The Islamorada Murders

A Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mystery Book 10

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
356 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2022
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Islamorada Murders is the tenth novel in the Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mystery series by Owen Parr. Investigators Joey and Marcy Mancuso were on a well-deserved vacation at Islamorada, Florida Keys, when something strange transpired. A weirdly dressed man came up to them and asked them to do something baffling - he wanted Joey and Marcy to investigate his murder. This strange yet intriguing case was enough to lure them in. However, things became terrifying when people went missing or were found murdered. The turning point occurred when bodies started appearing. Their stranger was considered the prime suspect. What were Joey and Marcy going to do without their team? Getting help from the local police and detectives was all very well, but was this case too complicated for the detective duo?

I love this series! Owen Parr makes that sure each of the novels in the series is entertaining and stands out. The Islamorada Murders are intriguing from the very first chapter. From the moment the stranger was introduced in his suspicious clothing, I knew he was either bad news or the man of the hour. I loved the cohesive yet very persuasive way Marcy and Joey handled this case. They were out of their element, but they worked well as a team. I loved the pace and the dialogues, and Joey’s dry sense of humor was the highlight of the series for me. The mystery behind the murders was fantastic and handled remarkably well. I was invested and didn’t want to stop. The banter between Tico and Jote was hilarious yet their teamwork was outstanding. Once again, a job well done!

Grace Ruhara

The Islamorada Murders: A Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mystery Book 10 by Owen Parr introduces us to a married couple, Marcy and Joey Mancuso, a former FBI special agent and a former NYPD homicide detective respectively. After their last day at work, they go on a vacation in Islamorada, Florida Keys. They intend to relax and make merry while there. This does not happen when they meet Paul Reinhard, who wants them to help him solve a murder case. At first, Joey is hesitant until a series of murders are revealed. While busy with his investigation, he discovers that Paul Reinhard has been hiding information from him. But why would he? Was he involved with the men that wanted to kill him?

What is a crime mystery novel without an unexpected turn of events and dead-end solutions that frustrate you when the bad boys escape just as they are about to be busted? Not forgetting action that gets your adrenaline high, especially when your favorite character is about to be overwhelmed. What about a bit of romance to calm your nerves and enjoy the moment? What I liked about The Islamorada Murders by Owen Parr is the use of simple language throughout this novel. This enabled me to create mental pictures that helped me get a deeper understanding of the flow of the story. I also appreciated the Italian language that the characters used in their conversations. It gives the novel a sense of identity and authenticity, making it elegant and entertaining to read. Italian also enriched the vocabulary of this book and allowed me to learn a few words that increased my knowledge of Italian. This was an enjoyable and exciting reading experience. I recommend this novel to readers who love crime mystery and action novels.

Maria Victoria Beltran

The Islamorada Murders: A Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mystery Book 10 by Owen Parr is the latest installment in this popular series. After their last case, former NYPD Homicide detective Joey Mancuso and his wife, former FBI agent Marcy, are in Islamadora, in the Florida Keys for a well-earned holiday. They are partners with Father Dominic O’Brian at the Mancuso and O’Brian Investigative Services, a pub and cigar bar In New York. While the couple is enjoying the local craft brews and the sunset on a private beach, a man wearing dark sunglasses approaches them with a most unusual request: to solve his murder. What follows is a series of suspenseful events as Joey becomes involved in the mystery man's investigation, who is now a suspect in two homicides, smuggling, and stealing. As the bodies pile up, the mystery also deepens.

Owen Parr’s The Islamorada Murders is a fast-paced mystery novel. One of this book’s many pleasures is the ominous build-up of tension on every page. Fast-paced and rich in details, readers may feel the danger as private investigator Joey Mancuso chases the truth and is pursued by gunboats and fighter planes. The narrative is held together by the story’s perfectly formed characters, especially for those who have been following this mystery series. There are many twists and turns in the plot but it progresses straightforwardly. Reading The Islamadora Murders will keep you on the edge of your seat!