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Boston Homicide Detective Reid Sylver closes every case that comes her way. Her secret? She can talk to the dead. Reid’s perfect record has earned her the freedom to work with the only partner she can tolerate: a scarred one-eyed mastiff called Mugshot. Then the new boss saddles her with rookie London Gold. How will she keep her gift a secret with this ambitious rookie und Boston Homicide Detective Reid Sylver closes every case that comes her way. Her secret? She can talk to the dead. Reid’s perfect record has earned her the freedom to work with the only partner she can tolerate: a scarred one-eyed mastiff called Mugshot. Then the new boss saddles her with rookie London Gold. How will she keep her gift a secret with this ambitious rookie underfoot? London Gold has dreamed of being a homicide detective since long before she became a cop. Now she has a chance to learn from the woman she’s idolized for years. Breaking through the detective’s tough shell won’t be easy, but she’s determined to learn the secret behind Reid's success. Both women are surprised by their chemistry as they work feverishly to find a tech-savvy killer who stalks his victims from afar. Just one problem: the killer's now stalking them. Cover Artist: Tammy Sedick Genres: Crime & Mystery / Paranormal & Urban Fantasy / Romance


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Boston Homicide Detective Reid Sylver closes every case that comes her way. Her secret? She can talk to the dead. Reid’s perfect record has earned her the freedom to work with the only partner she can tolerate: a scarred one-eyed mastiff called Mugshot. Then the new boss saddles her with rookie London Gold. How will she keep her gift a secret with this ambitious rookie und Boston Homicide Detective Reid Sylver closes every case that comes her way. Her secret? She can talk to the dead. Reid’s perfect record has earned her the freedom to work with the only partner she can tolerate: a scarred one-eyed mastiff called Mugshot. Then the new boss saddles her with rookie London Gold. How will she keep her gift a secret with this ambitious rookie underfoot? London Gold has dreamed of being a homicide detective since long before she became a cop. Now she has a chance to learn from the woman she’s idolized for years. Breaking through the detective’s tough shell won’t be easy, but she’s determined to learn the secret behind Reid's success. Both women are surprised by their chemistry as they work feverishly to find a tech-savvy killer who stalks his victims from afar. Just one problem: the killer's now stalking them. Cover Artist: Tammy Sedick Genres: Crime & Mystery / Paranormal & Urban Fantasy / Romance

30 review for Sylver and Gold

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    4.50 Stars. This was super entertaining! When I read Larkin’s debut Mercy, two years ago, I knew she was an author to watch. Mercy had some bumps but it was a solid 4 stars just on entertainment value alone. With Sylver and Gold, she somehow managed to write a book even more entertaining than Mercy. Not only is this my favorite book by Larkin, but I believe this is easily her best book so far. When I saw Larkin’s name on the cover, I thought mystery and maybe thriller so I knew I absolutely wante 4.50 Stars. This was super entertaining! When I read Larkin’s debut Mercy, two years ago, I knew she was an author to watch. Mercy had some bumps but it was a solid 4 stars just on entertainment value alone. With Sylver and Gold, she somehow managed to write a book even more entertaining than Mercy. Not only is this my favorite book by Larkin, but I believe this is easily her best book so far. When I saw Larkin’s name on the cover, I thought mystery and maybe thriller so I knew I absolutely wanted to read this. What I didn’t realize is that she tossed in a little paranormal too. I mean a mystery-romance with a light paranormal twist, is basically saying “here Alexis this book is for you”(okay let’s just pretend that I did not refer to myself in third person:). I could not have been happier with these genre choices and I’m so glad this was everything I was hoping for and even more. I do want to mention for the non-paranormal fans out there… this is a crime/mystery about catching a serial killer, with a sub plot of an opposites attract romance. The paranormal part is just a little twist to make this book even more entertaining. If you like crime/mystery-romances read this, you won’t be disappointed. I was really happy with both main characters. As I mentioned before they are pretty opposite, Miss Ivy League versus Ms. Blue Blood. These two don’t get off to a good start but you can feel the chemistry right away. Their interactions are wonderful together and it put a big smile on my face half the time. The sex scenes are fade-to-black but I didn’t mind it one bit. You believe that their connection is growing stronger, as the book goes on, so I didn’t actually miss those scenes. There is a serial killer so there are some gory depictions. There is also talk about child abuse and sexual assault. Both of these happened in the past so while it breaks your heart to hear about, you are not witnessing it firsthand. And while these are some tough triggering subjects, I never felt depressed or weighed down by the story. During a lot of the book I even had a smile on my face and other times I was hopeful for the characters. So yes tough subjects but this is not a really dark book. As I mentioned in the beginning that after reading Larkin’s debut, I knew she had some really good stories ahead of her. This was the book I was waiting for and I was thoroughly and completely entertained. I’m also interested to see if Larkin might turn this into a series. I feel like their story is just beginning and I can see such potential for more. But no matter what Larkin writes next, I will be reading it. An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Michelle Larkin, you nailed it again! I'm to the point now where Larkin's an automatic read for me, bring it on! I'm an unashamed mystery / suspense lover, so this book was right up my alley. Add in the slight paranormal aspect with MC Sylver, a police detective, being able to communicate with the dead and this one was a no-brainer. From beginning to end, I was completely in on this novel. I loved Reid Sylver's character from the very start. She's portrayed as a stand-offish, smart ass, but she's Michelle Larkin, you nailed it again! I'm to the point now where Larkin's an automatic read for me, bring it on! I'm an unashamed mystery / suspense lover, so this book was right up my alley. Add in the slight paranormal aspect with MC Sylver, a police detective, being able to communicate with the dead and this one was a no-brainer. From beginning to end, I was completely in on this novel. I loved Reid Sylver's character from the very start. She's portrayed as a stand-offish, smart ass, but she's got some very good reasons for being the way she is and I loved her from the start. Sylver's relationship with her dog is especially telling of her true character and I really enjoyed how Larkin added those bits in. When Sylver is paired with the go-getter newbie, London Gold, sparks fly between the two and there's all kinds of trouble for them to both get in to. If you're at all a fan of mystery or suspense novels, pick this one up. If you like light paranormal stories, pick this one up. Actually, if you just like a good book, pick this one up! 4.5 stars **Many thank to Bold Strokes for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jo reece

