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Joey Mancuso Mysteries Vol. 1-5

New York City murder mystery series.

The first five volumes of the Joey Mancuso & Father O’Brian Mystery Series are now available at a killer bargain.

This rare crime mystery series has something for everyone—a tough guy, three awesome women, and a classic Golden Age gentleman-detective clergyman. The twist? The cop and the cleric are half-brothers who operate a PI firm out of their bar.

It’s a made-to-order for lovers of traditional mysteries, with the kinds of twists and scams and puzzles that warm a mystery fan’s heart like a shot of Jameson. Think Matt Scudder meets Father Brown. Also recommended for fans of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer mystery series, and, of course, the Sherlock Holmes adventures.

Series on Kindle $8.95.




When one of Joey and Father Dom’s best customers dies in an apparent suicide —a Wall Street guy celebrating a new client the night before– they’re just not feeling it. They know he wasn’t a guy who wanted to die; and they quickly find out he was someone a lot of people wanted dead.


Just in time for Christmas, a wealthy real estate developer named Harold Longworth is on trial for the murder of his wife in the bedroom of their Long Island mansion, and the Manhattan elite are glued to their seats. Things are looking pretty grim when his team asks Joey to investigate the case, but better when he discovers that Mrs. Longworth’s personal and professional lives were a sticky web of secrets and lies, populated by a rogues’ gallery of jealous lovers and corporate conspirators.


Joey is called in to help the Midtown South precinct solve a series of brutal murders targeting young professional women. Case #1 at first seems to be an eve of kinky sex gone wrong. But when second and third bodies turn up—this time with the sign of the cross carved into their breasts—New York’s finest think they have a serial killer on their hands.


From the beginning, there’s just something funny about parents who didn’t report a missing student right away, and days later still want no police. Hold it here! This is their beloved daughter, last seen leaving for a date. Why wouldn’t they want as much firepower as they can get? Because they know too much, that’s why—and Owen Parr’s clever detective senses that. Joey’s first job’s to save the girl, but no way he’s going to stop there. The scrappy PI and ex-cop’s going to get answers if it kills him.


Joey Mancuso was just a kid when he watched a stranger walk into a Little Italy bar, shoot his mobster dad in the chest, and calmly walk back out, disappearing into the Manhattan din. The murder was never solved. And the old mob adage “an eye for an eye” went unfulfilled. But now, at death’s door, infamous mobster Tony the Hammer summons Joey and utters three mysterious words: “Wetherly Stevens, Barcelona.” Joey has no doubt he’s just been told how to find his father’s killer.

How did Owen come up with the plot of “The Case of the Antiquities Collector?”

As you know by now, I don’t just write a murder scene and have the characters begin to solve it. That’s typical of a one-hour TV series episode. My approach is more like a rollercoaster ride, we’re going to get to the end, but, in between, you’re going to experience a few twists and turns. Having said that, The Case of the Antiquities Collector, the main plot was dropped in my lap by a good friend who’s family member works for the DA of New York City. It deals with the intricate plot of Sumerian antiquities being smuggled from Syria and Iraq to London and New York.
In my research for the book, I found the following quote:
-In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney said: “The art world must acknowledge that stolen antiquities are not simply collectible commercial property, but evidence of cultural crimes committed around the world. These important historical relics must be treated with caution and care, and galleries, auction houses, museums, and individual collectors must be willing to conduct proper due diligence to ensure that an item has not been unlawfully acquired.” Colin Moynihan, New York Times – October 11, 2017.

For there I let the creative juices, or as Hercule Poirot would say,”put those little gray cells to work,” and developed the rest of the story. We’ll make stops in Miami, US Virgin Islands, and of course Manhattan.

Luxury boats in the harbor of Charlotte Amalie off the coast of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands

Where did Owen get the idea for The Murder of Paolo Mancuso?

One of the editorial reviewers correctly noticed that in The Murder of Paolo Mancuso, my latest Joey Mancuso crime mystery novel, there are three stories in one. Good pick up on his part. One of the stories deals with a series of murders on South Carolinas’ Daufuskie Island. While visiting with family in Hilton Head in the winter of 2018 for New Year’s, we took a day trip to Daufuskie Island. 
The island is small, and most everyone has a golf cart. At the same time, it appeared to me that the inhabitants were a microcosm of the US, – all levels of social statuses. From guarded private entry communities to small shacks occupied by the local Geeches, -descendants of African-Americans from Georgia and Florida dating back to the late 1800’s.  While there we ate at an outdoor burger place alongside a group of well-dressed teenagers sporting spiffy golf carts, obviously sons of the top echelon of the island. In the novel, these fellows became the Boys from The Citadel, better known as The Arrogant’s. I’m sure unfairly to them, but that’s how my mind works. Sorry guys, nothing personal. By the way, you’ll enjoy a little history lesson about the 1800’s and the conflicts between the Spaniards, British and Indian tribes of the time, as new settlements were taking hold in the south.

