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Sacred Sins

(D.C. Detectives #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  15,289 ratings  ·  507 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Bantam
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I absolutely love anything written by Nora Roberts but Sacred Sins – not exactly one of my favorites but it’s still worth a read.

What I liked:

I eventually warmed up to the two mc’s, Ben Paris (is that not a fab name!!!)the gorgeous..obviously….detective working a serial killer case and Tess Court, beautiful, smart and caring psychiatrist, who has been assigned to assist and profiling the killer for the police. However my favorite character was most definitely Ben’s partner, Ed. He’s such a likea
I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017: Headless Woman square.

I vaguely recall reading this book when I was a teenager. I re-read it because I was totally light on details. I think I ended up getting bored with it and never finishing it though. If the book didn't have a cover with a woman half out of a dress with Fabio and his flowing mane of hair I tended to not sneak those from my mom.

Sacred Sins is a pretty good procedural by Roberts. There was some romance, and the two leads didn't annoy
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can see why the mixed reviews on this book. On some levels the book is great, then again there are parts that you just want to skip entirely. No one does character development like Nora Roberts. The character development is continual throughout the book. I really enjoy the way she slowly peels back the layers on her main characters. There were some really good things about this book but other areas were just flat. I am not especially fond of Tess, way too much of the martyr for me and Ben, I j ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
This sounds super good and it's on sale at amazon for $2.99

Buuuuuttttttttttttttt..... I see it's the 1st in a series and I really don't want to get hooked into another series right now. Does this work as a stand alone novel or is the plot ongoing throughout the series?
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I was tempted to tag this as historical! Lol
It is wierd reading about a world without mobile phones and internet.

The mystery was good and the romance was ok. I've read much better books by NR.
I'll read the next one in the series soon.
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Jun 08, 2014 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
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read much of this author. This book caught my attention though. A little slow to start but it became very interesting. I have to say she got me. I never saw it coming at all....yay NR! ...more
This was just okay for me. Neither the mystery or the romance grabbed me.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've really enjoyed other Nora Roberts books. But not this one.
I was bored and underwhelmed by the end. This one's not for me.
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I can definitely understand the mixed reviews on this book as I myself am mixed about my own reaction. I did enjoy it (mostly) so it rates a 3 star or higher, but not sure how much higher.

There is a killer who is murdering young blondes and then absolving them of their sins. The plot is actually very good - it had a good mix of detail, criminal element and "good guys" but the buildup of suspense seemed to be lacking. It's like the plot flat lined before we got to the ending. The supporting cast
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks, romance
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. ...more
May 14, 2016 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 ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sacred Sins is an older NR book that holds up pretty well. It's a good story with a good romance and murder mystery. I liked Ben and Tess but boy did they have some hurtles to overcome! I would recommend this book to Nora fans and those who like good romantic suspense. There is a follow up book featuring Ben's police partner that I will definitely read too. ...more
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, listened
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. ...more
3.5 Stars

It's interesting to read this book now with how many of Nora Roberts' books I've read over the years. This story feels more dated at this point, not necessarily in the culture (ok so a little bit Ben's attitude with Tess feels condescending and still looks at woman as should be at home and not putting themselves in danger or anything), but more in the writing style. Compared to her more recent series, even those that started just about a decade later, this feels clunky and not as well l
Definitely not my favorite NR offering. It was pretty mediocre right up until the end.
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Not my thing, but definitely good when you want to relax with a cup of coffee and a nice TV series worthy story.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

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...

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
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-print, romance
3.5 Stars

Sacred Sins was a great read featuring an excellent mystery and an opposites attract romance.

As summer is coming to an end in Washington D.C. a killer murders a young woman and leaves a note behind stating ‘Her sins are forgiven’. With two more victims killed soon after, the police are in a race to stop the killer dubbed ‘The Priest’ before he strikes again. When psychiatrist Dr. Tess Court joins the case, she immediately clashes with lead detective Ben Paris. Ben doesn’t care what’s wr
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, brain-candy
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
Mar 09, 2008 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,
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book - Roberts in real storyteller mode. This is a solid crime thriller story focused around some well drawn characters. There’s a romance at the heart of it of course but it’s lighter on the bedroom details and stronger on the psychological aspects of the relationship than some of her later work (and better for it). Ben and Tess have some real depth to them. The friendship and working relationship between Ben and Ed is particularly delightful - this is something Roberts do ...more
Cataleya Zeus
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall was good. There are part I just want to skip. What I like about this novel, the characters are strong and bold as I didn't immediately know who is the killer. ...more
Jun 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Hmm....... 3 stars. The writing was good. The story was decent. But that's all it was. Nothing excellent, nothing deep but nothing revolting either...

I feel like 2 stars is all that it deserves, but I really love Nora Roberts and am in love with most of her work. She's an excellent writer and after reading this story I'm grateful that this isn't the first book of hers that I tried. I've read other books of hers and I definitely loved them, they just kept me so damn engaged and I was hooked on to
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
TW: suicide

I kind of feel like maybe I should not have been as into Sacred Sins as I was, because it's super fucked up and occasionally problematic, but I was SO INTO IT. This book is Criminal Minds meets the Frieda Klein series, which is such a stupid thing to say considering Sacred Sins came out way before but whatever it is accurate.

The opening to this book is super choppy but it cleans up around chapter two. Basically, at the start it POV hops basically every page, and it's disorienting, but
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
My first Nora Roberts for such a long time.
Most of Nora Roberts' heroes are usually filthy rich but Detective Ben Paris was just a regular hot guy with some issues and a bad ass attitude towards crime. Doctor Tess Court, a psychiatrist was assigned to assist the serial killer case handled by Ben and his partner. Ben was not a happy man when he met Tess, well he liked what he saw but when he found out that she was a get the picture. Tess was not a mouse,she didn't run into a ho
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This was the first Nora Roberts book that I've read and I've read this way back when I was in highschool so that was like more than 10 years ago. All I know is this is so gripping and it kept me at the edge of my seat. I also kept guessing who the culprit is and in the end I was never right with my guesses. It was really good and yes, this book introduced me to more Nora Roberts books. I might re-read this soon just to remind myself how genius Nora Roberts is. ...more
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