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Osgood As Gone (The Spectral Inspector, #1)

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Once an exciting up-and-coming star of the burgeoning paranormal investigation TV genre, now Prudence Osgood finds herself as a barely functioning alcoholic living in daily pain, both physical, from a car accident nearly twenty years ago, and emotional, from the loss of Audrey Frost, her partner and best friend, over an ill-advised hoax. When a random and cryptic email sho ...more
Paperback, 1, 368 pages
Published October 2019 by Horror & Carnage Press
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David Sodergren
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many supernatural mysteries have you read that feature a pan-sexual, non-monogamous ghost hunter as the lead? Not enough, I'd wager. Well, why not start here?

This book touches on lots of my favourite things - cults, weird conspiracy theories, sex, vinyl backmasking, 90s pop star breakdowns, ghost hunters, inter dimensional beings...but all wrapped up with crackling dialogue and relatable characters.

Cooper S. Beckett is a name to watch, and I will certainly be reading
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Bark the Overwrought Keyboard Warrior
Prudence Osgood once had a successful ghost hunting show but one terrible decision destroys her reputation and costs her the love of her childhood best friend. She hasn’t dealt with the fallout well at all and now heads a paranormal investigation podcast when she’s not too broken and too drunk to do so. She’s basically a hot mess who suffers from horrifying nightmares, chronic pain and chronic heartache and washes it all away with booze and sex with anonymous ladies she picks up while blackout d ...more
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Osgood shouts into the dark. No echo returns. She lifts her face back to the beacons. Beyond it, the sky is inky black emptiness, absent of clouds and stars, as though her world has shrunk down to only this place, swallowed up into darkness by some great leviathan, or cruising through outer-outer-space in a bubble of black. She startles herself by barking out a laugh that sounds more like a rough cough. A wave of relief washes over her as the laugh is reflected and echoes back to her."

I was
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Mindi
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the perfect example of why I'm a reviewer. I get approached often by authors I've never heard of to read their books. Sometimes I take a chance because I get this feeling that a book could be one that I don't want to miss. Call it intuition, or more like an itch at the back of my brain. That's exactly what happened when Beckett sent me a DM and asked me to review his book. Something told me I should. And I'm so glad I did.

Prudence Osgood is a washed up paranormal investi
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
I'm going to set this book aside for the time being. It's not a DNF. I won't shelve it forever--I just think there are too many competing books for attention and they keep winning out. I'm on a different wavelength with what I'm currently reading and reviewing--I'm distracted and I'd like to give this book a fair chance.
It's just not engaging enough for me at this moment in time.
Thank you to Copper Beckett for giving me a review copy. I promise I'll circle back to it soon.
Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos
It’s hard to know where to start when reviewing this book. Let me just start by saying it is awesome. You need to buy it. Like now.

Ok. Got that out of the way. Let me highlight a couple of things that really stick out as reasons why I feel you should part with your hard earned cash.

1. Prudence Osgood - formerly Pru, now Os. She’s a queer (very queer), smart-talking, paranormal investigator with a troubled past. She suffers from depression, has more than a few substance abuse issues, and I tota
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Alex findingmontauk1
Osgood As Gone is a fun, unique, paranormal mystery book that I recommend to anyone! It's got so many elements of the supernatural and urban fantasy thriller. There's a lot going on in this one book, the first book in The Spectral Inspector series. What makes this book unique? First and foremost, the protagonist is a badass, non-monogamous queer detective boomin' with wit, sass, and insight. I could seriously read about Prudence Osgood for years to come. She is real, down-to-earth, and doesn't t ...more
Tracy Robinson
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read for me. Pru is a VERY imperfect main character who very much put me in the mind of older, crass PIs in old mystery novels and shows, but while similar she is also miles different. I like Beckett's twist on this; it is refreshing to read about characters along the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.

One of the things I really liked about this book was just how well Beckett was able to weave multiple characters and a crazy story line together so well. For the most part it worked, th
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Emily
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Once you walk down the road to darkness, it's so much harder to walk back."

