Joey Mancuso and Father O’Brian take on the case of a well-known and respected real estate developer in New York who is about to be convicted of killing his wife. All the forensics lead to his guilt. Mancuso loves challenges and there’s definitely one here.

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Things are finally turning around at Captain O’Brian’s Pub and Cigar Bar, an oddball location for a PI office, but the kind of warm, buzzy scene every mystery reader loves. After first getting fired, then earning a glowing reputation in his first high-profile case as a PI, ex-NYPD Detective Joey Mancuso’s back on the crime scene with his half-brother and Brooklyn’s favorite man of the cloth, Father Dominic O’Brian.

The brothers have gotten into a good rhythm at their makeshift (but delightfully colorful) Financial District office, and two job offers have come in. But then comes the sort of case Joey loves…the difficult kind. 

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. The odds are stacked steeply against the developer. It seems he called 911 twenty whole minutes after discovering his wife’s body, was found covered in her blood, and his prints were on the murder weapon.

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. 

Then, just as the pressure mounts, his soulmate, FBI Special Agent Marcy Martinez suffers an accident on the job. His attention now splintered, he’s got only ten days to solve the case. Father Dom’s prayers might not be enough this time. Divine intervention might be more in order!

There’s something here something for everyone: Think Matt Scudder meets Father Brown. Fans of both New York PI novels and clerical mysteries, will love this offbeat detective team. 

4.0 out of 5 stars 
Gotta Love a Good Mystery
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“I stumbled across this book by pure accident and have purchased the remainder of the series. Parr can definitely tell a great mystery with well-developed characters ( main and secondary) as well as the plot itself. At times I was impatient to get to the next page. As a mystery writer I pride myself by taking a piece of paper out when reading and writing whom I think did the deed. I was close. Put this pairing of Joey Mancuso and Father Dom on your reading list.”

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