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THEIR DAUGHTER GOES MISSING AND THEY DON'T CALL THE COPS? THAT’S ONE OF MANY… …intriguing mysteries deliciously and intricately layered in these pages. Layer upon layer, twist upon twist, secret upon secret, this is a case tailor-made for a Sherlock Holmes devotee like private investigator Joey Mancuso. From the beginning, there’s just something funny about parents who d THEIR DAUGHTER GOES MISSING AND THEY DON'T CALL THE COPS? THAT’S ONE OF MANY… …intriguing mysteries deliciously and intricately layered in these pages. Layer upon layer, twist upon twist, secret upon secret, this is a case tailor-made for a Sherlock Holmes devotee like private investigator Joey Mancuso. 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. Which, of course, it nearly does. The body count soars as his brother and detective partner Father Dom, always the adult in the room, clucks, prays, and begs for caution—to no avail. The ruthless kidnappers have something huge to cover up…an operation involving stolen art that’s being used to finance one of the greatest evils on the planet. Once Joey knows that, he’s a runaway train. A lot of the fun is in the clever Russian doll structure of a puzzle wrapped in a mystery, each discovery leading to a bigger and more surprising twist, but it wouldn't be half as delightful without the loveable series ensemble author Parr has assembled. The usual suspects are here—Marcy, Joey’s new wife and favorite FBI agent; researcher Agnes, who goes to Father Dom’s Mass every morning, presumably to repent for her shameless hacking; and Mr. Pat, gentle giant bartender-turned-detective. There’s also a welcome new addition—a professor who’s as close as you’re ever going to get to Indiana Jones. Full of action and exotic locales, this PI series entry will appeal to action-adventure fans as well as those who can't get enough of hard-boiled New York detective stories, devotees of clerical mysteries, and everybody who loves a tough, competent female sleuth-- Marcy, Agnes, and Joey’s former partner Lucy will satisfy that desire in triplicate.


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THEIR DAUGHTER GOES MISSING AND THEY DON'T CALL THE COPS? THAT’S ONE OF MANY… …intriguing mysteries deliciously and intricately layered in these pages. Layer upon layer, twist upon twist, secret upon secret, this is a case tailor-made for a Sherlock Holmes devotee like private investigator Joey Mancuso. From the beginning, there’s just something funny about parents who d THEIR DAUGHTER GOES MISSING AND THEY DON'T CALL THE COPS? THAT’S ONE OF MANY… …intriguing mysteries deliciously and intricately layered in these pages. Layer upon layer, twist upon twist, secret upon secret, this is a case tailor-made for a Sherlock Holmes devotee like private investigator Joey Mancuso. 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. Which, of course, it nearly does. The body count soars as his brother and detective partner Father Dom, always the adult in the room, clucks, prays, and begs for caution—to no avail. The ruthless kidnappers have something huge to cover up…an operation involving stolen art that’s being used to finance one of the greatest evils on the planet. Once Joey knows that, he’s a runaway train. A lot of the fun is in the clever Russian doll structure of a puzzle wrapped in a mystery, each discovery leading to a bigger and more surprising twist, but it wouldn't be half as delightful without the loveable series ensemble author Parr has assembled. The usual suspects are here—Marcy, Joey’s new wife and favorite FBI agent; researcher Agnes, who goes to Father Dom’s Mass every morning, presumably to repent for her shameless hacking; and Mr. Pat, gentle giant bartender-turned-detective. There’s also a welcome new addition—a professor who’s as close as you’re ever going to get to Indiana Jones. Full of action and exotic locales, this PI series entry will appeal to action-adventure fans as well as those who can't get enough of hard-boiled New York detective stories, devotees of clerical mysteries, and everybody who loves a tough, competent female sleuth-- Marcy, Agnes, and Joey’s former partner Lucy will satisfy that desire in triplicate.

