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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 makeover, 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 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?

©2018 Heather Tarzia (P)2018 Heather Tarzia

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The audiobook really brings this story to life

I'm a big fan of all of Pandora Pine's work, and I was so excited to hear her first audiobook. It did not disappoint! The Cold Case Detective series brings together some great characters and suspenseful, engaging stories, but being able to actually hear these guys is awesome. Michael Pauley did a fantastic job with a large cast of characters, and the way he portrayed Tennyson and Ronan was spot on!
If you are already a fan of this series, you owe it to yourself to buy this book and listen. It truly brings Tennyson and Ronan to life. If you're new to this author, this is a fabulous place to enter the world that she has created with these characters.

A story that draws you in and great narration equals a 5 star rating on all fronts! Don't miss out on this one!

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action!

I like books with a real plot. Thanks for this. I enjoyed it. I'll be getting the series!

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Absolutely Amazing!

I am such a huge fan of Pandora's writing and i was thrilled to be able to hear this book on audio! I love Ten and Ronan and I thought that Michael Pauley did an absolutely fantastic job of really bringing the characters in this book to life. I honestly felt like i was really a part of their story and right there listening to them.
The voices that he gave them was what I thought they would sound like so it made the story much more real to me.
This was a wonderful audio book and I can't wait to hear the rest of this series!

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Broome's Books Review

ead Speak by Pandora Pine was narrated by Michael Pauley. I’ve heard only the best about his narrations so when I got the opportunity to listen to his work, I jumped at it. He is very distinct and brings more personality to each character. Ronan was alpha male one hundred percent and it came through. There was a roughness to his chapters that fit so well. Tennyson was more delicate. His part, it was one I wasn’t the biggest fan of because he sounded overly feminine and I didn’t picture him that way. The secondary characters all have their own tones, textures and distinct Boston accents. It brought me further into the world and over all I will look forward to listening to more of Michael Pauley’s work.

Paranormal/Mystery romances are some of my favorites. I grew up on stealing mystery novels off of my mom’s bookshelf (Entirely inappropriate for my age at the time lol). It’s been hard for me to find a M/M mystery novel or series that was able to suck me into that universe entirely. Usually there isn’t enough mystery to satisfy me.

This was an entirely different case. I was still trying to figure it out nearly all the way to the end of the book. I did get an inkling towards the end and I was right, but it took nearly the entire story for me to get there.

It was a heartbreaking case and the details weren’t glossed over. Michael Frye was a five year old boy who disappeared from his front yard. Ronan is assigned to work cold cases and he’s at a loss as to what could have happened to Michael. So he goes to Tennyson Grimm, psychic, with the hopes that maybe he’ll get some clue.

Ronan is extremely skeptical of Tennyson’s gift. He thinks it’s a crock of shit and he isn’t afraid of telling Tennyson that to his face. There were a few times I just wanted to pop Ronan over the back of the head for being such a dick. Then there were times I was all heart eyes at how he and Tennyson were together. They were just sweet. And hot. Very, very hot.

Their romance scenes, definitely not something you would want to be caught listening to while you were at work. Which is exactly where I listened to this (Because I’m that person, you all know someone like me, don’t deny it). I also drove around longer than necessary because I didn’t want to get out of my car and go into the house. I did not want to stop listening.

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Mystery & Romance - yes please!

I was originally drawn to this Audible because of the narrator, Michael Pauley is one of my favorites. In reading the blurb, it sounded interesting so here we are! A Boston PD Detective (Ronan) teams up with a well-known Psychic (Tennyson) to solve a cold case of a missing child. Not only are they teaming up on the case, but they are also being trailed by a reality TV crew to showcase Tennyson’s abilities. Ronan is very skeptical on working with a Psychic, but after seeing some of the immediate progress Tennyson is able to make, he starts to come around. Not only are they partners in this case, but they also start to become partners outside the case. Their chemistry together is really portrayed well by the narrator. I really enjoyed the interaction between the two MCs, and how the case evolved. I’m going to head over to pick up the next case in book 2!

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A Great Premise Squandered

'Dead Speak' has a promising setup that should offer a lot of fertile drama and escalation of character interaction, but the characters are not written with the depth this context demands. There's little curiosity about either the police detective work or, even worse, what it really feels like to for Tennyson and his barely sketched friends to be exposed to the world of the other side, even in the chapters told from Tennyson's point of view. Both of those are mortal wounds, but what really killed it for me is the way Ronan blows up at absolutely everything, rather than letting his anger bank through the progression of the story and only exploding at moments of real crisis. The effect of Tennyson on his temper, hinted at early on, is also unexplored as a means of developing his character. The two leads develop affection for each other because the plot requires it, not because the narrative sells their connection, a major cardinal error for an action romance; and Ronan's ex is so awful that the recurring "I don't know what you ever saw in that guy" comments function as valid internal criticism of the novel's own backstory.

The dissonance between this story and what it could have been is highlighted by another book that covers similar ground, 'The Long Way Home' by Z.A. Maxfield. It, too, has a psychic drawn into a police case involving the abduction of kids, skepticism and difficult, piecemeal acceptance from the cops, backstories for both the psychic and the detective that bear on how they approach the case, and so on; and Maxfield shows how it's done, diving deep into the experience of psychic forensic investigation. It's also narrated very well by J.F. Harding. My advice: get that one instead, and if you already have it, listen to it again.

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Pure entertainment

I've said it before, but I'll say it again - there's something about psychic detective stories that calls to me, and this one is not an exception. I was a bit on the fence for a while, but in the end I realised I just couldn't pass it up - and I'm glad I didn't.

