The Coven Murders by @brianohare26

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.

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[Everything looks the same]

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(Crimson Cloak Publishing, 11 February 2018, ebook, 385 pages, copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed)

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This is my first time reading the author.

This is the first book in the series but it didn’t feel like I’d missed anything from not reading the other two books. It can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. The Coven Murders is pretty dark right from the start and has some gruesome moments but nothing that doesn’t add to the story. I was gripped from the intense opening scene and the book held my attention all the way through. I loved the way suspense and tension is built, making a compelling narrative. The characters are well developed and felt like real people.

4 STAR RATING

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