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liar's key book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Liar’s Key is the first book I’ve read about Sharpe and Donovan even though it is the sixth book in the series. The good news is, you don’t really need to read the previous books to enjoy this one, but if you are really interested in the series, I would say start at the beginning. I think there is a lot of history that could make Liar’s Key even more enjoyable.

Agent Emma Sharpe works for the FBI on a special task force that deals with art crimes. Her family has also been known for doing investigations into art, since her grandfather had started an art detective agency decades before she was born. The FBI was able to convince her to come work for them. Emma’s old boss, Gordon Wheelock (Special Agent: retired), paid her an unexpected visit on the pretense that he had some information to give her, but it felt much more like he was on a fishing expedition, looking for clues to a personal investigation. Emma was more frustrated with the man than anything, but felt obligated to start looking into the matter.

The clues also point at a possible connection/problem with her family’s open house, as they were having a grand opening of the newly refurbished offices. Even her grandfather was coming back from Ireland for the occasion. He hasn’t been back to the States since his wife died 10 years ago.

Oliver York is also in the mix and that is never a good thing as far as Emma or her new boss are concerned. They are all fairly confident he is an unrepentant art thief and the only reason he’s still free is because they haven’t been able to find actual proof of the crimes. Apparently, MI5 has its claws in him and that can make things a little more awkward as well.

Antiquities are a hotbed for illegal sales, as a way for terrorist organizations to raise money for their nefarious purposes. The rumors seem to be suggesting that someone has been helping to facilitate these deals and has been getting away with it. Emma and her FBI fiance Collin have stepped up to try and put truth to rumor or quell them as nonsense.

I found this to be a decent book, and I enjoyed reading it. I would not pass on the opportunity to read another one from the series and I think I would like to read one of the earlier books. Although, I have to say that my favorite character in this book was Oliver York. He seemed to be similar in character to Thomas Crown from the Thomas Crown Affair.


Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by MIRA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.