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Sins of the Flesh: A Carmine Delmonico Novel (Carmine Delmonico #5)

2.94 of 5 stars 2.94  ·  rating details  ·  263 ratings  ·  47 reviews
“Some men and women, she reflected, fell into their proper profession, the only one they were eminently crafted to do. And this man was one such. Highly intelligent without the spark of genius, well educated without being entrapped by his learning, nigh infinitely patient, rational to the core yet subtle, empathetic when it suited him, and endowed with an analyti ...more
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Published November 12th 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 1st 2013)
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Paul Pessolano
“Sins of the Flesh” by Coleen McCulough, published by Simon & Schuster.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date - November 12, 2013

This mystery is the fifth in a series featuring Detective Carmine Delmonico. The books are written so that the reader does not have to start at book one because each book is contained within itself.

Carmine is on vacation when corpses begin showing up in the little town of Holloman, Connecticut. Detectives Abe Goldberg and the eccentric Delia Carstairs are wor
The last time I read a novel by Colleen McCullough, it was "The Thorn Birds". While I was surprised and intrigued to see McCullough has become a crime/mystery writer, "The Thorn Birds" this is not.

My main problem with the book is the first 125 pages, in which the endless background is supplied. It does set up the mystery--or three--but for the reader, it's hard slogging.

Once we got past all that groundwork, the writing started to feel more like the Colleen McCullough I so fondly remember with co
Pat Eells
Oct 30, 2013 Pat Eells rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like suspense and murder stories.
Recommended to Pat by: No one - I entered to win it in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Shelves: first-reads
I won "Sins of the Flesh" in a Goodreads give away, As I began reading the book I had a difficult time getting into it, but I finished, and by the middle of the book I picked up interest and then had a hard time putting it down, staying up reading when I should have been sleeping; but it was worth it! If you like many characters with diverse careers and personalities, you will enjoy this. Is there a psychopathic killer loose committing the murders? Or are there two? Does a doctor 'cure' an inmat ...more
First of all, I didn't know that Collen McCullough had written many books. I read the Thorn Birds when it was so popular so many years ago and it wasn't until I saw her obituary that I realized she'd been a pretty prolific writer. So I was glad when I had an opportunity (through a Goodreads "challenge") to read more.

I must have picked up the wrong one. And I think it's because it's set in the US. I got the giggles often when American characters spoke Aussie/British. One of the characters IS Brit
I don't usually write reviews, but I thought that this book merited one as it is a bad book by a good author, and bad in some unusual ways. I will skip the plot synopsis since that's been done so many times. The setting of this book was strangely nebulous--I knew it was supposed to be Connecticut in 1969, but that was not clear in the descriptions, text, attitudes, names, or situations. I had to keep reminding myself of where and when it was supposed to be, as the overall descriptions were not o ...more
J. Walker
I read this book in one day, January 29th, 2015. I put it down on my bedstand, rolled over and fell asleep. I woke up the next morning, to read the paper, only to find I'd read her last Carmine Delmonico novel As She Lay Dying. I blogged about it all that morning - on Wordpress, go to Walker Country to see my appreciation of someone who, to me, was the Greatest Living Writer in the English Language of her time.

The realization that this was the end of the series was heartbreaaking; knowing I wasn
I picked this up at the airport bookstore because I was looking for a book that would fit the following criteria: 1) good, fast-paced, engaging plot (i.e. airplane book); 2) some minimal amount of literary value; 3) normal price; 4) could fit into my overstuffed carry-on. As someone who always peruses airport bookstores but never actually buys anything because I always go for flights prepared with reading material, I sort of wish that I had been warned that my expectations were too high. I walke ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
This is the first book I have read in the series and had no problems following the characters... so this makes it a good stand alone book. The story takes place in 1969 - so there are no cell phones, computers or dna
Delia is an unusually dressed police officer who meets a couple of ladies on the beach trying to rescue a kitten - and the 3 become good friends. One of the ladies is Jess, a neuruscietist who works at a Hospital and penitentiary for the criminally insane where she operated on the br
Alia Moustafa
The fifth and final book in the Carmine Delmonico series by Colleen McCullough. Its sad to say that, due to her death last January.

Starved and castrated young men, "Shadow Women" and a psychopathic murderer; cases that make the mind wonder in all directions.

Sins of the Flesh had something different about it in comparison to the four books prior to it. I'm not sure what it is, I think there was difference in the language or the way it was written. It wasn't as engaging as the previous books eith
Sam Still Reading
Jan 26, 2014 Sam Still Reading rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: I am a fan of the series
This is the fifth Carmine Delmonico detective novel that Colleen McCullough has written and I’ve read. Fans of her historical novels such as The Thorn Birds may be quite surprised at how different this series is. It’s brutal at times with attitudes that fit the 1960s setting and there’s no shortage of bodies on the streets of Holloman, Connecticut.

It’s somewhat appropriate to read Sins of the Flesh during a long, hot Australian summer because the book opens during a particular hot summer in Holl
I was torn between 3 and 4 stars for this one. The book got off to a slow start, and the main character, Carmine Delmonico, didn't even figure into the plot for a while. Another negative for me was the audiobook narration; the narrator just didn't make the story come alive for me. If I had read the book instead of listening it might have warranted 4 stars.
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of several women and the murder and attempted murder of a couple of men was interesting, although h
This was an “everything but the kitchen sink” book. McCullough’s Carmine Demonico series installments always seem to have a few plot lines that eventually intersect, and I’ve enjoyed them until now. This one had too many.

