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Dead Speak

(Cold Case Psychic #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,025 ratings  ·  202 reviews
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 t ...more
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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~Mindy Lynn~
3.75 Stars!

I'm a fan of cop/PI books. I really enjoy them when there's a psychic involved. I just enjoy the trope. So when I came by this one while cruising Amazon I had to add it to my long list of books to read.

Ronan is working a missing persons cold case after he was demoted to the cold case squad. The missing person is a 5 year old boy who was taken from his front yard. Michael Frye has been missing for 7 years and with Ronan finding no new leads he decides to take his chance on a local ps
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
This should have been perfect for me but there were several things that really marred the reading experience:

The Ex - Josh. I couldn't grapple with what Ronan ever saw in him and you experience exactly zero of their relationship so there is nothing to help you understand that choice at all. Josh is an ass. At to that, being married and both homicide cops seems like it would be a bit more difficult then this book portrayed. It just felt off to me. That and the ex Josh being married w/in a very sh
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*The Timeline Didn't Work Right*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Detective Ronan ‘Ro’ O’Mara's job is hanging by a thread after shooting a suspect and he get's assigned the case of a boy who has been missing for seven years. With no leads whatsoever, he brings in a local psychic Tennyson ‘Ten’ Grimm (30) to assist on the case, even though he doesn't believe in the supernatural. But he can't deny the truth when Ten proves the truth again and again. While trying to solve the case, the two men grow closer as they ca
☙ percy ❧
very predictable with mediocre writing in which somebody seemed to either roar or bellow every 4 pages. something that also really annoyed me was the black-and-white morality of it all; the antagonist was made as repugnant and evil as possible (and of course he has Voices in his head).

there was also this exceedingly irritating part where Ten said criminals and prostitutes have an inherently darkened soul so they always look for the people with light in their souls. okurrrrr.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody who actually likes mystery books
I don't know if I've been more disappointed in an MM paranormal mystery than I have been for this book.

I don't often do updates on my progress while reading a book, it is usually too distracting and often not needed, but every single page I found something to take issue with. If it wasn't the plot, it was the characterization, or it was the grammar, or it was the insta-love, or it was the terrible mystery, or it was the lack of realism, or it was the 50+ references to real life. Check my status
3.5 Stars

I really liked the beginning, the set-up for the whole series, introducing the reader to the characters and whatnot. (I probably should have read the pre-quel because there were a LOT of side characters to go with that "whatnot.") I was even willing to let go the sort of whiplashy angsty distrustful animosity between Ten & Ronan which morphed quickly to a lust & insta-love scenario, even though there was a distinct lack of emotional-type feelz (whether it was between the ex &
Ula'ndi Hart
I'm not going to finish this. No matter how hard I try.

I usually really like stories like these but I couldn't get my mind around a couple of things and seeing as I read for my pleasure I'm going to just move on and leave this to other people who might enjoyed it more than I do.

The ex is totally to much. The psychics... well I'm not an expert but there were some eyebrow lifting ridiculous moments there for me as well. The football thing and the "I know he kissed you but that's that thing" ... ye
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it

I liked the premise and the characters, but the executive was lacking. I knew who the killer was pretty early on, and was severely disappointed when the psychic and seasoned homicide detective took so long to figure it out. It kept my interest long enough to try book 2. We will see.
*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
Jun 10, 2018 marked it as 0-mm-books-i-own-and-need-to-read
Might just give this another try :-)!!! I anticipate a different opinion and a different experience :-)!! I do adore Ronan and Tennyson [reading Ghost of Himself and gahhhh I adore them] :-)!!!

See updates and comments as well - On that note, I'll be pasting them into this review page this weekend!!

First read initial rating ... 2 stars :-/!!

