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  INSPECTOR SHEEHAN MYSTERIES: watch for the next titles in the series, coming soon 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 Doom Murders (read a review below)

Fallen Men (Contemporary Romance) Winner of IDB Award, Jan 2013 (read a review below)
The 11:05 Murders (A DCI Jim Sheehan Mystery)

Coming soon from Crimson Cloak Publishing:

The Coven Murders (A DCI Jim Sheehan Mystery)

Interviews with Brian O'Hare


and an audio interview (Blogtalk Radio) HERE

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

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Read a review on Lisa's Writopia

Murder at Loftus House
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, out now.

The 11:05 Murders
An Inspector Sheehan Mystery.

The 11.05 Murders

 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 ‚€úthe solo medallist winner‚€Ě in the Mystery Category of The New Apple 2016 Summer eBook Awards for Excellence

 ‚€úThe 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 ‚€ėwhodunnit‚€™ that left me guessing until the end.‚€Ě

[Joseph Sousa, Crime-writer]
‚€úHead and shoulders above most mystery authors who are published today, Brian O‚€™Hare deserves far wider recognition. You won‚€™t regret purchasing his books.‚€Ě

[CBT, Amazon Reviewer]

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(also in Hardback)

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 a 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

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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.

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'Ě 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
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.

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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