Bernard O'Keeffe


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Assistant: Olivia Davies


Bernard O'Keeffe read English at Oxford and worked in advertising before becoming a teacher. He taught for over thirty years, most recently at St Paul's School, London. He has reviewed fiction for the Literary Review and was en editor of The English Review, writing articles for A-Level students on subjects ranging from Roddy Doyle and Donna Tartt to Shakespeare and Jane Austen. He lives with his wife in south-west London.

Upcoming publication:

THE FINAL ROUND (D. I. Garibaldi Series) - Muswell Press - 27th May 2021

On the morning after Boat Race Day, a man's body is found in a nature reserve beside the Thames. He has been viciously stabbed, his tongue cut out, and an Oxford college scarf stuffed in his mouth. The body is identified as that of Nick Bellamy, last seen at the charity quiz organised by his Oxford contemporary, the popular newsreader Melissa Matthews. Enter DI Garibaldi, whose first task is to look into Bellamy's contemporaries from Balfour College. In particular, the surprise 'final round' of questions at this year's charity quiz in which guests were invited to guess whether allegations about Melissa Matthews and her Oxford friends are true. These allegations range from plagiarism and shoplifting to sextortion and murder.


'It’s a job for DI Garibaldi, likeable country music-loving copper. A fine, twisting mystery, though the real pleasure lies in seeing Garibaldi dismantle the murderous self-interest of the London upper-middle classes.' - the Daily Mail on Sunday's Best New Fiction 
‘O’Keeffe has created a memorable character with a lengthy shelf-life ahead of him’ - Daily Mail, Classic Crime series
'Ingenious, entertaining, surprising - everything you want in a satisfying murder mystery' - Gyles Brandreth

'Gripping, heartening, a captivating read' John Carey, The Sunday Times.

'An ingenious page-turner' --John Harding, The Daily Mail

'If this is Detective Garibaldi's first appearance, we can only hope it is not his last....This book has all the tension, mystery and pace that is needed to keep readers' attention. It is very well written. I recommend it.'- Douglas Oslar NetGalley

‘A new detective hero, charismatic, erudite and full of dry humour.  If this is the start of a series, I'm in!' - Celia Anderson

'Fast paced investigation with an intricate plot, and a surprising denouement. Solid, escapist reading.'- Ruth Giles

'I really liked this book. The plot was good and kept moving at a decent pace, the characters were engaging and I enjoyed the ending. Five stars!'.- Natalie Teller

'There is no doubt that O'Keefe can tell a story. He writes well and includes enough domestic detail for the reader to be able to picture the ghastly suspects as they go about their days.'- Sarah Dawson NetGalley

'The story is a good one, the pacing is excellent and it kept me reading until the book was finished. I'd recommend this and the next installment is going to be even better.' - Ian Kennedy

'This is the first DI Girabaldi book in what I hope will be a series. I liked it a lot. When I read a book and I want to get back to it, rushing through my chores, it s, as far as I'm concerned, a good book. I did not see the end coming, and that I also enjoyed. A good start to a series that I definitely recommend.' --Hannalore Cheney