PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1


PsyCop Briefs
Title: PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books LLC
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal, Mystery
Page Count: 204
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too. After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.

The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life.

Coffee O’Clock
Thaw
Mind Reader
Stroke of Midnight
No Sale
Most Likely To…
Jock Straps On Sale
Piece of Cake
In the Dark
Let the Chips Fall
Memento
Impact
Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Waiting Game
On the Road
Wood
Off the Cuff
Locked and Loaded
Inside Out
Witness


I waffled over whether this/these could be read as a stand-alone(s), and while a person probably could, it would be best if the full PsyCop series is read first. Doing so will add depth and explanation to the stories found here.

Oh my lucky stars! This is an absolutely delightful compilation! Grab a cuppa tea, coffee or a glass of wine, shake out your favorite couch blanket, put your phone on ‘silent’, and settle in. Bathroom breaks permitted – you’ll need to refresh your beverage anyway.

I really enjoyed the mixture of stories and topics – ranging from Vic’s relationship with Crash, Keith, and Manny; the glimpse we get of Vic from Jacob’s point of view in Memento and again in Inside Out; a very humorous look at Jacob’s family in Wood; of those super sweet interludes with just Vic and Jacob in Thaw, Piece of Cake, Memento, and On the Road. I was thrilled with the short story with Lisa and that it was from third person point of view. It’s like first person should be Vic or Jacob. Carolyn makes and appearance in Inside Out.

JCP has a great prolog on the how and why of this set of stories. Once I knew how it was arranged, the sequencing made total sense and I could easily insert a particular story in the PsyCop timeline in my head. I really had to resist the urge to go back and read everything in order – I might still do that after I post this review. Vic and Jacob are just that good. Lisa in Waiting Game summed it up best:

“It was cute, the way they were so into each other, going at it in the car like a couple of horny teenagers. They hadn’t met until they were, what, in their forties? She was only twenty-seven. Seeing the two of them together gave her hope that somehow, somewhere, there was someone special out there waiting for her, too.”

I enjoyed every single story in this compilation. Recommended if you are a PsyCop fan.

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Galley copy of PsyCop-Briefs provided by the Author in exchange of an honest review.

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A great set of short stories and novellas featuring Victor and Jacob, with appearances by Crash, Lisa, and Carolyn set in the PsyCop universe - kinda like interludes between the main stories. Recommended if you've read the books.

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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: "Never leave home without a book (or two or three)." Though once I learned how to knit that became "Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project." A long-time fan of science fiction, I've since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian's (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that's not a run-on sentence, I don't know what is... I'm not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult. Thanks for reading my reviews! No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson