Book Reviews

Agent Bayne (PsyCop 9) by Jordan Castillo Price at JCP Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Officers of the Law / Psychic Powers / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 12-February-2020

Book Blurb

Victor Bayne is through with the Chicago PD. Can he handle the FPMP?


After years of frustration as a PsyCop, Victor Bayne reports for duty at the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. As a fledgeling agent, he’s ready to smoke out a few ghosts and be home each night in time for dinner. But is he prepared to add a professional dimension to his romantic partnership with Jacob Marks?


Jacob has already established his territory in the Program—he’s competent, he’s respected, and he’s pretty much fearless. The last thing Vic wants to do is screw up in front of him. 


When fellow agents start turning up dead, Vic is expected to do more than just lay their ghosts to rest. But what if his psychic talent isn’t quite enough? As the death toll rises, he and Jacob scramble to determine who’s in danger, and who’s a killer.


Using all the resources at their disposal, they close in on their suspect. But as they do, their past comes back to haunt them…and even Jacob worries they’ve tampered with forces they should have left alone. Are their combined talents enough to protect them from enemies both living and dead?


Book Review

This novel cannot be read as a standalone. If you haven’t read the other books in the ‘PsyCop’ series yet, start with ‘Among the Living’, you won’t be disappointed.

 

I will confess, I wish I had had time to go back and reread ‘Spook Squad’, number seven, which I realize was published in 2013. I admit to struggling a bit trying to remember who was who and what exactly happened in the last book to bring events to fruition for Vic. I was able to puzzle out most references, but a reread would have been helpful.

 

Right off the bat, I will say I miss Lisa. Can’t forget her no matter the years. The flip side of Lisa’s departure is the addition of Darla. “Dead Darla” and Vic have a history dating back to Camp Hell and old resentments are hard to set aside. While I was cool toward this new character to start, she grew on me as she and Vic worked through their animosity.

 

Mystery… yes there is one, two if you count Vic’s missing memories. I figured out the “who’s doing it” almost immediately, but the way Ms. Price writes, it’s a delight just letting things spool out. And Vic’s confrontation with the antagonist was just awesome.

 

Vic does a lot of mental growing up in this latest installment thanks in part to Darla, and thanks in part to his new position at FPMP. Questions beget more questions and Vic, for once, starts to look hard at the answers.

 

Jacob is as stoic and supportive as he has been all along, but bringing home a coworker’s cats while she is in hiding was just so sweet. Jacob continues to have Vic’s back and those quiet moments – okay, maybe not so quiet moments with the blender going – between Vic and Jacob totally bring the book together.

 

If you’ve been following the ‘PsyCop’ series, you’ll enjoy this one. All the humor, sweetness, angst, mystery, and paranormal activity are back. Crash and Red make an appearance (yay!), some new and interesting characters appear, and the stage is set for the next installment (YAY!).

 

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by JCP Books for the purpose of a review. This review was first published on Gay Book Reviews.

 

Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 294 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-January-2018
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $21.99 audiobook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Agent-Bayne-PsyCop-Book-9-ebook/dp/B078RWKGW4