Is English this author's mother tongue and does she know it well? Otherwise or even regardless (in this case), a second, third, or even fourth pa
4.5 Stars
This was almost perfect, I loved Tennyson and his abilities were so well written. I'm such a believer in the sixth sense so when it's well written or portrayed it makes for the best stories. Ronan was another of my favorite kind of character, his flaws made him a better person.
I will be moving directly on to the next installment of this series.
Jan 29, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I'm trying really hard to DNF books I'm not enjoying now instead of pushing my way through them. There are only so many hours in a person's life, I currently have access to a good library with a good selection of books, and my to-be-read shelf is enormous. Spending my limited time on books that I know I'm not liking isn't a reasonable use of the limited time I have to read.

So I'm DNFing this book. I wanted to like it, thought I would like it, was invested in liking it, but really didn't like it.
This did not work for me at all. While I like the set-up in theory (there are some excellent cop/psychic books around - Jordan Castillo Price, I'm tipping my hat in your general direction), the execution here was beyond wooden. Info dumps, lots of telling, no variety in tone or pace - this is not what's needed in a (nominally) fast-moving thriller. Michaelle's review is on the nose about the procedural short-comings, too.
Add to that one-dimensional characterisation (real spoiler ahead): (view
This is a fine read and a good beginning of the nice series. Not my favorite story ever but still and enjoyable read.

There are several reasons why I didn't like this book as much as some others I've read, but I'm ready to admit that none is serious. First of all, it's about the main characters. Although they are easy to like, they don't stand out from hundreds of others. If I don't start reading the next book in this series soon (which I have in my plans, though maybe not the closest ones), I wi
Jenni Lea

Tried to read this on my Kindle but couldn't get past all the proofreading errors. Switched to audio so I wouldn't lose my mind.

Eh, I may continue with the series at some point in the future.
Audiobook review

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. Afte
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
....3.5 Stars.....

Listening to Michael Pauley narrate this book added so much to a story with mediocre writing and dialogue. His narration made me round up to a 4 star rating. Good job, Pauley!

What I didn’t enjoy:

I guessed the perp from the get go and that always makes a story lose its spark for me. I wanted more UST from our cold case detective and psychic. And I felt that Detective Ronan’s quick angry outbursts were often out of place. Tennyson, the psychic was as accommodating and understandi

I got to this point, made a bunch of notes and felt hella annoyed at all the things that didn't make sense or were blatant mistakes. I set it down for a minute and now I find it's been around 6 weeks and I still haven't picked it back up. I have no desire to. (I also lost my little list of things that bothered me and I'm way too lazy to try to recreate that.) The premise is good but the execution not so much. It really needed a good editor or at the very least a good beta reader.
There are other reviews here that nicely sum up the shortcomings of this book, but here are my thoughts, in a nutshell.

The romance - such as it is - is completely based on insta-lust. We're told the story takes place over a couple of months, but there's no sense of this, or of time passing, so it just feels as though these two jumped into bed and got serious after a few hours.

The villain was straight out of Bad-Guys-R-Us - seriously, all he needed was a cape to swirl and a moustache to twirl and
Len Evans Jr
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
OMG... the final confrontation scene almost gave me a heart attack... cudos to the author for that... it took a while to get my heart rate back to normal! So I LOVED this book... Ms. Pine knows how to create a incredibly suspenseful story and complex fascinating characters to fill it. I loved Ronin and Tenn, they are so perfect for one another. I am also loving the whole "psychic" angle and the humor that is sometimes generated by it. Leave it to a ghost to say what they think, cuz what are ya g ...more
**spoiler down** **grm**

I was really liking this book, until I understood who the sick man preying on kids was, I think that the author's idea of great plot and mine, don't match up.

I can't understand how Ronan, wasn't able to see that his ex-husband was a predator of the worst kind. They were married for 7 years and they were partners at work before that. I really lost faith in Ronan's detective skills. Josh, not only was an as*hole with him, he was selfish, demanding and too jealous to be norm
~nikki the recovering book addict
4 stars

Wow, 2019 is off to a good start for me. Lots of solid reads. This one definitely held my interest and I couldn’t put it down! It was fascinating seeing Ten work his psychic magic. As in, Pandora Pine wrote the psychic stuff so well that I could actually believe in it, page after page. So kudos to her!

