Psycop Briefs, by Jordan Castillo Price
Release Date: October 11, 2016
DMac’s Rating: 5/5 stars
El’s Rating: 4/5 stars
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
Short Story Collection
Paranormal (Psychics, Ghosts)
I am dying for the next PsyCop book so this collection of shorts came just in time! I got into these books a few years ago because my Belgian friend gave some to me to read while I was at her place for vacation.
It is hard to really describe the books without spoiling a lot of the fun stuff, but it is about a guy who can see ghosts and other psychic phenomena and his Psycop partner turned boyfriend. This does not do the stories justice but imagine your favorite crime show plus ghosts, triple the mystery, and add boyfriends who reluctantly end up together. These are stories that unfold in very complicated and often unexpected ways, but are very satisfying.
Onto my review of these short stories!!
I gave them a five star rating not only because they were well written, but because they fit into the overall storyline of the books. They add insight into the stories by showing us unseen moments we didn’t know we were missing. They also add to the depth of the characters by showing more of their motivation/pasts which in turn adds more to the books.
A mini review for my favorite story: Inside Out
This story is SUPER SHORT but it has awesome/sassy banter between Jacob and Carolyn, who were partners in the Paranormal Investigation Team before Jacob and Victor got assigned together. She’s trying to set him up with someone during a conference of psychics and is pissy he’s developing a crush on Victor. It is just hilarious to me knowing that they end up together in the book.
Carolyn is my favorite side character in the series and I wouldn’t say no to a spin off with her doing you know whatever it is she wants to do. Her relationship with Jacob is nice. She’s not motherly and she’s not into him so she’s like his bff/older bossy sister and it is amazing.
What I love about the PsyCop universe is how incredible it is even after returning to re-read the books a dozen times. This series was my gateway into M/M (thanks to DMac, actually, who recommended the first book to me), and to this day hold a top honor on my all-time favorites list.
This series of short stories honestly makes me sigh happily, because it’s a chance to return to some of my favorite characters. I’ve read some of these stories before (including Memento and Wood, which I’ve reviewed here), but some were completely new to me.
Hilariously enough, I’d also say that my favorite story was Inside Out. The very first PsyCop books begins with a rather steamy bathroom encounter between Vic, our psychic cop (get it, PsyCop?) and the handsome Jacob, but this story shows us the moment Jacob first realizes his attraction to Vic. (Also, it’s HILARIOUS.)
This is a collection that’s fantastic for fans of the series, both diehard like me and DMac, but also casual fans just waiting for the next full-length novel (OKAY JORDAN WHERE IS IT?!). Highly enjoyable, but I do wish there hadn’t been repeat stories already released elsewhere.
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.
You can find her online at http://jcpbooks.com/
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.