I picked up Osgood as Gone after a couple friends were raving about it, and I'm so glad I did! This book is an absolute blast, and I really enjoyed reading it. I guess I would call it paranormal horror comedy. The mystery of the story was pretty layered, and I wasn't entirely certain that it was all going to come together, but it worked well! There are a couple creepy illustrations in the book, and I loved th
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Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
What do you get when you mix a superbly badass (semi-dysfunctional, but who isn’t, to be honest) queer detective, a hard-boiled style mystery plot, enough supernatural crazy to knock your socks off, and a too-cool-for-school throwback Christopher Pike cover?

Something you really just need to read. Like right now.

Prudence Osgood is a completely new type of heroine. She’s a pan-sexual, non-monogamous, alcoholic, ghost-hunter with a dark, painful past that keeps coming to lit
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Jessica
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prudence Osgood was once an up-and-coming star in the paranormal investigation TV genre. Today she finds herself as a barely functioning alcoholic battling chronic pain through the use of drugs. Not only does she have physical pain coursing through her body thanks to a car accident that happened twenty years ago, but she also suffers from emotional pain. When her TV career went belly-up she lost her best friend, Audrey Frost. They were partners until the fateful day an ill-advised hoax destroyed ...more
Kath West
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Becca
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Cooper S. Beckett for providing me with a copy of Osgood as Gone in exchange for an honest review!

I gotta start this review with a little bit of cheese. I am so so so thankful that Cooper S. Beckett is a person, because he wrote the book that I had an inkling that I needed, but never knew it’d actually exist in my lifetime. Thank you Cooper S. Beckett — for giving me the new love of my life, Osgood, while also providing me with a Hell of a good time.

Osgood as Gone is the start of/>Osgood
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Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
I was gifted a free copy of this book by the author in return a review.

Osgood As Gone sounds like a book I would be into; ghosts, unreliable narrator down on their luck, drama between friends and a mystery that rivals a Scooby-Doo episode! Fun stuff!
However, I couldn't get into the story. The writing was confusing and messy and Pru was all over the place like the author was trying to combine a bunch of characters together to please everyone all in one person! That's a long sent
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Ana
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I have received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I like when I pick up a book without having extremely high expectations and I end up enjoying it. That happened with this one. I liked the cover and I did think that I'd have fun reading it, but it was much more than that, I enjoyed it more than I expected.
(I'm not writing a synopsis, you can read it up there.)
Pros: I loved all the little details and clues that characters were solving and they
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Bri
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, from-author
Thank you author Cooper S. Beckett for providing me with a copy of Osgood as Gone in exchange for an honest review.

Osgood As Gone sounds exactly like something that I would read. It had a lot of potential but unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. I pushed myself to get as far as I did. I DNF’ed at 73%.

The writing was messy and the main character, Prudence, was just as chaotic. I’m all for LGBTQ+ in books but the constant reminder that Osgood is queer throughout the book was exhausti
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Ravin Maurice
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this novel, and I am SO glad I did.
Crossing into a few different genre's, Osgood as Gone is a damn good story. With well crafted characters and a world so fully formed you'd swear you had been there before, this book was hard for me to put down. This novel, the first in the Spectral Inspector series, follows Prudence Osgood as she is drawn into a mystery when she receives a strange cryptic email that pulls her into a case involving missing people from rest s
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Yolanda Olson
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cults and creepy things? Yes please!

I just finished my advanced copy of Osgood as Gone. This is a great page turner and I think that starting with the mysterious text was actually pretty genius. It gripped me from the beginning and kept my attention throughout.

This story centers around Prudence who's a bit down on her luck and trying to recover from her car wreck and loss of Audrey.

