Review: Sins of the Fathers by A.J. McCarthy

Posted November 29, 2017 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from A.J. McCarthy, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review: Sins of the Fathers by A.J. McCarthy Sins of the Fathers by A.J. McCarthy
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: December 7, 2017
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: A.J. McCarthy, Author
Pages: 282
ISBN: 1612969666
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository IndieBound Publisher
Minx's Rating:

Charlene Butler, a.k.a. Charlie, is beautiful, independent, and a successful pub owner in downtown Montreal, but prefers not to discuss her past, or the main reason for her success. When she anonymously receives strange letters and the police don’t show an interest in the case, she is convinced by Frank, her best friend, to hire a private investigator to help her solve the mystery. However, PI Simm seems to have a few secrets of his own. Charlie and Simm join forces when the harassment escalates from letters to explicit threats. Their investigation leads them from the safety of her home, through Montreal’s underworld, to organized crime in Dublin, Ireland. What they discover contradicts Charlie’s most fundamental beliefs in herself and ultimately makes her doubt her own character.


Sins of the Fathers was a nicely done mystery that had elements of intrigue, suspense, and danger. The main character Charlene Butler owns a pub that she adores and everything in her life was as it should be. Though, due to her commitment to her business she did not have many close relationships with the exception of her employee Frank but she was okay with that. So, when she received a disturbing letter from someone she did not know she didn’t think much about it at first but decided to show Frank anyhow and see what he thought about it. Frank’s initial reaction was alarm but both he and Charlie quickly figured that someone was being a prankster and let it go.

As more letters began to arrive neither Charlie or Frank felt that the letters were a joke anymore. After Charlie went to the police about the matter and was brushed off it was time to bring in some outside help. Frank knew a guy who had used Simmons Investigations Services before and he set up an appointment between the PI and Charlie. Unfortunately, even though Charlie knew it was a good idea to have a private investigator helping her with this situation she did not like the idea of her life story being spelled out for a stranger. Needless to say, the first few interactions between Charlie and Simms did not go very well.

Simms needed this case though, jobs were few and far between for him, but if he had a choice in the matter he would have dropped this case. Charlie was uncooperative and he had barely any information to start with. On a personal level, to make matters worse for Simms, Charlie reminded him of someone that he would have rather forgotten. Despite their awkward and frustrating beginning, Charlie and Simms were able to develop a working relationship. As the threats to the Charlie began to escalate it became clear to them that there was a greater mystery than just that of who was targeting Charlie.

Sins of the Fathers is a nice detective fiction story in which Simms did his fair amount of detective work and it was nice that as a reader I was able to be a part of those interactions. The combination between Simms and Charlie worked well and there was no hot and fast romance trying to take place while they were hunting down clues to who was harassing her. I did feel like the mystery was a good one, I did not suspect the ending that unraveled at all. As far as the actual ending went I found it to be very satisfying and Sins of the Fathers is a detective fiction story that I would definitely recommend!

*Thank you to Author A.J. McCarthy for this eARC of Sins of the Fathers*


About A.J. McCarthy

Author A.J. McCarthy

A.J. McCarthy grew up with a love for reading, and that love became stronger with the years. Having built a career in finance, she decided to try her hand at writing. To her surprise, she discovered a new passion, and is enjoying the excitement and the challenges which accompanied that discovery.

She tries to blog when the inspiration strikes her, and she continues to write novels.

She lives with her husband north of Québec City, Canada, and is the mother of two wonderful daughters.

‘Betrayal’ is her first published novel available from Amazon and Indigo Sea Press. Her second novel, ‘Sins of the Fathers’, will be released in December 2017.

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