Rock Point (novella) by Carla Neggers (♦♦♦♦)
Father Bracken is having a drink with Garda Sean Murphy at the recently opened O'Byrne Hotel, when he meets by chance an American priest on holiday. Father Callahan is so taken with Ireland that he wants to take a sabbatical year to explore it.
Father Bracken needs to escape Ireland because it reminds him of his former self, the family he lost, so what better way to serve God than in a struggling parish across the Atlantic? Father Bracken pulls some strings and gets assigned to St. Patrick's Church of Rock Point, Maine.
As the Father is planning his trip, Garda Murphy is after the name of one of Bracken Distillers’ former employee, a man who appears to be involved in a very dangerous smuggling ring.
Rock Point apparently was written after Heron's Cove, but it seems to me that it's a prequel not only to the latter, but an introduction to the Sharpe & Donovan series because the events detailed in Saint's Gate occurred in September while those in Rock Point happened in March till June.
Rock Point introduces us to the characters in Ireland at the center of Declan's Cross, namely Sean Murphy, Paddy Murphy, and Kitty O'Byrne.
While Rock Point is well written, it isn't long enough to get a feel for the characters if we encountered them for the first time. However, it ties up several loose ends in subsequent entries in the series.
DISCLAIMER: This novella is a bonus content inside Harbor Island, which I received free of charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.