Author ~ J.K. Hogan
Publisher ~ Wilde City Press
Published ~ 28th June 2015
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
A gift—or curse—gives Titus McGinty the unwanted ability to talk to ghosts. When he starts seeing the same few apparitions repeatedly, appearing with similar gruesome injuries, he begins to wonder what they want from him.
Detective Charlie Hale has a serial killer on his hands. On the loose for weeks, the Queen City Slayer has left the police nothing to go on, no forensic evidence other than what he wants found. The city is running out of time.
The crisis brings Titus and Charlie together—Titus stumbles upon a body and finds himself a suspect. Their budding romance is tested as they are sucked into a web of underground laboratories, restive spirits, and religious fanaticism. They’ll have to work together to find the identity of the killer before he takes his next victim…Titus.
Titus Finnbar McGinty is considered a Shaman to the Romany, a death talker, a medium and a witch. But it wasn't something he wanted. However, no matter where he went, the ghosts still followed him. He owns a coffee shop, trying desperately to leave the life he had behind. His people don't agree with him living as openly gay, and he didn't want to live a lie.
Charlie Hale is a detective, who has started to frequent the shop Titus owns. He never says a lot, just drinks his coffee and looks at files. Although Titus thinks Charlie is totally hot, he knows not to make uninvited passes at anyone - that's a sure way of getting beaten up.
Charlie is busy investigating what he thinks is a string of serial killings - young girls, with no apparent connection. Unfortunately no one in his precinct believes the girls' deaths are the work of one person. He's also, unfortunately for Titus, firmly in the closet.
The point of view is different in this book. Titus shares his life in first person, while Charlie's scenes are in third person. It can be a bit disconcerting until you get used to it. There are some interesting secondary characters - Riot, is exactly that, a riot. He is quite adorable in his stoned out way. Chelsea I felt sorry for, especially with her relationship with Jay. Charlie's partner on the force, Sonny does not come across as a nice person initially, but he did grow on me a bit. Granny Hester is unusual and I liked her.
"Gaje police. Who cares what they think? They give me tickets, I wallpaper my trailer with them."
Titus gets involved in Charlie's case, even though he really didn't want to. Charlie has a bit of trouble believing all the things that Titus can see and experience, but he is getting no other leads from the case and it is driving him batty. Titus is worried about getting locked up in a loony bin, which is totally understandable, but Charlie convinces him to give it a try.
"Yes. I might not like it, but I have this thing inside me - this thing I was born with. If I can't do some good with it, what the hell is it for?"
This isn't what you would call a fast paced story, but it is interesting. There is information in there about the genetics of Chimeras, which I found fascinating, as well as probably more information about how an autopsy is done, than I wanted to know. The gypsy angle wasn't explored as much as I thought it could have been and we did end the book still wondering what happened to Chelsea, so maybe there is a book two. It has certainly been set up as though there will be a sequel although this is a complete story in itself.