Book 2 of the Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery series is available now. Print and eBook format.
Here’s an excerpt from the book.
“…The prosecutors have the gun, the murder weapon, the GSR, and his bloody prints on the weapon. Her blood all over him. No other witnesses in the home, at the time of the shooting,” defense attorney, Pearson paused.
The senior partner, Adams added, “Frankly, we have very little chance of succeeding. All we have are character witnesses in his defense.”
I motioned to Dom, and he asked. “What can we possibly do at this stage?”
“We need you to find the real murderer,” Adams replied, looking straight into Dom’s eyes.
I turned to Father Dom, “That’s a big ask, Mr. Adams. And you said you had ten days?”
Mr. Harold Longworth was facing a first-degree felony murder charge if found guilty of killing his wife. Both Dom, and I, had followed this case in the papers and local news, and from the looks of it, Longworth was as good as done. That by itself got my attention. My methodology in solving cases while at the NYPD homicide desk, was always to look beyond the obvious, beyond the expected. In my book, what was, is not necessarily what is. The newspaper reporters, the television pundits, and the law enforcement personnel that had publicly rendered an opinion on this case, all mentioned the same, the apparent. Perhaps this case had been as simple to solve as that, but my curiosity as soon as I got the call peeked, and I was anxious to meet Mr. Longworth.”
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 BY BRIAN -Review
Audiobook: A Murder on Long Island by Owen Parr (Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki)
Maybe Better Than The First Book
5 out of 5 stars
The Boys are back for another murder mystery. This time they only have 10 days until the accused murderer’s trial is set to begin. Fortunately for Joey Mancuso and Father O’Brien they are up to the challenge. Everything appers to be stacked against their client, but Mancuso has a hunch that he didn’t do it. Now he has to prove it before the wrong person is sentenced for a crime that he did not commit.
This was a helluva book. I love Parr’s writing style, especially for this series. Father and Joey are the perfect dycotomy and provide a great back and forth. Sprinkle in Joey’s girlfriend and the bartender at the bar that they own and you’ve got a great cast of characters.
The way that Mancuso goes into a crime scene is very reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes (which he happens to quote a fair bit). And I love it. He just looks at things with such a different point of view that you really feel like you’re there with him as he is setting up his retelling of a crime.
I didn’t have any issues at all with this book and I thought it was a flawless piece of “whodoneit”/murder mystery with the added bonus of having the court case attached to it.
The first part of the book was all about trying to find out who did it. But the second part (which I wasn’t expecting) was all about the trial. As a reader, I got to witness the trial firsthand and listen to all of the ways that the investigation that Mancuso and O’Brien helped with the examination and cross examination of everyone.
I blew through this story. I couldn’t put it down. I ended up staying up late one night and then getting up early to finish it. I think it took me 2 days to listen to this beginning to end. I couldn’t wait to get out of work to listen to more of it. Parr is up there with one of my favorite Mystery/Thriller authors. And I hope that there are many more Joey Mancuso and Father O’Brien stories in store for us.
Also, the addition of more back-story/more inner lookings into Mancuso were really appreciated in this book. It made him even more human. He has flaws, and he gets scared. He’s deathly afraid of losing his girlfriend/fiance throughout and you really feel for him by the end of the book. When an author can get real emotion like that out of a reader, I would say that’s a pretty awesome book.
Audiobook: A Murder on Long Island by Owen Parr (Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki) five-stars
A Murder on Long Island (A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery #2) by Owen Parr
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
Series: Joey Mancuso & Father O’Brien #2
Published by Skyboat Media on September 12th 2017
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite
A Murder on Long Island: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery by Owen Parr is the second entry in a series with interesting characters to follow, featuring sleuths, mystery, and murder. Harold Longworth could get a life sentence for the murder of his wife and, if indeed he never committed the murder, there is very little time in which to prove it. In fact, very few days! But the odds are stacked against him because every available piece of evidence indicates he might have killed his wife out of jealousy or because of her alleged intention to divorce him. The murder weapon bears his fingerprints and there is just so much to incriminate him. But did he really kill his wife? It is time for former NYPD Detective Giuseppe Mancuso and his half-brother, Father Dominic O’Brian, to prove his innocence.
Owen Parr has created a story with an intricate plot, laced with red herrings and surprising turns. It’s hard not to like the sleuths and their unconventional methods of conducting an investigation. The cast of characters is compelling and readers will enjoy watching closely to find out what happens to both the characters and the story. Apart from the wonderful storytelling skills, the author demonstrates great mastery in the art of creating biting suspense, of excellent prose, and the ability to stir strong emotions in readers. The writing is crisp and it brilliantly captures the emotional and psychological depth of the characters, featuring great dialogues and vivid descriptions. A Murder on Long Island: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery is a real page-turner, a delightful read for fans of sleuths, mysteries, and thrillers.
By Tom Spencer on June 28, 2017
Take your mind out for a ride for a few hours! I love detective mysteries and private detective Joey Mancuso is at the top of my list. With his Priest Brother, Dom, the duo walk into a hopeless murder case already wrongly prepped for trial. Is it malpractice or malice or something even more sinister? Six or so sub-novels twist and turn, like giant waves roaring in and receding from Homicide HQ. And just when you have it easily figured out, the author, Owen Parr, rips the solution out from under you and sends you tumbling with Joey down another exciting, rubble-strewn path. This book has it all. Great courtroom drama accurately laid out. Law enforcement intrigue wrapped in romance. Exploration of human behavior with all its shocking possibilities. Facts yanked like root canals from witnesses trapped by brilliant lawyers—- and by Joey. Most courtrooms have signs above the Judge which say: “We Who Labor Here Seek Only Truth.” As Joey might say: “yeah, right.” And as Father Dom might say:” better call Joey.”
By Kenny Treger on May 28, 2017
Loved both of the Joey Mancuso books. the characters are great. the settings are great. the storyline is fun and I hope Joey has some more
Nero Wolfe stuff in him. i went back and looked at the john powers series. read a review by bree1969 and because of this review, i bought the
book immediately. i will not so patiently wait for the next book. thanks for writing it!
By Kathy Reader on June 22, 2017
Murder, money, mayhem, all the necessary ingredients are here. Joey Mancuso, ex NYPD detective and his half-brother, Fr. Dominic, are back, unearthing the who, and why to a murder of a Long Island socialite. In the meantime, Joey’s girlfriend, who he really loves, is injured in an aborted hijacking, and gives him the cold shoulder for most of the book. I really hope they get back together in the next book. Commuting back and forth from their cigar bar near Wall Street, and the murder scene in Sagaponack, Long Island, plus to see Marci in the hospital, the brothers do a lot of traveling, while they solve this murder. Excellent read, very enjoyable and it will keep you up at night reading it.
By Gerald Darnell on July 11, 2017
I love New York…a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. However, I do enjoy reading about it, and the offering by Author Owen Parr in ‘A Murder on Long Island’ was definitely not disappointing. His unique knowledge of the city, along with the wonderfully described fictional settings are the perfect backdrop for a delightful story along with a unique murder mystery drama.
Author Parr’s well developed characters of Joey Mancuso, ex NYPD detective and his half-brother Father Dominic, tackle the murder of a Long Island socialite – whose husband has been charged with the crime. Clues seem to be everywhere, but then they turn out to not be clues at all.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the interaction of characters and a mystery that has the reader guessing right up until the end.
Wonder what Author Owen Parr plans next for Joey Mancuco and Father Dom? I can’t wait!
By Roxie on July 12, 2017 Review by Sue Bartlett
Owen Parr has another hit with A Murder on Long Island! The unusual setting provides a great backdrop for this mystery. Joey Mancuso and his half-brother, Father Dominic, co- own the Pub and Cigar bar in the Financial District of New York. Joey Mancuso, an ex-NY detective, is known as a victim advocate, and is hired at the last minute to prove a man’s innocence. He and Father Dom work tirelessly together to uncover secrets and lies to save the man from prison.
Working against the clock, they are relentless in trying to solve the murder of a Long Island socialite, and with only ten days to unravel a terribly bungled case, they uncover clue after clue, as they try to prove the husband’s innocence. The characters are larger than life, and the romance and humor add to enjoyment of this book. Million dollar foundations, money laundering, IRS and fraudulent tax schemes, add to the motive. Was is money or jealously? I completely enjoyed this book, the characters and interaction, and it kept my interest until the very last page. Waiting for the next book by Owen Parr!
By Areli Mayoron July 28, 2017
Can’t wait till the next one.