Book #5 will be released in June 2021!
Coming next year will be a new novel entitled Faux Friends. It’s a spin-off of Cold Betrayal and features Chantal Pouliot as the lead character. Once again, the main setting is beautiful, historic Quebec City.
By the Book – November 12, 2020
To be released this fall by Black Rose Writing, is my latest 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.
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
COLD BETRAYAL WINS THE 2019 AMERICAN FICTION AWARD IN THE CATEGORY OF MYSTERY/SUSPENSE:HARD-BOILED/CRIME!
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.
I’m proud to announce that Sins of the Fathers placed as a runner-up in the Fiction – Suspense category of the Pencraft Awards.
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.