURE blog tour!

We’re excited to tell you about this new book by Carla Neggers. It is the eighth book (but also a standalone) in the Sharpe and Donovan series. Mira Books published Imposter’s Lure on August 21, 2018.

Today, we are sharing Jen’s review of the book and an excerpt.

If you like mysteries and thrillers, you’re in for a treat! Enjoy!



From New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers comes the next standalone novel in her Sharpe & Donovan Series, IMPOSTOR’S LURE! Master of suspense Carla Neggers delivers an exhilarating page-turner where the disappearance of a federal prosecutor launches the latest high-stakes case for FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. Order your copy today!



Newlyweds Emma and Colin are suspicious when prosecutor Tamara McDermott is a no-show at a

Boston dinner party. Matt Yankowski, head of HIT, Emma and Colin’s small, elite Boston-based team, is a friend of Tamara’s, and he needs them to find her.

In London, a woman who was supposed to meet Emma’s art-detective grandfather to talk about forgeries is discovered near death. Her husband, who stayed behind in Boston, has vanished. The couple’s connection to Tamara adds to the puzzle.

As the search for Tamara intensifies, a seemingly unrelated murder leads Emma, Colin and HIT deep into a maze of misdirection created by a clever, lethal criminal who stays one step ahead of them.

As Emma draws on her expertise in art crimes and Colin on his experience as a deep-cover agent, the investigation takes a devastating turn that tests the strengths of their families and friendships as well as their FBI colleagues as never before.

Impostor’s Lure is full of clever twists that will keep readers guessing right to the 656stunning conclusion!



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Carla Neggers’ IMPOSTOR’S LURE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

August 20th

It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt

Nerdy Dirty and Flirty – Excerpt

Ripe For Reader – Excerpt

August 21st

Bobo’s Book Bank – Excerpt

Literary misfit – Excerpt

OMGReads – Excerpt

Sip Read Love – Excerpt

August 22nd

Bookstanista – Excerpt

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

August 23rd

A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

Reading Reality – Review

Words We Love By –Review & Excerpt

August 24th

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa – Excerpt

Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt

August 25th

Bookishly Yours – Review & Excerpt

Catty Jane Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

August 26th

Book Addict – Review & Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Excerpt

Tfaulcbookreviews – Review & Excerpt

August 27th

A Lovely Book Affair – Review

Cali Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

TBR Book Blog – Excerpt

August 28th

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

Lisa Book Blog – Excerpt

August 29th

BTH Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Evermore Books – Excerpt

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Excerpt

August 30th

All about reading – Review & Excerpt

Fire and Ice Book Reviews – Excerpt

GhostPepperBabes/ Pimpers’ Dungeon – Excerpt

August 31st

Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt

Cathy Reads Books – Review

Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Excerpt

September 1st

Books are love – Review & Excerpt

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

NightWolf Book Blog – Excerpt

September 2nd

Blushing babes are up all night – Review & Excerpt

Em Jay Reads – Review & Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt


About the Author: Carla Neggers

Carla Neggers author of Imposter's LureCarla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sharpe & Donovan series featuring Boston-based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, and the popular Swift River Valley series set in the small, fictional New England town of Knights Bridge. With many bestsellers to her credit, Carla loves to write now as much as she did when she climbed a tree at age eleven with pad and pen. A native New Englander, Carla and her husband divide their time between their hilltop home in Vermont, a sofa bed at their kids’ places in Boston and various inns, hotels and hideaways on their travels, frequently to Ireland. Learn more and sign up for Carla’s newsletter at Follow Carla at and

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Excerpt from IMPOSTER’S LURE

Her voice had taken on an edge that belied her laugh and smile. “What brings you here, Ms. McDermott? How can I help you?”

“Tamara. Please. My daughter—Adalyn—started a new job with an art conservationist in Cambridge. Jolie Romero. I understand you know her.”

“I’m familiar with her name,” Emma said. “I don’t know her personally.”

“Have you had anything to do with her since you joined the FBI, or did you deal with her when you were a nun?”

“I’ve never dealt with Jolie Romero. What’s this about?”

