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Sacred Sins (D.C. Detectives #1)

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Combining explosive suspense with sensual passion, Nora Roberts turns up the heat in this classic tale — the sizzling story of a man and woman on the trail of a demented killer, a search that will plunge them headlong into danger....

In the lazy days of summer, a merciless heat wave is the biggest story in Washington, D.C. But the weather is knocked off the front pages when
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Paperback, 344 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Bantam (first published 1987)
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Maria Clara
Poco puedo decir de este libro, salvo que es una muy buena historia; como Nora Roberts nos tiene acostumbrado. Sin embargo, a mi parecer, esta novela se centra más en el trabajo que ejerce ella, en la psiquiatría y todo lo que eso conlleva, que en la parte romántica. Es una novela dura, en la que vemos dos puntos de vista de una misma realidad: tanto desde el punto de vista religioso como del científico; al punto de vista del psiquiatra, que ve al enfermo, al del policía, que solo ve al criminal ...more
Lidia
May 22, 2016 Lidia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5. El planteamiento y el desarrollo en general me ha gustado, pero me ha faltado emoción. La parte romántica pasa sin pena ni gloria. La trama policial sí que me ha parecido interesante.
Jonetta
This was just okay for me. Neither the mystery or the romance grabbed me.
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Jun 17, 2014 Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
"There is no black and white, not in religion, not in psychiatry, and certainly not in life. Did God create us out of his goodness and generosity, and perhaps a sense of the ridiculousness? Or did we invent God because we have a desperate, innate need to believe in something larger, more powerful than ourselves?

When multiple female victims turn up dead by the hands of what seems to be an overly religious psychopath, the police force in Washington DC turn to the help of renowned psychiatrist Tess
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Sandra Melo
Apr 16, 2015 Sandra Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
4,5 Gostei, gostei
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
Gostei, gostei muito deste livro e desta história que Nora Roberts nos apresenta. Toda a gente sabe e reconhece o valor desta autora, eu teria de ser um extraterrestre se dissesse que não gosto dos livros e da escrita de Nora.
Mais uma vez, conseguiu trazer-nos personagens cheias de personalidade, cheias de força. É certo que são personagens com assuntos passados por resolver, traumas e más experiências que vão sendo resolvidas e ultrapassadas ao longo do livro. Mas é mesmo isso que nos mostra co
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Natalia
Muy buen libro, supero mis expectativas luego de Colinas Negras pero la autora nunca me va a terminar de convencer, sera por el estilo?. Me encanto la pareja de Tess y Ben dos personas demasiado opuestas que con el tiempo descubren que no lo son tanto, hasta sus profesiones.
Angela
Oct 19, 2009 Angela rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, ebooks
Sacred Sins is one of Nora Roberts' late 80's-era novels, and for me at least, it falls somewhat flat compared to her later work. The elements are certainly in place for a nice suspenseful story: a killer's on the loose in Washington D.C., a killer the media dubs the Priest for his habit of leaving his young, pretty victims arranged in pious repose and notes reading "her sins are forgiven her". It's the same sort of murder formula she'd put to good use later in the J.D. Robbs, but here, the plot ...more
Steph
May 14, 2016 Steph rated it liked it
This book was good what I liked about it more was the fact I didn't know immediately who done the crimes and it was quite interesting with the religious aspect. Overall not bad
Maria João
Mar 10, 2016 Maria João rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
Para um livros "do tempo em que os animais falavam" como diz alguém que eu cá sei, até gostei muito. Este livro foi publicado no meu ano de nascimento, por isso não poderia deixar de ser interessante :)

Agora a sério gostei muito deste livro, um género que agora não é tão habitual, um pouco policial um pouco romance. Gostei de conhecer o Ben, com tantas ideias predefinidas que vão caindo no decorrer da trama, e de Tess tão corajosa. E também gostei e muito do parceiro do Ben e felizmente ele vai
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Cruth
Author: Nora Roberts
First published: 1987
Length: 362 pages, 5258 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary. Washington, DC.
Sex: Reasonably frequent. Mostly closed door / fade to black.
Hero: Homicide Detective
Heroine: Psychiatrist
Trigger: Teen alcoholism. Suicide (teen and ptsd of Vietnam Vet).