I liked Ten but I’m oscillating between irritation and feeling neutral about Ronan. Sure, it made him more real with his temper tantrums and his impatience. But I’m just wondering if detecti
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio_owned
~ 5 Stars overall for book and audio ~

Great Prologue. Followed by an even better book!

I really enjoyed the narration for this book as well as the storyline. This book was fantastic and a great start to the series and totally blew away any reservations I had prior to starting it. I will definitely be reading the rest of these books, even if they aren’t added to an audio format. I do however think that I liked listening to this one more than I would have just reading it and that is what fully pull
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cop, ku
Dead Speak was a good concept, unfortunately the execution had holes you could drive a truck through.

Ronan is jaded cop who has been assigned to the outer reaches of hell on the force - the Cold Case Squad. He shot and killed someone on the job, went through a messy divorce and did a stint in rehab. In short, Ronan is no Pollyanna Sunshine. His attitude gets worse when he has to work with a psychic.

Tennyson can see and speak with the dead. He also has a gentle caring nature. He needs all his sk
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited, m-m
I guess my Kindle went ahead and marked this as read. Not cool Kindle, not cool. I swear I turned this feature off. Anyway, I guess now I don't have a choice but review even though I didn't feel prepared.

Ok. I liked this book. A lot of it was over the top or cheesy or just not my thing but I still ended up being into it and very excited that it is a series.

I think mostly it was the actual talking. When they actually talked to each other the humor seemed a little forced or something.

Liked it any
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Somehow to say I loved this book seems wrong due to the nature of the mystery, but I did.
I thought as a pairing , both in the police world and in their private life, it worked.
Ronan, now a member of the cold case squad, seeks out Tennyson, a psychic, after he makes the news finding a little boy alive. Ronan is sceptical of Tennyson's talent but as the story goes along, he comes to believe in him. Unfortunately for the 2, a tv network wants to make a documentary of them as they try to solve the l
DNF ~20%

Such a disappointment, as the concept for this one seemed right up my alley, and I read a short story in this 'verse that was decently written so I had high hopes. Unfortunately, this was a no for me.

TBH, I can name a handful of m/m romances off the top of my head that have a very similar set-up, so I need to be pulled in, but the author didn't really manage to distinguish themselves much. The writing wasn't all that great and had far too much exposition. I got that she was going with Ro
Don Bradshaw
Great story with a few flaws that keeps it from five stars. I found the reality TV portion of the story to be annoying and unnecessary. I also think that the mystery would have been much better had Tennyson and Ronan not gotten together as a couple. That said, I found the story to be engaging and entertaining. The two MCs were well fleshed out and likable. I did get confused by Ten's friends Carson and Cole but not enough to be bothered. The rape was handled well by Ms Pine as was the murder its ...more
Feb 18, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2-didn-t-finish
No rating, gave this book a chance, didn't like how it started off, felt a lot of too easy plot devices, and didn't feel anything between the characters. May revisit but right now 'imma say no dawg'.

Wanted to capture this because I keep trying to read the series tho!
caroline wilson
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ready for book 2, loved these characters.
I received this book by the author for an honest opinion
When I read the description for this book I was really looking forward to reading this as I've read a similar themed book and was wondering how well this one would stand up to it. But let me assure you it did, normally I can um and ahh over what I'm going to rate a book but this was no trouble a straight up 5, when you read a snippet before work and then have to stop to go to said work I was biting
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was awful! The writing made no sense. I love psychics in stories so this should have worked for me but the writing made no sense. First it was mentioned that Ronan was an alcoholic and after a fatal shooting while he was obviously intoxicated though it was in self defense he had to do rehab or be fired. In Florida!!! Ronan was a police detective in Boston, MA but he was sent to Florida! I don't think so, that makes no sense and definitely not in a police budget. Ronan began drinking be ...more
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Sick of the slogging rat-race of her 9-5 job, Pandora Pine put pen to paper (literally!) to make her ambition of becoming a romance novelist a reality. She cut her teeth in the dog-eat-dog world of fanfiction, still dreaming of the day when she would be a published author. She lives in Massachusetts with her blabbermouth muse who’ s a fan of middle of the night plot twists.

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