Detective Ronan O'Mara has had a tough year. His husband filed for divorce, he got demoted to work on cold cases after shooting a suspect. Not so much for the shooting, but for his drinking habits when he's off work. After some mandatory leave to get his head back on straight he's handed the case file of a missing boy. A boy that's been missing for seven years. Ronan is determined to find out what happened to young Michael, so when he spots a news show about a psychic helping the police to find another young boy, he hopes he might be able to do it again.

Tennyson Grimm is psychic and has been since he was a little boy and he's devoted his life to help the dead, and the living, find peace. So when Ronan approaches him about a cold case he is more than a little intrigued. After some negotiations, the two, along with a camera crew filming the entire process for a reality show, starts to look into what happened to the 5 year old boy.

I didn't go into this book expecting a mystery masterpiece of any kind. I wanted to be entertained. And that's exactly what I got. There are a lot of things that are unbelievable and not quite right, but read / listen to this book for what it is - entertainment - and you'll enjoy it much more than if you expect any kind of correlation of how things works (or don't work) IRL. For me, the identity of the killer was obvious very early on in the book and I kind of wished it was a bit less obvious. The mystery in general was a good one - but a truly horrible one. Other than that this book gave me exactly what I was looking for. It kept me entertained from start to finish.

Ronan and Tennyson's relationship starts out a bit on the rocky side, with Ronan being sceptical of Tennyson's powers, to say the least. He's not really nice about it either. On the other hand, he's also willing to give the man a try if it could help him solve what happened to Michael. Then, a bit out of nowhere, there is insta-lust and all the mistrust and feelings other than lust and love vanishes like they never were there in the first place. Insta-love is not my favourite trope, but I also recognise it is present in a lot of the books I pick up.

Michael Pauley is one of my go to narrators. I enjoy listening to his voice and I like that he has different voices for the different characters. It's always easy to follow along the story, knowing who's speaking. He also adds emotions to his narration, which is a huge gold star from me, it adds another dimension to the book, brings it to life in a way. Sure, some of the female voices didn't always sound quite right, but hey - no one is perfect and it sure didn't keep me from enjoying this book.

Dead Speak was a really good start to a promising series and I'm looking forward to solve more cases with these two guys.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes

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Didn't think it could get any better, was wrong!

I loved this book when I read it, and it so great listening to it come to life in audio form. Michael Pauley did an excellent job. I sometimes have a hard time following along with audios but no problem at all with this one. Great job by both writer and narrator.

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Enjoyable m/m w/a shaky plot but great narration..

I love a good crime book and I read m/m in all forms pretty exclusively. This was my first book by Pandora Pine.
I enjoyed the characters and learning about them. I also thought the idea behind the book was well thought out, but not unique(detective and psychic unite). It was just that the execution on the storyline just wasn't there.
Yes, there was a pretty heinous crime. But it ends there. I just didn't buy the ability of detective Ronon. Throughout the book everyone keeps saying what a great detective he is, but he solves absolutely nothing in this book. He basically just throws temper tantrums for the whole book.
Tens friends pick up a lot of the clues and also help channel the ghost which lead to solving the crime. If this series is spawning from the abilities of Ten and Ronon, I have to wonder if the partnership is a bit lopsided.
The sexy times were spicy but not sizzling. It seems like they got a HFN, which is nice.
This is a fast read with a cool idea for a series but a shaky execution on the detective and police element.
If you are looking for true m/m crime , Josh Lanyon style, and a paranormal partnership JCP style...than this isn't for you.
If you are looking for a fun , fast book with a crime and paranormal piece than pick this one up.
I will definitely grab up book 2 on Audio. Michael Pauley could read the phone book and I'd listen.

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3.5 stars- Ups and downs but a good narration

Dead Speak and the entire Cold Case Psychic series caught my eye a few times, but when the audiobook released with a narrator I’ve listened to and enjoyed before, I decided to hesitate no longer. Overall, this was a good story with solid characters and an interesting enough case to hook me for more.

I have a soft spot for law enforcement romances and romantic suspense books and also love a good mystery or forensic crime novel. However, because I’ve read a lot within these tropes, I’m a bit picky. For me, Dead Speak fell a bit on the cutsey side of the genre. The case itself was a solid idea, but there really was no mystery as to the perpetrator, just how it all would work out. For the most part, I liked that aspect of it and there were a few surprises along the way, but the action scenes never had my pulse racing or frantically listening for the big reveal or apprehension. Instead, a lot of the police investigative work, and even some of the psychic aspects, felt a bit convenient and almost trite (e.g. repeatedly referencing TV police procedural dramas). That said, I did like Tennyson and Ronan as a couple and partnership. Their personalities conflicted just enough to promise some good banter and an interesting working relationship; and despite the insta-love romance, the pair made a cute couple. I wish we could have seen more of that emotional chemistry develop between these two in Dead Speak, but I’m hopeful that will be explored more in the subsequent books. I was also pretty confused regarding Ronan’s ex-husband. That connection and relationship really never made sense, and much like some of the psychic aspects, it was glazed over rather than explored adequately, making it hard to really accept and embrace.

In the end, I was back and forth about my feelings on Dead Speak. I liked it, but had some issues with it, and yet, I’m definitely considering revisiting the series. I do think the narrator brought a good bit of life to the story and delivered a solid performance. The reading was smooth and Mr. Pauley enunciated clearly while inserting the appropriate level of emotion for the scene. If you are considering this series, I would certainly recommend giving the audiobook version a try.

*Reviewed for LesCourt Author Services. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*

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  • 06-30-18

brilliant

loved it . M.P. is a fantastic narrator. puts so much in to a great story . brilliant book .I hope to see the others in this series on audible in the future.

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