Tamara waved a hand. “Sorry. I don’t mean to interrogate you. Adalyn moved into the apartment above Jolie’s studio. I got the grand tour this morning. It’s in Porter Square. It’s nice. I suppose I’m being an overprotective mother. That’s what Adalyn would say. You remember being twenty-one. Or were you in the convent then?”

Emma didn’t take offense at the blunt question. “I was a novice with the Sisters of the Joyful Heart in southern Maine for a short time, but I never made my final vows.”

“So you were never a real nun?”

Fishing for something. Definitely. “Not in the way you mean.”

“The convent specializes in art conservation, doesn’t it?”

“As well as art education,” Emma said.

“Now you’re an art crimes expert on Matt Yankowski’s elite team here in Boston. Quite a change. Why didn’t you stay with your family’s art recovery business?”

“Yank recruited me out of the convent. That’s the short answer. Ms.—Tamara, would you like to go inside? I have iced tea, water—”

“No, no, I won’t keep you. Forgive me. I swear I’ve lost the ability to have a normal conversation. Adalyn is just back from three months in London, and all of a sudden she’s interested in art crimes. She’d love to meet you. We’re having dinner at Stephanie’s on Newbury Street. Why don’t you and Colin join us? Yank will be there. We’re old friends.”

“Thank you, I’d love to join you. I don’t know what Colin’s plans are with his brothers. I can let you know.”

“No need. Just come.” Tamara touched the thick rope that secured the Julianne—Donovan style—to a post. “I made a reservation for six o’clock, but I’m meeting Adalyn at the bar around five thirty. She wants Irish whiskey for one of her first legal drinks. Yank says he knows what to recommend thanks to Colin.”

“I imagine she’ll have her own ideas, too.”

“Ha, she always does. We’ll see you tonight, then.”

“I look forward to it,” Emma said.

Tamara relaxed visibly. “A belated congratulations on your wedding. Colin’s a keeper.”

Emma smiled. “I think so, too.”

“I’ll bet you do.”

Tamara headed toward the street, her ankles swollen, no doubt from the heat and humidity, as she crossed the brick-paved wharf, passing more boats and empty slips. She took a water bottle from her tote bag, and when she reached the street, turned left, picking up her pace and quickly disappearing from view.

Emma returned to her apartment and pulled on her gloves. She and Colin did certain tasks together and took turns on the rest, but she was quite content not being at Fenway Park on a hot Sunday afternoon. She’d finally convinced him she was sincere when she said cleaning had a meditative effect on her, a product of her years in the convent. To him, cleaning was work. Get in, get it done, then have a beer.

He was a keeper.

She glanced out the window as new onlookers stopped to admire the Julianne.

Whatever else tonight’s dinner was about, it wasn’t just to celebrate Adalyn McDermott’s twenty-first birthday.

Jen’s Review of IMPOSTER’S LURE

*Although I received a free copy for review via Netgalley, my opinions are my own.

Imposter’s Lure is a great addition to the Sharpe and Donovan series. Even if you haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, you can read and enjoy this story. I hadn’t read any of the other books yet in the series, except part of the first one, and I still was able to follow the characters, their relationships to one another, and some of their histories. Neggers provides all the necessary information without bogging down the story with lengthy chunks of backstory. She weaves everything together to make a very enjoyable read.

One of the things I like about the series is how different it is from other mysteries and suspense novels I have read in the past. I thought, at first, art crimes might be boring, but Carla Neggers makes it far from dull. It’s very interesting and more dangerous than I would have guessed.

I also enjoyed the author’s writing style and descriptions. It was easy to understand what she meant and visualize it. I appreciated that she stayed in one point of view per scene. That helped me connect to each character, especially Emma Sharpe. I really like her, and I’m looking forward to reading more books about her. I will have to go back and read the other books in the series.

Imposter’s Lure is a must-read for readers of mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. It’s filled with action and twists that will keep you guessing and glued to the pages.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)


Thank you to Inklinger PR, Carla Neggers, Mira Books, and Netgalley for the opportunity to red and review this excellent book. I liked it so much I will probably read it again to see if I missed anything, then update my review if I need to before I send my feedback to the publisher through Netgalley.
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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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