Brian O'Hare



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Because of a debilitating illness, Dr.Brian O'Hare [B.A., ADCE(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D] took early retirement in 1998 from his post as Assistant Director of a large Regional College in Newry in Northern Ireland. It transpired that he had an irreversible liver disease (a childhood affliction) that required a liver transplant. Married with three children and ten grandchildren, he now enjoys full health, plays golf, and writes from time to time.

The Doom Murders is the First of the  watch for the next titles in the series,  from Crimson Cloak Publishing



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Brian O'Hare is the author of articles in several educational journals and a number of substantial reports published by the Dept. Education (NI) and the University of Ulster

Memoir/Biography: A Spiritual Odyssey [Published by Columba Press, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, 2005]


THE INSPECTOR SHEEHAN MYSTERIES:
The Doom Murders (read a review below)

The 11:05 Murders (A DCI Jim Sheehan Mystery)

The Coven Murders (A DCI Jim Sheehan Mystery)

The ark Web Murders (A DCI Jim Sheehan Mystery)

and the Short Stories:

Murder at Loftus House

Murder at the Roadside Cafe

Murder at the Care Home


Fallen Men (Contemporary Romance) Winner of IDB Award, Jan 2013 (read a review below)

The Miracle Ship

Interviews with Brian O'Hare

HERE, HERE and HERE

and an audio interview (Blogtalk Radio) HERE

Get his books on Apple i-Tunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/brian-ohare/id730354149?mt=11



                      
                        

 


(Winner of New Apple 2014 Award for Excellence in Independent Writing)

YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU’RE READING BUT EVERY WORD IS TRUE!!

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Award for "Fallen Men"


                 
FALLEN MEN

Fallen Men:

Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite

A Story of Three Priests by Brian O’Hare was a challenging read for me. Not challenging in a bad way; it was just challenging. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked it up. Was it a treatise on Catholicism or a moral lesson regarding the priesthood? Was it a cautionary tale regarding the perils of crossing boundaries? As a Catholic, I hoped it wasn’t going to be a bashing of my faith. What I found was none of those things. Fallen Men follows the stories of three priests, Father Dan, Father Ray and Father McGennity, each of whom has dealt or is dealing with some demons of their own. While each has an abiding love for God and their faith, each is tempted by the world, and their belief in the finality of their vows is shaken to the core.

Author Brian O’Hare does an excellent job of describing the inner turmoil of these three fallen priests. His writing style is clear and distinct and he writes with both a sensitivity and an empathy towards his characters that is second to none. Fallen Men: A Story of Three Priests would appeal to any reader who enjoys fiction, but especially those with an interest in Catholicism or Christianity in general, or those who enjoy a book that looks deeply into the psychology of how a decision is made. I am pleased to be able to recommend this book to anyone looking for an intriguing story by a very promising author.


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Murder At Loftus House, an Inspector Sheehan Mystery short story
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Murder at the Roadside Cafe
Murder at the Roadside Cafe,

an Inspector Sheehan Mystery short story.

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He comes and goes as he pleases: even when the police know the target, the date and the time of his next murder, he still kills his victim and escapes without being apprehended. Who can stop a killer like this?

Three people are murdered on separate Tuesday evenings at precisely 11:05. Random clues point to random suspects, but too many questions remain unanswered. Why 11:05pm for each killing? Is there any connection between these deaths and a rape that occurred at Queen’s university twelve years before? What is the connection between the killings and Sergeant Stewart’s mystery informant? Who is the violent stalker who twice nearly kills Detective Allen? What is his connection, if any, to the murders? When one of his team is kidnapped, Inspector Sheehan has literally only minutes to make sense of these questions if he is to save his colleague’s life.

'The 11:05 Murders' was chosen as ‘the solo medallist winner’ in the Mystery Category of The New Apple 2016 Summer eBook Awards for Excellence

The first thing I thought after reading this book is: why isn't Brian O'Hare better known in the crime writing world? This man is extremely talented, and his book a wonderful ‘whodunnit’ that left me guessing until the end

[Joseph Sousa, Crime-writer]

“Head and shoulders above most mystery authors who are published today, Brian O’Hare deserves far wider recognition. You won’t regret purchasing his books.”

[CBT, Amazon Reviewer]

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Murder at the Care Home

Elderly Wilhelm Huntzinger lies dead beside his wheelchair.  

Inspector Jim Sheehan must discover who among the residents of the Woodlands Care Home released the brake to send him plunging to his death: but does the answer lie in the German ex-officer's wartime history, or is it to be found nearer to home?

