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Bitter Pill

(PsyCop #11)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  775 ratings  ·  153 reviews
There’s a new drug on the streets called Kick. The side effects are so brutal, most folks only try it once…unless they’re psychic. Then they do it until it kills them.

Psychic medium Victor Bayne is well acquainted with pharmaceuticals, from the Auracel that blocks his ghosts to the Seconal that offers him a blissful nights’ sleep. But he’s managed to steer clear of street
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published January 20th 2020 by JCP Books LLC
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Let's all just face the truth: Homer Simpson got dumber as the show went on. I know, I know. It's hard to get hit with those truth bombs about controversial topics, but someone needs to have the brevity to say it. But, that's the deal, right? Characters evolve and change in every series. And, if they didn't, it would be lame and ridiculous, like, you know, there might be a hamster that is 40 years old by now. And, what the hell happened to Roarke? We were just chatting about that over at Kelly's ...more
Kaje Harper
It's always fun to hang out with Vic again. He's grown a lot from those early days when he was a young, confused and unsure man fumbling to figure out his talent, and had just met Jacob. Now Vic has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, and yet, there are always antagonists that challenge his abilities. And being Vic, he's still looking to get a better grip on his abilities and find a new advantage, a new technique, to control and expand what he can do. From chair yoga to drugs he definitely shouldn't ...more
3.5 stars

First thing, a small clarification on the rounding down. The book isn’t bad, at all, and I enjoyed reading it a lot, but it didn’t reach the “Victor Bayne potential.” Not to the fullest, anyway, and certainly not like Murder House did. Understandably so, Vic undercover is difficult to top.

That said…

What I liked:

- The ending. (view spoiler) was a WTF moment if I ever read one. I need the next book, like, yesterday. I’m so glad it’s
Read in August 2020
Okay, that was awesome. We find out about lots of interesting stuff in this one, like Jackie's backstory and more about the habit demons. And oh boy the cliffhanger at the end? That was just mean!


Time for another series re-read? Yes it is!
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ghosts
Wow, Vic is practically competent at this point! At least, compared to how he was when we met him years earlier. It's nice to see other old characters again, too, although Crash is boring with Red.

Looking forward to the presumed continuation of finding out about Camp Hell and other secret background stories.
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
3.5 stars

There were things I really enjoyed about this one, but there were also things I was kind of meh about. It was probably too much to hope this would continue on with the highs of the previous book, which took PsyCop - and Vic - into new territory, and thus gave it a fresh, shiny feel. This one goes right back to the grind, and it's a case of been there, done that. Or, more accurately, nearly been there, almost done that. There are a few twists, but they weren't quite enough to pull it out
Take two aspirin and read ‘til morning!

Did I actually forget to write a review for this marvelous book?!!

Shame on me!

I loved this! This series is my jam! I not only preporder the ebook and read it as soon as it comes out, but I then also buy the audiobook when it releases. This time, I went a slightly different route and listened to the entire series before downloading Bitter Pill.

What a ride! Gomez Pugh is awesome 👏 no one can voice Vic like he does!

In Bitter Pill, we have a lot more of Vic a
Gah, I love this series so much, and it seems to get better and better! So much going on here besides the actual plot, about the investigation into a deadly psyactive drug (Kick) that is killing psychics. I'm loving Vic's character growth, especially over the last few books as he's finally realising what it's like to work with people who respect him and is really gaining in confidence as a result. He still can't quite believe it, and is still as endearingly self-deprecatingly shambolic as ever, ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

“But, Jacob…if it’s ever a choice between me and you…it’s gotta be me.”
He knew exactly what I meant. If someone’s gotta go….
“Why would you say something like that?”
“You have a family.”
He balled my jacket in his fist. “Damn it, Vic, so do you. I am your family.”

