Title: The 11:05 Murders
Series: Inspector Sheehan Mysteries
Author: Brian O’Hare
Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing
Publication Date: March 21, 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 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]
The 11:05 Murders starts out slowly. Very slowly. The prologue doesn’t make sense until several chapters in (after the first murder). The real aka the first murder, doesn’t even happen until Chapter 8. The first 7 chapters are literally setup for some of the things you’ll see later in the book.
There are several plot lines that are used in the book to help keep the identity of the killer a secret. These are nice as it does help to keep the mystery going (I actually got the killer wrong), but the problem is that some of the plot lines weren’t properly closed. I realize that this is a series of books and so it’s a possibility that the plot lines that weren’t closed might be closed in subsequent books, but it’s a bit confusing when a book ends and you’re not sure what happened to certain characters.
Then there are the obvious word flips – places where an incorrect word was used and it’s just annoying as all get out. In this case, the word saloon was used instead of sedan… I’m pretty sure Mercedes doesn’t make saloons.
All in all, the book was pretty interesting once it got going, but the long set up time, grammar issues, and plot lines without closure make me think this book needs some serious work before it can be a truly great book.
I received a copy of this book free from OnlineBookClub.org in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.