#allthebookreviews – Desert Remains by Steven Cooper

Happy belated release day!

Thanks to Prometheus Books for the advanced copies in exchange for our honest reviews.

DESERT REMAINS by Steven Cooper (released on October 10th, 2017)

More #allthebookreviews selections for October 🙂


Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars

Bodies are being found in desert caves in the Phoenix area.  Detective Mills is on the case but is getting nowhere.  With the higher ups on his ass to solve this as quickly as possible he brings in Gus Parker, a psychic whose visions have helped in the past.  The visions Gus sees is hard to interpret and frustrations grow in every direction.  As the killer seems to be on to them now, it’s a race to see which side wins.

What a surprise of a series debut!  I was curious how this would go with the psychic presence and all.  I’m not sure how much I believe in the psychic phenomenon, but the author does such a great job in keeping Gus and Beatrice (his fellow psychic and mentor of sorts) grounded and lovely to meet.  Beatrice is eccentric but her goal is to out the non-psychics who prey on people for their money.  The way she banters with Gus is so much fun to read.  Gus just tries to live his every day life and help when necessary – even if most people are skeptical.

The plot line itself is quite interesting and I love how the author ties everything together at the end.  What I found most interesting were the back stories of Mill’s family life and Gus’s reconciliation with trying to complete his life on certain levels.  These really helped to get to know the characters and I look forward to their future adventures.

This is a series you don’t want to miss.  A fresh take on police procedural, forensic analysis with a psychic twist.  I was pleasantly surprised and I think you will be too.

My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars

Whenever there’s a new crime series coming I’m always intrigued. DESERT REMAINS by Steven Cooper is the start of a new unique police procedural that includes a psychic. Definitely has my curiosity.

In the deserts of Phoenix there are bodies turning up in caves. Detective Alex Mills is put on the case to find the killer. With the city leaders wanting the case solved yesterday, To help him solve the case, that has hit a dead end, he enlists the help of Gus Parker. Parker is a psychic. He brings a different element to the investigation and Mills is hoping that his visions will lead them to the killer.

This was a great debut! It puts a new spin on the police procedural. You don’t usually see a psychic helping solve a murder case. This turned into a bit of a cat and mouse crime thriller as well. They’re onto the killer, but the killer is onto them. Who will find the other first? Cooper introduces some memorable characters – Gus, Alex, and then Beatrice. Beatrice is a fellow psychic, and her mission has been to uncover those pretending to be psychics.

I think that Cooper tied everything together very nicely at the end. We got some glimpses into the back stories of Mills and Parker, which I look forward to learning more in future installments!

Overall, if you’re a fan of police procedurals, but you’re tired of how overly technical they can get, then this is the one for you! I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books in this series.


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