Oh my heart! <3 <3 <3

I was fortunate enough to receive an arc for Bitter Pill and I quickly and eagerly devoured it, despite trying to savour every moment. What can I say? I’m not much good at delayed gratification when it c
I'm grateful for the day I picked up Among the Living because it was the gateway to a great writer and IMO one of the best series around. What Jordan Castillo Price has done is trace not just the love story of two unique individuals but, more importantly, one man's sometimes tortuous, but always relatable, journey from abandoned boy to a (as of this installment) forty year old man who's finally coming to terms with his past and his true worth. The interesting cases and compelling cast of charact ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an ending! When you think nothing else can surprise you after everything we've learnt in the last few books, that bomb drops. I can barely wait for the next book to see what all that would imply.
I loved this new more self assured Vic, and his humour. The momment when he realized he managed to close his "white light faucet" doing some... let's call it "yoga", was hilarious. And what to say about Jacob, I like him because he is so good for Vic, despite wanting to throttle him for being reckl
After completely binging this series in a matter of days I cannot believe I have to wait for the next one with that ending!! This series has one hundred percent become one of my favorites.
Victoria Loves Books
I am a huge fan of this series so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this book. This was a fantastic read and a great addition to the series. As usual, JCP really grabbed me and took me for a ride with her great storytelling skills. She had me frantically turning pages till the wee hours of the morning. I love the humor, wit, and twists and turns this book took.

F-pimp still plays a big part in Vic’s growth and it was nice to see Vic & Jacob working a case together, again. It’s so refreshing to wat
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finally caught up with entire series and read this book! There are a lot of things I love when reading a series about one couple: the familiarity, the same cast of characters and the same level of suspense. What I loved the most here was how much Victor changed since the beginning, how much he matured and how it changed his everyday actions and thoughts.

This time Vic and Jacob worked closely together. As always, both men held each other through disappointments, pain, anger and fear. I liked t
I loved the first couple of books of this series. Then there were a couple in the middle I liked just a little less, but it looks like the Vic and Jacob I love are back, because I loved these last two books.

In this we have Vic and Jacob not only working a case together, but joining forces with Carolyn and Zig as well.

People are dying left and right, and Vic and Jacob are trying to find out who is selling the psyactive drug Kick.

It did take me a little while to get into this. But once the case
Jennifer R
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Great to see Vic and Jacob back in action together, after they were separated much of the last book. The mystery is good and I didn't figure out how it was going to play out. I particularly enjoyed that the boys got to work with Carolyn and Zig again, and we also get appearances by Crash and Red. Vic will always be Vic, but it was nice to see his personal growth from earlier in the series when you know he would have made more self-destructive choices. We also find out more about Jackie ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, series, 4-star
A solid installment. It was nice to see Vic & Jacob work a case together, along with some familiar faces from previous books. But I'm getting impatient for more info on Vic's past. It's time for more than tantalizing teasers. ...more
Joyfully Jay
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Bitter Pill is the 11th book in Jordan Castillo Price’s wonderful Psy Cops series. This is one of my all time favorite series, one I have been enjoying since my earliest days reading LGBTQ romance, and getting a new installment is always a treat. While each book has a discrete mystery, the overall plot builds across the series, and you are going to want to have read earlier books to best enjoy this one.

This latest installment gives us an engaging mystery that rea
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
Narration: 5 stars
Story: 3.5 stars

As always, Gomez Pugh's narration is stellar, but even he wasn't quite enough to lift this book out of the myriad issues I had with the basic plot. I was less annoyed with it though, so that's a plus. :D

Original review here.
Messy entry in a generally good series

I'd loved Murder House (the previous book in this long-running series), possibly because it was an outlier in the series: the relationship between Vic and Jacob was to the fore, and the mystery less dependent on having followed all the twists and turns of all the previous books.

To enjoy "Bitter Pill" though I'd have had to take a crash course again in the long cast list assembled over the series, and remember exactly where all the plots had got to. Not impos
Mónica BQ
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I've let so much time gone by between one PsyCop book and another that all details escape me. I don't even remember who Con Dreyfuss was or what the GhosTV exactly did.

