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

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This thrilling mystery in the “compelling, passionate, and gritty” (Daily Mail, UK) Captain Carmine Delmonico series finds Carmine swept up in the hunt for not one, but two depraved killers.

It’s August 1969 in the sleepy college town of Holloman, Connecticut, and police Captain Carmine Delmonico is away on vacation. Back at home, first one, then two anonymous male corpses
ebook, 288 pages
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
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in the Carmine Delmonico series, and with the death of Colleen McCullough it means there will be no more written. I enjoyed this series and wish there were more books in it to read. This one covers two different cases, one of missing women referred to as shadow women, a cold case, and an ongoing case of missing young adult men. Add to it a psychiatrist who apparently is also a neurosurgeon as she does form of prefrontal lobotomies, and it was sometimes hard to keep the stor ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  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
As far as mysteries go, this one's unorthodox - the mysteries (there are two) are excellent, but unevenly developed. The pace is jagged - nothing at all happens for pages and pages on end and then three things will be resolved without any preamble in the space of two pages. Basically nothing is shown of the deduction process, which was annoying - it's one of the main reasons people read mystery/crime fiction (well, one of the main reasons I do, anyway).

The style is definitely peculiar - it took
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although you don't have to read these books in order, it's better if you do. I can tell the reviews that have been written after reading any of the books as stand alone novels. They talk about there being too many unnecessary characters which makes it confusing. The thing is, if you've read the books from the beginning, there aren't any unnecessary characters at all. Solving the murder is only half the joy of these books, the other half is finding out what the characters are up to now.
Kathy Froehle
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great who-dunnit that puts a new spin on psychopathic killers. Yikes! My favorite characters was Delia, the police sargeant because she is not your typical woman cop. This one woke me up so that I got up and read it in the middle of the night. I like Colleen McCullough . . . .
Sibylle Seys smets
Tout est excessif, prévisible, lourd, je dirais même complètement débile.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I liked this series
Sam Still Reading
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  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
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
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointing
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
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Tony Nielsen
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps this multiple murder mystery would have been more enjoyable if I had read the previous books in the series. It was sometimes difficult to follow and often seemed hard to believe. Unusual language and speech patterns. Not recommended:(
Colleen Estep
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
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
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, edelweiss
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
J. Walker
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book more than I did. I'd heard great things about the author and the main character is called Carmine Delmonico. What a beautiful flowing name.

I'm not averse to tangents, retrospective background information or idiosyncratic speech. Good job, as this book had all these and then some. The intertwined plots were far-fetched, particularly for a sleepy Connecticut town in 1969.

I wasn't gripped but found the book to have a certain charm and enjoyed reading it. I will look out
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good solid read. There were places where the tempo lagged, especially the first 150 pages or so...just a LOT exposition. You need most of the info you get but I just wonder if there might have been another way to share it without dumping it all at the beginning. Once you get to the mid point the pace picks up and it's a fun read, you've just got to push through the beginning. Overall I enjoyed my time reading this book. I won this as a Goodreads give away book from Simon and Schuster.
Fredrick Danysh
Two serial cases are plaguing the police department of Holloman, Connecticut. In the first a series of single women rented housing years apart and after just six months disappeared leaving just a studio photograph behind. In the other, several emasculated men had been starved to death without any identification on their bodies. The mystery story is good except for the authors glorification of lesbian/homosexual lifestyle.
Mary Rocco
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cathy Smith
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. An excellent crime book that I thouroughly enjoyed! I want to read more of Carmine and Delia. This book kept you guessing till the end on one part, altho the crazy guy was a great distraction. And the characters; just fell in love/like with the 2 guys in the center of the mystery. I sure would like to see them again! I will definitely recommend this one!
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Colleen Margaretta McCullough was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds and Tim.

Raised by her mother in Wellington and then Sydney, McCullough began writing stories at age 5. She flourished at Catholic schools and earned a physiology degree from the University of New South Wales in 1963. Planning become a doctor, she found that she had a violent aller
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