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Dead Speak

Cold Case Psychic, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)
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Summary

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 this mystery. When he sees a handsome local psychic on television, Ronan figures he's got nothing to lose in enlisting the man's help to find Michael. 

Psychic Tennyson Grimm is riding high after helping South Shore cops find a missing child. He's even being courted by the Reality Show Network about a program showcasing his abilities. He has no idea that his midday appointment with a customer, who instead turns out to be a police detective, is going to change the course of his life and his career. 

With the blessing of the BPD, which badly needs an image makeover, Ronan is allowed to bring Tennyson in to assist with the Frye case. Being thrown together in front of cameras is never easy, but add in an emotional missing-person investigation, a tight-lipped spirit, and a cop who's a skeptic, and it definitely puts a strain on both men and their working relationship. 

When the child's body is found, the work to identify his killer begins. As Ronan and Tennyson get closer to solving the case, the initial attraction they feel for one another explodes into a passion neither man can contain. 

Will working together to bring Michael's killer to justice seal their fledgling bond, or will unexpected revelations in the case tear them apart forever?

©2018 Heather Tarzia (P)2018 Heather Tarzia

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brilliant

loved it . M.P. is a fantastic narrator. puts so much in to a great story . brilliant book .I hope to see the others in this series on audible in the future.

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Fantastic listen

I’m absolutely addicted to this series in book form and listening to the audio, it gets even better. Pandora Pine writes a compelling supernatural mystery story and Michael Pauley just is Tennyson and Ronan, he gives every character an individual voice and I’m really looking forward to hearing this vast cast of characters develop.

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Male and corny

Ok so it’s gay cop and psychic, which is fine, but there is nothing for a woman in this. Even the police are referred to as all being male at a point near the beginning. As for the corny mistaking of an erection for a gun well.... I really would not bother with this book unless you are a gay teenager.

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  • Brian Kyle
  • 06-09-18

A Great Premise Squandered

'Dead Speak' has a promising setup that should offer a lot of fertile drama and escalation of character interaction, but the characters are not written with the depth this context demands. There's little curiosity about either the police detective work or, even worse, what it really feels like to for Tennyson and his barely sketched friends to be exposed to the world of the other side, even in the chapters told from Tennyson's point of view. Both of those are mortal wounds, but what really killed it for me is the way Ronan blows up at absolutely everything, rather than letting his anger bank through the progression of the story and only exploding at moments of real crisis. The effect of Tennyson on his temper, hinted at early on, is also unexplored as a means of developing his character. The two leads develop affection for each other because the plot requires it, not because the narrative sells their connection, a major cardinal error for an action romance; and Ronan's ex is so awful that the recurring "I don't know what you ever saw in that guy" comments function as valid internal criticism of the novel's own backstory.

The dissonance between this story and what it could have been is highlighted by another book that covers similar ground, 'The Long Way Home' by Z.A. Maxfield. It, too, has a psychic drawn into a police case involving the abduction of kids, skepticism and difficult, piecemeal acceptance from the cops, backstories for both the psychic and the detective that bear on how they approach the case, and so on; and Maxfield shows how it's done, diving deep into the experience of psychic forensic investigation. It's also narrated very well by J.F. Harding. My advice: get that one instead, and if you already have it, listen to it again.

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  • KCGirl
  • 28-06-18

The audiobook really brings this story to life

I'm a big fan of all of Pandora Pine's work, and I was so excited to hear her first audiobook. It did not disappoint! The Cold Case Detective series brings together some great characters and suspenseful, engaging stories, but being able to actually hear these guys is awesome. Michael Pauley did a fantastic job with a large cast of characters, and the way he portrayed Tennyson and Ronan was spot on!
If you are already a fan of this series, you owe it to yourself to buy this book and listen. It truly brings Tennyson and Ronan to life. If you're new to this author, this is a fabulous place to enter the world that she has created with these characters.

A story that draws you in and great narration equals a 5 star rating on all fronts! Don't miss out on this one!

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  • BrotherBob
  • 04-07-18

action!

I like books with a real plot. Thanks for this. I enjoyed it. I'll be getting the series!

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  • ASeubert
  • 29-08-18

Absolutely Amazing!

I am such a huge fan of Pandora's writing and i was thrilled to be able to hear this book on audio! I love Ten and Ronan and I thought that Michael Pauley did an absolutely fantastic job of really bringing the characters in this book to life. I honestly felt like i was really a part of their story and right there listening to them.
The voices that he gave them was what I thought they would sound like so it made the story much more real to me.
This was a wonderful audio book and I can't wait to hear the rest of this series!