The second story in the book, which I tie into the above, is the actual search for those responsible in killing Joey’s father, – Paolo. This part of the story is a carryover from previous books in the series, which Joey has spoken about, but unable to solve after twenty-years of the murder being a cold-case in NYC. A stop in Barcelona, Spain and Morocco, will add to the scenery in the book.

Finally, Joey Mancuso comes to grip some demons from his past. He takes an inner-directed analysis of what drives him and if he’s running from or to something. A little clue, – his Dad’s history as a member of one of NY’s mafia families, had quite an effect on young Joey when at the age of sixteen, he witnessed his Dad’s murder.

I think this is one of my best novels and I know you will enjoy reading it.


An International Mystery & Crime Thriller

At 16, he saw his dad gunned down, now he has a chance to find the killer…

PI Joey Mancuso was just a kid when he watched a stranger walk into a Little Italy bar, shoot his mobster dad in the chest, and calmly walk back out, disappearing into the Manhattan din. The murder was never solved. And the old mob adage “an eye for an eye” went unfulfilled.


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But now, at death’s door, infamous mobster Tony the Hammer summons Joey and utters three mysterious words: “Wetherly Stevens, Barcelona.” Joey has no doubt he’s just been told how to find his father’s killer.

Revenge, deep-seated wounds, that agonizing cold case, and a mysterious series of small town murders all come to a head in the 5th hard-boiled Mancuso/O’Brian mystery—with a dash of international intrigue—when witty ex-cop Joey, with the help of his PI brother, Father Dominic O’Brian, attempts to track down his father’s murderer in Barcelona and Hilton Head, SC.

From tantalizing tapas near La Sagrada Familia to bourbon-soaked pulled pork sandwiches at a South Carolina B&B, murder couldn’t get any more flavorful—or more personal.

Armed with only those three words, and—true to form—with no plan and very little research, Joey flies straight to Barcelona, where he tracks down a partner of Wetherly Stevens, a New York financial investment firm with offices in Spain. But what does a New York wise guy have in common with an investment banker?

Perhaps retired partner Alexander Wetherly has answers. Next stop: Hilton Head, where Wetherly is happily ensconced with a houseful of help serving up bottomless Arnold Palmers. But a peaceful Q&A on quaint Daufuskie Island turns murderous when the elderly gentleman who runs Joey’s B&B winds up stabbed to death. And this isn’t the first murder of its kind—it seems Daufuskie Island has a grisly and deeply-seated cold case all its own.

With the help of his cohorts—including Father Dom and a talented hacker (their researcher, Agnes)– Joey meticulously puts together the pieces of two puzzles at once—and scrutinizes the connections between them—hoping to solve his father’s murder while preventing another from haunting the Carolina shores.

One part seductive international travel story, one part old school cold case murder mystery, Joey Mancuso’s antics will prove a delight to PI and poilice procedural fans of Raymond Chandler, Joseph Wambaugh, Lawrence Block, and Rex Stout. Also recommended for fans of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer mystery series, and, of course, the Sherlock Holmes adventures.

Author Owen Parr is a multi-award-winning novelist and best-selling author in the crime mystery genre whose acclaimed novels have received multiple awards. Parr is in the financial industry and a veteran of Wall Street from which he weaves and infuses many of the crimes in his novels utilizing some literary licenses.

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1- New Apple Literary Services awards The Murder of Paolo Mancuso as their “Official Selection” in the Crime-Legal genre for 2019.


2- Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

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“Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite”

The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery, Book 5 is a hard-boiled sleuth mystery novel written by Owen Parr. While this is the fifth book in Parr’s series, the author gives enough background information within the story for it to be enjoyed as a standalone novel. When Tony (The Hammer) Falcone called Joey to his deathbed at Rikers Correctional Center, he gave Joey a name, Wetherley Stevens, and he told him to look in Barcelona. Joey had been waiting twenty years for a clue, any clue that could help him understand why there had been a hit placed on his father. Joey had been sixteen years old then, and thought of himself as part of the family. He had been there in that bar in Little Italy, with his dad and Tony the Hammer, when the man walked in and shot Tony and Joey’s dad. Tony survived, but Joey’s dad didn’t. Joey couldn’t understand why the family didn’t seek vengeance, nor did the police seem to do much to apprehend the killer, and the case quickly was consigned to the cold case files. Now, Tony’s deathbed confession finally gave Joey something to work with, and he was determined to find the answers which had so long evaded him.

