In ‘Rival’s Break,’ Revenge is Served with a Side of Deadly Mushrooms [REVIEW]


In Carla Neggers’ Rival’s Break, a yacht is the perfect place to die. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A criminal mastermind. Deadly poison. And a stolen painting. Can two FBI agents put the pieces of the puzzle together in time to stop a fatal threat before it strikes again? Find out in Carla Neggers’ breathless new thriller, Rival’s Break.

Carla Neggers' RIVAL'S BREAK


Ever know one of those power couples who always seem swamped with all the things going on in their lives that they can barely catch their breath? Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are one of them. She’s trying to bounce back from a horrible loss and he’s working undercover on a case. So when they get the chance to unplug for a bit at Colin’s brother Andy’s wedding in Maine, they jump at the chance. After all, what’s more romantic than a weekend in New England in autumn when the trees are aflame with color?

Just when they are about to exhale and relax, Kevin Donovan, a marine patrol officer, gets a call to check on a suspected food poisoning on a yacht. Colin tags along, only to discover that one of the guests aboard the boat is an undercover British intelligence officer, and it becomes quite apparent that something hinky is going on. Meanwhile, a valuable painting by Irish artist Aoife O’Byrne disappears from the yacht, and suddenly the coincidence is more than either Emma or Colin can overlook.

Soon Colin and Emma discover they are up against a dangerous foe and now they must utilize their entire Boston-based FBI team to thwart an attack that could have serious repercussions. Little do they know that this case will change their lives unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

Are you ready for a particularly intriguing whodunit? Rival’s Break is the novel for you! This time, Colin and Emma must solve a crime involving deadly mushrooms, a fungi used in sauces, salads, and stuffing. But be forewarned: after reading this novel, you may reconsider eating them the next time they are offered at the salad bar.

Neggers pens a fast-paced, skillfully executed plot in which the killer is not revealed until the very last page. Even then, if you’re anything like me, you may wonder how you missed all the clues along the way. Is the culprit one of the various guests at Andy’s wedding or maybe it is one of the yacht’s nefarious renters which will distract you? I can not tell you. What I may say is the subplots all lead to the same killer, an individual who believes his own press. This is a villain bent on revenge. If you’re taking a trip this winter, pick up a copy of Rival’s Break to read on your journey. You won’t be able to put it down!

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Carla Neggers

Carla Neggers
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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.

To learn more, visit the author at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and BookBub.

By Carla Neggers
320 pp. Mira. $26.99

Purchase Rival’s Break at one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Harlequin, IndieBound, and Powell’s.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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