Crime, Mystery

The Doom Murders by Brian O’Hare

The latest review is in. Brian O’Hare is the master of mystery!

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4.0 out of 5 stars

Masterful handling of motive, detection, characterisation and place

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2017

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Brian O’Hare writes about Northern Ireland, which is a closed-in society, in the United Kingdom but not of it and in the island of Ireland but, once again, not of it. It’s a society that would fascinate any student of human behaviour, and O’Hare explores its darker side, which is not only criminal but also religious. There is, perhaps, no place in a review like this for the reviewer’s personal views, but I’m giving mine anyway: if you want to be certain that an Irishman is going to tell you the truth, you’d better ask a Prod – but you may not like what you hear.

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.

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1 thought on “The Doom Murders by Brian O’Hare”

  1. Thanks, Kazz. This is great.

    I haven’t heard from Carly yet, but I’ll get those emails out as soon as I can to coincide with some of your marketing.

    Regards,

    Brian

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