Mtsnow reviews PsyCop: Briefs (Vol. I) written by Jordan Castillo Price. Published by JCP Books, LLC. on October 11, 2016 – 204 pgs
Why MtSnow reviewed this book: Anyone that has read any of my reviews knows that JCP is one of my favorite authors, and when I was told this was available immediately, well, there was just no way I could pass it up!
Note: a copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too. After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.
From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.
The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life.
Stroke of Midnight
Most Likely To…
Jock Straps On Sale
Piece of Cake
In the Dark
Let the Chips Fall
Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
On the Road
Off the Cuff
Locked and Loaded
So many different impressions: mundane, abnormal, normal, and irregular. Certainly gives us insight into the supporting characters that just layers on like icing on a cake for anyone that has read and enjoyed the PsyCop universe. It enriches the PsyCop world, and its definitely worth getting for any Psycop reader.
Fyi, there is an intro from JCP that explains some things, as far as order, lack of, or placement of the stories in here. I had no problem changing headspaces when I realized whose narrative I was listening to, or even that it was a jump forward or back in time. It does help if you’ve listened to or read up to book 7.
As usual, JCP does an excellent job of pulling the reader in to Vic’s world, making it seem so much like just another day in Chicago, with the small addition of the dead people, slimed hands, and salt or white light that appears conveniently here and there..and little idiosyncrasies that can only happen in a world where anything goes.
I found myself smirking many times as I got into Vic’s head. I love his dry, sarcastic approach to life, and at the same time appreciate as a bystander getting a bigger picture as to what REALLY might be going on. And the obliviousness of the other characters sometimes had me laughing out loud, then looking around to make sure my cats and dogs didn’t think I was losing it. Or the parrot (be quiet Jazz). Pets are so forgiving. *smiles*
For a bit of timely Halloween fare, Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns was perfecto! And the chance to get to know all the supporting cast?
Inside Out is a short little prequel that’s a great flashback before Jacob sets his sites on Vic. Enlightening bits about how Carolyn knows Crash, how she tries to help Jacob get over a recent breakup, and how his being single came about due to some personal choices he made.
I was seriously cracking up over Vic’s phobia of getting his inseam measured in Off the Cuff.
The one from Lisa’s POV was also enjoyable and it answered some questions I had as to what she has to do to avoid ‘awkward’ moments with her si-no.
And seeing a bit more of Jacob’s friends Kevin and Manny was helpful too. I’m reserving opinion as to whether I like Kevin. The backstories gave me a bit more empathy or sympathy, though, depending on circumstances.
After reading through all these shorts, well, I think Vic personally has come a long way and really is a nicer guy than he wants everyone to know.
The last story, Witness, was 47 pages of perfection and a great way to end this book. This whole book was like an early holiday gift!!
I’m not doing a synopsis of every story, but I think there is enough variety in this book to please most everyone.
Do yourself a favor, and grab this one. I can hardly wait for Volume II!! A definite 5-star(10 pot o’ gold) collection. And when the audio comes out, I’m all over that one too *Gomez Pugh. Yep*
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About the Author
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.
With her education in fine arts and practical experience as a graphic designer, Jordan set out to create high quality ebooks with lavish cover art, quality editing and gripping content. The result is JCP Books, offering stories you’ll want to read again and again.