    This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm really happy to be given the opportunity to be able to read Sylver and Gold. As soon as I read 'I can talk to the dead, Cap' that was it.... I knew this book was for me and would grab my attention from the start. There as been many books that have centered around one of the main characters being able to see or communicate with the dead, may books have failed as a story but Sylver and Gold as kept me gripped from start to end. You have number This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm really happy to be given the opportunity to be able to read Sylver and Gold. As soon as I read 'I can talk to the dead, Cap' that was it.... I knew this book was for me and would grab my attention from the start. There as been many books that have centered around one of the main characters being able to see or communicate with the dead, may books have failed as a story but Sylver and Gold as kept me gripped from start to end. You have number of characters in the story line... The main characters are Detective Reid Sylver, who comes across as a smart alec and at times a little bit bitchy, but it just makes her character more likable and interesting. London Gold dreamed to be a homicide detective long before she became a cop. At first I didn't like Gold, she came across stand-offish, a bit of a snob, but as the story unwinds you find out the reasons behind her behavior. You will read about some serous, heavy topics which could leave it hard for some reader to digest. But 'hats' off to the author for her writing style. Even with these sensitivity topics the book is full of 'banter' which cushions those hard to read issues. Like most stories as the book progress's, sparks fly and romance starts to happen. In all, the story is very good, its unique and well worth the read. Anyone who is into there 'cops', 'i see dead people' or thriller books, this one should be on your list. Hopefully there is a sequel?!? I give this a book a 4 out of 5. I was provided a copy of this book for honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gaby LezReviewBooks

