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Dead to Me

Cold Case Psychic, Book 5
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Cold Case Psychic, Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Psychic Tennyson Grimm was kicked out of his house and disowned by his religious parents when he came out to them as gay and psychic. The last thing Tennyson’s father said before the teenager boarded a Greyhound bus to Boston was that his son was dead to him. Flash forward 13 years later: Tennyson couldn’t have been more surprised when he woke to find the newly dead spirit of his father sitting on the end of his bed. David Grimm had one request of his estranged son: Go to Kansas and reunite with his mother. 

Cold case detective Ronan O’Mara was all for this family reunion. Still recovering from injuries suffered during his last criminal investigation, he figures they’ll fly to Kansas, bury Tennyson’s father and the hatchet with Kaye Grimm, then come back to Boston in time to plan their upcoming wedding. 

When the Union Chapel sheriff comes to Tennyson and Ronan with a years-old cold case he’d like them to look into, the Boston-based duo can’t turn down taking a peek at the case file. Tennyson is easily able to figure out whodunit, but the sheriff is leery to believe in his gift, bringing old prejudices back to life, and leaving Ronan to hunt for physical evidence the killer left behind. 

Will Ronan be able to solve the cold case and help Tennyson resolve the decade-old feud with his mother? Or will the tornado with its sights set on the tiny town of Union Chapel, Kansas, make the other questions moot?

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great story

wonderful voicework,each character sounded distinct and amazing story. This is a don't miss series and the ending of this one had me in tears.

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I'm Hooked!

One: Michael Pauley can do no wrong. He is amazing at voices, accents, and adding just the right inflections to differentiate between different characters and in different scenarios. I feel obligated to love just about any book he narrates, honestly. He's just that good.

Two: I knew about two minutes into this book that I would love it, and I was definitely proven right. The story immediately starts off with a flashback that not only pulls you in but makes you extremely emotionally invested in the plot before you even get back into Tenny and Ronan's current storyline.

I'm very difficult to please when it comes to well-written fictional characters, and these two continue to be two of my favorites. Characters need to be identifiable, empathetic, but flawed enough to be realistic. Tennyson and Ronan continue to be amazing, and Michael Pauley narrates their chemistry flawlessly!

I haven't read/listened to a lot of Pandora Pine (very little actually), but if the other books are anything like this one, I'm going to end up collecting them all.

Love!

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  • kp
  • 01-21-19

Love This Series!!!

I keep thinking this series can't get any better and then Pandora Pine outdoes herself. I loved Dead To Me. This book has it all. Humor, mystery, angst and best of all more Tennyson and Ronan.
Michael Pauley does an outstanding job of giving voice to these amazing characters. He truly adds so much depth to this story!
Dead To Me is a beautifully written romantic suspense novel. I can't wait for more!!!!

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Great continuation of this series

This was a tough one as we knew that Ten's parents were majorly homophobic, but you don't really feel it because we never saw them on page. Well his mother, holy crap lady get a clue & that town he grow up in, keep on driving. So Ten wakes up to his dad who had just dropped dead from a heart attack & he asks Ten to go home & help his mother plan the funeral and help get his mom settled. I hated her from the moment that we met her & by the end she really hadn't redeemed herself to me, but she was getting there. Of course while all of this is going on, the sheriff of the town asks Ronan & Ten for help on a cold case. Now to me the who was so obvious that I know who it was before they ever stepped on page. The why absolutely floored me & the outcome sickened me. But the investigation was pretty good. Kevin & Greeley come to help them get through the arraignments & Greeley really shines not only with getting through Ten's mother but with the investigation of the cold case. He is going to make a great detective. While we have the funeral, getting his mother settled, investigating a cold case, there is also a tornado; it's Kansas after all. The only thing that bothered me is that the wedding seemed rushed, I would have liked more of the planning and the events. The actual service was perfect and what Ronan gets to see brought tears to my eyes. As always, Michael Pauley did an amazing job narrating this one. I can't wait for the next one to come out on audio.

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This one dragged

This is my fifth audio book in the series. I enjoyed the first 2 hours and then the remainder of the book dragged on and on.

