The 11:05 Murders



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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.


An Inspector Sheehan Mystery


SOLO “MEDALLIST WINNER” in the MYSTERY CATEGORY of The New Apple 2016 Summer eBook Award

NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner for Summer 2016.



5.0 out of 5 stars: Another one for connoisseurs of this genre

Brian O’Hare is an intelligent and compassionate storyteller who takes his chosen genre a decent literary distance beyond your average ‘Whodunnit’. Murder investigations must be like this in real life: the discovery of layers of complications and interwoven situations which tell the reader things worth knowing about the human condition, regardless of the mysteries being unravelled. On the one hand there are events which appear isolated and yet have some connection to the case. On the other, there is the overlapping of ‘cases’: characters who may or may not be centrally involved with the murders under investigation but who certainly have fingers in other putrid pies. Investigate any series of murders, and you are almost certain to be taking the lid off more than one can of worms.
In that plethora of detail are the solid clues which point anyone paying attention to the possible perpetrators. Like the principal characters on the side of law and order, you will have your suspicions throughout, patience and perspicacity is needed to tease through all the possible patterns and arrive with a protagonist at the final point where all the pieces fit. And of course – given the genre – you can confidently expect a few surprises before the end!
Congratulations Brian O’Hare on a well-judged, carefully crafted piece of work.


[Robin Chambers, Author of the Myrddin’s Heir Series]



11:05 Murders (The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries Book 2)
by Brian O'Hare (Goodreads Author)
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Bill Ward's review Apr 20, 16
it was amazing Read from April 08 to 20, 2016
This is an excellent crime story and quality piece of writing, which I've spent much too much time today reading! This is the second book I've read featuring Inspector Sheehan and the author is creating a great detective series. Sheehan is a dedicated, thoughtful, intelligent Inspector who solves crimes through hard work and teamwork. He is the type of boss everyone would want and also the type of police officer you want to investigate any crime committed against you or your family. I thought the new female Sergeant on the team was interesting and the characters in general are very believable. We gain insights to both their professional and personal lives, which makes them come alive. I also enjoy the Irish settings, dialogue and references to the troubled past. It all helped to transport me to a place I don't know very well but enjoyed reading about. The heart of any crime story is the plot and we have a good story linking events in the past with some grisly murders in the present and a number of suspects. The clues are there but not obvious!
This is a very entertaining, well written murder story, which I strongly recommend.



This is my first read by Brian O’Hare and it won’t be my last. He is a remarkable author with a unique style of writing. Words flow effortlessly, and pacing is controlled with precise control. Scenery is vividly painted in the reader’s mind, while compelling action takes place.

So in this particular mystery, we have many layers to an investigation, which proves addictive for the reader, whether their preference is mystery or not.
You’ll be spellbound, guaranteed!

So this book revolves around the murder of 3 people, all taking place, strangely enough, at 11:05. Even weirder, each murder takes place on a Tuesday. The clues are uneven, pointing at random suspects, but it all seems too easy. Then there are far too many questions unanswered. For example, why were they all killed at that time, and on a Tuesday? What is the significance? What is the meaning? Are they connected? Do they perhaps link back to a horrible event that occurred twelve years previously? But Inspector Sheenan doesn’t have a lot of time to figure out the connections, as if the pattern follows, another murder will take place the following Tuesday. Then there is the added pressure of one of his team being kidnapped, and having mere minutes to find them!

This is suspenseful and energetic, never a dull moment. This book oozes action and adventure, while still holding onto the genre of Mystery by keeping our minds working.

This is more than a simple ‘whodunit’. This goes beyond any Mystery book ever written. It delves deep into the characters, and the plot. And perhaps the past comes into play? One thing is for sure, you are guaranteed plenty of twists and surprises, that you won’t see coming!
The character of Inspector Sheenan has been personalized excellently, almost as if the writer knows an inspector like this. Brian has created a likeable character that we sympathize greatly with, and worry for when the going gets tough.

All in all, this is a riveting read. An explosive mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end, riddled with unseen surprises, breathless suspense and unsettling twists. An epic mystery that every reader will enjoy!

Review by Shireen SA -- The 11.05 Murders by Brian O'Hare

Post Number:#1 by Shireen SA » Yesterday, 12:54

[Following is a volunteer review of "The 11.05 Murders" by Brian O'Hare.]


The mystery of the murder of a ruthless banker leaves the police in strandtown with many confusing leads, each of them arises the suspicion on a different individual, leaving the DIC Sheehan, his men along with his newly transferred feisty policewoman to untangle these tied up threads and choosing which is the most reliable road that will lead them to solve the mystery, between the cheating wife’s husband, the bankrupted businessman and a story of a photo of the twelve years old age, while having more and more side cases being dumped on their desks.


