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HALLOWEEN RECOMMENDATIONS: “Among the Living (PsyCop #1)” by Jordan Castillo Price


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 with a gruesome M.O. surfaces–and no one agrees what he looks like.

Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.


If a book could tick off every checkbox of what I find entertaining in a read, “Among the Living” does just that.

Cops. Check
Hot cops. Check
Hot cops with guns. Check
Quirky anti-hero MC. Check
Something scary. Check
Something funny. Check
Something sweet. Check
Makes fun of itself. Check.
Great writing. Check.
Potential for more (series). Check

I love, love, LOVE VICTOR BAYNE!!!! (and I honestly have no idea why) He hears dead people talking, and is sloppy, and is unsure of himself, and is traumatized, and drugs himself up to shut out the voices…he’s a hot mess. But there’s something just COOL about him (<-I realize I sound like uber-dork…but he IS…SO COOL!)

In Vic’s shadow, Jacob Marks is a bit on the bland side. BUT, I think there’s some potential there. And his crush on Victor is adorable (predictably, I’m the sucker that awwww’d at his response to Victor’s jealousy of the incubus). I like this pairing better than Adrien/Jake, better than Tony/Mac, better than Jory/Sam…better than any of the other wimpy-weird-dude/hot-alpha-cop couple out there…and that’s saying a lot for me.

Just the concept of the PsyCop is FUN…and the different “gifts” that each of them has (“si/no”…I want this!) is clever. Ok, so the whole white ball of light thing kind of threw me…but even Victor makes fun of it a bit when he’s doing it…so I can live with that.

Strong characters, original storyline, amazing writing…and so much more to inhale! As Jay-Z would say…”on to the next one…”



5603414Title: Among the Living (PsyCop #1)
Author:  Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher:  Self-pub
Pages:  89
Release Date:  October 2008
Purchase Links:  Amazon, ARe, JCP

4 comments on “HALLOWEEN RECOMMENDATIONS: “Among the Living (PsyCop #1)” by Jordan Castillo Price

  1. Allison
    October 31, 2013

    I love the Halloween recommendations. Even more though I love your checklist! :)


    • syleegurl
      November 2, 2013

      thanks! And these books are all short, quick reads! But such good ones! :)


  2. Sheri
    November 1, 2013

    where my obsession, err, I mean love for Jacob began….


    • syleegurl
      November 2, 2013

      yeah…I adore Jacob. :) But Vic & Jacob together? EVEN BETTER!


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