The Doom Murders by Brian O'Hare

First book of a series of mystery thrillers set in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The doom murders

The Doom Murders by Brian O'Hare

Prominent figures in Belfast are being murdered. The bodies are left naked and posed in grotesquely distorted shapes. No clues are left at the forensically immaculate crime scenes except odd theatrical props and some random numbers and letters concealed at each scene by the killer. How are the victims linked? What is the connection between these killings, the bible, and a famous medieval painting of The Last Judgement?

The Doom Murders has been the recipient of three literary awards - The IDB Award in 2014; The New Apple Award, 2014, for Excellence in Independent Publishing; and the 2015 Readers’ Favourite International Book Awards (Bronze Medal Winner).

"O'Hare leans towards the human side of his characters, imbuing them with a real-world presence that is, in turn, both witty and passionate." [Roy T. James for Readers' Favourite]


"The first thing I thought of 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 wider recognition. You won't regret purchasing his books." [C.Todd, Amazon Reviewer]

"The Chief Inspector, Jim Sheehan, is drawn so deftly and with such genuineness, you can feel him breathing." [Eugene Fournier, novelist and screenwriter for film and TV]




Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

Language: English

Keywords: award-winning. detective. mystery. page-turner. serial-killer.

Word Count: 94000 words

Sales info:

The Doom Murders is the first of a five-book series, "The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries", published by Crimson Cloak Publishing. All books in the series (except the fifth which is still undergoing editing by the publisher) have won awards. The Doom Murders has won the

IDB Award in 2014; 

The New Apple Award for Excellence in 2014; 

The Readers' Favourite International Award, 2015.

Since the original publisher does not have a distribution network, sales have been largely ebooks. I don't have any records of these sales but they run into several hundreds..

All of the books have excellent reviews. The Doom Murders has over 100 ratings, 87% of these four and five stars. At one point in 2015, The Dooom Murders was in the Top 100 Paid rankings.

Sample text:


What if? What if? What if? God, when are we going to have something specific to work with? Maybe Allen will bring something to the table. At the memory of Allen’s lead something in him recoiled. God, no, not a cop. Not Connolly. Okay, he was a bit of a tough nut in his day but, if memory served, he was a solid cop. There had been no breath of scandal attached to him as far as Sheehan knew. Still, he had been a serving cop through the worst of ‘the troubles’, a terrible time to be a policeman. 

He recalled the Omagh bombing. It was Sheehan’s everlasting misfortune to have been briefly seconded to Omagh in 1998. The carnage he had witnessed there would haunt him forever. Horrible! Horrible! Like other policemen in the town that day, he had rushed to the scene of the bombing to see how he could help, trying to patrol the crowded, stunned street, listening to the wails of the bereaved, stumbling over tons of rubble, trampling and sliding through torn flesh and bloodied, bodiless limbs, gagging at the smells, and all the while scared shitless that there would be another explosion aimed at the security forces who were trying to deal with the first one.

He shook his head to chase images that still plagued him a dozen years later.  How many policemen left the force after that day, severely traumatised? Lots of serving officers all over the province lost it in those days. How many stories had he heard from wives of traumatised cops on sick leave who would spend their days in darkened rooms, crying like children, refusing to come out? How many pensioned-off cops tried to find work in civilian pursuits but were unable to survive in the jobs more than a couple of weeks because of anger issues?

Different guys responded in different ways to the horrors of those times. Many caved completely. Connolly, too, would have his nightmares.  

Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Translation in progress. Translated by Alessandro Cacciatore
Translation in progress. Translated by Leonardo Flores
Already translated. Translated by Deivid Gonzalez
Author review:
Deivid Gonzalez is a very enthusiastic and dedicated translator. He was constantly in contact with me to ensure that he properly understood what I was saying in the original. He also ensured that he had a proofreader to check his translation before presenting it for publication. I am very satisfied with Deivid's work.
Brian O'Hare

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