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Cosplay Killer

(London Podcast Mystery #1)

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What happens when an autistic firefighter and his paramedic boyfriend share a thirst for true crime?

Osian Garey and Dannel Ortea live together in a colourful flat in Covent Garden. They run a podcast and throw themselves wholeheartedly into Cosplay, video games, and musical theatre. This year, they’re all fired up to attend their annual convention with a group of first res
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Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published December 5th 2020 by Hot Tree Publishing
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Joyfully Jay
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


Dahlia Donovan’s new novel, Cosplay Killers, is out and it is brilliant. A riveting tale of murder and mayhem, the story brings together a few other characters from another published mystery, Poisoned Primrose, and introduces a few new ones like Dannell and Ossie. A routine call to a major accident has left Ossie a bit shell shocked and just gutted over the fact that he could not save the woman they were transporting from the scene. Her husband has since been appear
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Amanda
Something about Donovan’s writing just completely clicks with me. I enjoyed this cozy-ish (I think it fits the bill technically, but felt a little grittier than a typical cozy to me) mystery immensely and was completely engrossed in the story. Oz (Osian) and Danny (Dannel) were both such completely likeable characters IMO, and while I usually like a more prominent romance plot, I felt it worked without it here as I could definitely see and feel these two’s love for each other. The mystery was in ...more
Cassie
Received an ARC from GRR in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It was great, the characters were endearing and wonderful and this was about an established couple, but it was not a romance, and I was seriously missing that so much. With how much I enjoyed the characters, I would have loved to have some intimate moments with the two. And the one time I thought maybe, Ossie actually said I will keep my hands to myself, like Dannel was not interested. But they never touched o
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RACHEL REED
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the London Podcast series and can be read as a standalone.

This book revolves around an autistic firefighter and his paramedic boyfriend and thier first crime case.

Ossian and Dannel were well written and likeable characters.
The storyline was well and the writing was gripping.
I enjoyed reading about the mystery and the case.

I love characters with disabilities and this one was so well written.
If you like a fast paced romantic suspense with all the feels.
I would definitely
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ML
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Osian and Dannel are both first responders that host a mystery pod cast. They are an established couple and have a sweet shorthand with each other.

I enjoyed getting to know both characters and their friends/family. There are a ton of characters in this book but it doesn’t make you feel overwhelmed as you read about them. Everyone has a part to play in the overall story arc. I enjoyed the mystery aspect. It had a satisfying conclusion and I look forward to more books in this series.
Xanthe
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Osian and Dannel are an interesting couple to read. Whilst there isn't hot, intenseness between them, there is such a strong bond of trust, friendship and support that they built up since becoming friends as toddlers then boyfriends as teenagers.
Osian is the most supportive person for Dannel when it comes to how he lives with his autism and coping mechanisms, able to tell instantly when he needs a step back, retreating to musical playlists and a dark room. Dannel, whilst not apt at reading visua
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Shannon
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cosplay Killer was an entertaining read. It was kind of a nice change of pace to read something more mystery centric than romance. Although I really did like Osian and Dannel as couple, I thought they were completely endearing! I loved the way they cared for each other, which was shown time and again in this book.

Although the mystery of who murdered one of their friends was the main focus of the story, it's not the only thing Osian and Dannel have to deal with- Dannel is questioning if being a f
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Angelique
Ossy & Dannel are the cutest couple I have come across in a long while #couplegoals. The two of them have this really amazing relationship where they know each other so well that they instinctively know how to just be there for their partner. Ossy is a disenchanted ex-paramedic who just cannot take losing another patient and therefor gave it up. His very supportive partner Dannel completely understands and there is absolutely no judgement. If only Dannel could just tell Osian about his own feeli ...more
DeeNeez
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt, sh-2021, mystery, 2021, sh-apr
Sweet and nerdy, and loved every minute. A great cozy mystery. The first responders cosplay group become targets in a murder investigation. I definitely want to find out what happens Ozzie and Dannel in the next of the series.
Diane
This is a great book!
The two main characters are perfect for each other...they support each other in every way and their love and affection for each other is genuine.
The mystery is wonderful. The clues come fast and furiously as they try to whittle down the list of suspects.
So many decisions are taken out of the hands of Osian and Dannel, as far as solving the crime, but in the end it all comes together perfectly...
Though not without a few trips to the hospital, relatives descending on them (re
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Ashish Rastogi
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fast paced murder mystery.