    Review of ‘Sylver and Gold‘ by Michelle Larkin, audiobook narrated by Keira Grace This was the last of my lesbian Halloween audiobooks challenge I did in October 2020. I hadn’t read anything by this author before and it was about time. Reid Sylver is a Boston Police Department homicide detective with an incredible record of solving every single case she’d ever come across. Her secret is that she can talk to the dead. Literally. London Gold has always dreamed of becoming a police detective and now Review of ‘Sylver and Gold‘ by Michelle Larkin, audiobook narrated by Keira Grace This was the last of my lesbian Halloween audiobooks challenge I did in October 2020. I hadn’t read anything by this author before and it was about time. Reid Sylver is a Boston Police Department homicide detective with an incredible record of solving every single case she’d ever come across. Her secret is that she can talk to the dead. Literally. London Gold has always dreamed of becoming a police detective and now she has the chance to work alongside her longtime idol, the secretive and distant detective Reid Sylver. As they start working together, their mutual attraction is palpable but there’s no time to act on it as a serial killer is on the loose and stalking them. ‘Sylver and Gold’ is more a crime novel than a paranormal book. Even though Sylver can talk to dead people, that’s the end of the paranormal elements of this novel, so once the reader accepts this premise the rest is presented as a normal crime story with a side of romance. Even though there is a very well constructed plot, this is mostly a character-driven story, with a few skilfully written characters, main and secondary, alive or dead. Both leads are complex and multifaceted, with a past that haunts them but with a human side that makes them believable and likable. But Mug the dog steals the show with his unconditional love and devotion. Even though the author finds a good balance of crime, love, vice, and humor, there are some dark parts to this novel that might not be suitable for the faint of heart. There are triggers for extreme violence, animal cruelty, and sexual abuse, mostly as descriptions of the past. I’m quite squeamish myself but I felt that it was necessary for the plot and made sense in the universe created by the author. Even though this is a crime/paranormal book, romance has an important role in it and Sylver and Gold have a strong chemistry together. Despite that their dialogues and banter are very enjoyable, I felt that their rapport didn’t pervade completely to the intimate scenes. In my opinion, they just needed a little bit more prominence in the book to make their chemistry sizzling, it’s a pity because it didn’t need much more to make it super hot. However, I get that this is not a romance so it’s not that essential to the story. The audiobook was narrated by Keira Grace who did a very good job. The book is very demanding with a range of different types of scenes from action-packed, suspense-filled, emotional, poignant, and intense. Ms. Grace nailed them all, along with avery good interpretation of the different characters. It was a pleasure to listen to. 4.5 stars. Length 8 hours, 23 minutes See all my reviews at www.lezreviewbooks.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Agirlcandream

    Reid Sylver has the best success rate in the BPD homicide division. She also has a secret known only to her Captain. She can speak with the dead. When her new boss saddles Sylver with rookie detective London Gold, she tries to rebel and ditch Gold knowing her solve rate has more to do with her psychic gift than her intuition and experience. London has wanted to be a detective her whole life and training with Reid Sylver is a dream come true. Sylver’s curmudgeon behaviour is not going to stop her Reid Sylver has the best success rate in the BPD homicide division. She also has a secret known only to her Captain. She can speak with the dead. When her new boss saddles Sylver with rookie detective London Gold, she tries to rebel and ditch Gold knowing her solve rate has more to do with her psychic gift than her intuition and experience. London has wanted to be a detective her whole life and training with Reid Sylver is a dream come true. Sylver’s curmudgeon behaviour is not going to stop her from learning from the best. I loved Larkin’s first two books, Mercy and Unexpected Partners. Mercy was a paranormal thriller and Unexpected Partners was more of a police procedural thriller with two women on the run from a psychopath. Sylver and Gold is a police procedural with a paranormal twist and it’s a lot of fun trying to solve the crime along with the detectives and Sylver’s trusty sidekick Mugshot the dog. I enjoyed watching the interactions between Reid and London. Sylver is rude, arrogant and can’t be bothered with this rookie. When it becomes clear the killer knows more about Reid than she wants to admit, she comes to rely on London’s help to solve the case. Gold is a talented detective and more than a match for Reid. She is bright and a natural problem solver. She relies on logic and planning, like a good detective should and soon becomes Sylver’s equal rather than an annoying trainee. Gold is attracted to Sylver from the beginning and as the two gel as partners the feelings become mutual. My overall take from this book? Fun, romantic, crime without too much violence for squeamish romance readers, paranormal lite for those of us who get annoyed with the woowoo. A pleasure to read. ARC received with thanks from publisher via NetGalley for review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn McBride

    This is an exceptional book that I blew through in almost one sitting. I say almost because I only put it down to try and sleep. But when I couldn't sleep over worry about Mug, I gave up on sleep and finished the book. My heart broke so many times reading this. For Mug, for Cap, for London, for Reid. But then there were so many funny moments too that I woke my partner up a couple of times laughing. The author has a wonderful way with both dialogue and setting, and you're never in any doubt when it This is an exceptional book that I blew through in almost one sitting. I say almost because I only put it down to try and sleep. But when I couldn't sleep over worry about Mug, I gave up on sleep and finished the book. My heart broke so many times reading this. For Mug, for Cap, for London, for Reid. But then there were so many funny moments too that I woke my partner up a couple of times laughing. The author has a wonderful way with both dialogue and setting, and you're never in any doubt when it comes to knowing what her characters want. And she's got such a great sense of humour! I know that by the end of the book, I was sad to see it end. I really, really hope there will be a sequel. It was so easy to connect with and root for the characters in this novel. The editing was great, the cover eye-catching and all-around this was a wonderful book that I know I'll be reading again and again. Is there more yet, Ms. Larkin? Many thanks to Michelle Larkin for sharing her gift with us and Bold Strokes Books for allowing me to read a fantastic novel in exchange for my honest opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tere

