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The Doom Murders (The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- 5 Star BOOK REVIEW
The Doom Murders by Brian O'Hare is a story of a few murders. To begin with, a bishop is killed in a grotesque manner and the only notable clue from the naked body is an alphanumeric word. During the police investigation itself, more deaths of a comparable nature take place. When clues fail to emerge pointing to a plausible theory as to the criminal, the investigators turn to all possible forms of help, one being religious doctrine. With the help of biblical experts, the investigators manage to decode the writings retrieved from the scene of the crime, especially the alphanumeric word and its possible relevance, which leads the police in a totally unexpected direction.
The Doom Murders by Brian O'Hare is mystery at every turn of the page. The painstaking, repetitive and dry nature of detective work in solving a murder is shown in its real depth. To that end, O'Hare writes with a keen eye for detail with his tale evolving at a surprisingly fast pace. The stereotypes that dominate popular crime thrillers, especially these days, are notable by their absence and O'Hare leans toward the human side of his characters, imbuing them with a real world presence that is in turn witty and passionate. This is most evident in his lead, Jim Sheehan, who in his introspection wrestles with the conflicts of faith as his investigations progress. It's a cleverly contrived and highly thought provoking plot. A great crime thriller and an enthralling read.
From the Author
- ASIN : B0176IW9B6
- Publisher : Crimson Cloak Publishing; First edition (October 25, 2015)
- Publication date : October 25, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3640 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 374 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #937,243 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the second Brian O’Hare novel I’ve read and I’m eager to get to the next one. His stories have a very strong sense of authenticity, present a vivid picture of life in Northern Ireland and an intelligent and understandable condensation of contemporary conflicts between Protestants and Catholics, and between traditionalists and those who believe religious dogma should evolve, as inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The clues are quite subtle and well crafted. I’m usually fairly good at sussing out the villain early on, but this one had me completely hoodwinked. Looking back, the clues were all there in black and white, but I either overlooked or discounted them, preferring to focus on deviously crafted red herrings.
The character building was excellent here. I felt I had a real look into the minds of these people as they struggled through a difficult case, especially Sheehan. I noticed a few reviewers compared this piece to the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, but personally I thought this was much better. I couldn’t get through Brown’s novel, but had no problem here. It held my interest from start to finish. The scenes are also well described, brought to life in my mind. I like to picture myself there when I’m reading, much like playing a movie in my mind. If I’m not given enough from the author, it makes for a boring and dull story. That wasn’t a problem here.
Points I didn’t like so much. Okay, point. A tad slow to start, though I’d admit the beginning to most novels can be a bit hard to get into. We need time and patience to get to know these characters and be given an idea of where the plot is taking us. I don’t dock points for a slow start. My stars are judged on how I feel after the first few chapters, whether or not I want to keep reading. Not a problem with this one. The Doom Murders held my interest from start to finish, and the end took me completely by surprise. I admit I’m not the brightest bulb in the pack when it comes to guessing murder mystery, but I’m willing to bet there are few out there who will guess this one.
And I’m not telling you. You’ll have to go out and buy your own copy if you want to learn. Can’t wait to pick up my next novel by Brian O’Hare.
Top reviews from other countries
That is the world Chief Inspector Sheehan has to operate in and, in O’Hare’s hands, he makes a very good job of it. It’s unlikely that anyone reading one of these books (other, possibly, than a murderous psychopath) will think, ‘Hmm. Belfast. That sounds like a fun place to live.’ Well, you don’t have to move there to enjoy the books, which I recommend to you very strongly, because they are immensely enjoyable, however dark the settings, motivations and actions. The plotting is solid, the characterisation is first class, and the sense of place is conveyed with aplomb.
Full marks to Chief Inspector Sheehan. And also to my great-grandparents, who realised that Ireland was not the place for them.