Horror, suspense, intrigue, and a hell of a leading lady make for an epic start to this se
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Lizeth Alatorre
I would like to thank the author for providing me with an advanced Copy. This book was scary and funny with characters that are diverse and I really enjoyed it. The writing style was easy to follow and characters were easy to care for. The book is good but I ended up giving it a 3/5 stars because it ended not being my cup of tea even though it was a horror slash funny story.
Bookish_Pineapple
I am grateful to say I was able to read and review this book from the author! I normally don't do a lot of mystery but this one peaked my interest! I loved the supernatural aspects of it and the relationships between the characters. There is not enough strong female leads out there! It definitely gets you thinking about what you would do in Osgood’s situation. I'd like to think I would kick ass like her. She teaches you it's ok to have hard times. And I am so down for the 80s/90s vibes! This boo ...more
Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)
Review to come on scifiandscary.com !
Tyler Hayes
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished an ARC of this book, and I have to say, OSGOOD AS GONE is phenomenal. It's like Stephen king does creepypasta, with some excellent LGBT+ rep to boot. Beckett is expert at weaving a creepy, haunting urban legend of a mystery, full of King and Carpenter and other 80s/90s horror vibes that feel like a love letter to the style while still being something fresh and original of its own. The characters really pop, with distinctive voices across the board, and a distinctive narrative voi ...more
kelcie_reads
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prudence Osgood is a paranormal investigator turned podcast host after a hoax not only lost Osgood her job but her first love, Audrey Frost, as well. When she receives a strange text from an unknown sender, she and her partner begin and investigation that leads her back to Audrey, her missing twin sister and a car accident that’s haunted her for years.

Osgood As Gone has tons of twists that had me intrigued from the first page until the very last. The characters are well written and they feel li
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Kat Stark
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though mysteries & supernatural/horror stories aren't usually my bag, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was lucky enough to be an advance reader and read the entire thing in one sitting. I found it extremely compelling; the characters feel like real people and I got pretty lost in the story wondering how it would all unfold.
Lisa Diaz Meyer
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully disturbing mystery brimming with fractured friendships and nightmarish scenes!
5 Stars!
Corey (grimdark_dad)
“...I have a new novel coming out about a queer female ghost hunter, done in the style of pulp detective novels meets cosmic horror. would you have any interest...”

YES I WOULD PLEASE

*ahem* That’s a snippet of the message I got from Cooper S. Beckett asking if I’d like to review his new book, Osgood as Gone. Between that description & the late-80’s/early-90’s Christopher Pike vibe to the cover, I was sold!

This is the story of Prudence Osgood. Prior to the events of th
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Sarah Read
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun read. Prudence Osgood is a lovable, snarky character. I immediately cared about her, and about Zack and Audrey. The mystery was engaging, the pace was good, and once I hit the 50% mark, I didn't want to put it down. There are lots of fun pop culture references--many of which probably went over my head. There's delightful queerness, campy ghost hunting, some lovecraftian terror, human tension, and good laughs in these pages. Perfect summer reading for horror fans. I'm lookin ...more
Jamie
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book, one thing is for certain: I need more Prudence Osgood in my life! I adored this story, and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. This was a great supernatural mystery, with relatable characters that I grew to love. Osgood is sassy, witty, and stubborn. She's flawed in many ways, and it's her flaws and her pain that make her relatable.I thoroughly enjoyed her adventure in this book, and I wish she was real so that we could be friends. I thought that the story was we ...more
Katherine
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Osgood As Gone. It was such a dark and twisty page turner! It has a detective noir feel, with a helping of cosmic horror, characters you can get attached to and just in case your imagination isn’t up to the task, there are even a few spooky pictures.

It centers around Prudence Osgood, a ghost hunter and podcaster who is a bit down on her luck. She is dealing with serious chronic pain from a previous car accident and the heartbreak of losing her best friend and one time lo
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Sara Tantlinger
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author for an ARC copy.

Osgood As Gone by Cooper S. Beckett is a witty first book in The Spectral Inspector series. Osgood is an intriguing character filled with dark humor, vices, and a complex background. She is an imperfect heroine, which makes the book all the more interesting to delve into. The quick banter, gritty plot, and development between the characters all weave together to create an adventure lurking with darkness. The book is pretty dialogue-heavy, so if
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As a queer non-monogamous writer, Cooper S. Beckett endeavors to create characters that reflect the diverse lifestyles of his friends, his partners, and himself. From that mandate, he writes scary, silly, and sexy books and essays. Beginning his writing career as a podcaster and speaker in the sexuality education community, he wrote My Life on the Swingset, a memoir of his first five years in non- ...more