Some heavy plot threads including teen suicide that aren’t exactly necessary to the plot but do provide some depth to the characters. A slightly disappointing suspense resolution (view spoiler)
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Arttemizza
A escrita? É simples mas ao mesmo tempo bastante rica, repleta de sentimentos bem descritos, que estimulam a leitura tornando a fluida e cativante.

O enredo? É um dos meus preferidos, um policial leve com muito romance à mistura. Não sou a melhor leitora para classificar policiais dado que não leio assim tantos, mas posso dizer que apenas consegui descobrir quem era o assassino quando se tornou demasiado obvio para isso. Basicamente temos uma assassino em serie com fortes crenças religiosas, um d
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Elena
Feb 19, 2016 Elena rated it really liked it
3.5*

Summary
A "religious" serial killer is on the loose in Washington and no woman is safe! A psychiatrist (Tess) and a police detective (Ben) join forces in profiling this killer and then trying to catch him before it's too late! In the meantime - their romance develops...

Comments:
I really liked the mystery part of this book! It was suspenseful, creepy, and with an unexpected twist at the end (realistically I don't get how some people claim they "KNEW" the killer from the first moment - to me
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
The misogyny with all the male characters is just too heavy handed for me. I'm sure it gets better but I have so many books to read and I don't feel like reading this. I hate misogyny in current day romance heroes. It irritates me.
Xana
Apr 24, 2015 Xana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosto mais dos livros românticos da Nora, mas este também me agradou.
uma escrita fluída e um policial levezinho.
gostei
Helga
Feb 27, 2016 Helga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Como todos os livros da Nora, uma boa leitura. Surpreendeu-me bastante quem era o "mau da fita" :-)
Titinha Scaeiro
Gostei... Gostei... Gostei... E gostei! :D
Debbie
Jun 06, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-candy, mystery
This was a good read with quite a gripping mystery.

A killer is loose in Washington D.C. Two young blonde women are found murdered - strangled with an amice, a priest's scarf, and a note attached to the scarf reading "Her sins are forgiven her". With nothing to connect the two women and no leads on the killer the police are feeling the pressure and bring in a psychiatrist, Dr Tess Court, to help put together a profile of the killer.

One of the cops on the case is Detective Ben Paris, a man with a
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Kari Ramirez
Sep 13, 2013 Kari Ramirez rated it it was ok
I don't remember the first time I read this book, but it had to have been at least 15 years ago. I don't remember not ever liking a Nora Roberts book from back in the day, but this time, this book, I'm not a big fan.

Mostly, it has to do with Ben Paris. How Tess falls in love with this man is beyond me. He is nothing but horribly rude to her for most of the book, even after sleeping with her. But at the same time her 'he has an illness' take on the killer started to get on my nerves too.