The Murder of Paolo Mancuso is a tense and gripping tale about vengeance and a son’s need to understand the facts behind his father’s murder. This is the first Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian book that I’ve read, but it definitely won’t be the last. Parr quickly familiarized me with the main characters in his series, and I loved being in sunny Barcelona along with Joey as he investigates the Wetherley Stevens’ clue. Parr’s Joey Mancuso speaks in the first person, a device that made me feel as if I were privy to his every thought and plan, and it was quite effective in keeping up the suspense. Parr’s characters are everything I could hope for in a detective/private eye series. Father Dom works quite well as Joey’s older brother and business partner, and Agnes, their office manager and “hacker extraordinaire,” is a perfect complement to the two brothers. The plot keeps the reader thinking, puzzling facts out along with Joey and being not quite sure what is going to happen throughout, and it is a positive delight for the armchair sleuth who likes their mysteries anything but cozy. And yes, I had a grand time reading this book. The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery, Book 5 is most highly recommended.”

“Reviewed By Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite”

With no pending cases for his team, private detective Joey Mancuso decides to look into a 20-year-old cold case – the murder of his father in a bar in Little Italy, New York City in The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery by Owen Parr. After all this time, it turns out that a death-bed clue by Paolo’s best friend, who was also injured in the shooting, gives Joey what he needs to start an investigation.

While tracking down the names given by Antonio Falcone right before his death, Joey finds himself in the middle of an unrelated murder on an exclusive South Carolina island. This blows Joey’s cover and makes his investigation into his father’s murder a bit more difficult, but his crew in New York do what they do best – dig deep, follow suspects, and come up with more information to guide Joey from New York to Barcelona, Spain, and eventually Morocco. As ‘the last advocate for the victim’, Joey is relentless in uncovering the past and digging up well-hidden secrets. Will he finally get justice for a crime committed so long ago?

Owen Parr has created another fantastic murder mystery with The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery. Although not as involved in this volume as in previous books, the supporting cast is interesting and adds to the allure of the story with their diverse natures, quirky behavior and strong attitudes. Dialogue and action are mixed well to inform you and move the story along and anticipation is stoked, urging you to keep turning the pages to see ‘whodunit’. I applaud Parr’s imagination and attention to detail. This is another excellent tale by Owen Parr and is perfect for a day at the beach or pool, or even in front of a roaring fireplace.

“Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite”

The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery by Owen Parr introduces us to an unlikely pair of crime solvers; half-brothers Joey Mancuso and Father Dominic O’Brian. Joey’s father, Paolo, was fairly high up in one of New York’s crime families when he was murdered in front of his teenage son, some twenty years ago. That and the influence of a New York City police captain saw Joey turn away from his father’s occupation and instead train to be a New York City Detective. After a successful career in the police force, Joey and his half-brother Dom, a Catholic priest, have joined forces in business, running both a cigar bar and a private detective agency. Haunted by his father’s unsolved murder and with new clues provided by Paolo’s best friend on his deathbed, Joey decides it is finally time to put this mystery behind him and discover who ordered the hit on his father all those years ago.

Owen Parr has created an unusual set of characters for this series; headlined by Joey and his brother, but including the likeable Mr Pat, the former manager of their cigar bar, Joey’s wife, FBI Special Agent Marcy, and their tech whiz, assistant Agnes. The cast of different characters is probably what lifts The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery above your average murder mystery. The story is very readable, with straightforward language and a plot that flies all over the place, keeping the reader continually guessing and wondering. The plot is complex and twists relentlessly, taking the reader from New York to a small island off Hilton Head on the east coast of the US and across to Barcelona, among other places. If murder mystery is your thing, or police procedures, then this book will surely satiate your appetite. I felt myself, as a reader, continually drawn to comparison to the works of Ed McBain. I saw character parallels between McBain’s main hero, Steve Carrella, and Joey Mancuso very clearly. The styles are similar.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 15: Sagrada Familia at night on August 15, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. The impressive cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi is being built since 1882 and is not finished yet

The Souq or Bazzar or Market in the old town of Marrakesh in Morocco in North Africa.

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