 

The latest of the Inspector Sheehan series is another short story that can double as a party mystery game: create teams, read the story aloud, and see who can guess the murderer!

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The Return

in New Beginnings, volume 6 of the
Crimson Cloak Anthologies




The Coven Murders


The Coven Murders opens with a horrifying account of a ritual Black Mass with a human sacrifice in an abandoned church. Twenty-one years later, near an old ruined church in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Chief Inspector Sheehan and his team discover the skeleton of a young woman. But what seems initially to be a straightforward case, brings the team into conflict with a powerful Satanist who has plans to offer up to Satan another human sacrifice on the evening of the great Illuminati feast of Lughnasa. Several murders occur, baffling the Inspector until he makes a connection between the modern murders and the twenty-one year old skeleton. The team’s pursuit of the murderer, and their determination to protect a young woman who is targeted by the coven, lead to a horrific climax in a hellish underground crypt where Sheehan and his team, supported by an exorcist and a bishop, attempt to do battle with the coven and a powerful demon of Baphomet, jeopardising not only their lives, but risking the wrath of Satan upon their immortal souls.

An Inspector Sheehan Mystery

by Brian O'Hare


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"A thoroughly enjoyable read." - Amazon customer

Review for COVEN MURDERS

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·       Chief Inspector Sheehan has seen the evil in mankind, but is he ready to take on the demons of Hell when he uncovers a Satanic coven while investigating several gruesome murders? Could a two decade old skeleton tossed off in the woods be a key connection in stopping another ritual killing?

·       A young woman has been targeted for death and Sheehan’s team will do anything to prevent her murder, but is he willing to risk his eternal soul?

Prepare to be held captive from start to finish in Brian O’Hare’s THE COVEN MURDERS a stand-alone novel in the Inspector Sheehan Mysteries series as murder takes on an even darker countenance in the name of the devil and his demonic minions.

Feel the camaraderie between a team working together, hear the natural dialogue, and become part of the team assigned to solve these horrendous murders while piecing together the past with the present in order to prevent another twisted death. But, can they fight demons without the help of the Church? Will their cohesive nature be undermined by something they cannot see?

Brian O’Hare has crossed suspense, the occult and ritualistic sacrifices to create a mind-bending thriller that is taut, believable and magnetic. Filled with stark and raw details, these scenes come alive, the tension is at fever pitch as we watch a group of dedicated investigators go above and beyond to fight evil.

I was impressed with how well each character was developed, how human they felt and how Mr. O’Hare brought this tale to life with bold writing and true mastery of his craft! If you think you can figure out who the killer is, think again…



 



I am Nemein I am not a murderer. I am emotionally detached from my killings. I am, therefore,  an instrument of Nemesis, a punisher.  This is a theme running through a number of blogs on the Dark Web, written by a serial killer. He is highly intelligent and employs philosophical argument to justify a series of gruesome murders.  However, he describes the killings in lurid detail, and with such gloating relish, that he utterly negates his delusion of detachment and reveals himself to be a cold-blooded, narcissistic psychopath.

 

Sheehan and his team rush headlong down a series of blind alleys in the pursuit of the psychopath, who continues to murder his victims with impunity. He is fiendishly clever, utterly ruthless, and tests Sheehan's famed intuition to the limit.  Indeed, Sheehan only learns the truth during a horrific climax when some members of his team experience a most harrowing ‘laceration of the soul’ that they will never be able to forget. It is unlikely that the reader will either.

 

An Inspector Sheehan Mystery

by Brian O'Hare


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Amazon Customer Review of The Dark Web Murders

OlgaNM

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  A first-rate challenge for those who love a bit of detecting and strong police-procedural novels.

