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Blog Tour: Death Before Coffee – Desmond P. Ryan

By 2:27 on a Thursday afternoon, the one-legged man from Room 8 at 147 Loxitor Avenue had 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 uses a ballpoint pen to flick bugs off of a battered corpse. 

When a rogue undercover copper leaves Mike balancing what is legal with what is right, an unlikely rapport develops between Mike and the lead homicide investigator, a cop’s cop in stilettos. 

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.

In the second of the Mike O’Shea Series, Death Before Coffee 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 and the promise he made himself to find the man who murdered a former partner.

Born and raised in Toronto, Desmond P. Ryan graduated from UofT and joined what was then the Toronto Police Force. He has been a front-line officer, a beat cop, a patrol sergeant, an instructor at the Toronto Police College, and a detective over the almost thirty years of his career.

Whether as a beat cop or a plainclothes detective, Desmond dealt with good people who did bad things and bad people who followed their instincts. Now a retired detective, he writes crime fiction. Des is presently working on the Mike O’Shea Series and the Mary-Margaret Series, both published by Level Best Books.

Desmond lives in the Toronto neighbourhood known as Cabbagetown, where he can be seen wandering about, considering his next plot point or on his way to the pub.

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My thoughts: we rejoin Detective Mike O’Shea 13 years after the events of 10-33 Assist PC which have shed his optimism, he’s not that cop any more. Now he just wants to get through the day and get a decent cup of coffee at some point.

That’s not to say he’s not a good detective, he is, one of the better ones, but he’s a bit more jaded, a bit less hopeful. And they still haven’t arrested Sal’s killer. Now with several cases on the go, in court and at the station, Mike’s a busy man. His personal life’s in free fall, he hasn’t had time to iron his clothes and there’s a murderer to find. All in a (very long) day’s work.

There’s plenty of action and familiar faces from the first book pop up, adding to the continuity. It’s the same city, but different, the passing of time and all that. But there’s still Sunday dinner at his mother’s, there’s still crime and he still hasn’t really spent any time with his son Max. The only rest he really gets is a trip to A&E.

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*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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