    So no doubt I’ve been missing from around here for a while. I don’t know if you have noticed, but the past few months have been rough...or is it just me? Hmm. I have been so disconnected from reading, that even my absolute favorite author couldn’t get me out of the slump. Thankfully, another favorite of mine accomplished it...thank you Ms Larkin! Homicide Detective Reid Sylver has a perfect record when it comes to solving cases. The secret to her success is simple, she can talk to the dead. Bring So no doubt I’ve been missing from around here for a while. I don’t know if you have noticed, but the past few months have been rough...or is it just me? Hmm. I have been so disconnected from reading, that even my absolute favorite author couldn’t get me out of the slump. Thankfully, another favorite of mine accomplished it...thank you Ms Larkin! Homicide Detective Reid Sylver has a perfect record when it comes to solving cases. The secret to her success is simple, she can talk to the dead. Bring in smart and enthusiastic rookie London Gold. London has idolized Reid and is determined to be trained by the most successful Boston homicide detective in history. Now Reid must find a way to keep her secret safe while London scrutinizes her every step during a serial killer investigation. Things get even more complicated as Reid is obviously part of the killer’s obsession. I have read and enjoyed all of Ms Larkin’s books and this one was no exception. This story is right about what I expected from this author, a blend of law enforcement with a dash of paranormal and a pinch of animals for good measure. I found all elements to be very good, although the serial killer was a bit on the gruesome side for those that like to avoid those. Also beware, the topic of child abuse is woven throughout the story, although no real time abuse is described. The main characters are all likable, including the third partner, a dog named Mugshot. There is definitely chemistry between the mains and the banter is great. However, the romance is the weakest part of the story. By the time that became an issue, I was engrossed in the rest of the story and I simply rolled my eyes and kept reading. Yes, yes, I know I seldom roll my eyes, but really it was no big deal ;) A pure romance reader is not Ms Larkin’s target audience anyway. All other mortals will enjoy. Overall an entertaining thriller with paranormal elements. The rating is a bit complicated for me because pure story-wise, it is probably closer to a 4. However, the story as a whole kept me reading at a time I truly thought I had quit. So I guess for me, this is overall closer to a 5. Happy reading!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bárbara Sousa

    Wow!! This was my first book by Michelle Larkin and I gotta say that I LOVED IT!! I usually read more romance/erotic books, but I like to mix it up sometimes and this romantic thriller was everything I didn’t know I needed. So so good! I mean, I legit loved everything, from the characters’ names to the talking-to-ghosts gift, to the side characters, alive and dead, and to the happy ending Reid and London got 😍 This book had me on the edge of my seat when talking about the serial killer and also Wow!! This was my first book by Michelle Larkin and I gotta say that I LOVED IT!! I usually read more romance/erotic books, but I like to mix it up sometimes and this romantic thriller was everything I didn’t know I needed. So so good! I mean, I legit loved everything, from the characters’ names to the talking-to-ghosts gift, to the side characters, alive and dead, and to the happy ending Reid and London got 😍 This book had me on the edge of my seat when talking about the serial killer and also had me smiling so hard when both MCs would start bickering 🥰 It was just what I call perfect. 100% recommend

  9. 5 out of 5

    KarenC

    I have a question ... why isn't everyone talking about Michelle Larkin? I'd read good reviews about her other three books but don't think of myself as a "mystery" fan. No matter what you think you're a fan of or not, this book is fantastic. Sylver and Gold (I love everything about this title and the character names) is on the shorter side and only took me about 4 hours to read. In fact, I was sucked in so fast that before I checked the percentage in the first time I was already 25% done. The case I have a question ... why isn't everyone talking about Michelle Larkin? I'd read good reviews about her other three books but don't think of myself as a "mystery" fan. No matter what you think you're a fan of or not, this book is fantastic. Sylver and Gold (I love everything about this title and the character names) is on the shorter side and only took me about 4 hours to read. In fact, I was sucked in so fast that before I checked the percentage in the first time I was already 25% done. The case was really well thought out, and even at the slightly shorter length, the characters were extremely well developed. Don't let the "paranormal" aspect worry you, to me it just felt like another aspect to the story. The writing was smooth and readable and I didn't find one single editing/grammar issue. I'm definitely making time to read her back catalog and I can't wait for the next book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hsinju