May 3, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

I received an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.
Although this is the fourth book in the Inspector Sheehan Mystery series, this is the third book I’ve read because I caught up on it in the second book, the 11:05 Murders and I have kept reading the new ones. And I can confirm that I have enjoyed them all. By the way, any readers of this book who enjoy it but haven’t read the first one in the series either, I recommend you keep reading the book until the end, including the extra materials, because the author kindly offers copies of the first book to any readers who request them directly. So there’s no excuse. (And that makes me think… what am I waiting for?)
This fourth instalment in the series has all the elements fans have come to love, and any readers of police procedurals would expect to find. There are weird murders, a clever and truly twisted murderer, bizarre clues and possible motives, plenty of red herrings, twists and turns galore and a fascinating background to the story (the dark web, a pretty unique club, corruption, debauchery, blackmail... even Brexit makes an appearance!). If you love puzzles and crosswords you'll have a slight advantage when trying to solve the case, but you need to keep your wits about you and pay close attention to even the smallest details (although I must confess that I did not guess the murderer this time, and I was derailed by a red herring. On my defence, though, I did uncover one of the major clues faster than the members of the team and even the expert, but then, although I hardly do crosswords these days, I used to be a fan).
It also has the Northern Irish setting that is always an important aspect to the stories in the series, and in this case there are no paranormal aspects, like in the last book, but we have interesting philosophical and moral debates about the nature of justice, retribution, and the risks inherent in taking the law in one’s hands.
One of my favourite aspects of the books in this series is the interaction between the members of the team, who are all unique but work together well, despite moments of tension and misunderstandings. We get to learn more about the characters, we see how even some that seemed very set in their ways have developed and play a bigger role in this novel, and I was pleased to catch up with them. That does not mean this book cannot be read as a stand-alone. In fact, the author has followed readers’ suggestions and has added a list of characters at the beginning of the book, including the members of the team and also those pertaining to the story, and he has also included terminology used by UK police, to make sure that readers not familiar with it have no difficulties following the action, making it even easier to follow. Although there are passing references to events from previous novels, these are not fundamental to the story or the development of the plot, and there is no cliff-hanger at the end either, so don’t hesitate to read the novel if you like the sound of it. My only word of caution would be that you are likely to get hooked onto the series, so, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The book is written in the third person, mostly from Sheehan’s point of view, although also from some of the other members of his team, and we also get a prologue (pay attention) and extremely intriguing blog posts interspersed in the book, that are clearly related to the action, that is narrated in chronological order. There is sufficient background provided to all the topics that come up in the story to ensure readers can enjoy it, but this does not unduly delay the action, and the writing flows well, and gathers momentum as it goes along. As I’ve said, it’s impossible to read the book without getting caught up in the intrigue and debating the clues as if you were another member of the team.
This is a strong and solid police procedural, with a fascinating and pretty dark case that will supposed a first-rate challenge for those who love a bit of detecting, and look for an interesting background and characters they can root for. Another gripping book by Brian O’Hare. I am eagerly awaiting the next one.







5*BOOK REVIEW

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite.

The Dark Web Murders by Brian O'Hare follows an intelligent and ruthless serial killer who is as elusive as he is provocative. He calls himself Nemein and claims to be a nemesis, the one who metes out punishments. But he says he is not a killer, that he is detached from his killings. Now he taunts Inspector Sheehan, an intelligent and highly skilled detective, using a series of blog posts as the body count of victims rises. The killer seems to know Sheehan and knows just how to make him suffer. Follow the detective and his team as they trawl alleys that lead to dead ends. Will they ever come close to catching the elusive serial killer or will they watch helplessly as more victims are killed every day?

Brian O'Hare has a refreshing voice in the crime and mystery genres, a clear and enjoyable one. The author plunges readers into the mindset of a serial killer and forces them to navigate the darkness that inhabits the killer's soul. From the beginning, the reader is gripped by curiosity and wants to discover more about the villain, but they quickly discover that the darkness is addictive, nourished by a grim, pervasive form of humor that rubs off on the reader. The author explores the darkest instincts of humanity and creates characters that are sophisticated and real. The novel is ingeniously plotted and the online presence of the killer gives the feeling of one who is everywhere and yet nowhere. The Dark Web Murders is suspenseful, psychologically disturbing, and emotionally engaging. An expertly written crime novel that leaves you with nightmares.



REVIEW OF THE DARK WEB MURDERS  by Barbara Fox


 I don't generally read this type of mystery; I prefer cozy mysteries (which I also write)  but, as long as I quickly skipped over the gory and graphic descriptions of the murders and concentrated on the characters and the story, I have to say that I appreciated The Dark Web murders.  Brian O'Hare writes smoothly and immediately draws the reader into the story.  The characters are interesting and the dialogue sounds like real people talking.  I recommended the book to a friend, who, unlike me, is not at all squeamish, and he says it is "excellent."





FIVE STAR Review by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite:

The 11:05 Murders (Volume 2 of the Inspector Sheehan Mysteries) by Brian O'Hare is a thrilling, well paced mystery that takes you into another world. WDS Denise Stewart is trying to do her best with a promotion after a devastating experience at her last job posting that resulted in the arrest of one of her team, and harassment by others that were supposed to help and support her. She believes she's on the right track with her new colleagues, who are more cordial, understanding, and kind than her former posting. But she fears her past may be coming back to haunt her when she lands a part in her first case: the grisly murder of a prominent loan officer. As she helps her team investigate this case, a mysterious stalker attacks another member of her team, and another murder occurs at exactly the same time: 11:05 p.m. on a Tuesday night. Seemingly random connections weave around one another as another tragedy is revealed from twelve years ago, making Stewart, Inspector Sheehan, and the rest of the team wonder if these discoveries are really unrelated, or if they merge together in an unlikely way.