30 review for The case of the Antiquities Collector

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own. This is the fourth book in the Mancuso/O'Brian Mystery series. I have not read any of the prior books in the series. It is a standalone book with no cliffhanger ending. There are references to events which occurred to the characters, which I assume were prior books, but, overall, the author does provide quick summaries of those events. There is a bit of a subplot involving Mancuso's F I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own. This is the fourth book in the Mancuso/O'Brian Mystery series. I have not read any of the prior books in the series. It is a standalone book with no cliffhanger ending. There are references to events which occurred to the characters, which I assume were prior books, but, overall, the author does provide quick summaries of those events. There is a bit of a subplot involving Mancuso's FBI agent wife going through PTSD and trying to get back into the Bureau, which likely would have made more sense to me if I had read the prior book where it occurred. But, overall, it is not a problem to follow the action and the characters' motivations without having read any of the prior books. Joey is hired to find a missing college girl but the case turns out to be so much more than that. There's lots of action, some interesting twists, and some great moments of humor. Very entertaining. The narrator, Fred Filbrich, has the perfect baritone voice for this type of series. He has a very good narrative pace and helped makes this an enjoyable listen.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Another great one in this series. This time Joey & the crew are investigating a case for the law firm they’re connected to instead of the NYPD.  What’s great is that it picks up shortly after the previous book ended. The writer gives a quick summary of details so you’re not lost about what’s what in the series. Of course, since I love these characters I’m very attached.I’m glad the writer addressed the PTSD that Marcy is undergoing as that’s very realistic/relatable. A missing college girl. As the Another great one in this series. This time Joey & the crew are investigating a case for the law firm they’re connected to instead of the NYPD.  What’s great is that it picks up shortly after the previous book ended. The writer gives a quick summary of details so you’re not lost about what’s what in the series. Of course, since I love these characters I’m very attached.I’m glad the writer addressed the PTSD that Marcy is undergoing as that’s very realistic/relatable. A missing college girl. As they delve into the investigation, the case goes from little fish to bigger fish which causes Joey to come up w/one of his “Broadway” plans. Always entertaining and full of suspense. One negative is my issue with the epilogue chapter, i will admit that i was confused by it. it gave a great wrap up of the characters lives similar to if it were the last book in a series which it isn't. but it also left off on a cliffhanger about Joey's dad's death. i look forward to reading the next book & solving that mystery.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    What seems like a normal missing persons/kidnapping case is anything but. There's intrigue within intrigue and everyone is hiding something. When dead bodies start turning up and it seems like the case has links all the way to ISIS this story makes it clear things are anything but simple. This is the first book in this series that I have read, it worked as a standalone but it also refers to things I assume happened in the first three books so it's probably a good idea to read the series in order What seems like a normal missing persons/kidnapping case is anything but. There's intrigue within intrigue and everyone is hiding something. When dead bodies start turning up and it seems like the case has links all the way to ISIS this story makes it clear things are anything but simple. This is the first book in this series that I have read, it worked as a standalone but it also refers to things I assume happened in the first three books so it's probably a good idea to read the series in order if you plan to read them all. Joey has an excellent team working with him, they're and interesting group, but it's also clear that he is the lead investigator for a reason, his brain sees links that the others don't and he seems to be the one coming up with the plans. There's lots of action, some interesting twists and some great moments of humor. I really enjoyed listening to this book, the narrator did a great job with the character voices and the delivery in general. I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Stevens

    This is the fourth book of this series. It is very convoluted. It starts with the criminal law firm that Joey sometimes works for driving Joey to Connecticut to meet a client. This man owns a big accounting firm in the city. He tells Joey his daughter is missing from her college in Miami, and he refuses to get the police involved. He swears he has not been contacted for a ransom, but she was last seen Friday evening and Joey gets involved on Monday morning. Not normal. Joey and his brother, Fath This is the fourth book of this series. It is very convoluted. It starts with the criminal law firm that Joey sometimes works for driving Joey to Connecticut to meet a client. This man owns a big accounting firm in the city. He tells Joey his daughter is missing from her college in Miami, and he refuses to get the police involved. He swears he has not been contacted for a ransom, but she was last seen Friday evening and Joey gets involved on Monday morning. Not normal. Joey and his brother, Father Dom, begin working on the case with interviews at the accounting firm. They have their employee Agnes, who handles inquiries by hacking into various computers and whose findings are mostly inadmissible in court, looking into the accounting business and she finds evidence of a suspicious $2 million transfer of funds to the Cayman Islands. And on and on it goes. In spite of the occasional misused word and a plethora of misplace commas, I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading this, and I think you will too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Merle