There were three sets of murders, meaning three serial killers, which is unlikely enough, but add to this, the killers themselves were also connected, but not working together in any way, unaware of each others’ proclivities in fact. That’s just too convenient for me. Throw in
This book of murder and intrigue was indeed well-written by a very knowledgeable author. Colleen McCullough, having comprehensive background in neurophysiology, weaves a story of two killers at large in Holloman, Connecticut. Sergeant Delia Carstairs and Lieutenant Abe Goldberg ultimately realize they have at least a psychopathic killer on the loose, along with multiple characters tied together in a most unusual way.
The intellect shown and insight obvious in the field of neurophysiology is signi
The best word to describe this book is MARGINAL! The book cover photo of a bloody scalpel was the most exciting and appealing part of this work - the written word inside paled in comparison to the ominous cover photo. In fact the menacing cover photo certainly set some very high expectations for me.

It took me the first 60-75 pages to fully understand the Australian English dialect, slang, lingo and jargon and the next 25 pages to fully comprehend the complex and extensive family tree of all the
Tony Nielsen

It’s been awhile since I read a novel by Colleen McCullough, whose writing career was catapulted into bestselling territory with 1977’s The Thorn Birds. In this new Captain Carmine Delmonico mystery, the fifth in the series, McCullough is again in top form.
Sins of the Flesh is based in the sleepy town of Holloman, Connecticut where the local police team lead by Delmonico are confronted by two unidentified male corpses showing signs of having been starved to death. With four other victims alread
The description of this book makes it sound like a typical police procedural. Actually, it is a lot more interesting than that. The story, set in a Connecticut college town in 1969, starts while Captain Carmine Delmonico is on vacation. While he is away, his colleagues are investigating an old case of six missing women and a newer case involving the sexual mutilation and murder by starvation of several men. Once Carmine returns, he heads up the investigations, and his presence provokes new crime ...more
Colleen Estep
Since "Thorn Birds" I have been a huge fan of Colleen McCullough. This was the first of the Carmine Delmonico novels that I had read. For me it was a slow start with a lot of characters to figure out and keep up with.
About 1/3rd of the way through I found myself thoroughly enjoying the plot. I did not rate it any higher because I had such a slow start of it. Anyone who has read the previous novels will like it a lot, I'm sure. I did enjoy the read and plan to find some of the earlier ones and
Mary Rocco
I am a fan of Colleen McCullough's work and found this book quite entertaining. However, she used one word (a non-word, in my opinion) that is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me: disorientate. It is disorient, dammit. There is no good reason to add on three extra letters that do nothing to change the meaning. I lose a little respect for someone when they use the word disorientate (or orientate). That aside, the book is a good read.
Nancy Brady
Full disclosure:I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

Although this novel that stars Carmine Delmonico is not the first in the series, it can be read without having read the rest. Mystery and suspense are side-by-side in this one in which there are one, maybe two, serial killers who have murdered both men and women. The events are entangled as some of the members of the police force are personal friends of the suspected killers. Further, each of the detectives are pursuing different cases
It's not often that I can't put a book down and this was one of them. I wish I had read the first 4 before reading this one. While loved Colleen's "First Man in Rome" books, she writes a delightful mystery.
This book started off very slowly for me. I almost gave up reading it. But then it seemed to become more interesting. Carmen Delminico sort of takes a back seat in this investigation and Delia's does a lot of the work.
Dr Jess Wainwright carries out tests on the brains of women and an inmate of an asylum. I hope that the story is far- fetched. I wouldn't like to think that this happens in real life.
Joan Horkey
I was a little disappointed in this book. It took me half-way through it to get involved. A bit too gruesome. Colleen McCullough is one of my favorite authors but I think she should avoid murder mysteries.
Didn't know that McCullough wrote mysteries, but I loved The Thorn Birds so decided to give this a try. It definitely kept my interest, but it not on the same level as Greg Iles (just recently discovered the Penn Cage books), or Elizabeth George.
This book didn't feel fully fleshed out. I liked portions of the plot. However, I never really cared about any of the characters or found them interesting.
Bronwyn Carlisle
Just … no. Like an uneasy cross between Judith Krantz and Agatha Christie. Unbelievable plot, unbelievable characters.
My book choices have been hit and miss lately. I consider this a miss. Just too much going on. Plus, the setting and the dialect used didn't mesh. Not my cup of tea.
Interesting story and characters. The plot took some twists and turns and very unusual surprises!
Mary Ellen McWhirter
Parts of this book were fascinating but others were, well, not so much. I wanted to like it more.
Jeanne Beckmann
Never met a book I didn't like..Until this one. A real struggle to get through.
adequate, too much technical information, lots of witty insider fluff
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Colleen McCullough AO (born 1 June 1937) was an internationally acclaimed Australian author, born in Wellington in central west New South Wales to James and Laurie McCullough.

Colleen grew up during World War II. Before entering tertiary education, she previously earned a living as a teacher, librarian, and journalist. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered de
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Carmine Delmonico (5 books)
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