Enough to Make the Angels Weep

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Enough to Make the Angels Weep by Ernesto Patino is a story you do not want to miss out on. Private investigator Joe Coopersmith has received a request for help from Carolyn Delaney, a woman desperately searching for closure after a horrific death. Carolyn’s grandmother was mysteriously murdered years ago, and the killer and motive have never been uncovered. Unable to find peace, Carolyn reaches out to Coopersmith pleading for him to do the best he can to uncover who would do such a thing. Coopersmith accepts, not realizing how much of a mess he is about to walk into.

Upon accepting the case, Coopersmith attempts to follow various leads. Questioning old neighbors, watching the news reports, and reading the police write up are not much help. However, after uncovering an old letter, Coopersmith finds one of the answers he was seeking. The killer was after an old diary. More alarmingly, he is still on the loose and will go to any length to get what he wants. Things get dangerous quickly and Coopersmith hastens to solve the case and keep himself and Carolyn protected.

I could not have had asked for a better ending to this story; I loved how unique the plot was and how everything played out. Keeping me on my toes from beginning to end, I highly recommend this novel for all mystery lovers.

A major part of the plot revolves around the St. Patrick’s Battalion and the history of the Mexican–American War. I had previously never heard of the St. Patrick’s Battalion and the Irish immigrants who had enlisted. In quick summary, before the Mexican–American War, many of the Irish had left Ireland due to the famine, fleeing to America. In search of a job, these men enlisted, not knowing of American politics. After seeing the inhumane way some of the American soldiers treated the Mexican peoples, many of the Irish soldiers began to side with Mexico, the “enemy.”

The Mexicans did not persecute them for their ethnicity and were Catholics like the Irish soldiers, whose faith was very important to them. Quickly, the Americans tried to find these Irish soldiers who had “betrayed” them, to hang them for their decision to side with Mexico. This story was not just a fantastic mystery but also highly educational as I learned a lot about the Irish people’s role and struggle in Mexico. I loved how well the history was incorporated into this novel, playing right into Carolyn’s unsolved case.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 211 pages
Publisher Black Opal Books
Publish Date 20-Sep-2021
ISBN 9781953434234
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Issue November 2021
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller