Death Before Coffee by Desmond P Ryan – Book Review




By 2:27 on a Thursday afternoon, the one-legged man from Room 8 at 147 Loxitor Avenue has 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—the man who saved his life thirteen years ago—flicks bugs off of a battered corpse with a ballpoint pen.

When a rogue undercover copper prematurely hauls in the prime suspect, Mike blows a fuse, resulting in an unlikely rapport developing between him and the lead homicide detective sergeant, a woman known for her stilettos and razor sharp investigative skills. 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.

Death Before Coffee, the second book in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, 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. When faced with death, Mike is forced to make decisions that stir up old memories, compelling him to confront his demons while fighting the good fight.



This is the 2nd book in the Mike O’Shea series by Desmond Ryan, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Detective Mike O’Shea is haunted by the death of his partner, Sal who died in arms, his marriage to Carman is troubled to say the least, she is staying out all night working late…!

As a result he is drinking too much and ends up turning up at work, tired and hungover and just a little jaded. He just wants a hot cup of coffee. While his world is in turmoil, he still goes home to his mother’s every Sunday for a family dinner, he’s not alone in the world.

He is partnered with Ron, a fedora wearing, by the book cop, a stickler for the rules….and they are sent to the homicide of a one-legged man….and so the investigation begins…

Ryan tells a realistic and believable tale, with the humour and camaraderie between colleagues in difficult and sometimes dangerous situations…..this has a totally absorbing and compelling plot….gradually all coming together in this clever crime thriller.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.


About Desmond P. Ryan:

B9D394A7-7E94-46CB-80FD-712004A0D9DEFor almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan worked as a cop in the back alleys, poorly-lit laneways, and forgotten neighbourhoods in Toronto, the city where he grew up. Murder often most unkind, assaults on a level that defied humanity, and sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the victims were all in a day’s work. Days, evenings, midnights–all the same. Crime knows no time.

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. And now, as a retired detective, he writes crime fiction.

Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.

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Published in eBook and paperback on 8th February 2019.

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