    CW: off-screen child abuse, sexual assault, and physical torture. I finished this book in two sittings and would have in one if not for a scheduled dinner. Since I tend to get sucked into a book and forget about reality, I am happy to say that me being hyper-alert of my surroundings in-between sittings is an indication that the suspense had really got to me. Sylver and Gold is that enthralling. The book follows a series of calculated murders where the serial killer attempts to bond with Reid in ho CW: off-screen child abuse, sexual assault, and physical torture. I finished this book in two sittings and would have in one if not for a scheduled dinner. Since I tend to get sucked into a book and forget about reality, I am happy to say that me being hyper-alert of my surroundings in-between sittings is an indication that the suspense had really got to me. Sylver and Gold is that enthralling. The book follows a series of calculated murders where the serial killer attempts to bond with Reid in hopes of being truly understood. Over the last thirteen years, Reid has solved every single murder case, thanks to her gift of communicating with the dead. Adding her new partner and trainee London into the mix, both with a lot of childhood trauma, things escalate fast. And so do the duo’s dynamics. Since I cannot resist gorgeous, smart women who know what they are doing, I love Reid Sylver and London Gold. Judging by their last names, these two homicide detectives are predestined to be together. This age-gap pairing between the perfect-record homicide detective Reid and her new trainee London is wonderful, and I am so glad these two with troubled pasts can pour their hearts out to each other. I love their eventual honesty. The pair also quip, banter, and get under each other’s skins a lot. These are the happier parts of the otherwise darker story. Though their relationship arc near the end kind of left me confused and slightly frustrated, the actual ending was great. I particularly love London because she is incredibly strong-willed and loving and amazing. She has a big heart that leaves me in awe. I also enjoy that the crimes involve technology breaching. With consumer electronics everywhere in life, these aspects of the crimes almost read like horror and made the book really thrilling. Sylver and Gold is a rather heavy book. The story deals with a serial killer and the crime scenes are repulsive. There were so much darkness lurking in Reid’s and London’s personal histories that I still feel a little down after finishing, despite it ending on a light note. There are a few random things that were left unaddressed, including Sunday mass and softball. I am still a little curious about those. Also, I do have to acknowledge that perfect-cop stories aren’t time appropriate, if they ever were. Every reader should keep that in mind while reading. Sylver and Gold is a paranormal crime/mystery/thriller that kept me on edge throughout the entire reading. It is intense with great leading characters and somewhat sympathizable motives of the murderer. While I don’t think romance is the main storyline, the connection Reid and London has is crucial to the plot. If you’re looking for a riveting suspense, this is your choice. I received an e-ARC from Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rosi

    This is a rather atypical detective novel for several reasons. One of them being Detective Reid Sylver's peculiar method of investigating crimes. Another is how rookie Detective London Gold bursts into the life of lone Detective Sylver. In addition to the normal tug-of-war that is common in new couples of detectives, in this case it has the fact that Gold has had an crush with Sylver for quite some time and also her role model. As far as the police plot is concerned, once Sylver's secret is know This is a rather atypical detective novel for several reasons. One of them being Detective Reid Sylver's peculiar method of investigating crimes. Another is how rookie Detective London Gold bursts into the life of lone Detective Sylver. In addition to the normal tug-of-war that is common in new couples of detectives, in this case it has the fact that Gold has had an crush with Sylver for quite some time and also her role model. As far as the police plot is concerned, once Sylver's secret is known and the relationship between Sylver and Gold progresses, it goes a little to the background. It is still interesting to know why and especially the relationship between the murderer and Sylver, but when things from Gold's past appear, the plot gets a bit messy. And maybe the ending was a little too corny. Silver and Gold have been really cool characters. I really enjoyed their initial antics, all Sylver's tricks, and Gold's reactions. Funny. But I would have liked more power in the romantic relationship, it is more psychological than physical. In summary, it was an interesting story and absolutely recommended. An advanced reading copy has been sent to me by the publisher Bold Strokes Books through Netgalley for my honest review

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    4.5* Reid Sylver is a homicide detective with a secret. She can speak to the dead. They help her solve cases. But, because of this, she prefers to work with just her dog, Mug, as companion. Then, she's tasked to train a newly-minted detective, London Gold. Hence, the name of the book, Sylver and Gold. This is a police procedural with a supernatural twist, but it's not creepy at all. The serial killer Sylver and Gold is confronted with, has an unhealthy fixation on Reid. The crimes are quite grues 4.5* Reid Sylver is a homicide detective with a secret. She can speak to the dead. They help her solve cases. But, because of this, she prefers to work with just her dog, Mug, as companion. Then, she's tasked to train a newly-minted detective, London Gold. Hence, the name of the book, Sylver and Gold. This is a police procedural with a supernatural twist, but it's not creepy at all. The serial killer Sylver and Gold is confronted with, has an unhealthy fixation on Reid. The crimes are quite gruesome. But, I like how the reluctant partners had to work together to find the culprit. The banter and chemistry is enjoyable. I've always been a sap for characters with a tough exterior but a wounded, soft interior. I read this book very quickly. It was hard to put it down. I love the writing, the plot, and the characters, Definitely a recommended read. **Thank you to Bold Strokes Books for providing an ARC in exchange for honest review!**

