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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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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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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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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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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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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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Absolutely amazing

Ronan is a cop who was assigned to the cold case unit. Tennyson is a psychic. After seeing Tennyson solve a crime using his abilities, a frustrated Ronan goes to him for help solving his case of a missing boy. The book was very well written, and I found myself captivated by the MC's right from the beginning. They developed a great chemistry as work partners, and that carried over into their personal feelings for each other.

One thing I didn't love was the TV story line. I thought that it really didn't add much to the story, and had more loose ends with it. It felt like it was just an extra plot thrown in with no real meat. I hated Ronan's ex-husband, and couldn't really see what it was that he saw in him. The mystery was a bit complex, but I figured out who did it much earlier than Tennyson and Ronan.

I am glad there are many more books in this series, because I absolutely loved these guys, and I can't wait to read more about them. I listened to this as an audio book, and Michael Pauley was brilliant. He really brought Ronan and Tennyson to life for me.

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First of all: if csa is something that triggers you, you might want to avoid this book. There are no graphic descriptions, but there was enough talk about it to make my skin crawl at some points.

The story didn’t really take any time to explore and develop the main characters and their romance, they just sort of went along and then fell in love because...reasons, I guess. None of the side characters had actual personalities, and the police work part wasn’t really well developed either, it felt like the author just took a bunch of cliches, combined them into a story and called it done. We did get a little bit of suspense near the end, but it was mostly just the bad guy gloating and being awful. This could have been so good, but it just wasn’t.

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Just what I needed. I have been in a book slump for some time. I don't usually read M\M stories but thought I would give it a try. The story was intriguing, well developed, and sexy. Narrator was also fantastic. This book kept me interested from beginning to end. Well done!

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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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  • 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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wow just wow

What a intense ride. This book has great twists and turns and a very challenging case is broken wide open. This book addresses a warped mind that is just grossly disturbed when brought to justice. Although I guessed the 'killer' really early, how the case was concluded was still interesting and thrilling. The main characters have great chemistry and although they have undergone a disturbing and challenging time I look forward to see what will happen next with them and their next case! Great writing Pandora and as always Michael does an awesome performance!