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A MURDER ON WALL STREET: A JOEY MANCUSO, FATHER O’BRIAN CRIME MYSTERY BY OWEN PARR

POSTED MAY 23, 2017 BY CHARLA WHITE IN REVIEWS / 0 COMMENTS

A Murder on Wall Street: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery by Owen ParrA Murder on Wall Street by Owen Parr
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Published by Skyboat Media on 09 May 2017
Length: 5 hours 17 minutes
Genres: Modern Detective, Mystery/Thriller
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author, Submitted

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Can a priest, his brother, and the brother’s girlfriend solve a murder case and see justice done – or will they be the murderer’s latest victim? A Murder on Wall Street takes us inside the world of Captain O’Brian’s Irish Pub and Cigar Bar in Manhattan, a legendary hotspot in the Financial District. Investigating the death are pub owners Joey Mancuso, fired from the New York Police Department for his unorthodox methods, and his brother Father Dominic, who isn’t your typical priest. Also investigating is Marcy Martinez, a Cuban bombshell and FBI agent who is Joey’s girlfriend.

When a customer kills himself after celebrating the night before, the three know something’s wrong. Turns out, the customer’s death coincides with people losing money – lots of it – and some of those people are very, very dangerous.

©2017 Owen Parr (P)2017 Skyboat Media, Inc.

ABR received this audiobook for free from the Author, Submitted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the audiobook or the content of our review.

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A trio of unlikely crime solvers come together to solve the suicide of a customer.  Oddly, this customer had everything to live for and even more to die for!  Joey Mancuso, ex-NYPD with unusual methods; Marcy, FBI agent and drop dead gorgeous girlfriend of Mancuso; and, Father Dominic, Mancuso’s brother and co-owner of the Captain O’Brian’s Irish Pub.   Suspicious of their friends and client’s death, the three begin their investigation into the seamy underworld of Wall Street finances. Is there a correlation between losing money and death?  That is what Joey, Dominic, and Marcy want to know.The book was a solidly written mystery with strong dialog and detailed descriptions.  The characters were fully developed.  At the end, Joey Mancuso makes the grand announcement exposing the murderer which felt reminiscent of Columbo or Ellery Queen.  The story flow was smooth and flawless.  A short listen but the plot was easy to follow.

The narrator, Stefan Rudnicki’s performance gave life to the characters – their voices sounded much like I thought they would/should.  His voice was entertaining giving voice to the gravelly sound of mystery and intrigue for Mancuso and Father Dominic was well done too.  There were different dialects from Irish to Cuban to Manhattan Mob.  He kept them straight, believable and not over the top.

This book will appeal to fans of Owen Parr and anyone who loves dark mysteries with a grandstand at the end – announcing the killer in a room full of suspects.  While this is not my favorite style of sitting through discovering who the killer is, it seemed to work.

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

 

About Stefan Rudnicki

As an audio narrator and/or producer who has recorded over 3,500 audio books, he has been responsible for a number of pioneering innovations, among them several third-person multiple-reader formats and the AudioMovie. He has received numerous awards, including two GRAMMY Awards (Best Children’s Album, 1999 – The Children’s Shakespeare and Best Spoken Word Album, 2013 SOCIETY’S CHILD), two HUGO Awards for Co-Producing Lightspeed Magazine, a Bram Stoker Award (I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream), a Ray Bradbury Award (The NPR dramatic series 2000X), more than a dozen Audie Awards (including recognition for his solo narration of Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card and Hubris by Michael Isikoff and David Corn), and numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile Magazine for projects like the unabridged production and narration of Orson Scott Card’s best-loved novels Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead and Songmaster, and for his solo narration of The Secret Lovers by Charles McCarry, The Attack by Yasmina Khadra, Adam Resurrected by Yoram Kaniuk, The Ten-Cent Plague by David Hajdu, Genghis by Conn Iggulden, The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler, Burn Me Deadly and Dark Jenny by Alex Bledsoe, Cry Dance by Kirk Mitchell and Speak Memory by Vladimir Nabokov. His narration of Louis L’Amour stories titled Big Country was a 2008 Audie finalist, and his reading of Tim Weiner’s Legacy of Ashes was named one of the six best audio books of 2007 by Publishers Weekly.

About Owen Parr

Owen has written unique novels. Utilizing his experiences of over a quater of a century working for Wall Street firms, he has crafted two intriguing books, fusing fiction with facts. Born in Havana, Cuba and later growing up in Miami. He enjoys reading fiction to transport himself to another world. And in his writing, he does that for his readers in a very successful way. His readers are fully wrapped in the plots and with his amazing characters.

Published author of articles in trade magazines. Hobby painter of acrylics on canvasses and middle of the road golfer, Owen spends his day still employed in the financial advice industry.

Newly married at the age of nineteen he pursued a career in electrical engineering until boredom set in. From there he went to own and operate his own multi-branch real estate firm and licensing school until the years of 21% prime interest rates circa 1980’s.

Since 1986 he has been employed in the financial advice industry. During this time he has written articles for the local paper, political ramblings for his blog and screenplays that he is now converting into fictional novels.

about charla white

Mother of 2, grandmother of 5; love to read and listen to books; published writer. Event coordinator and associate program officer professionally. I also do editing, reviewing and ghostwriting. Highly eclectic in my reading but favorite genres are horror and cozy mysteries.

I have 30+ years of editing experience within the worlds of academia and business. My degrees are a B.A. in English with a Master’s in Education. My passion is experiencing the art of storytelling through books and audio’s.

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