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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A Matter of Honor by George R. Hopkins is a great read for fans of murder, mystery, and thrillers and it is exciting how this author melds three genres into a single story. A priest discovers a victim of murder in his church but does nothing about it. Instead, he is pressed in traveling to Colombia in search of a missing boy, and this alone makes him a prime suspect in the murder. He is a target of a sex trafficking and drug cartel that will stop at nothing to see him go down. But how does he explain the murder in his church and why it happened just as he travels? It is left to Fr. Jack Bennis’ brother, Tom Cavanaugh, a former NYC homicide detective, to prove the priest’s innocence. But he is getting himself into murky waters and it is not long before he discovers that they are involved in far more than they ever imagined and that the danger is too real.
A Matter of Honor is a suspenseful narrative that is cunningly developed. The fact that a priest leaves a murder victim in his church and heads out for a missing boy makes the story somewhat unbelievable, but as the reader gets acquainted with the protagonist, they begin to understand his frame of mind and inner tension. The pathos is strong and readers quickly learn to care for the characters. George R. Hopkins has a unique gift for storytelling, one that is enriched by the clear narrative voice and the gorgeous prose. The conflict is strong, pitting a religious man against ruthless hooligans and I enjoyed the moral implications of the story. It is real. It is filled with humanity. It is utterly delightful.