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I gave this book a 4 out of 4 stars
A set time, a set day of the week, a cufflink, and a determined Sergeant Denise Stewart, all entwined in a series of murders in Ireland
11:05 pm-the hour chosen, Tuesday, the chosen day, both selected to avenge the death of Lynda Bell, a coed who took her life after dropping out of college twelve years ago. Someone is killing individuals they hold responsible for Lynda’s death, all men, all attending the same university, at the same time as Lynda.
Sergeant Stewart is a serious, no nonsense detective, newly transferred to Serious Crimes Unit. The team, run by Inspector Sheehan, is eager to welcome her. Detective Stewart is the only female in the department and is afraid this station will be as bad as her last. The members of her last station called her”Ratstew”, a play on her name, after she helped bring down corruption in officials at her last station. Sergeant Stewart finds herself the object of affection by Chief Prosecutor Robert Turner, who worked closely with the sergeant while prosecuting the high profile case, making her uncomfortable with his praise of her every suggestion, and bringing unwanted attention with him.
Sergeant Stewart is not used to the genuine respect and comradery at her new station, and is rather standoffish at first. She starts to relax when she realizes her new team really does care about her opinions, her abilities, and her in general. A certain teammate begins to care more about her as the book continues, resulting in a budding romance.
Sergeant Stewart, along with Inspector Sheehan, is deeply involved in solving these murders, and learns she is being stalked by unknown person or persons. Add a mysterious informant who know details no one else would, the hub of the case adds more spokes everyday, resulting in more suspects, some legitimate and in the case of the cufflink, some mysterious. These clues result in more reasons why these men were wanted dead by many people. Suspects stumble over themselves, trying to be savvy, trying deny their involvement, all the while making situations worse for themselves. Assault charges, among other crimes, come forward for one of them.
Everything comes to a peak when Sergeant Stewart is kidnapped, and her team races to find her before she can become another victim.
Mr. O’Hare is a talented writer, giving his star characters personalities you want to like, hate, and shake out of frustration. He leads his readers through twists and turns, always holding out a tidbit to keep the reader interested, and, in my case, trying guess the identity of the murderer.
I enjoyed his writing style very much, however I think the Glossary should be moved to the front of the book. This would help the reader when deciphering acronyms important to the story, so the reader does not pause in the first few pages trying to decipher British terms, names, etc.
I rated this book a 4 out of 4. Even though the book had some spelling and punctuation errors, they didn’t impair the comprehension of the story. The story line is good, but some suspects’ storyline needed to be completed. The book needs another look over by a proofreader
The 11.05 Murders
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