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Sacred Sins (D.C. Detectives #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  8,967 ratings  ·  234 reviews
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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Bantam (first published 1987)
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"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
This was just okay for me. Neither the mystery or the romance grabbed me.
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
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
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.
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
Titinha Scaeiro
Gostei... Gostei... Gostei... E gostei! :D
Como todos os livros da Nora, uma boa leitura. Surpreendeu-me bastante quem era o "mau da fita" :-)
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
Kari Ramirez
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,
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
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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
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.
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
Maria João
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
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
West Babylon
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
Carla Faleiro
Bem ao estilo de NoraRoberts, romance e mistério.
Espero que haja um livro sobre o Ed. :)
Duncan Mandel
New York Timesbestselling author Nora Roberts serves up a sizzling novel of explosive suspense and sensual romance as the search for a murderer ignites passion between a beautiful psychiatrist and the sexy, brooding detective determined to crack the case.In the unbearable heat of another sultry Washington, D.C., summer, a serial killer is on the loose. Dr. Tess Court, one of the capital’s most successful psychiatrists, wants nothing to do with the case—until the police convince her to lend a han ...more
Aathira Jim
From the book cover: 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 a young woman is found strangled to death. A note left behind reads Her sins are forgiven her.Two more victims soon follow, and suddenly every headline is devoted to the killer the press has dubbed “the Priest.”

When the police ask top-notch psychiatrist Dr. Tess Court to help with their investigation, she comes up with a disturbing p
Carine Gomes

Esse livro me surpreendeu...

A verdade é que eu não sou uma das maiores fãs dos livros da Nora Roberts, mas "Pecados Sagrados" chamou minha atenção desde a primeira vez que li sua resenha, e isso já faz algum tempo.

Quando comecei a ler, o que mais me conquistou foi a forma como ela apresenta os personagens principais... a maneira cativante de descrevê-los e a personalidade de cada um. Não há como não se encantar com a determinação, a energia e o carisma do Detetive Ben Paris, com a tranquilidad

Original Doll (Lea Martinuš)
Kao velika ljubiteljica Norinih knjiga nisam propustila pročitati ni ovu. Knjiga “Sveti grijesi” dokaz je da Nora ne piše samo odlične ljubiće, već i krimiće. Naravno da je u sve upletena i ljubavna priča između dva vrlo zanimljiva lika.

Gradom hara serijski ubojica koji je ubrzo zbog poruke “Grijesi su joj oprošteni” prozvan Svećenikom. Tijela se pojavljuju, no policija nema nikakvih tragova. Očajni, načelnik policije i gradonačelnik potraže pomoć iskusne psihologinje kako bi izradila profil poč
The most disappointing Nora Roberts book I have read. I liked Ben and Tess' characters, but the plot fell flat, and the ending was very anti-climactic. Just felt like this book dragged on and on and on...and then all of a sudden wrapped up so fast. Not my favorite. :(
Anali Moreano
Es el primer libro que leo de Nora Roberts y, a pesar de ser uno de sus primeros titulos, me ha gustado mucho. Los personajes estan bien definidos y los dialogos son ingeniosos y te sacan una sonrisa. Es una novela amena y que te entretiene por que sabe mezclar la trama de suspenso con la romantica. La de suspenso me ha parecido muy interesante, logra mantenerte en vilo aunque al final creo que le ha faltado. En cuanto a la trama romantica, me parece que los personjes tienen quimica entre ellos, ...more
It was interesting reading book two before book one in this duet. I got to know the title characters of book one after they'd gotten together, plus I got to see how the book two hero was originally presented. Nora Roberts does such a good job with characterization that you can read these books out of order and still get continuity and engage with the characters. Sometimes in series books the previous main characters come off as super happy and 'gooey in love,' but Roberts keeps their relevant fl ...more
Ana Simões
Um livro muito ao estilo da série "Mortal". Ben Paris poderia ser Eve Dallas dos dias de hoje. Ficamos em cada página a espera que o criminoso cometa um erro que o identifique e o leve à prisão.
Gosto mais dos livros românticos da Nora, mas este também me agradou.
uma escrita fluída e um policial levezinho.
Liked the story - DC, CUA, and a 'priest' murderer?!? What's NOT to like!
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her
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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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