    This one is a little rambling, even though the foundational plot is a good one. Tying the sale of antiquities to the War on Terror is a good stroke. However, the war on grammar and spelling is also in full swing. Joey is Joey and is beginning to alarm his loved ones with his insistence on going too far into cases and endangering himself and his team. His wife Marcy is also worried and that should be explored more thoroughly. Still a good foundation, it's just too bad that the grammar and spelling This one is a little rambling, even though the foundational plot is a good one. Tying the sale of antiquities to the War on Terror is a good stroke. However, the war on grammar and spelling is also in full swing. Joey is Joey and is beginning to alarm his loved ones with his insistence on going too far into cases and endangering himself and his team. His wife Marcy is also worried and that should be explored more thoroughly. Still a good foundation, it's just too bad that the grammar and spelling were sacrificed. Minus one star for the words.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael McGavin

    Wow!!! I’ve read every book written by this author and this was his most brilliant work. Joey Mancuso is one bad-ass sleuth in a riveting story that kept my interest piqued from cover to cover. The dialogues of the characters were so believable I visualized the story as though I was watching a great action/mystery movie as I read it. This is a must read and I’m looking forward to Parr’s next offering.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jan Staniec

    Truely entertaining! This is the first time I’ve read this author, and you start out not sure about the novel. Owen knows how to grab his audience from the start! This flowed from start to finish. I’ll be reading the other novels in the Joey Mancuso & Father O Brien series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Carmoega

    Mancuso and Team Ride Again!!! What a ride, great story, lots of action, liked the new character! As always the regular characters were awesome!! On to the next book!!! Keep them coming!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tina Higdon

    Case of the Antiquities Collector I’ve read and listened to Owen Paar first four books and loved each one. I like the story lines and the main characters stay the same. I also enjoy the narrator!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donald F.

    Book Four was as entertaining as the first three Immensely enjoyed all Mancuso books. Invested in the characters daily lives and the cunning way Owen Parr seamlessly intertwines the people that I love

  11. 5 out of 5

    beverly a bright

    Give this man a dictionary if he had used exasperated one more time incorrectly iwas going to scream.This book had a half decent plot but was hard to read there were so many mistakes made.Some sentences I had to put together myself!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pat Stewart

    I really enjoyed this book. I have read books 1 thru 3 and found many errors but found none in this book. That is progress. The author is a great storyteller and adds a little humor. Can't wait to read Number 5. I really enjoyed this book. I have read books 1 thru 3 and found many errors but found none in this book. That is progress. The author is a great storyteller and adds a little humor. Can't wait to read Number 5.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wayne Mabey

    Keep the team working Entertaining and mind grabbing. We developed plot and characters. Mancuso and company are always an exciting and fun read! Thanks.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Huie

    Really great mystery! The characters are quite believable and the interaction between them is quite well-written! The different plot lines are all interwoven and addictive! Love it!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A good read Lots of twists and turns. Need a score card for all the players. Enjoyed the book and going to look up the others in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Enjoyed this very much. Well written, good characters and a story that captured the reader. Will read this author again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judy Rehm

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Kirkland

  19. 4 out of 5

    Primal Accents

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan Miller

  21. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Mancuso

  22. 5 out of 5

    Takro

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bill Erdmann

  24. 4 out of 5

    TJ

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Finley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donald Wilson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Walden

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donnie Adkins

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charles Ellenbaum

  30. 5 out of 5

    Len O'Hara

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