On April 5th, I had the pleasure of an interview with Karen E. Osborne, the author or Tangled Lies. It was a pleasure to spend time with this vibrant and interesting woman.

Check out the interview here:  What are You Reading? What are You Writing? with A.J. McCarthy (kareneosborne.com)


A.J. McCarthy delivers a thrilling mystery with this one. It will keep you guessing until the very end. Who needs enemies when you have Faux Friends. – Christina Berry, author of Up for Air

A.J. McCarthy crafts a fine interplay between thriller and murder mystery story…- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

The author’s technique of raw, magnetic characters and great plotlines is a gift. – Amy Shannon, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews.

A.J. McCarthy continues her seemingly predestined course to being Canada’s best thriller author. – Timothy Sojka, author of Payback Jack and Politikill

…gives the reader nonstop action, compelling characters, and a strong, complex plot that skillfully navigates the culturally and linguistically diverse cities of Canda. – John Hazen, author of the Francine Vega Investigative Thriller Series


I’m so proud of the cover of my upcoming release. David King of Black Rose Writing did another outstanding job and I couldn’t be happier.

By the Book – November 12, 2020

Releasedl by Black Rose Writing, is my novel, By the Book. This novel is set in Ottawa and surrounding areas. It’s a standalone novel about a serial killer who uses a novel as a guide to murder. It’s now available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and on the Black Rose Writing website.

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Released November 2019 – Legacy of Fear

“Wow, is this an amazing read! My first A.J. McCarthy novel and I am a fan!” – Nursebookie, Goodreads and Instagram reviewer

“You will love this novel, you’ll devour it and want more. Well written and hits that “scary” and “creepy” note several times.” – Samantha Alvarez, Goodreads and Instagram reviewer.

“…a fast-paced mystery within a mystery that kept me guessing til the end. A.J. McCarthy is a new author for me and I recommend for mystery fans!” – Tammy, Goodreads and Instagram reviewer

“Incredible! McCarthy has penned another great story. Legacy of Fear is a remarkably written story that shows off the storytelling talents of this author. It’s one of those edge-of-your-seat page turners, making you not want to stop until the very last word.” – Amy Shannon, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews

Top 10 Book of 2019

Legacy of Fear full cover



Selected as a Featured New Release by Bookbub!!

“A simmering crime thriller with an explosive payoff.” – Best Thrillers

“…an absolutely amazing mystery thriller…it got to the point where I was reading it at the gym…” – Trey Stone, Author of The Consequences of Loyalty

“McCarthy’s plot is fast-paced and exciting, and her writing style fits this thriller novel to a T.” – Jack Magnus, Reader’s Favorite reviewer

“An edge of your seat thriller” – Tami Mangrum, NetGalley reviewer

“…the story is fast-paced and interesting. It is full of unanswered questions that make the reader want to continue reading…I recommend this book to anyone interested in a fast-paced, good crime novel” – Richard Butts, NetGalley reviewer

“From the start of Cold Betrayal there was an element of suspense that gripped my imagination.” -The Genre Minx Book Reviews

“I enjoyed the story. It was fast-moving with many unexpected twists and turns….the book was well-written and maintained my interest to the end.” – Linda Donahue, Goodreads reviewer.



 Go to my Events page for info and updates about the Claymore Award!

Sins of the Fathers full cover

I’m proud to announce that Sins of the Fathers placed as a runner-up in the Fiction – Suspense category of the Pencraft Awards.

Now Available!

Sins of the Fathers can now be ordered on the Black Rose Writing website at:


or at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.

Five stars! – Superb story and I loved the author’s style of writing. This is an epic story consisting of a rich and layered story line with characters that are well created and very likeable…The plot took many twists and turns and kept me guessing who the sender of the letter and vile deliveries could be…I would never have guessed the identity of the suspect but it all tied in well with a very clever and well-written ending. – Lesley Jones, Reader’s Favorite reviewer

I enjoyed the edgy writing style and the variety of twists and turns…
I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. I was not familiar with McCarthy’s work prior to my reading of Sins of the Fathers, though after reading I can say I will be looking for more work from her. The writing style made this a page-turner for the majority of the book. I don’t always pick up mysteries, but in this case, I am glad that I did. …I enjoyed the edgy writing style and the variety of twists and turns that ensued. As a mystery, it ticks all of the most important boxes. I loved the characters and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. If you have the time, I definitely recommend picking up Sins of the Fathers. It’s a great read. – Dominick Evans, NetGalley reviewer

McCarthy has certainly established herself as a writing force to be reckoned with.…From the very first page of Sins of the Fathers, A.J. McCarthy has you hooked…Sins of the Fathers is a good read with a storyline that flows very well. If you’re looking for the right book to entertain yourself with for an evening, this is the one to get… – Authors Reading reviewer.

“…Sins of the Father is a detective fiction story that I would definitely recommend!” – The Genre Minx Book Reviews.

“Full of action and suspense!” – C.C. Warrens, author.

“This is one of those books you can’t put down…” – Trish Jackson, author.

Sins of the Fathers

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.


14 Responses to HOME

  1. Joan says:

    Congrats Anita
    Can’t wait to read
    Read the first and liked

  2. Can’t wait to read your new book! So proud of you

  3. Pamala Hogan says:

    Way to go Anita, I am sure this book will be very popular!

  4. Carol Monaghan says:

    loved your book Anita. I was surprised to learn who the betrayer was and the cover picture is so appropriate. Congratulations on a great job.

  5. Congrats on the your book! I’ll have to check it out. The reviews sound wonderful. Wanted to stop by and say thank you for jumping over the fence into the Cow Pasture, welcome. I look forward to talking with you more in the future.

  6. Lorna Dawes says:

    Hi Anita, Loved being with you, Stevie and the family Saturday night. Am enjoying your book so much, I started to read it before I got on my flight back to Montreal yesterday, I was so engrossed in it that they had to pratically kick me off the plane, just kidding. It is really good, can’t wait to get back to it. Keep them coming!

  7. Sandra says:

    My niece and I met you at your book-signing at Chapters in Pointe-Claire…I read your latest book, ‘Sons of the Father’…it was absolutely brilliant…from beginning to end the suspense was steady and suspicions as to the culprit could not have been guessed…So few mystery writers today are able to do that …You are a very talented Canadian author!…I now look forward to reading your first novel, ‘Betrayal’…Hoping to read many more of your writings in the near future!…Many thanks and all the best in life to you and your Irish husband!…Sandra

    • Thank you so much, Sandra! You certainly made my day. I very much enjoyed my visit to Chapters. I met so many wonderful people, old friends and new ones. Hopefully, some day, we’ll meet again.

  8. Deborah Chakour says:

    Congratulations! Looking forward to keeping track of the new books, awards and all!

  9. Catherine Neville says:

    Congratulations ! Looking forward to this book !

  10. Maurice Herring says:

    Hi, just read By the Book on my Kindle, please help me, chapter 60 in my copy was blank, is it possible to send me a copy of the chapter please. Maurice Herring waiting in anticipation.

    • A.J. McCarthy says:

      Hello Maurice. I’m so sorry to hear that. I will contact my publisher to see what may have happened. Did you buy the book on Amazon, or did you get it through NetGalley or some other means? This will help me explain the problem to the publisher. I will try to get you a new copy of the ebook, or I can send it to you in pdf form. Which would you prefer?

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