Firstly I wish to thank Shell Baker of Baker’s Blog Tours and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Man At The Door by Desmond P. Ryan
Man At The Door, the third in Desmond P. Ryan’s Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, Detective Mike O’Shea solves a homicide, juggles an increasingly complex personal life, and continues to hunt for the cop-killer who has remained at large for the past thirteen years.
It all begins at 6:10 a.m. on a Friday morning when Glen Brebeuf calls demanding answers. He had reported his former lover, Elizabeth MacDonald, missing the previous day and Detective Mike O’Shea finds himself cleaning up the mess some rookie had made of the initial call.
Within hours, Mike takes over the investigation and is on the doorstep of the missing elderly woman’s home, determining that Elizabeth MacDonald—Sibby Mac to her friends—is not missing.
Sibby Mac has been murdered.
Along with Detective Ron Roberts and Detective Sergeant Amanda Black, Mike kicks the investigation into high gear. Very quickly, the ex-lover and a high-profile political figure become prime suspects, but, without a body, would there be enough evidence to charge either of them?
A day spent sifting through rancid garbage at one of the city dumps comes up empty for Mike and Ron, but a foul-smelling steamer trunk reported in another jurisdiction provides the eureka moment they need to proceed.
Meanwhile, Mike is doing double-duty, still investigating what he believes to be a link between the accused he has up in court now and his old partner’s killer.
And then there is his mother. Sensing that her son needs her, Mary-Margaret O’Shea has moved into Mike’s home—and his personal and professional life—pending further notice.
As the pieces of the Sibby Mac investigation start to fall into place, Mike follows up on a hunch and decides to take a detour on his way to work one morning. Using every trick in the book, he ends up saving a life, nearly ending another, and almost getting himself killed in the process.
Whether as a stand-alone or as your next step in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, Man At The Door will keep you reading far too late into the night following Detective Mike O’Shea through the twists and turns of a homicide investigation. Once you’re done, take a breath and get reading for Blind Spot, coming out in early 2020!
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is my third Mike O’Shea story so I began reading with a smile on my face. I love the humour in the writing and the full-bodied characters that spring from each page. Mike has had a pretty rough time both personally and at work leaving him on light duties from a beating that nearly cost him his life and life as a single dad after his wife walked out on him.
When his mum arrives to help out I didn’t know if it is a blessing or a curse, one thing for sure is she has his best interests at heart even if she does treat him like her little boy still. Mary Margret isn’t afraid to say what she thinks, likes to get involved and for the reader total entertainment.
When Mike is asked to look into the case of a missing old lady, that hasn’t been followed up on, he should have been pretty safe but Elizebeth MacDonald wasn’t a lady to stay at home in a rocking chair with jer knitting type, she lived life to the full, popular with both men and women as friends and lovers. Things soon take a turn to the darker side and Mike finds himself up to his neck in the thick of it again.
Mike is still working on getting justice for his partner that had been killed many years ago when they worked on child abduction cases where they rescued victims. There are some chapters that centre around a current case, with a young child talking about his abuser and what the man had done, so just a little trigger warning there.
Desmond Ryan knows how to keep his readers coming back for more as he brings with him his own personal experience of being a detective himself. I like his not so perfect characters that have their flaws and bad days. The outside influences that mould how they see people and the determination that makes them never give up.
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.