Title: Dead Speak (Cold Case Psychic #1)
Author: Pandora Pine
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal, Mystery, Ghosts
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Demoted to the cold case squad after shooting a suspect in the line of duty, Detective Ronan O’Mara knows that his career with the Boston Police Department is hanging by a thread. His first assignment is the case of Michael Frye, a five-year-old boy who has been missing for seven years. With no new leads or witnesses to interview, Ronan has to start from scratch to solve this mystery. When he sees a handsome local psychic on television, Ronan figures he’s got nothing to lose in enlisting the man’s help to find Michael.
Psychic Tennyson Grimm is riding high after helping South Shore cops find a missing child. He’s even being courted by the Reality Show Network about a program showcasing his abilities. He has no idea that his midday appointment with a customer, who instead turns out to be a police detective, is going to change the course of his life and his career.
With the blessing of the BPD, which badly needs an image make-over, Ronan is allowed to bring Tennyson in to assist with the Frye case. Being thrown together in front of cameras is never easy, but add in an emotional missing person’s investigation, a tight-lipped spirit, and a cop who’s a skeptic, and it definitely puts a strain on both men and their working relationship.
When the child’s body is found, the work to identify his killer begins. As Ronan and Tennyson get closer to solving the case, the initial attraction they feel for one another explodes into a passion neither man can contain.
Will working together to bring Michael’s killer to justice seal their fledgling bond, or will unexpected revelations in the case tear them apart forever?
Dead Speak is Book One of the Cold Case Psychic Series. Book Two, Dead Reckoning, and Book Three, Dead Silent, will be available in the coming months.
Ronan is not thrilled with the idea of working with a physic to solve the cold case he was assigned, but he is out of options and hopes to give family of missing boy some answers. His luck lately was bad enough he is burned on both professional and personal level making him desperate enough to try and talk with Tennyson. Tennyson, on the other hand, riding on the high of recent successfully handled case, has his own motives. They form a grudging partnership.
The author uses both Ronan and Ten’s point of view to tell the story. They are different men with different approach which makes intriguing background for the story.
Ronan is not a believer and his hard-nosed attitude makes the story more palatable for readers like me, who are skeptic of the subject. It’s a solid mystery with a creepy and totally crazy villain with the right amount of tension. For me, the romance plot wasn’t as interesting as mystery one, but the characters have quirks and detailed background which makes them alive. The climax was explosive and sucked me right in. The paranormal element is there but the approach is different enough for the plot to function.
Considering the fact that ghost stories aren’t my favorite trope, I’m impressed with the way author managed to weave the story in a way which makes it appealing for readers with different tastes.