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For All Our Sins

(DCI Claire Winters #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  628 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Years ago there was a silent witness to an act of evil. Now, a twisted killer is on the loose fuelled by revenge.

Called to the brutal murder of a priest, it is immediately clear to DCI Claire Winters that the victims death was prolonged, agonising…and motivated by a lust for revenge.

The killer has been clever, there are no clues, no leads. But Claire Winters has never let
Kindle Edition, 449 pages
Published September 24th 2015 by Carina UK (first published February 1st 2011)
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
What a fantastic kick-off to a great new crime series featuring a strong and likeable female protaganist known as DCI Claire Winters. I am really eager for book two in this series and not all first books inspire me in the same way and you know I read a lot of crime and love it.

DCI Claire Winters has her work cut out for her after finding a priest murdered and realising that this was no quick death, that the killer had chosen to prolong death with long and agonising torture. What on earth was she
Linda Strong
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DCI Claire Winters is called upon to investigate the horrendous murder of a priest. With a rosary buried in his throat and his chest cut open, it's clearly someone with a lot of rage. But is the rage directed at the priest .. or at the church?

The reader learns early on the WHO .. the WHY is explained via flashbacks.

As other bodies are discovered, obviously killed by the same person, and the closer Claire gets to the truth, she finds herself straight in the line of danger. It's a race to connect
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Called to the brutal murder of a priest, it is immediately clear to DCI Claire Winters that the victim’s death was prolonged, agonising…and motivated by a lust for revenge.

The killer has been clever, there are no clues, no leads. But Claire Winters has never let a killer remain on the streets. Looking for an answer at any cost Claire begins to get closer to the victim’s family, but what it reveals turns her murder case into something far more sinister…

When one body becomes two, and then three,
Bill Kupersmith
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Having been asked to help moderate a group may entail shortening one’s DNF list, if only to avoid letting down the members of the group who voted the book in as a group read. Like Jane Casey’s The Burning, this was one of those stories where I found the principal villain much more attractive than the detective. In the case of For All Our Sins, tho’, it was unnecessary to finish to gain the artistic, spiritual & moral benefits it offered. Unfortunately, most of these bennies were examples of ...more
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, netgalley, uk
This is the first book in a British crime series which introduces DCI Claire Winters who is investigating the rather gruesome murder of a priest, which is only the first of a number of grisly deaths that are occurring. Claire is an interesting character who is dealing with some relationship issues.
It is clear from fairly early on who is behind the murders, but the reasons behind them are slowly revealed through flashbacks. It wasn't so much the police procedural part of the story, but the
May 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I had to abandon ship at about 50%, after a fourth blood-thirsty attack. As I remarked before, this novel contains unnecessarily explicit violence, which just got worse. Am I lily-livered? I don't think so, but this was just too gory for my taste.

I fail to understand why the author found it necessary - none of the hundreds of crime novels I have enjoyed reading up till now needed such gruesome brutality to be entertaining.

The main protagonist, DCI Claire Winters, never gained my sympathy, and
Cleopatra  Pullen
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, own, crime-series
This book opens with the horrific murder of a priest who is then left discarded in the church. Enter DCI Claire Winters who is juggling a somewhat unruly team, not helped by the fact she has mixed business with pleasure with her junior Sergeant Michael Diego.

I’ll be honest, it took me a little while to get into the swing of this book. I’m not a fan of explicit violence and Father Wainwright’s murder which occurred early on, didn’t help. As is the norm with police procedurals there was a whole
Julie Round
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
Too bloodthirsty for my taste.
David Highton
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
A very violent series of murders - I hesitate to call it a police procedural as credible procedure seemed to be missing. Allied with poor character development, this book was a real disappointment, partially redeemed by a fast-paced end phase from 80% onwards. Not decided yet whether to read the second in this series
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley for this advance copy in exchange for an open and honest review. DCI Claire Winters and Sgt Michael Diego are called to the murder of Father Wainwright. He was found murdered in his own church, suffocated on a chain of rosery beads and then slashed from his throat to his abdomen.

The last person who saw Father Wainwright alive was good friend Mark Jenkins who attended his church. Father Wainwright worked at a home called Shrovesbury Manor, a retreat for spiritual
Breakaway Reviewers
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A grisly string of murders and lots of twists!

Open your crime thriller with the gruesome murder and mutilation of a priest and you’re onto a winner, as far as I’m concerned. There followed a well-paced, and rather grisly string of murders with plenty of twists to keep me reading until I turned the final page.

The first in Walsh’s series, For All Our Sins follows DCI Winters and her team as they track down this disturbed serial killer. A witness to an appalling crime years earlier, the murderer is
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded to 3

I find it difficult to rate this book.

The idea behind the storyline was good, if not totally believable but that's usually not an issue with thrillers.

I don't mind being taken back and forth between past and present. But most of the incursions in the past were trying to dab into psychological issues which I thought the author was not handling very well. Generally speaking whenever the author was trying to hint at something rather than just telling it all, it was usually
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a riveting read with a strong female lead character in DCI Claire Winters. Winters and her team are tasked with solving the grisly murder of a priest, there is a ritualistic element to the murder. A couple of days later a drug dealer is murdered and displayed with the same mutilations. There doesn't appear to be any connection between the two men.

As Claire interviews the last known person to see the priest alive (before the killer) she feels that something is a bit fishy with him.
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to For All Our Sins but unfortunately I found it not to my taste. It starts with the murder of a priest and the mutilation of his body and as the bodies pile up DCI Claire Winters and DS Michael Diego investigate.
I'm not sure where to start. It is an extremely choppy read as it switches from one viewpoint to another so just as you think you're settling down and getting a grasp on the narrative it switches again. You also know from the start that the killer is Amelia
Nolene Driscoll
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

This book opened with a bang and certainly caught my interest. If you like a book with gruesome murders, a high body count and a clever twist or two well you certainly won't be disappointed. You are made aware of the murderer almost from the beginning but the Guardian remains hidden until the nail biting end, a complete surprise to me but looking back there may have been a clue or two cleverly intertwined into the
Donna Maguire
I requested a copy of this book as it was likened to be similar to two other authors that I really like so I was delighted to be able to read a review copy. The characters in the book are strong and the book built up steadily, about three quarters of the way through the author really ramped it up and I couldn't wait to turn the next page - brilliant and what an amazing twist! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this book after reading the 2nd in the series (which I loved) but found this one harder to get into. I liked the characters as they intrigued me, the plot was good as it was pretty gruesome - but I just found it a little drawn out in places - however it was certainly full of twists and intrigue and I'm glad I read the 2nd one first as I may have been put off if I'd read this one first!
Would recommend the author to others
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found this book annoying. DCi Winters was not a sympathetic character. She seems determined to screw up her life. She's angry or upset without giving the reader a clear understanding of why which starts to veer into the "hysterical female" danger zone for me. I have no patience for hysterical female characters. There were other gender issues I had with this book but I don't want to put in spoilers.
Jason Daugherty
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book

I enjoyed this book but it broke my heart. So much sadness and pain. The author wrote in such a way I cared about the characters even one of the bad ones. The crimes are brutal but so are crimes in real life. I would recommend this book.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really good book

This book ticks all the boxes for me. Good story, serial killer, plenty of blood, loads of intrigue and good strong caricatures. A twist at the end. I would recommend this book
Gill Chivas
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This took me quite a while to get into it (about halfway) but after that I quite liked it.
Paula King
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Kept me interested all the way through. Especially toward the end with the twist. Would definitely recommend this book. Great read
Bill Williams
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm on chapter nineteen of this train-wreck, almost one third through… and I just had to shelve it at this point.

I don't know if the author intended this story to be 'Young Adult' fiction, but based on the childness of the main characters, and other dysfunctional relations within this police office, I just can not take it anymore.

The snippet below of exchange between the team lead Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Claire Winters and her subordinate Detective Sargent (DS) Michael Diego is a
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Cannot say I enjoyed this book at all. I read it on a recommendation, but having read all Robert Bryndza and Angela Marsons's police/crime novels, this falls far below their standard.

I had to remind myself who the DCI was supposed to be, because her actions and the attitude of her subordinates towards her were borderline ridiculous. So many inconsistencies in the behaviour of characters overall, let alone within an individual scene. Lost count of the number of 'hard stares', and not sure how
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. So suspenseful and with a crazy twist just like I like it. But I hated Clair Winters. As a person. Actually that's part of what made me like the book. She was such a well written character and I genuinely didn't like her as a person. Especially at the end...but I will let you see that for yourself.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent enough story with a MEGA plot twist but not a story that blew me away. Quite a bit of it was quite predictable and apart from the aforementioned twist, it all played out pretty much as I was expecting it to. Not informing the sex of The Guardian was interesting but not for the reason I thought it would be. As I said, an interesting story that will not tax anyone.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed finding a new British author's book. The story was a quick and suspenseful read. I hope to read more by this author.
david carlile
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good read

I enjoyed this book the story line was interesting and would definitely read the next book in DCI Claire Winters series
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a bad read but dragged in places. Will another by this author.
Miss Kendra-Anne Hollis
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't expecting that twist nearing the end. I m looking forward to reading the next SIX Winters thriller. Good read for sure.
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Tania (T. M. E.) Walsh began writing full time after becoming a casualty to the recession in late 2008.

She successfully self-published the first two novels in the DCI Claire Winters series before being picked up by HQ - a division of HarperCollins - in 2015.

Tania is currently working on a new standalone thriller, and a fourth book in the DCI Claire Winters series.

In 2011 Tania was the winner of

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“fear. ‘Don’t go inside.’ He placed his hands on her shoulders. ‘We’ve called an ambulance and the police. There’s nothing more we can do.’ Claire shrugged his hands from her and pushed past him. ‘I am the police,’ she said over her shoulder, and stepped through the front door. She looked around and heard commotion coming from above. Her eyes travelled towards the stairs as she heard a woman screaming. Then came the sound of other people running around the landing overhead. Claire closed her eyes and took a deep breath. She didn’t have to see upstairs to know what had been discovered. She was about to ascend the stairs when she heard the sirens in the background, drawing closer. Just then two more people came running down” 0 likes
“She sighed to herself, and longed to leave this place. It’d been four months now since everything came to its ugly conclusion. She opened the drawer to the sideboard beside her and stared down at the money she’d been withdrawing in lumps from her bank account over the last few months.” 0 likes
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