And still, my love Vic makes me happy. After 11 books and a plot I no longer give a shit about, Vic is what keeps me here and what will continue to force me onto the next one.

Also, we finally got Jackie's story and that I did love. Meeting up with Carolyn and Zig was cool too.

I'm now ready for Other Half!
Kat, short for Clara
Super nice to see some old faces - I especially loved that we got Jackie's story (😭). Vic & Jacob were as wonderful as ever. All in all, another solid instalment in a favourite series. Yay! ...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, ebook, lbr, paranormal

4.5 stars - Vic and Jacob are back again with the story continuing on from the previous book. They are engaged now but just can't seem to find the time to make a wedding happen yet. They are still working together, and this installment has them on the case of the Bitter Pill, a drug known as "Kick." Kick is a highly addictive and deadly drug where you are not likely to live past a few hits. It can apparently enhance psych abilities, so the victims are both psych and regular people as well. Jacob
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was another amazing installment in this always fascinating and incredible series. It was full of action and packed an emotional punch to boot with the reunions with Carolyn and Zig and the revelation of Jackie and the ghost baby. But what made this amazing was Vic and Jacob working together, the way they used to, and Vic's continued growth. The crime itself was fascinating and surprising, the parties responsible were completely unexpected. And that ENDING!! Holy HELL!! I need Book 12 NOW!!! ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow! 11th book in the series and I'm yet to be disappointed!! Cant wait for the next!! ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, audio, favorites
I wish I hadn't started this when I had so much going on because I really would have loved plowing through it beginning to end. If I didn't know the audio would be released soon, I'd probably plunge right back in and re-read it.

One of my favorite parts of this series is the character growth, so often when a series has been going for a while that dies off, but not here. I love that the last book was all about Vic and Jacob longing for each other and their life together. This book was all about h
Jordan Lombard
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books in this series! We revisit characters we haven’t seen in a long time, Caroline and Ziggler, and it’s great to see how they’re doing. I appreciated learning Jackie’s horrifically sad backstory and how I don’t think it would have fit to learn her story any earlier than this. There’s an added weight to finding out years later. And the ending! OMG, is the next book out yet?! I need to know what happened to Jacob that he may not remember!!!

And yes, the case was compe
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a whole lot more than Murder House.
A lot of action and a lot of Vic and Jacob which was seriously missing last time.
An interesting end which will probably be the story for book 12.
Fenriz Angelo
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Need some time to chew on this before I write a review...

14hrs later...

So you remember how in Murder House I was dissatisfied with the lack of mystery and the focus on Vic's longing for being with Jacob? Well this one is 80% investigation 20% Vic and Jacob working together and making their bond stronger. And you know what? I still feel dissatisfied. Ningún chile me embona u.u lol

I feel bad for not liking these books as much as I wanted, I try to analyze the whys but I can't come up with a conclu
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Everyone wants a magic pill… it’s unlikely you’ll find such a simple solution.”
Oh, Victor… nothing has ever been simple for you, has it? With this 11th installment of PsyCop, my beloved Victor Bayne certainly does find himself facing some difficult challenges as the investigation touches a personal nerve. Victor’s internal monologue has always been a source of fascination to me and Bitter Pill is no exception, his quick wit and insightful observations about the world around him made this book a
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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the Midwest, from inner city Chicago, to various cities across southern Wisconsin. She’s settled in a 1910 Cape Cod near Lake Michigan with tons of character and a plethora of bizarre spiders. Any disembodied noises, she’s decided, will be blamed on the ice maker.

Jordan is best known as the author of

Other books in the series

PsyCop (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Among the Living (PsyCop, #1)
  • Criss Cross (PsyCop, #2)
  • Body and Soul (PsyCop, #3)
  • Secrets (PsyCop, #4)
  • Camp Hell (PsyCop, #5)
  • GhosTV (PsyCop, #6)
  • Spook Squad (PsyCop, #7)
  • Skin After Skin (PsyCop, #8)
  • Agent Bayne (PsyCop, #9)
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