Firstly I wish to thank Shell Baker of Baker’s Blog Tour and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for DEATH BEFORE COFFEE by Desmond P. Ryan.
By 2:27 on a Thursday afternoon, the one-legged man from Room 8 at 147 Loxitor Avenue has been beaten to death with a lead pipe. Twenty-eight minutes later, Detective Mike O’Shea is testifying in a stuffy courtroom, unaware that, within an hour, he will be standing in an alleyway littered with beer cans and condoms while his new partner—the man who saved his life thirteen years ago—flicks bugs off of a battered corpse with a ballpoint pen. When a rogue undercover copper prematurely hauls in the prime suspect, Mike blows a fuse, resulting in an unlikely rapport developing between him and the lead homicide detective sergeant, a woman known for her stilettos and razor sharp investigative skills. At the end of his seventy-two-hour shift, three men are dead and Mike O’Shea is floating in and out of consciousness in an emergency room hallway, two women by his side. Death Before Coffee, the second book in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, weaves a homicide investigation through the life of an inner-city police detective intent on balancing his responsibilities as a son, brother, and newly single father with his sworn oath of duty. When faced with death, Mike is forced to make decisions that stir up old memories, compelling him to confront his demons while fighting the good fight.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
It is only a week since I read the first book in this series, so Mike was still fresh in my mind, although to be honest I don’t think he will ever go away. I really like this character, grumpy, stubborn, doesn’t really like change but one hell of a detective. In actual ‘story time’ 13 years have gone by, with a new direction for Mike away from juvenile protection to investigator. Mike’s new partner Ron, who saved his life in the last book and him are like chalk and cheese. Ron has come over from traffic and constantly refers back to it. Being on the streets really is a bit of an eye opener for him.
The story begins with a murder but there is so much more to this book. Mike is scarred from past events that affect his every day life, something that he simply can’t let go of from 13 years before. A good cop knows when something just doesn’t sit right. This is a book full of shocks that knock everything he has believed in. Although I got to know Mike’s family in the first book, traditions still continue in this one. Something he definitely needs because everyone can only take so much heartache. The book dips into Ron’s life a little, something I am sure will expand in the next book.
One of my favourite characters in this story has to be D.S. Amanda Black who is very much in charge of the case they are dealing with. This is one kick ass lady, hard talking, with a no-nonsense attitude that would lay her life down for anyone of her men. I so hope that she is in future books.
I really don’t want to give away what happens in this book, there are so many story lines, both current and from the past that are rearing their heads. Just loving this series. Do try to read book one too because part of that is the thread which is running through this book and into the next. So looking forward to book 3.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
For almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan began every day of his working life with either a victim waiting in a hospital emergency room, or a call to a street corner or a blood-soaked room where someone had been left for dead. Murder, assaults on a level that defied humanity, sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the individuals who were no more than objects to the offenders: all in a day’s work.
It was exhilarating, exhausting, and often heartbreaking.
As a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, Desmond P. Ryan wrote thousands of reports detailing the people, places, and events that led up to the moment he came along. He investigated the crimes and wrote synopses for guilty pleas detailing the circumstances that brought the accused individuals before the Courts. He also wrote a number of files to have individuals deemed either Not Criminally Responsible due to mental incapacity, or Dangerous Offenders to be held in custody indefinitely.
Now, as a retired investigator with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond P. Ryan writes crime fiction.
Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.