The 11:05 Murders (Volume 2 of the Inspector Sheehan Mysteries) is a murder mystery done perfectly. The characters are easy to relate to and likable, the plot has enough elements to keep you guessing, the pacing is perfect, and Brian O'Hare keeps a tight lid on "whodunit" until the very end - and even then, the motives for these crimes are shrouded in mystery until it all comes together on the final pages. There are enough "plausible suspects" to keep you guessing, and this novel has no slow spots where you wander off into anything meaningless (in fact, I urge you to pay close attention to everything). This is a great mystery book; just what I was looking for, and I highly recommend it to readers that love a great mystery.

The 11:05 Murders (Volume 2 of the Inspector Sheehan Mysteries) by Brian O'Hare is a thrilling, well paced mystery that takes you into another world. WDS Denise Stewart is trying to do her best with a promotion after a devastating experience at her last job posting that resulted in the arrest of one of her team, and harassment by others that were supposed to help and support her. She believes she's on the right track with her new colleagues, who are more cordial, understanding, and kind than her former posting. But she fears her past may be coming back to haunt her when she lands a part in her first case: the grisly murder of a prominent loan officer. As she helps her team investigate this case, a mysterious stalker attacks another member of her team, and another murder occurs at exactly the same time: 11:05 p.m. on a Tuesday night. Seemingly random connections weave around one another as another tragedy is revealed from twelve years ago, making Stewart, Inspector Sheehan, and the rest of the team wonder if these discoveries are really unrelated, or if they merge together in an unlikely way.

The 11:05 Murders (Volume 2 of the Inspector Sheehan Mysteries) is a murder mystery done perfectly. The characters are easy to relate to and likable, the plot has enough elements to keep you guessing, the pacing is perfect, and Brian O'Hare keeps a tight lid on "whodunit" until the very end - and even then, the motives for these crimes are shrouded in mystery until it all comes together on the final pages. There are enough "plausible suspects" to keep you guessing, and this novel has no slow spots where you wander off into anything meaningless (in fact, I urge you to pay close attention to everything). This is a great mystery book; just what I was looking for, and I highly recommend it to readers that love a great mystery.



Review of The Doom Murders, winner of a Readers' Favourite Bronze Award
By Peaceseeker

The author is a master of the genre. The first sentence - 'DCI Jim Sheehan studied the mutilated corpse.' is almost a tongue in cheek acknowledgement of the lovably cliched parameters of the genre; but our discovery in paragraph 3 that the naked body posed on its back with its tongue pulled three inches out of its mouth and 'knife wounds all over the place'ť belongs to the Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Connor provides an intriguing indication that this is going to give you rather more to think about than your average 'whodunit' by an author whose sole purpose is to challenge/tease his readers with carefully concealed clues and myriad red herrings along the way.

Professor O'Hare is a retired academic with a deep interest and involvement in Roman Catholicism. The story's setting is the uneasy aftermath of sectarian strife during the 'troubles' in Belfast: opposing doctrines, intransigence, grinding poverty, and religious and nationalist causes being brandished as feeble excuses for mindless violence. A primary concern in this book however, is how disturbing many sincere Catholics find the effect of modern liberal thinking on their Church's traditional stance concerning such fundamental issues as divorce and homosexuality. The desire for former straight-line certainties is symbolised by the yearning of many traditionalists for the 'Old Latin Mass', the Modern English version seeming hardly different from its anodyne, Protestant/Anglican counterpart.

Beliefs deeply and unquestioningly held in childhood may be shed in the hurly-burly of modern life, especially when facing the routine challenges of being a policeman in Belfast; only to return to haunt the erstwhile holder, leaving him or her with a sense of spiritual longing unfulfilled. In other situations, an excess of misdirected zeal may lead a psychologically disturbed adherent to take God's clearly stated Law into what they imagine to be divinely guided hands. This is Belfast after all: no half measures. "This is where I have always stood, and this is where I will continue to stand." I can still hear Ian Paisley saying it.

A compelling murder mystery is played out in this complex setting. I found it an absorbing and thought-provoking read. The occasional textual inaccuracies and layout anomalies referred to by some earlier reviewers have been entirely dealt with and are no longer a minor distraction. This is a well-written and unusually profound example of the genre, which I recommend without reservation.

Readers\' Favorite Book Contest Award WinnerReviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite
FIVE STARS
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.
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