Title: Dead Reckoning
Series: Cold Case Psychic: Book Two
Author: Pandora Pine
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 211 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal
At a Glance: The author balances the plot of the murder case and Ronan and Tennyson’s relationship seamlessly, never leaving us wondering what’s going on in the other plotline while she focuses on one of them.
Reviewed By: Jenn
Blurb: When the spirit of a young male prostitute comes to psychic Tennyson Grimm asking him to find the john who brutally murdered him, Tennyson can’t say no. Only able to communicate through the use of images, rather than words, getting any information out of the young man is frustrating and slow going.
Cold Case Detective Ronan O’Mara has been on a roll solving cases since he and Tennyson last teamed up to solve the Michael Frye case. Unfortunately, the red-hot romance that had blossomed between them during that investigation is now off in a ditch, thanks to Ronan’s self-confessed pigheadedness.
Agreeing to work together despite the rift in their relationship, Tennyson and Ronan discover they are in for more than they bargained for when more victims start to reveal themselves to Tennyson.
Realizing they might have a serial killer on their hands, the two men work tirelessly to stop this madman from killing again, but when the killer targets the son of a prominent member of the Boston Police Department, can Ronan and Tennyson save him before it’s too late?
Review: Ronan and Tennyson are back with a tougher case to solve, and bring you on an emotional rollercoaster to the very end. Seconds after putting down the first book, Dead Speak, I had this one open and ready to read, and much like all my favourite authors, I resented the ‘real’ world, like my job, preventing me from reading Dead Reckoning from start to finish. This book opens a couple of weeks after the first book left off and digs into the aftermath of a fight between the lovers caused by the lingering consequences of the last book.
Ghosts and murders don’t let things like personal feelings stop them, and Tennyson brings a new case to Ronan when a ghost who can only ‘speak’ to him through images would like his murder solved. This leads them onto the trail of a serial killer, which had me up all night so that pesky job wouldn’t make me put the book down. Serial killers are my favourite plots in police procedures, and Pandora Pine has clearly done her research as we uncover more victims and clues.
The author balances the plot of the murder case and Ronan and Tennyson’s relationship seamlessly, never leaving us wondering what’s going on in the other plotline while she focuses on one of them. I loved watching Ronan and Ten get closer to each other and see the small group of friends develop and grow that bit bigger as Ronan’s captain reveals more about himself and becomes a friend.
I also like the way that the romantic plot was tied down and secured before the serial killer, allowing both men to focus completely on the danger the killer represented. It felt like a bit of secure footing to balance on while throwing some great twists and turns at us.
One of the worst parts of this novel was reading the blurb for the next book in this series, Dead Silent, and then having to wait for it to come out.
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