Prominent figures in Belfast are being murdered. The bodies are left naked and posed in grotesquely distorted shapes. No clues are left at the forensically immaculate crime scenes except odd theatrical props and some random numbers and letters concealed at each scene by the killer. How are the victims linked? What is the connection between these killings, the bible, and a famous medieval painting of The Last Judgement?
Karen’s Magic Review
I’d heard a lot about this book and was aware of the many excellent reviews it had already received. I’d also heard good things about DI Sheehan and his team. I enjoy a good police series and was delighted to find I liked this one, especially as there are three more books with another due out soon.
Jim Sheehan is a good leader and a good detective. There was something about his character that I enjoyed too. The fact he suffered from sciatica endeared him to me all the more.
There is a serial killer on the loose, and it eventually becomes clear why the book is called The Doom Murders. The author Brian O’Hare lives in the perfect place for a backdrop. The Irish troubles in the seventies are alluded to, and the author knows exactly what he is talking about with being there at that time. He also understands what part religion played in and could adapt it to his story. The outcome is intriguing and a page-turner.
Although I really enjoyed the story and will read the next one so I can get to know Sheehan better, I got a bit lost in the religious detail and glazed over slightly. Having said that, I understand this, it also gives the story strength. Personally, I liked the romance where Sheehan meets a woman at the scene of one of the murders, and they are both a little rusty when it comes to dating. It was quite endearing.
A good all-round story and one of Crimson Cloak Publishing’s talented authors.