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Can’t get enough!!

Pandora Pine has done it again! I love this series. Every book gets better and better. Ronan and Ten are back and better than ever!

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  • Bunty
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 06-18-19

EXCELLENT

I love the story and plot. Tennyson and Ronan make a wonderful couple though I would have liked it more if there are less description on their sexual interactions and more actions on solving the cases. The other characters like Kevin the captain and Greeley his son are very good. Greeley plays a very important part throughout and I hope there will be more of Greeley in future books. Tennyson's mother is a real pain. Yes, I know that she and her husband are both very religious minded but where is the tolerance and compassion? This part I totally feel disgusted!! Be that as it may the rest of the story is interesting and I hope there will be more books to come.

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Buy the ebook

I bought this audiobook because I’ve really enjoyed reading the series. Some reviewers have complained that it’s not the most brilliant of all the m/m psychic cop series, but even if they’re right, I adore the characters & the writing.

However, the narrator is terrible. I can’t understand why people praise him. His reading is wooden and his voices are worse. His female voices are especially annoying (and distracting). It’s not a huge problem with characters like the mother or waitress who are supposed to be judgmental or hostile, but even the other more friendly or neutral female characters’ dialogue comes off as condescending or smarmy. His reading of those characters badly distorts the author’s words and the characters.

I’ve kept this book (but returned the others I bought) because it’s my favorite in the series & I like being able to listen to favorite books when I’m doing dishes, cooking, etc. But I spend a lot of my listening time cringing.

Of course, that should tell you how much I do like this book — that I’m willing to listen to such annoying narration repeatedly.

But my advice? Buy the ebook.

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More.

Michael Pauley does it again as he brings to life Tennyson and Ronan! I absolutely love this book. I couldn't stop listening. I hope there is many more to come and am eagerly waiting for the next one.

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Awesome

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
The writing is awesome and, as always, Michael’s narration takes it to the next level.
Definitely grab this awesome audiobook!

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  • kindleaddict
  • 07-24-19

Joyous read

This series is amazingly good to read, but add in Michael Pauley’s narration lifts it to another level. We meet Ten’s parents and Kaye really needs an attitude adjustment. The team can’t help solving a particularly nasty cold case while they struggle with Kaye. The epilogue is delicious and funny.

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  • Kirsty Mc
  • 07-23-19

I don’t know what it is about this series...

But it just keeps getting better. Tennyson and Ronan are this time on the way to Tennyson’s childhood home...the place where his father kicked him out when he came out. And who from beyond the grave are they going there at the behest of??? The very father that kicked him out as a teen.

This series keeps getting better. Tennyson and Ronan are really connecting to me as a couple the further into the series we get. I can’t wait for more! As always Michael Pauley has done a great job with the story and the characters. Gripping to listen to!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-18-19

Another hit story in the series!

All I can say is that the series keeps me coming back for more of Tenn's and Ronan's story.
This time, Tenn speaks to his estranged dad ... his very dead dad! This leads to the men going back to Tenn's childhood home to help his mum with her loss (I wouldn't have, but I'm petty like that!). Anyway, the MCs are asked to help with a cold case. As always, the case is a little chilling, but so interesting.
It is to Mr. Pauley's credit that I have not read a word of the series - not counting the blurbs. He has me so invested in the series that I can't even imagine reading the books (at least so far). He has made all the characters feel like real, 3D people; so much so that I expect to meet or read about Tenn, Ronan, Bertha (well maybe not, I'm scared of ghosts...) in real life.
I really love the narration!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-19

A Great Continuation Of A Series

This is the fifth book in The Cold Case Psychic Series. An enthralling book the writing was good. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters intriguing. The characters were developed and thought out. Detective Ronan O’Mara and Psychic Tennyson Grimm are the MC’s of this book. I really liked the father and son backup team as secondary characters. There was humor, police, parents, spirits, murder, friends, surprises revealed, emotional conflicts and so much more in this book. The narration was good there were different voices for the characters, and it wasn’t monotone.

