Brent his own words

"I write what interests me and switch from genre to genre."
"Life is too short to churn out stuff I don't want to write."

For decades, he has been writing what has interested him – and getting the attention of readers and critics alike. He has spent his life being fascinated by and passionate about questioning the world around him – and arriving at unique, thoughtful, insightful and, quite often, spear-tip pointedly amusing answers that find their expression in his many novels.


Turner Publishing Reissues and Expands the John Le Brun/Island Club series

Turner Publishing of Nashville, TN, ( has picked up my historical (ca. 1890-1915) murder mystery series, starring the "quietly annoying and tenacious" sheriff-turned-detective, John Le Brun.  The first three books in the series were released between 2000 and 2003 by St. Martin's Press, in hardcover and trade paperback. All three original novels (The Jekyl Island Club, The Sceptred Isle Club, The Manhattan Island Clubs) will be reissued in the next two years, with the first in the series, The Jekyl Island Club, appearing on December 1, 2015. Completely new are The St. Simons Island Club, also out on Dec. 1, and The St. Lucia Island Club, scheduled for June 1, 2016, release.

Jekyl Island


Located on the idyllic Georgia coast, Jekyl Island was the playground of the rich at the turn of the last century. Vanderbilts, Goulds, Rockefellers and other members of elite society vacationed there, enjoying the finest aspects of Southern hospitality that money could buy and importing the rest from New York. Indeed, the money was good: the club's one hundred members controlled one sixth of the nation's wealth. When one of the club's members is shot to death on the island, his fellow captains of industry anxiously conclude it was as a hunting accident.

Is the impending visit to the Jekyl Island Club by President McKinley the only reason? Could J.P. Morgan himself have been the one who pulled the trigger? Whose side is member and millionaire newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer on?

The answer to whether or not the richest of the rich can literally get away with murder lies in the hands of the local sheriff, John Le Brun, a wily Civil War veteran who has his own agenda with the Yankees who bought Jekyl Island.

This ingenious novel raises Brent Monahan to the first rank of contemporary entertainers. The real Jekyl Island Club, its members and many real events from American history of the era are interwoven within a plot that could easily have happened. Cleverly plotted and delightfully told, The Jekyl Island Club is suspenseful storytelling at its finest.

To date, more than 50,000 copies have been sold. The reissued book will be sold in a multitude of formats. If you want a personalized, autographed copy, please e-mail me via the Contact tab.

Here's what reviewers have raved about The Jekyl Island Club:

"An old-fashioned page turner of the best sort." Indianapolis Star & News
"Utterly satisfying...A charming period mystery." The Wall Street Journal
"Monahan keeps a perfect feeling of the period...Altogether entertaining." Gahan Wilson,  Playboy
"Monahan's rich attention to detail and his genuinely unique character, the quietly annoying and tenacious Le Brun, make this novel an interesting read." Rapport
"Combines a compelling mystery with fascinating characters from the very top levels of society in 1899 America. Readers will find themselves enjoying the rich period atmosphere at least as much as the crime solving. A first-class yarn." Booklist
"Vastly entertaining, with surprises and reverses at every turn." Tampa Tribune Times

St Simons


The period of this series was an era of great social and political change. Each novel, rich in period detail and filled with actual events of the time, combines the solving of crimes with an important issue of the day, such as the political machinations of the ultra-rich in controlling Washington politicians (again, today, a major issue), women's suffrage, the Irish Question, the intolerance toward immigrants, anti-Semitism and, with the latest novel, the illegal importing of sex slaves through the same route as the last African slaves sixty years earlier.

The year is 1908, and John Le Brun is retired from his long-time position as sheriff of Brunswick, Georgia. Through his several widely publicized solutions to major crimes, he has been able to open a lucrative detective agency in New York City. Because his bride-to-be lives there, he divides his time between the Golden Isles and the Crossroads of the World. While in New York, he is paid a large, up-front retainer, ostensibly by the Titan of Wall Street, J.P. Morgan, to solve the murder of a businessman. This turns out to be a lie – and Morgan himself hires John and his minions to solve the case, which inexorably draws John into the matter of rampant prostitution. One in every three hundred New York City women, he learns, is voluntarily prostituting herself to stay alive or has been tricked into becoming a virtual slave behind elegant brownstone walls. Even as he works on the riddle of his invitation to join the exclusive New Century Club on St. Simons Island, John begins to understand that his two homes are inextricably linked to his investigation.