For once,
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BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Some sins are unforgivable...
There's no escaping the sizzling heat of the Washington summer ... or the twisted ministry of "The Priest--a madman who is strangling slender, pretty blondes with the white silk scarf of a priest, leaving notes that forgive his victims.
But it's the flame of white-hot passion that is giving Tess Court and Ben Paris real trouble-two professionals who can't quite keep a professional distance from each other.
Tess Court, the top-notch shrink assigned to
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Emily
Jul 13, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok
This is one of Roberts' less recent works, probably re-packaged and re-published after she got more prolific. I always enjoy her writing, but I had a difficult time buying the chemistry in this one. Rich, but not snobby, psychiatrist Dr. Tess Court is asked by her senator grandfather to consult with the police on a serial killer. Ben Paris is the police detective who falls for her. Tess cares a little bit more about her clients than is probably healthy (professional boundaries, anyone?) and even ...more
Amanda
Oct 07, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
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Mariazita
Apr 22, 2015 Mariazita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A muito que não lia um livro da Nora Roberts, uma das minhas autoras favoritas, que nunca desilude.
Um livro com um enigmático mistério , romance e acção.
O detective Ben Paris tenta solucionar o mistério do assassinato de várias jovens, que aparecem estranguladas ao que parece por motivos ligados á religião.O assassino a quem chamaram "Padre" revela ser alguém atormentado e com problemas psíquicos, e é ai que entra Tess , uma psiquiatra que vai ajudar a policia a perceber a mente do "Padre" e qua
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Paraphrodite
Sep 23, 2014 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2014
Although it's pretty dated (you can tell especially when the Hero keeps smoking indoors), the side issues dealt with in this book are unfortunately still very current...depression, PTSD, teenage suicide, abortion. I found myself more involved with the side stories than with the main murder mystery but overall, it was a very good listen, even though I believe it was abridged.
Joy
Apr 11, 2009 Joy rated it liked it
Dr Tess Court, psychiatrist, is roped into consulting as a profiler in a series of killings that suggest religious mania. Detective Ben Paris doesn't want Tess involved, and hates psychiatrists in general, and their mutual attraction leads them in directions neither of them would have chosen.
One of Roberts' earlier works -- the difference is obvious. I can say that, while nowhere near as rich as her later romantic suspense, psychological authenticity makes SACRED SINS at least the equal of the
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Sara
Jan 09, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
Some books, you put them down for a brief moment, and then keep getting distracted from picking them up again, for no particular reason. After hauling this around for five and a half years after having gotten about ten pages in, I finally settled down to finish it.

Of course it's good. It's Nora Roberts. But it's even more amazing when you think that this is a 1980s romance novel -- absolutely surrounded by the awful, terrible company of almost all other 1980s romance novels -- yet if it were pub
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Lynn
Oct 10, 2015 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed certain aspects of the book, there were parts that I thought dragged on. I think I would have liked it more if I hadn't guessed the killer early on in the book. Wishing this wasn't the first Nora Roberts book that I had read as I have heard really good things about her books, but this one was just okay.
Maurean
Nov 23, 2008 Maurean rated it liked it
Okay....I gotta start this journal entry by saying that I have never before read Nora Roberts. In fact, I was of the impression that Nora Roberts was pretty much synonymous with lovey-dovey, mushy, romance novels - no mystery; no murder; no mayhem. But, since I *was* participating in the ABC Author challenge, and I had heard soooo many of my friends singing her praise, I figured, "what the heck; I'll give her a try."

And, I must say I was pleasantly surprised! Roberts descriptive writing style a
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West Babylon
Nov 12, 2012 West Babylon rated it it was ok
An older book by Nora Roberts finds Detective Ben Paris and his partner working a serial killer case in DC where the victims are strangled by a killer who seems to be a priest. When Dr. Tess Court, a psychiatrist, is called in to help with the profile, Ben is both annoyed and smitten. He has no use for shrinks after what happened to his brother, but he's also attracted to Tess which leaves him baffled. When the killer strikes closer to home then he'd like, Ben's feelings for Tess reach the apex. ...more
Becky P
May 31, 2016 Becky P rated it liked it
Shelves: library-ebooks
I enjoyed the book but it wasn't a gripping murder mystery. I didn't guess who the killer was, but there weren't many clues about it (that I noticed at least). I feel like it was more a romance novel with crime as the sub genre rather than it being a crime book. I should have realised that but I went into it thinking it would be more about catching the killer, then the relationship so I feel like my opinion of the book is somewhat skewed. I also didn't realise when the book was first published a ...more
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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“Exactly.” Logan folded his hands again. “I wish I could be more helpful. I would like to discuss this with you again, Dr. Court.” “In the meantime, we have a pattern.” Ben crushed out his cigarette as he rose. “We” 0 likes
“—Un cerrojo. Por Dios, Ben, tú sí que sabes cómo volver loca a una mujer.
—Sí, la verdad es que tengo un don.
Tess sonrió mientras lo besaba.
—Lo guardaré mientras viva. Si no abultara tanto, lo llevaría siempre junto al corazón.”
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