Here is a quote from the book, “I’ll leave some of the fun duties for you, like the middle of the night feedings, projectile vomit duty, and the poop diapers that are so volcanic that they overflow and fill up the feet of those onesie pajamas.”. There is more but you will need to read/listen to the book which I can highly recommend. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Celpompom
  • 07-06-19

So emotional and so good

When I read this book and it hit a lot of feels.

listening to it today, it hit them all again, even harder.
Michael Pauley has a way of bringing life to the words that makes them even more powerful.

This story is amazing, sad, full of love, compassion, growth, a mother you want to throttle... :-)

great audiobook that I really recommend (in order, to gain a bit of context)

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  • alias11
  • 06-30-19

Love, Loss, and Change

This is another great story by Pandora Pine, and my favorite so far! This one didn't make me cry like some of the others, but it felt more real and heart-felt in dealing with death and denial. It was so hard to imagine the pain Tenn must have felt hearing that his mother said he was a mistake...that God made a mistake. I felt so hurt for him. It's hard to understand how Kay felt, but when that is what you have been taught all your life... Greeley remains an incredible character and one of my favorites! After all he has been through, it's amazing and wonderful how strong and caring he is. The mystery is almost a side story here, but there are still enough surprises and shocks to make your eyes bug, even if you think you already know what happened. The ending is beautiful, and i can't wait to listen to more of Tennyson and Ronan's story.

The narration was strong and like slipping on a comfortable pair of shoes. I appreciate the consistency that comes with having the same narrator do the whole series.

I received a copy of this audiobook through the author and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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  • Victoria Green
  • 06-25-19

Another fantastic story in the series

Tenn and Ro are so sweet in this book. Gone are the misunderstandings and miscommunications from the first few books - they are a solid team, more stable, confident and seem to have matured even in a relatively short time frame.

The narration is great (as always) and I particularly enjoyed the voice of Tenn's mum. Snooty and distant!

The drama in this book really exists between Tenn and Ro, and Tenn's mum. I found it hard to see why Tenn's mum softened to Greeley but not her own son... which is why I downgraded it to a 4 story wise. The murder mystery element was strong again and although it was sort of obvious 'who dun it', the real depth of the awfulness is a real shocker! I liked that Pandora gave Tenn and his mum a realistic outcome rather then a Hollywood ending. Another real treat of a story and I'm looking forward to listening to the next book.

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  • Headinabook
  • 06-25-19

Confronting the past.

Ten is going back to the town in which he grew up, to the house which he was thrown out, because when his father died, he visited Ten asking him to reunite with his mother. Ronan is going to Kansas to support Ten where the welcome is not warm. After the funeral the boys are asked by the local sheriff to look at a cold case, a case that has a sad outcome.
This book is all about comforting the past so that they can move on as always Micheal Pauley is brilliant especially his take on Ten’s mum Kay, it is a good installment to the series.

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 06-23-19

Truly magnificent

This series continues to astound me. the quality of writing, the depth of characters, the plot twists, I love it. The theme of this book is family ... the good, the bad and the darn right terrifying! It's also about redemption and growth. I can't say too much as I really don't want to spoil anything, but this is such an emotional book. Greeley is EVERYTHING and the epilogue had me ugly crying.
Michael Pauley is wonderful, but that goes without saying.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 06-02-19

I love Tennyson and Ronan!

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I love Tennyson and Ronan!

Another great story. These characters will capture your heart and become your family. I love the made family Ten and Ronan have created and in their new house, engaged and with their fur baby they are just such a wonderful couple. 

In this story, Ten wakes to find his father's spirit at the end of his bed and with that comes a can of worms and serious emotions to face. I'm saddened by Ten's whole situation and his mother's behavior is shocking. The progress through healing and communication is a difficult one and I love how Pandora approached this serious topic and how she portrayed Ten and Ronan as they deal with death, grief, homophobia, religion, and prejudice. 

While in Kansas they are asked to help with a cold case that is the only murder the town has seen and turns out to be a seriously disturbing case. 

This book ends with Ten and Ro's wedding and it has all the feels, love and happiness this couple deserved. I loved it so much and look forward to their next adventure, as husbands! 

Thanks for reading!