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.