The Owen Delaney Mystery Novels

by Gene Caffrey

"I hope you enjoy reading about Owen as much as I enjoy writing about him."

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This first Owen Delaney mystery follows a young, imaginative Owen as he emerges from a deep personal funk when he stumbles upon what he imagines to be two staged murders. Following his own curiosity and instincts, despite universal feedback that the "murders" were the accidents they seemed to be and that he has simply let his active imagination run away with him, his path eventually crosses with that of a professional hit man hired to preserve the secrets of a complex real estate scam for his employers. From this point on, Owen must not only use his new-found purpose but also his courage and wits to survive.

In this lucid and well plotted first novel in the Owen Delaney series, Gene Caffrey introduces the reader to some memorable characters in the Philadelphia legal and political community and gives a nice feel for life in that city. We also get a glimpse of Owen's future as he falls for the sister of one of the murder victims and begins a new phase of his life which, in follow up works which depict him as an amateur sleuth, is energized by a belief that his wild imagination might be his greatest crime solving asset.

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Available Jan. 5, 2016

Eight years after his first exciting success as an amateur sleuth, Owen Delaney finds himself married with kids, content with his professorial job at a university in Philadelphia, but a little bored with his life. All this changes when one of his students is murdered in an apparent drive-by shooting in the colorful and intriguing Hispanic neighborhood of Fairhill. Piecing together clues from the student's diary, Owen pursues a mysterious killer whose life intersected with the dead student's for a few brief minutes years before. Although his "investigation" is hindered by skeptical police and a wife who wants no part of this detective business, Owen cannot resist the pull of the chase and soon finds his own life in danger. Once again saving himself with wits and nerve, Owen then engineers a surprising twist that impresses his police contacts and pulls his wife into his crime solving enterprise.

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Available March 1, 2016

Having established himself as a competent amateur, Owen Delaney is asked to check out what might have prompted the suicide of a promising female grad student at the university in Philadelphia where he teaches. Encouraged by the dead girl's father, he suspects foul play, although no one other than the grieving father supports his suspicions. But with the help of a few interesting friends and the surprising support of his wife, he gets an unexpected confession from another grad student who claims he was coerced into murder by a criminal mastermind whose activities the dead girl had inadvertently uncovered. Believing the story and sympathetic to the young man's plight, Owen and his wife begin to put together a case against the mastermind. When the mastermind learns that Owen is on to him, Owen and his family become targets. In an exciting turn of events, the family survives and a crude form of street justice is done.

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What's Next?

Unless it changes as the writing of it progresses, the fourth Owen Delaney mystery will introduce the reader to two classic Philadelphia types: the wealthy but reserved and inflexible Quaker descended from a long line of the well-to-do; and the ex-urban horsie set. The apparent runaway of a young woman from a family embodying both of these worlds sets the stage for the typical Owen Delaney crime solving fits and starts.