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kexx

    OK, OK, not my thing at all: paranormal, talking to the dead... but it was treated so well, no messing, It's normal, all good. And because of that it was acceptable and, am I really writing this? Believable. Loved the scarky humour. Excellent. PS: her biog cracked me up!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pam Holzner

    3 stars for romance 4 for mystery/suspense. More mystery more than romance. There *is* a romance but it was more fun watching the "I see dead people" cop try to ditch the new rookie and fail. I skipped over the sex scenes but they were fairly short (Larkin was not going for erotica). The pacing was pretty good. It slowed down once the romance started and then picked up again with the next murder. I liked that the cops couldn't seem to outwit the serial killer. It's not too scary. Larkin let's us k 3 stars for romance 4 for mystery/suspense. More mystery more than romance. There *is* a romance but it was more fun watching the "I see dead people" cop try to ditch the new rookie and fail. I skipped over the sex scenes but they were fairly short (Larkin was not going for erotica). The pacing was pretty good. It slowed down once the romance started and then picked up again with the next murder. I liked that the cops couldn't seem to outwit the serial killer. It's not too scary. Larkin let's us know that the psychopath is not interested in killing our cop character. Don't expect to be able to predict who the murder is. (view spoiler)[They catch him, of course. But we don't learn very much about who he is. (hide spoiler)] Oh, and there is a dog.

  15. 4 out of 5

    AnnMaree Of Oz

    Cops with attitude and banter, damaged pasts, lesbian romance, police procedural, catching the bad-guys, a bit of paranormal, and a dog - sign me up! I really loved the connection between Reid Sylver and London Gold. I thought Reid was a bit prickly at first, but it was understandable given where she is, at the start with her Captains passing, her gift and also her past issues. I loved that London was able to shimmy down those walls and also prove herself as a capable detective in her own right, Cops with attitude and banter, damaged pasts, lesbian romance, police procedural, catching the bad-guys, a bit of paranormal, and a dog - sign me up! I really loved the connection between Reid Sylver and London Gold. I thought Reid was a bit prickly at first, but it was understandable given where she is, at the start with her Captains passing, her gift and also her past issues. I loved that London was able to shimmy down those walls and also prove herself as a capable detective in her own right, with great instincts, tenacity and care. But also her own past of burdens to bear. I adored the dog, Mug aka Mugshot, the sweet Mastiff with a tennis ball addiction and many burns and scars causing him to be seen as 'ugly'. The mystery was intriguing as was Reid's gift in being able to talk with the dead, victims and perpetrators alike, as well as friends. My only complaint was the bad guys seemed to go down a little too easily at the end, I kept waiting for something more to happen. I also still feel a little confused as to how and why Reid was targeted by the perp, but I could have easily missed something. I would love it if this became a series, but I also think it works as it stands, since it all wraps up so conclusively. I would highly recommend this read! I would like to check out the authors other works, too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    MJS

    ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I usually avoid crime novels but I’d read another of Larkin’s books and enjoyed it, so wanted to give this a go. Having said that, it did remind me why I usually avoid crime novels, the killer in this book is really sick and I had to skim some of the stuff about him and what he was doing, cause it was just gross. On the flip side, the two MCs here are awesome. First up is Reid Sylver, Boston’s top homicide cop, who has solved every cas ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I usually avoid crime novels but I’d read another of Larkin’s books and enjoyed it, so wanted to give this a go. Having said that, it did remind me why I usually avoid crime novels, the killer in this book is really sick and I had to skim some of the stuff about him and what he was doing, cause it was just gross. On the flip side, the two MCs here are awesome. First up is Reid Sylver, Boston’s top homicide cop, who has solved every case she’s had. She has an ace up her sleeve though, since she can talk to dead people. She’s partnered with homicide rookie London Gold on what turns out to be a serial killer case. Both London and Reid are awesome in their own ways, and what I really liked was that London didn’t take any crap from Reid and more than shouldered her weight in the partnership. I did think their relationship unfolded too fast though, from what I could tell the whole case takes maybe two weeks to solve, and they get together very quickly. This is an insta-attraction turns to insta-love sort of thing. There’s also some really good secondary characters, some of whom appear in a different fashion. I also adored Mugshot, Reid’s dog, but I’m a sucker for dogs. The main flaw I felt this had was that the bad guy was too ‘omnipotent’ and the stuff he did and the way he did it was just too over the top. I didn’t believe some of the feats he managed to pull off. As mentioned before, I also didn’t like what he was doing, there was a high ick factor here. I also felt the ending was a bit too Hallmark cheesy. I did enjoy this though, and would like to catch up with these characters again. 4 stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

