3 out of 4 stars
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I recently read The 11.05 Murders by Brian O’Hare, and it was intriguing, interesting, and contained several subplots that helped keep the reader involved. Although it was written about an area in Ireland and I had a few issues with the dialogue and vernacular, I soon got used to it and enjoyed reading this story.
The murders all seem to be taking place at the same time and on the same night. Although the team of Denise Stewart, Sheehan, Allen and Turner seem to be on the same page trying to figure out how it could possibly relate to a 2002 incident that led to a suicide, there are many twists and turns.
As soon as Stewart gets involved in the case, it appears there may be attempts on her life, which could affect anyone brave enough to get involved with her. These attempts on her life have a plot of their own, as they could be related to her previous takedown of an authority figure in her previous position.
As things progress, the reader gets to see several possible romances brewing, from the wealthy prosecutor wooing and praising Denise Stewart to her co-worker who seems to have something against the prosecutor, and is it just jealousy?
This book is well-written, it flows nicely and keeps the reader engaged, but doesn’t use the subplots so much that it confuses the reader or takes away from the fact that the main story is solving the murders. The detectives are all racing to save the next victim, but what they don’t know is that they themselves could be next.
Although I really enjoyed the book, and the twists and turns, after the mystery was solved, it seemed like the ending was a bit fluffy and perhaps unbelievable.
I rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars. The reason for this is because it seemed like the point of view was a little all over the place, sometimes switching from paragraph to paragraph, so it was a bit confusing. Also, sometimes there were areas where they would capitalize Inspector or Chief Inspector and sometimes they would not, and it wasn’t in dialogue. I didn’t rate it a 4 because it felt like these issues could have been tightened up a bit, and it didn’t suck me in so much I found it un-put-downable. I didn’t rate it a 2 because I felt it was well-written and a fun story to read.
I believe anyone who enjoys murder mysteries would enjoy this book, as well as those that don’t mind a little romance thrown in. I think anyone that likes a lot of details and deep plots in their thrillers would find this a little boring.
The 11.05 Murders
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