Psychic and skeptic—how could their love affair go wrong?
Inspector Robert Court’s relentless insistence the wrong man hanged for the murder of Court’s cousin has him on his superintendent’s bad side. Court is assigned lowly vice cases such as exposing a confidence man posing as a medium to fleece the wealthy.
Down on his luck, Oliver Marsh learned he had an aptitude for conducting séances. He assuages his guilt by bringing comfort to the grieving and offering occasional insights coming from true psychic flashes. Marsh has tried to deny these flashes, but when he’s bowled over by a vivid memory of murder coming from the other side, he can no longer pretend he doesn’t possess a gift.
Marsh reveals details about that night which only Court’s cousin would know, and the detective vows to track down the truth—by staying as close to the fake psychic as humanly possible. But close leads to closer and soon the pair is involved in not only a torrid affair but a hunt for a killer—before he strikes again.
This is a previously released title.
Warning: Graphic language and hot male/male sex with light BDSM themes. Despite “Descriptions of Murderous Acts” perpetrated by an unhinged killer, resist the temptation to cover your eyes—you’ll miss the good parts!
Reviews by Jessewave, Cryselle
It has a lot of elements done very well, with a good flavor of the late Victorian age, a well executed external mystery and a couple who overcome a number of problems to be together
Sensual Reads, 4.5 stars
We experience murder and mayhem, illicit love and passion as well as a satisfaction as we immerse ourselves in the story of Court and Oliver.
Book Review, Toni Sweeney, 5 stars
An erotic M/M and a great thriller besides. ... Court is a good counterpoint to the psychic and almost his opposite in personality, granite-like and self-contained, while Marsh is dramatic and sensitive to a fault. Each man has a full background, and there is equal concentration on their love for each other as well as the story. Even the villain gets his share of a back story. The sights, sounds, and smells of London are there in full force, and it all comes together in a gripping—and chilling—story of love and death, illicit passion and murder.
Speak Its Name blog, Erastes
This, quite apart from the gay romance within it, is a good Victorian sleuth story which stands firmly on its own two feet. You could remove the gay romance and the detective story would still be viable, and that’s needed in the genre, too many stories simply concentrate on the meeting and eventual falling in love.
What I liked most is that both characters, whilst developing in their personality throughout, both for the better, remained true to their core beliefs.
Queer Magazine Online, Lena
This is a great love story intertwined with mystery, suspense, intrigue, murder, ardent trysts, and two fascinating men who, together, are unstoppable. If you enjoy romantic historical fiction with lots of action and passion, you will enjoy 'The Psychic and the Sleuth.'
Library Journal, Melanie Duncan
A solid historical that will appeal to fans of the authors’ The Gentleman and the Rogue, which won the 2011 Passionate Plume Award for Historical Romance.