Title: Cosplay Killer
Series: London Podcast Mystery, #1
Genre: Cosy Mystery
Release Date: December 5, 2020
What happens when an autistic firefighter and his paramedic boyfriend share a thirst for true crime?
Osian Garey and Dannel Ortea live together in a colourful flat in Covent Garden. They run a podcast and throw themselves wholeheartedly into Cosplay, video games, and musical theatre. This year, they’re all fired up to attend their annual convention with a group of first responders.
When Osian finds a paramedic friend murdered in the middle of the crowded venue, the police immediately turn their attention to him.
They have one question on their mind.
Is he the first witness on the scene or the killer?
As the mystery unfolds, Osian has to face the trauma of his last job as a paramedic. Somewhere in those memories, a killer waits to exact revenge. They’ll have to prove Osian’s innocence and fight for their own survival when the killer puts them both in their sights.
“I’m Oz. He’s D. And we’ll be back for another rundown of murder and mayhem next week. Stay tuned for Osian and Danny’s London Crime Podcast.” He checked his watch, counting down a few seconds before signalling to Dannel to pause the recording. “Another one bites the dust.”
“Oz and D?”
Osian grinned over the top of his laptop at his boyfriend of fourteen years. They’d been best friends practically from infancy and started dating in their teens. “We’re hip with the kids.”
“I am not hip. I have two.” Dannel swivelled in his chair before pushing himself across their living room floor. “And thirty isn’t old age. Besides, how many teenagers are listening to true crime podcasts?”
“Let me have my dream.” Osian followed him down the hall into their bedroom. He stretched out on the bed to watch Dannel prepare for his shift. “Ready to go for twelve hours?”
Dannel glared over his shoulder; his dark brown eyes always seemed to pierce into Osian. “What do you think?”
Truthfully, Osian didn’t know for sure what Dannel thought about being a firefighter. Dannel had followed in his father’s footstep, yet he didn’t quite fit the mould. Osian worried it might come crashing down eventually.
Am I borrowing trouble from the future? Maybe it’ll all work out on its own. Although, when does it ever?
Watching Dannel comb his short black curls trimmed into a high fade before spritzing his hair with argan oil, Osian couldn’t help dragging his fingers through his own untidy brown mane. Though they had much in common, they were polar opposites in other ways. Their differences made their relationship stronger, in Osian’s opinion.
Dannel always made him think of a buffer version of Richard Ayoade. Osian had a striking resemblance to the actor Matt Ryan. He’d even cosplayed as John Constantine and Edward Kenway because of it.
“Meeting me after shift for an early breakfast?”
“Go on, then.” Osian leaned up on his elbows for a kiss. He smiled when Dannel brushed his lips quickly, then bolted from the room. “Bye.”
Since they’d grown up together, Osian knew the ins and outs of Dannel’s personality probably better than his own family did. They’d been inseparable from the time they could toddle across the hall to each other’s homes. He’d been the first one Dannel told about his autism diagnosis.
With Dannel gone for his shift, Osian faced the silence in their two-bedroom flat with a sense of dread. He hated the quiet. It allowed his thoughts to stray to things better left forgotten.
Rolling off the bed, he headed into the en suite to stare glumly into his own blue eyes in the mirror. He shook his head. I’m not old enough to feel so bloody tired all the time. His thoughts seemed to drain every ounce of energy out of him.
Tired and drained.
Drained and tired.
Guilt weighed him down, as though the entire Tottenham Hotspur team had climbed on his shoulders. Time heals all wounds is such bollocks. A year hadn’t brought him much relief.
~ * ~ Amy‘s Review ~ * ~
This is the first book I’ve read, that’s written by Dahlia Donovan. I own a few other books by her, but haven’t gotten to them, yet, but they’re going to be bumped up on my TBR list. I can tell you that is for certain.
This book felt unique and there was something so refreshing about that. I loved that one of the characters was not just flawed, but successfully living with autism. I didn’t learn the author was writing from a place of personal experience, until after I read it. The fact that she understands this character firsthand, not only gives him a sense of realness, it also allows us to learn through reading. I love books that not only entertain, but leave me with more knowledge than I had going in; even if that wasn’t the purpose.
I loved Osian and Dannel. Their relationship is something we all strive for. They were perfect together and were easy to root for. Having not read Dahlia Donovan’s other books, yet, I was unaware of the shared characters until someone mentioned it in their review. (I read reviews after I finish a book; I like to see if others felt like I did). Now I want to go find their book and read it. I’m not sure that’s the purpose of characters popping up in other books, but it’s brilliant, if you ask me.
This book was well written, intriguing, and absolutely captivating. I wholeheartedly recommend it. It’s a perfect book for any type of reading session.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***
~ * ~ Racheal‘s Review ~ * ~
Dahlia Donovan is a new to me author, and I was extremely impressed with “Cosplay Killer!” I love Murder/mystery podcasts and listen to them frequently during my workdays, so the title was one of the biggest selling points!
Once I started the book, the storyline had me hooked. The two main characters, Dannel and Osian were complete opposites, however, both were fantastic characters that played well off each other. Their history as life long friends turned lovers made their bond impeccable!
Both Dannel and Osian come with baggage but they balance one another out. Dannel suffers from a form of autism, so stress and anxiety heighten his sensors to light, sound, lack of emotion, loudness in his voice, and Osian is his quietness that he needs to balance out the stressfulness of his life. Whereas, Osian suffered a tragedy a year prior that caused him to give up his dream of being a paramedic. Darrel tries to be his rock, to remind him that he wasn’t at fault and things of that nature happen with occupational jobs such as Osian’s.
As a side hobby, they both do a murder/mystery podcast. It’s something they both share an interest in and have fun doing. After the murder of one of their good friends, and Osian being their only suspect, they decide to talk about it on their podcast.
Suddenly, the killer now has Dannel and Osian in his/her line of sight. Now the suspect list is growing at a rapid pace and still no one is closer to who the killer is or why their friend was murdered.
There are so many twists and turns in this storyline, the secondary characters make the storyline even better, and the ending will surprise you! I can’t wait to see more books in this series!!
A great book, with amazing characters, and phenomenal word building for a fantastic storyline!
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***
Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.