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 – The Jekyl Island Club, The Sceptred Isle Club, The Manhattan Island Clubs – were released between 2000 and 2003 by St. Martin's Press, in hardcover and trade paperback. All three have been re-released by Turner Publishing.

Completely new are The St. Lucia Island Club, released August 2016, and The St. Simons Island Club.



When retired Southern sheriff-turned-New York City detective John Le Brun and his wife, Lordis, set sail in 1910 for a long-awaited honeymoon on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, they expect to find relaxation in paradise. However, they soon discover they've been lured to the island, in part, to tout its attributes as a burgeoning vacation retreat to wealthy investors back home. Instead of finding tranquility among the tropical isle's quaint villages and sandy beaches, they encounter a land teeming with racial, social and economic tension. The brutal murders of a local plantation owner's family find John putting his renowned detective skills to use, with Lordis readily playing assistant.

Once again, the shrewd detective must capitalize on his "outsider" status to stay several steps ahead of the locals, many of whom seem to harbor dark motives. Is the culprit one of the white landowners the exclusive St. Lucia Island Club counts among its membership, the descendants of former African slaves said to inhabit the island's inland jungles – or someone else entirely? As the body count rises, John and Lordis race to uncover St. Lucia's deepest mysteries, including secret identities, long-held rivalries and who stands to profit most from the island's future.

The reviews are in for The St. Lucia Island Club:

"Monahan's fifth series outing (after The St. Simon's Island Club) offers a fascinating look at the birth of Caribbean tourism, revealing how well-to-do investors trampled the rights of the area's citizens." Library Journal

"Monahan does a fine job of evoking the period, when the clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages can still be heard and the amid din of the newfangled automobiles. This is a mystery you read for the ambience." Publisher's Weekly

"Armchair travelers will enjoy the history and lyrical descriptions of St. Lucia." Kirkus Reviews.

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.

The reviews are in for The St. Simons Island Club:

"Vastly entertaining, with surprises and reverses at every turn." Tampa Tribune Times

"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

"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

"Monahan keeps a perfect feeling of the period...Altogether entertaining." Gahan Wilson, Playboy

"Utterly satisfying...A charming period mystery." The Wall Street Journal