The author has a very intelligent way of enthralling the reader. And the details were added in a pretty smart way, by giving enough details to complete the picture in our imagination without getting dispersed or bored.


I really liked the way that the author had used to introduce the police officers; showing us that they are normal people who can fall in love, have fun, cry, make mistakes or be miserable, all of these had been intelligently implanted within the pages of the novel.


The author used clever ways in order to get the reader to be a part of "[b]the team", a silent one though but a part nonetheless. the novel's threads allows the reader to be driven in many different directions and possibilities, till the suspicion inflames the reader’s mind on many different levels building a web of leads, suspicions and evidence that all end up in a common thread that leads to the ultimate truth.


I for sure was captivated by the case a kept thinking about it when I was not reading the book, it was like a maize; being unable to determine in which way you are going to head and which way might lead you to your desired destination, and what ways might spare you time while chasing after the unknown.


For all of the above I will rate this book with 4 out of 4, really questioning myself, why despite having this unique ability to evoke such accurateness in people’s expressions, and marvelous writing skills, Brian O’Hare has not become one of the names that we immediately mention when we talk about crime and mystery novels. I really became a fan for his works after this book and cannot wait to take a look at them . finally, I wish who ever will read this book after me will enjoy as much as I did.


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5.0 out of 5 stars  A great example of the genre and the characters and the setting complement the mystery perfectly
By OlgaNM on 6 April 2017. Format: Kindle Edition
I write this review as a member of the Online Book Club org.
This police procedural novel, the second in The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries series, is set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and it has it all: mysterious murders, a complex set of suspects that will keep fans of the genre spinning the wheels of their brains, a fascinating backdrop that includes political and religious issues, secondary themes that are in everybody’s minds (police corruption, sexual harassment, domestic violence, rape, stalking, financial crisis ), a team of policemen made up of distinct and realistic individuals, great dialogue, detailed crime scene investigation, touches of humour and even a dab of romance.
The story is told in the third person and it is narrated from the point of view of a variety of characters (mostly members of the police team, although also some chapters by some of the suspects), but there are no sudden changes in viewpoint and it does not cause any confusion. Instead, the style of the storytelling helps create a puzzle where the reader has more clues than any of the given characters, but there are also delayed discoveries and many red herrings, so things aren’t quite as easy as one might initially think. Being able to share in the different characters’ opinions and motivations gives the reader a multifaceted view that increases the intrigue.
At the beginning of the story we have a female Sergeant Detective, Denise Stewart, join Sheehan’s team. She has been through a harrowing experience at her previous post that has made her defensive and suspicious. Despite that, it doesn’t take long for her to realise Sheehan’s team is different and she starts to relax. Unfortunately, other things start going on in her life that seem, initially, completely unrelated to the murder they are investigating, a rather gross and well-planned crime that took place on a Tuesday at, exactly, 11:05 pm. There are several lines of enquiry, a fragment of a cufflink that keeps popping up, suspects galore, assaults on one of the detectives (young and handsome Tom Allen, who has taken an interest in Stewart), and Sheehan has the feeling that he’s missing something. His famous intuition seems to be letting him down but 
This is the second book in the series and although I have not read the previous one, I had no difficulty getting into the story. This is a standalone book that can be enjoyed without having read the first one but after having read this one I hope to read more in the series.
This novel could serve as an illustration on how to write mystery and police procedural books. The writing is precise, with enough descriptions and fleshing out of the characters to make the readers recognise them and care for them, with clues masterfully shared throughout the book, with no extraneous details or anything that does not move the story forward included. Even seemingly innocuous or passing comments have a reason and the twists and turns of the story will have readers choosing and discarding numerous suspects, keeping them always on their toes. The pacing and timing of the reveals work very well. When I was getting close to the end, I kept stopping and trying to run all the clues in my head to see who the perpetrator was. I had my suspicions from the beginning but kept changing my mind as the story went. Ah, and the ending did not disappoint.
Both the murder being investigated and the detectives are interesting in their own right and readers will end up feeling a part of Sheehan’s team. The light and humorous moments alternate with tense and scary moments enhancing both. The local touches and references to locations and historical events (the troubles) make it particularly memorable and distinct. I recommend it to any readers who love police procedural mysteries with great characters and complex plots. A word of warning, due to the nature of the crime and to some of the other scenes, this is not a book for the faint-hearted and is definitely not a cozy mystery.

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!

 

Some Comments from other writers:
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]

Brian O’Hare is an intelligent and compassionate storyteller who takes his chosen genre a decent literary distance beyond your average ‘whodunnit’.[Robin Chambers, author]

An explosive mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end, riddled with unseen surprises and breathless suspense! [Wesley Thomas, writer and blogger]


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