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    This was my first Michelle Larkin book and I wasn't disappointed. I'd read a number of positive reviews for this book before I started and I have to say I agree with them all wholeheartedly - I loved reading this. I'm not normally one for anything to do with the paranormal in the books I read, but I found this to be a really good way of adding this element to a cop story in order to make it different. I probably shouldn't have made the decision to read this in the dark late at night - it is a bit This was my first Michelle Larkin book and I wasn't disappointed. I'd read a number of positive reviews for this book before I started and I have to say I agree with them all wholeheartedly - I loved reading this. I'm not normally one for anything to do with the paranormal in the books I read, but I found this to be a really good way of adding this element to a cop story in order to make it different. I probably shouldn't have made the decision to read this in the dark late at night - it is a bit creepy at times, but the thing that pleasantly surprised me was that although the book has lots of murder and other dark moments shared between the main characters, I was always left with a positive light feeling whilst reading. I loved the interactions between Sylver and Gold, Mug the dog had real personality and I enjoyed the secondary characters. I thought the spirits were well written and meaningful and were used really effectively to continue the story moving forwards. I thought Sylver's interactions with the spirits might get boring and repetitive but this wasn't the case. This one is definitely heading to my read again pile. I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    MZ

    4,25 stars. This is such a good book, I couldn’t put it down! The book is super intense, dark, and full of emotions, but it also has a good amount of banter and romance to make the story lighter and not give it a depressing feeling. Reid Sylver is a detective with an excellent reputation for solving cases, in thirteen years she has a 100% score. Her secret? She can talk with the dead. However, she has a less excellent reputation for her social skills, she is a loner and the only partner she work 4,25 stars. This is such a good book, I couldn’t put it down! The book is super intense, dark, and full of emotions, but it also has a good amount of banter and romance to make the story lighter and not give it a depressing feeling. Reid Sylver is a detective with an excellent reputation for solving cases, in thirteen years she has a 100% score. Her secret? She can talk with the dead. However, she has a less excellent reputation for her social skills, she is a loner and the only partner she works well with is Mug, her dog. One day she is forced to train the new rookie detective London Gold and the two could not be more opposite. London has a warm personality, loves to chat and has an Ivy league upbringing. Despite their differences and an age age-gap (40-28) the chemistry between the two is obvious and slowly they have to give in to each other. However, the heart of the story lies in the mystery. Reid and London are going after a serial killer that feels connected to Reid. There were some twists although not huge, but it is the suspense that drives this story. The constant feeling that the killer is stalking them and outsmarting them. During the investigation both Reid and London are also confronted with their past that they had buried so well. There are some heavy topics in this book, but all happens off screen or in the past with the exception of the description of the murder scenes, which is pretty gory at times, but this can be expected. I really enjoyed that there are so many layers to this story and even though some parts are dark, to me the book didn’t feel very angsty or heavy, because of the right amount of romance and banter between Reid and London. I also loved the paranormal touch to the story. The only remark I have is that there were a couple of unfinished storylines. (view spoiler)[Like, what happened to the FBI investigation? Or what happens with the relationship between London and her parents? (hide spoiler)] Will some of them be continued in a next book? I hope so! I’ll be reading it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    I was looking forward to reading Sylver and Gold by Michelle Larkin. This tale has everything. You have a tech-savvy serial killer beginning a murder spree and eventually targeting the two detectives who are trying to catch him. The two detectives (Reid Sylver and London Gold) are both kick-ass at their jobs, even though London is actually a rookie that Reid is supposed to be training. The murder mystery is exceptionally well-written with a little bit of a paranormal element (Reid can talk to th I was looking forward to reading Sylver and Gold by Michelle Larkin. This tale has everything. You have a tech-savvy serial killer beginning a murder spree and eventually targeting the two detectives who are trying to catch him. The two detectives (Reid Sylver and London Gold) are both kick-ass at their jobs, even though London is actually a rookie that Reid is supposed to be training. The murder mystery is exceptionally well-written with a little bit of a paranormal element (Reid can talk to the dead) that adds that extra bit of creepiness to the tale. The characters really make this an amazing story. Mug, Reid’s bull mastiff, made me want to reach through the pages of the book and give him lots of hugs and pats. The secondary characters, including the ones who have died add depth to the story. But it is Reid and London who really make this an outstanding novel. They are a flawless example of how to write opposites attract. They push each other’s buttons from the moment they meet, but the chemistry and sparks they create together is enough to light up all of Boston. Both have to figure out how to overcome their differences and work together to solve the case. I’m truly impressed at how Ms. Larkin managed to take a pretty dark and sometimes creepy tale and still add moments of joy and even slapstick comedy into the story. Those moments turn an otherwise suspenseful tale into a book filled with mystery, intrigue, romance and drama. I fell in love with this novel on the first page, and I hated when the story ended because I didn’t want to leave these characters and this world. I really hope Ms. Larkin is planning to turn this into a series. I will be first in line to buy the books if she does. This book is definitely one of my favorites, and I think it will be one of yours as well. It has my highest recommendation. Thanks to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for giving me the chance to read this book for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    XR

