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The Coven Murders opens with a horrifying account of a ritual Black Mass with a human sacrifice in an abandoned church. Twenty-one years later, near an old ruined church in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Chief Inspector Sheehan and his team discover the skeleton of a young woman. But what seems initially to be a straightforward case, brings the team into conflict with a powerful Satanist who has plans to offer up to Satan another human sacrifice on the evening of the great Illuminati feast of Lughnasa. Several murders occur, baffling the Inspector until he makes a connection between the modern murders and the twenty-one year old skeleton. The team's pursuit of the murderer, and their determination to protect a young woman who is targeted by the coven, lead to a horrific climax in a hellish underground crypt where Sheehan and his team, supported by an exorcist and a bishop, attempt to do battle with the coven and a powerful demon of Baphomet, jeopardising not only their lives, but risking the wrath of Satan upon their immortal souls.
Smart, stylish and disturbing The Coven Murders prospers in almost every way a good Occult Thriller could with O’Hare delving into the deepest darkest depths of the human psyche. As fans of O’Hare have come to expect, the writing is first class with a host of unexpected plot twists to keep readers hooked throughout as he draws us into the ensuing drama. Tight, focused scenes create a sense of realism that submerges the reader in the story as Sheehan and his team struggle to make sense of the clues they unravel and the full horror of their implications. As with Sheehan’s inaugural outing in The Doom Murders O’Hare once again explores his character in atmospheric detail by capturing the little quirks in typical conversation, the spontaneous explicit declaratives, and the sharp remarks that bring him convincingly to life. Add to this a noir narrative underlined by a stratum of evil and O’Hare generates the kind of edge of your seat tension and intrigue that keeps one glued to his words and the pages frantically turning.
Powerful and undeniably dark, The Coven Murders proves a genuine pageturner and a welcome addition to The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries series. It is recommended without reservation.
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Brian O'Hare, MA, Ph.D., is a retired assistant director of a large regional college of further and higher education. Married, three children, ten grandchildren, one great grandchild. He plays golf three times a week off a ten handicap and does a lot of voluntary work. Any writing he has previously done was academic...very much restricted to a very specific readership. Several articles in educational journals were followed by a number of book-length reports for the Dept. of Education and the University of Ulster.