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  • H. Spanarella
  • 22-08-18

Mystery & Romance - yes please!

I was originally drawn to this Audible because of the narrator, Michael Pauley is one of my favorites. In reading the blurb, it sounded interesting so here we are! A Boston PD Detective (Ronan) teams up with a well-known Psychic (Tennyson) to solve a cold case of a missing child. Not only are they teaming up on the case, but they are also being trailed by a reality TV crew to showcase Tennyson’s abilities. Ronan is very skeptical on working with a Psychic, but after seeing some of the immediate progress Tennyson is able to make, he starts to come around. Not only are they partners in this case, but they also start to become partners outside the case. Their chemistry together is really portrayed well by the narrator. I really enjoyed the interaction between the two MCs, and how the case evolved. I’m going to head over to pick up the next case in book 2!

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  • scarletsptember
  • 23-08-18

Broome's Books Review

ead Speak by Pandora Pine was narrated by Michael Pauley. I’ve heard only the best about his narrations so when I got the opportunity to listen to his work, I jumped at it. He is very distinct and brings more personality to each character. Ronan was alpha male one hundred percent and it came through. There was a roughness to his chapters that fit so well. Tennyson was more delicate. His part, it was one I wasn’t the biggest fan of because he sounded overly feminine and I didn’t picture him that way. The secondary characters all have their own tones, textures and distinct Boston accents. It brought me further into the world and over all I will look forward to listening to more of Michael Pauley’s work.

Paranormal/Mystery romances are some of my favorites. I grew up on stealing mystery novels off of my mom’s bookshelf (Entirely inappropriate for my age at the time lol). It’s been hard for me to find a M/M mystery novel or series that was able to suck me into that universe entirely. Usually there isn’t enough mystery to satisfy me.

This was an entirely different case. I was still trying to figure it out nearly all the way to the end of the book. I did get an inkling towards the end and I was right, but it took nearly the entire story for me to get there.

It was a heartbreaking case and the details weren’t glossed over. Michael Frye was a five year old boy who disappeared from his front yard. Ronan is assigned to work cold cases and he’s at a loss as to what could have happened to Michael. So he goes to Tennyson Grimm, psychic, with the hopes that maybe he’ll get some clue.

Ronan is extremely skeptical of Tennyson’s gift. He thinks it’s a crock of shit and he isn’t afraid of telling Tennyson that to his face. There were a few times I just wanted to pop Ronan over the back of the head for being such a dick. Then there were times I was all heart eyes at how he and Tennyson were together. They were just sweet. And hot. Very, very hot.

Their romance scenes, definitely not something you would want to be caught listening to while you were at work. Which is exactly where I listened to this (Because I’m that person, you all know someone like me, don’t deny it). I also drove around longer than necessary because I didn’t want to get out of my car and go into the house. I did not want to stop listening.

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  • Lana
  • 14-04-19

Awesome

This book was better than I expected. I didn't really know what to expect but it was But it was awesome. And the way that Michael Pauley brought it all to life was just wow.

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  • BrattyOz
  • 15-01-19

Excellent!!

This book was wonderful. The story was really interesting, the characters were interesting, and the plot was suspenseful. A really great read, or in my case, a great Audible. I highly recommend, you won’t regret! The narrator was great as well.

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  • DD
  • 05-01-19

very good

I enjoyed both the written and the audiobook of this book. I think I will go look to see if the second one is in audiobook. well done

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  • Kendra T
  • 02-11-18

Absolutely amazing

Ronan is a cop who was assigned to the cold case unit. Tennyson is a psychic. After seeing Tennyson solve a crime using his abilities, a frustrated Ronan goes to him for help solving his case of a missing boy. The book was very well written, and I found myself captivated by the MC's right from the beginning. They developed a great chemistry as work partners, and that carried over into their personal feelings for each other.

One thing I didn't love was the TV story line. I thought that it really didn't add much to the story, and had more loose ends with it. It felt like it was just an extra plot thrown in with no real meat. I hated Ronan's ex-husband, and couldn't really see what it was that he saw in him. The mystery was a bit complex, but I figured out who did it much earlier than Tennyson and Ronan.

I am glad there are many more books in this series, because I absolutely loved these guys, and I can't wait to read more about them. I listened to this as an audio book, and Michael Pauley was brilliant. He really brought Ronan and Tennyson to life for me.