tasting my keepers: the psycop series

The PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price

The Blurb of the First Book, Among the Living:

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.

Why I bought it:

The blurb totally hooked me. Totally.

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ ….

…. I’m thinking alright!

Like~ I love Victor. He is a flawed character, barely hanging in by a thread, yet he manages to stumble his way through cases, nab the bad guy and find a hottie. You gotta love that. His SO and the cast of secondary characters are all pretty awesome too. Good characters = much joy for Kris. *g*

Dislike~ Probably the only thing that makes me a bit squicky is that Jacob gets off on Victor’s abilities and experiences. It’s pretty easy to shrug off though if you think of it as a (granted, a very odd) kink and, hey, if it doesn’t bother Victor… 🙂

Like~ Just when you think you’ve figured out the crime/mystery side of things along comes a twist. I love the way this author’s mind works. She has plots, sub-plots, threads and undercurrents throughout her stories and pulls them all off to much satisfaction. That, my friends, takes skill and talent.

So, what I think:

This series is in my keeper collection. I love it. I’ve just finished the latest book, Camp Hell, and already I want more.


‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.

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10 Responses to tasting my keepers: the psycop series

  1. Tam says:

    Damn you. Now something else to add to my list and since as Wave pointed out I have no control whatsoever will probably buy the damn things this week. LOL I”m sort of getting into the m/m mystery thing lately and this sounds like a good one.

  2. Kris says:

    You said you needed some new books so I posted it earlier just for you, Tam. I beez a good mate. :)It’s a great mystery/crime series. If you are just getting into them I think you’ll really enjoy these stories.

  3. Jenre says:

    Oh bother. I was so going to do this on my blog this week – or something similar, anyway.Bugger.Oh well, I’ll just have to settle for a review of Camp Hell instead.It is a fantastic series. I LOVE Victor.

  4. Kris says:

    Whoops. Sorry Jen! Blame Tam’s whisper for more good books that came to me across the waves. :)I’ll look forward to your review, and me too. I LOVE Victor, too. *g*

  5. Hi Kris! I’m overjoyed to see Vic get a little love. Most of my readers –the ones who write to me, anyway — only want more of Jacob :DThanks for the lovely review.

  6. Kris says:

    Hi Jordan! Thanks for dropping in. :)Jacob is pretty damned fine and I love how he’s so into Victor, but Victor… well, he’s definitely the star of the stories in my eyes. He’s such a terrific character. His flaws and personality make him very appealing, I think. I especially enjoyed how he was so awkwardly protective and affectionate with Lisa in Secrets. It was good stuff. *g*Maybe Jen and I can start a Victor fan club and email campaign demanding more stories about him?? Although this may end up backfiring because you’re more than likely going to end up being pissed off and could decide to give Vic the flick. Not good. So I’ll just be quietly supportive from here. 🙂

  7. Tam says:

    Can someone do me a favor (avid readers of the series). Can you give me the list in order? I hate when I try to find books and it never says “Book 1” “Book 2” and I hate reading out of order. Publisher as well. I went to Torquere and they only have it in paper. Is it only available in paper? I don’t have an issue with paper but its not my first choice. Anyway, anyone who can point me in the right direction here will be my friend forever. 🙂

  8. Hi Kris – I can’t give Vic the flick, he’s the point of view character, so everyone’s stuck with him! :DLisa is one of my particular favorites. I wish I hadn’t made her so powerful, though. It’s like any mystery could by solved by questioning her :-/Hi Tam – Most of the stories are available at JCPbooks.com, except for story #3, which is at Torquere.1- Among the Living2- Criss Cross3- Body and Soul4- Secrets5- Camp HellMany Happy Returns and Striking Sparks – short stories, anytime after Criss Cross.Hope that helps!

  9. Tam says:

    Perfect, thanks Jordan.

  10. Kris says:

    I think I kinda like this timezone thing where questions get asked and answered while I’m sleeping. 🙂 Suits my laziness down to the ground. LOL.Tam: I DESPISE reading books out of order so I should have thought to put that in the post. Sorry!Jordan: Poor Lisa. You can’t help, but feel sorry for her. When I was reading Secrets I kept thinking ‘no, don’t answer that Lisa or the story will end too soon’. *hangs head* Sorry Jordan. I should have had more faith in your twisty storytelling goodness. *g*Oh, and thanks heaps for answering Tam’s question. 🙂

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