Jan 2, 2018

Book Review: Thief's Mark

As a young boy, Oliver York witnessed the murder of his wealthy parents in their London apartment. The killers kidnapped him and held him in an isolated Scottish ruin, but he escaped, thwarting their plans for ransom. Now, after thirty years on the run, one of the two men Oliver identified as his tormentors may have surfaced.

Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are enjoying the final day of their Irish honeymoon when a break-in at the home of Emma's grandfather, private art detective Wendell Sharpe, points to Oliver. The Sharpes have a complicated relationship with the likable, reclusive Englishman, an expert in Celtic mythology and international art thief who taunted Wendell for years. Emma and Colin postpone meetings in London with their elite FBI team and head straight to Oliver. But when they arrive at York's country home, a man is dead and Oliver has vanished.

As the danger mounts, new questions arise about Oliver's account of his boyhood trauma. Do Emma and Colin dare trust him? With the trail leading beyond Oliver's small village to Ireland, Scotland and their own turf in the US, the stakes are high, and Emma and Colin must unravel the decades-old tangle of secrets and lies before a killer strikes again.

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I love it when I stumble into a series late however the author manages to give just enough of the back story that I don't feel totally lost.  That is difficult to do and I always try to give kudos to the author when they succeed.  I immediately became intrigued by the characters of Emma and Colin so I will have to check out their story from the beginning.

THIEF'S MARK is mainly character driven and I very much enjoyed meeting all of the characters especially Oliver and his major domo Martin.  These characters present a picture of Oliver that doesn't quite fit with the general idea of him being an international art thief.  

It was quite interesting to see all the pieces come together to solve the puzzle.  I very much enjoyed watching Emma and Colin work even when they are in a country where they have no juridisction.

I do recommend THIEF'S MARK to any of my readers who enjoy a well written character driven crime drama.  This book is sure to please.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


  1. Sounds great. I think I am going to check this one out. Thanks.


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