The Doom Murders
Date Published: September 23, 2013
Number of Pages: 287
Print Price: $
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The Doom Murders is a self-published novel written by Brian O’Hare. A murder mystery, police drama, love story, and redemption story are all tightly packed into this easy to read and very fast-paced narrative. Mr. O’Hare’s writing style is engaging while remaining casual. He doesn’t waste the reader’s time by describing every minute detail of each scene, but he puts enough of a picture in the reader’s mind to make the reader care about the detectives who are trying to understand the seemingly nonsensical murders. The Doom Murders by Brian O’Hare is, in this reviewer’s opinion, an interesting, creative and believable tale.
The novel, set in modern times, tells the story of a series of gruesome murders that take place in Northern Ireland and the struggles of the Inspector assigned to the case to understand the clues and discover the killer. I would classify this novel in the same genre as an Agatha Christy murder mystery, but with a Catholic soul. The difference, and I would say ‘charm’, of this book is the fact that the sleuth, who in this case is Inspector Jim Sheehan, must rely on his Catholic upbringing along with the wisdom and knowledge of a good Monsignor to decipher the clues left by the serial killer. Another aspect that adds to the enjoyment of the book is the budding romance of the cathedral organist and Inspector Sheehan. This happy relationship, along with Sheehan’s inner desire to return to the Church, provides a needed counterpoint to the ugliness of the murders he investigates.
In the process of trying to figure out what motivates the killer, Sheehan resists the populist reaction that these deaths are the result of a religious fundamentalist. Against the backdrop of a country that was at one time defined by the violence associated with religious extremists, the possibility that a new spate of murders motivated by religious hatred sets the police on-edge and brings out dormant prejudices in some. The protagonist sets himself apart from the other characters in this book by his clear thinking and intelligence. Sheehan also seems to be above the moral relativity that pervaded the thinking of each of the unfortunate victims. Depicting each victim as a promoter of different aspects of concupiscence makes for interesting reading, especially if one is a Catholic who believes the truths of the Holy Catholic Church. It is refreshing to have the good guys depicted as patient, humble souls who really believe what the Church teaches. This extends to clergy in the character of Monsignor Byrne who helps the good inspector finally solve the case.
I enjoy a good murder mystery, and this story was a satisfying adventure in the genre. I will admit that I felt sure I knew who the killer was about three-quarters of the way through, but that didn’t diminish my reading enjoyment. The use of a traditional Catholic depiction of heaven, hell and purgatory, known collectively as the Doom paintings, as clues to the mystery, added to my enjoyment. This book is an enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.Publisher: Brian O'Hare
Original Language: English
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