Osian's and Dannel's life goes for a toss as they get embroiled in a murder. The narration keeps you engaged with a plethora of characters forming the wider friends, family, and colleagues of the two MCs.
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Edga
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read by this author, and it wasn't half bad. I enjoyed Ossie and Danny as main characters. They were different from the usual MCs in a mystery/crime story, both having an almost child like quality.

The mystery was well written, although I didn't think that their interference with police procedure was particularly realistic. Saying that, I'm certainly willing to give the couple another go, if there is a second book. Overall, it was a fun read.
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Cosplay - the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction (such as a comic book, video game, or television show)

Osian left his dream job as a paramedic when he lost a patient. Dannel is a a firefighter, trying to deal with sensory overload and failing miserably. When a close friend is murdered and Ossie is a suspect, Dannel’s autism steps to the forefront. How can he take care of the man he’s loved forever if he can’t even take care of himself?

I like this author and
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Phoebe
Dannel reminds me of me so it is no wonder I immediately connected with Dahlia Donovan’s new investigating team in the Cosplay Killer. I love cosplay and I always thought a comic-con would be the best place to kill someone as no one is who they say are. Donovan takes it a step further and nothing is as it seems.
Donovan tackles the emotional toll being a first responder can have on a person. The different ways that people respond to this type of stress are fully explored. Ossie is a paramedic and
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OLLI at WVU
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Osian Garey used to be a paramedic but now has a podcast. His partner and best friend from childhood, Dannel Ortea, is a fireman. Unfortunately, Dannel is being forced to accept that he probably cannot go on being a firefighter.

It wasn’t the work itself. Or not only the daily grind of potentially life-threatening situations. The constant racket at the station between sirens, co-workers, and engine noises combined with dealing with people non-stop made life hell. He wondered how many years had be
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AshPenny37
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cosplay Killer is a cosy mystery set in London, where Osian and Dannel find themselves caught up in a murder enquiry. The two men are part of a group of first responders who cosplay. Their lives get a little messy when another member of their group dies at a convention.

Firstly, one of the things I love about this book is that Ossie and Danny are an established couple. Their bond is amazing and they are completely protective of each other. I also loved the way in which Dannel's autism is written.
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~lil maso~
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, diving back into one of this author’s books is like a breath of fresh air. The mystery of who killed the lead character’s friend is one that takes you on an interesting adventure where the two, Dannel and Osian, as well as some friends, try to detect who the murderer is and solve everything before Osian is charged with the murder himself.

Dannel and Osian are fantastic characters with their quirky natures, especially their love of cosplay, I was so disappointed for them to have their time int
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Amy Stauffer
This is the first book I’ve read, that’s written by Dahlia Donovan. I own a few other books by her, but haven’t gotten to them, yet, but they’re going to be bumped up on my TBR list. I can tell you that is for certain.

This book felt unique and there was something so refreshing about that. I loved that one of the characters was not just flawed, but successfully living with autism. I didn’t learn the author was writing from a place of personal experience, until after I read it. The fact that she u
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Susana
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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Anne Barwell
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are likeable, there is a wonderful family vibe, and loads of red herrings that kept me guessing as to the identity of the murderer.

I loved Osian and Dannel. They’re sweet together, and there for each other. I liked how Osian gets Dannel’s autism and the coping mechanisms he needs to deal with the sensory overload of everyday life, and particularly his job. I think it says a lot for Dannel’s strength of
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Robyn Corcoran
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing


Oh, diving back into one of this author’s books is like a breath of fresh air. The mystery of who killed the lead character’s friend is one that takes you on interesting adventure where the two, Dannel and Osian, as well as some friends try, to detect who the murderer is and solve everything before Osian is charged with the murder himself.

