My friends have been recommending that I read Jordan Castillo Price for a while now. I had planned to. Really. They also kept recommending other books and in the massive to be read library I have, I would get swept up in another author or series or genre. Finally I said it is time and bought Among the Living (Psycop #1) in audiobook format.
Audible Audio Edition
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Listening Length: 2 hours and 59 minutes
Publisher: JCP Books LLC
Audible.com Release Date: August 1, 2014
Victor Bayne, the psychic half 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.
Warning: This audiobook contains explicit adult content.
I chose Psycop because it is one of the series that came highly recommended. It is a police/mystery and I wasn’t so sure I would like it. Wrong again. I loved it. Victor is paranormal. The psychic half of a Psycop team, but his partner is retiring, and this is where we meet Victor. Trying to get through the retirement party, taking drugs to keep the ghosts away. Not having his best evening. Then he finds himself up close and personal with Jacob Marks, a sexy non-physic investigator very interested in Victor. After this steamy start to the story, it continues at a fast pace when Victor gets called away from the party to investigate a murder. Then to complicate matters, he is assigned a new inexperienced partner and he ends up having to work the case with Jacob Marks. To make things even worse, Victor is not able to sense the victims ghost, which is definitely not normal for him.
This is a fairly short story but it packed with a lot of action. Fast paced, multilayered and it has some great humor. I so enjoyed the killer and who Victor saw him as. The new partner storyline is intriguing and I really liked this character.
I listened to this instead of reading it first which I find myself doing more often lately and I really enjoyed the narration by Gomez Pugh. That said, I plan on buying the series and reading them first, then going back and listening to them. I get the feeling this will be a re-read series and giving them a listen after reading them first will just add to the experience.
Instead of racing to the next Psycop book, I wanted to finish the other books I had started reading while listening to Among the Living (another habit that I have gotten into). When I finished those books I happened on a glowing recommendation of another JCP book, Magic Mansion. I was intrigued so I bought it. Great choice.
Title: Magic Mansion
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books, LLC; 1 edition (April 9, 2012)
Publication date: April 9, 2012
Length: 371 pages
Professor Topaz is tired of fending off advice that he should retire in Vegas where magicians his age have an easier time finding work.
Ricardo Hart’s career has sunk so low, he’s resorted to shaking his moneymaker at bachelorette parties.
But there’s a casting call for a new reality show called Magic Mansion that could change everything for these two gay stage magicians, one recovering from the loss of his partner, the other awe-struck by the presence of his idol. Each is poised for a critical second chance: at fame, and at love.
Who will win? Step into the Mansion, and find out….
I am not a fan of reality television programs, but when I read a glowing recommendation for this book by an author I admire, I decided this would be my second JCP book. (I know – I don’t know why I haven’t read her books before this now. Just seriously glad that I finally did)
Magic Mansion is set within a reality series called Magic Mansion. It begins with us meeting John Topaz or better know as Professor Topaz. He is a wonderful character. A magician in what I imagine as a traditional magician. He has the classic look,an elegance, though slightly somber and in this story has True Magic. His life has not gone as planned, money is tight and jobs are not abundant. Through some prodding by his publicist he auditions for the series, Magic Mansion. During the auditions he meets Ricardo Hart also known as Ricardo the Magnificent. The Professor is Ricardo’s hero and when they have to perform an audition together they find a mutual attraction.
The story centers around John and Ricardo as well as the ten other contestants competing. I love the way the author brings this show to life on the page. It is captivating. I had a wonderful time feeling like an audience participant, but having the back story as well. The behind the scenes gossip, team dynamics, personality conflicts and camaraderie and the not so glitzy reality of making a reality show. I enjoyed the varied personalities of the characters. (They are all memorable, but Charity and Oscar – fun but creepy and Muriel is delightful) The story is entertaining and fun.
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