Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Among the Living
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Series: Psycop #1
Heroes: Victor Bayne/Jacob Marks
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: Gomez Pugh
Publisher: JCP Books
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Available at: JCP Books, Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Victor Bayne, the psychic half of a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.
He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness’ idea of the world’s hottest guy.
Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.
Review – Book:
Jordan Castillo Price’s PsyCop series reminds me of classic 50s detective dramas. Victor is the trench coat wearing, flat foot PI (in this scenario) who is full of quirks and awkwardness, but we love him anyway. In this case, he’s psychic – he can talk to ghosts – which makes his life a lot more difficult than you would think. He’s also pretty introverted, part of why the ghost thing is so hard, and trouble seems to follow him like a shadow.
Jacob is the perfect foil for Victor. He’s gorgeous, seems to do everything right, has no psychic ability, and for some reason, falls hard for our Victor. (It’s easy to do, you will too.) Jacob would be the femme fatale in our detective scenario. Except really, really butch. And a good guy. Ok, so the analogy isn’t perfect, you get the idea.
In this first book, the mystery has to do with a killer who looks like everyone’s version of “hot”. That in itself is fascinating! JCP you are so talented! Since people don’t know that’s the situation, we get this awesome back-door view into people’s psyche because when they describe the bad guy – we now know who they think is “the hottest man alive”. This is particularly sweet later in the book, but I’m not giving anything away.
The paranormal level of this book is mild/medium – so even if you aren’t a fan of the PRN I think you would like this book (and probably the series). If you are a mystery/detective fan you definitely will. If you like dry humor and awkward/dorky characters you’ll love these books. And of course, if you are a JCP fan, you already read them ten times.
So, overall – 5 stars! You’ll ask yourself – why haven’t I read this before? And then you’ll go get the rest of the series… I know I did!
Review – Audio Book:
Fan-freaken-tastic! I cannot wait for more of the series to come out on audio. Gomez’ Vic is SUPERB. He is exactly how you think he’d be in your head. Gomez Pugh does an absolutely fantastic job with Lisa and Warrick too. I kept picturing the SNL skit “Da Bears” which is what you should picture when thinking of a Chicago Police Captain. It was great fun listening to his “bad guy” accent too… can’t tell you more than that, but you’ll have a hoot! I didn’t exactly love his Jacob… I liked it. It fit. But it bugged me sometimes. I know Jacob is supposed to have this uber-sexy purr and he does, for sure, but it came off as skeevy sometimes when I wanted it to be smooth and erotic. But it didn’t detract much from my overall adoration of the narration and I will absolutely be looking for more of his work and hope/pray he does the whole series … SOON!
Overall Impression (audio and book): It was AMAZING!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book and audio for review.*