Dannel and Osian are fantastic characters with their quirky natures, especially their love of cosplay, I was so disappointed for them to have their time interr
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Lisa
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I recently finished Dahlia Donovan's Grasmere Cottage Mystery series and needed more Poirot/Father Brown murdery mystery whodunnit! Cosplay Killer (London Podcast Mystery #1) is the first book in her new series which deals with a podcast couple, Osian and Dannel, living together. Dannel is an autistic firefighter who enjoys cosplay, video games, musical theaters and running their crime-fighting podcast with Osian. Osian is a paramedic who had to take a step back from his career after a horrific ...more
UnusualChild{beppy}
3 stars

Osian and Dannel have been together forever. They grew up across the hall from one another, and became a couple in their teens. Now Osian runs a podcast about murder cases, because he had a shift as a paramedic and hasn't been able to work since. Dannel is a firefighter, although it is getting to be too much for him. They love musical theater and cosplay. When Osian discovers the body of his friend and fellow paramedic, he becomes suspect number one. Because he knows that he didn't kill h
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Juniper Greer-Ashe
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dannel and Osian have been together forever-- as best friends and then as boyfriends. They’ve built a life together, one complete with a close, eclectic group of friends and strong, occasionally smothering family ties. Their love for each other is obvious, and their relationship built around an equilibrium that gives each person what he needs: Osian understands the ways Dannel’s autism affect his life, but never treats him as lesser or wrong-- a feat Dannel’s own family is periodically incapable ...more
Si Clarke
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Osian and Dannel have been together forever. Dannel's a firefighter and Osian's a paramedic. Was a paramedic – he quit after in the aftermath of serious accident and a patient he couldn't save. Now someone's killed Osian's former partner and is trying to pin the blame on him.

The characters are all wonderful. I adore the way they all fit together and bounce off one another. The plot is compelling and writing style is consistent.

But…

I had to take a star off because the representation of London kep
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Kathy Wideman
I love all of Dahlia’s books and this one was no different. I took me a bit to get into this one. Osian and Dannel are fantastic characters. Dannel is a firefighter and Osian was a paramedic. They love cosplay and each other. They live is a cozy flat with great and funny neighbors. While attending a Con things go a bit sideways when Osian finds their friend Gemma dead. He tries to save her but is too late. Now they want to find out who would want to hurt Gemma. Things get even more interesting w ...more
Pat
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m

I honestly fell into the pages and didn't leave till I read The End..
  Osian and Dannel are an unique couple the care they give to each other is profound..
They read each others emotions amazingly well …It was beautiful to see .
Such a beautiful understanding of love between them it was magic to read.

Both men are and were first responders such a difficult occupation and completely hard work.
Both are extremely conscientious sometimes that can cause a problem , sometimes enough can be too much to
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Violet  Marshall
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in The London Podcast Mystery Series. A wonderful book the writing was good. Although I thought the writing good there are things that could be improved upon. More worldbuilding and organization of characters and events. Things seemed to be all over the place with no real purpose or meaning for that spot which made the flow of the story very disjointed. I had to look back multiple times to see if I missed something. I need more information on the characters there were aspe ...more
Rachwithheadinabook
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5*

This book is a cosy murder mystery so if you’re looking for lots of romance it is but it isn’t there, it’s there in the little things that Dannel and Osian do and say to each other.

Osian and Dannel are characters obsessed with true crime even having their own podcast, when they find themselves right in the middle of one after the murder of a friend.
This book is well written showing all the nuances of loving, caring and being autistic. The fact that Dannel and Osian are are in a long-term re
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sandyb
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book spoke to my little nerdy heart in a big way. The mystery is engaging with a few twists and turns to keep one guessing - not the most complicated I’ve ever read, but Osian and Dannel have a charming, loving relationship and are just plain fun as the detective duo. Sometimes, it’s simply about how the detectives solve the case, and these two were a good time.

Donovan is a new-to-me author, and I stumbled through the writing style a bit before I figured out her rhythm. The geekiness sprink
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