Murder in County Tyrone

The Irish Mysteries Book 1

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
340 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2016
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Author Biography

Padraig started serious writing in 2012 when a change in life circumstances provided an unexpected quantity of free time. He was encouraged by a friend to try the National Novel Writing Month contest (NaNoWriMo). It proved to be sage advice. Two years later, his first book, "Murder in County Tyrone" started to take shape, and reached completion in August 2015. It has since won the New Apple Literary Award (2015 Mystery Category), received a Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review, and earned an Honorable Mention for mystery in the 2016 Readers' Favorite Awards. Two books have followed. "Child of a Cruel God" (the second book in the series) released in June 2016, and "Death on the Lagan" (the third book) comes out in November 2016.
In addition to writing, Padraig is a musician, specializing in Traditional Irish music. For now, his life as an author is merely a secret identity. By day, he toils in obscurity in the world of Information Technology.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Murder in County Tyrone (The Irish Mysteries Book 1) by Padraig O’Hannon is a murder mystery. Fourteen years ago, a murder sent shock waves through County Tyrone, but it was never solved. It has never been forgotten though, and now the repercussions are beginning to spread, right to the shores of the United States. American attorney John Costa is questioned by the police about the one person he would never suspect. But is the Irish woman that he admires so much innocent or is there something lurking deep in her past? Can he prove her innocence or is he her next victim?

Murder in County Tyrone (The Irish Mysteries Book 1) by Padraig O’Hannon is a gripping read from start to finish. This isn’t just a great murder mystery story, it’s also a history lesson, packed with interesting information that shows the author clearly knows what he is talking about in terms of the Irish troubles. That gave the story a realistic aspect that made it even more of an interesting read – I have to say I learned a lot! The plot was full of twists and turns when you least expect it, and it kept me well and truly on my toes. This is not a straightforward murder mystery – you won’t get ten pages in, know who did it, and be bored with the rest of the story - that much I can guarantee - and the ending will surprise you. The fact that it is written in the first person also lends an air of realism to the story. If you are looking for a real suspense story, this is it; this is the one that will get its hooks into you. Great story, and I will definitely be looking for more by Mr. O’Hannon.

Billie Robertson

Could not put this one down! I was glad to immediately follow up with the second book in this series: "Child of a Cruel God", and cannot wait until the next book comes out! Mr. O'Hannon has a way of pulling you in!

Robert Brown

Terrific story idea brilliantly written and fun to read. Will definitely read more from this author.