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April 24, 2019

The Dark Web Murders by Brian O'Hare ~ a Review

by MK French

In the fourth installment of the Inspector Sheehan mysteries, a killer is leaving messages all over the internet. Intelligent and completely dispassionate, this killer is justifying the gruesome murders in messages left behind. The Inspector and his team have to sift through several suspects in the midst of a turbulent Northern Ireland political climate in order to catch the killer.

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The Dark Web Murders
April 2019; Crimson Cloak Publishing; 978-1681606644
ebook, print (312 pages); thriller
Readers of prior mysteries had been baffled by the acronyms and terms used since they refer to UK police procedures and agencies, so now the author helpfully added a list of characters (and their roles) as well as a list of the common acronyms. With the murder of a prominent judge opening the Inspector's involvement in this novel, there are quite a few prominent people to investigate as possible blackmailers. The investigation continues as other murders in a similar fashion show up. If any of you are sensitive to it, the killer isn't averse to poisoning a victim's dog just to get to him. It's not described in detail, but it is there.

For those unaware of the Dark Web or why it's called that, chapter four helpfully opens up with an explanation. That chapter also sets up our killer's blog and first post, as well as the intellectual and philosophical posting style that he uses. The police catch wind of the blog about halfway through the novel, which leads them to converse with a forensic psychologist to build up a profile of the killer. It's fascinating to read about, and O'Hare clearly does his research into all of this as well as the UK police procedurals. The novel proceeds rapidly from that point on, and it comes to a very tense conclusion that will satisfy fans of police thrillers.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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