    This was so bloody good... I loved it! London Gold makes me swoon, and I thought Reid was quite funny. I'm sad the book ended 'cause I'd love to read more about the two and Mug. Plus watching Sylver and Gold work only the one case is a travesty... so I hope there's more of them to come. *fingers and toes crossed*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bib

    Unexpectedly good read! I did not expect the witty and humorous dialogue throughout the book. The suspense and the spookiness spiced up the story. An author which I will definitely follow.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Della

    If you are looking for a serial killer detective story with romance ,humour and talking dead, Sylver and Gold checks all these boxes. Twenty year veteran Detective Reid Sylver has a case closure rate her coworkers could only wish for. She is a snarly, tough as nails loner at work and in life. This is until she is paired with a rookie detective. London Gold’s dream was to learn from the best but Sylver is not interested in sharing her detecting secrets. Michelle Larkin is a master of character dev If you are looking for a serial killer detective story with romance ,humour and talking dead, Sylver and Gold checks all these boxes. Twenty year veteran Detective Reid Sylver has a case closure rate her coworkers could only wish for. She is a snarly, tough as nails loner at work and in life. This is until she is paired with a rookie detective. London Gold’s dream was to learn from the best but Sylver is not interested in sharing her detecting secrets. Michelle Larkin is a master of character development. The heart of her main characters is developed so effectively that you are fully immersed into the story by the second page. Though some are greatly flawed, you cannot help liking each and every character. I am a huge fan of Ms Larkin’s writing because it grabs onto my interest instantly. None of her books remind me of anyone else’s. Her stories are truly unique. What I also enjoy is her humour wether in dialogue or as part of a character she always has me chuckling at some point of the story. Sylver and Gold is the wonderful result of all of the above. It is a well crafted character driven mystery that you will not be able to put down until the end. 5⭐️

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Great Read. Ms Larkin has again given us a book that is full of suspense and two leading ladies who know how to keep closing in on a killer regardless of the dangers he keeps bringing into their homes. London Gold wanted to become a police detective, so after cutting her teeth on the streets of Boston, she finally got her call to begin her training in the homicide department. Learning how to solve and capture killers and to make the job even sweeter for her, her trainer is none other than the m Great Read. Ms Larkin has again given us a book that is full of suspense and two leading ladies who know how to keep closing in on a killer regardless of the dangers he keeps bringing into their homes. London Gold wanted to become a police detective, so after cutting her teeth on the streets of Boston, she finally got her call to begin her training in the homicide department. Learning how to solve and capture killers and to make the job even sweeter for her, her trainer is none other than the most successful homicide detective in all of Boston, Reid Sylver. The last thing Reid wants or needs is someone following her around, getting underfoot while she tries to do her job. The reason she has been so successful is really quite simple, she can and does talk with the dead. Who other than the victim would be better able to lead her to the person responsible for murdering them. Reid and London led very different lives, or so they think until they open up and start talking about their past history. London grew up in a house that had loads of money while Reid grew up in a home that had considerably less. Each in their own way has survived less then wholesome childhoods. How will London react to the ‘talent’ Reid has and will she still be able to work alongside her. It doesn’t help or perhaps it does when she reveals her crush on Detective Reid. As I said earlier Ms Larkin’s book is simply a great read. ARC via NetGalley/ Bold Stroke Books

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aleana Harris

    I really enjoy reading this book I love books that has supernatural elements in a mystery thriller. Detective Reid has a successful rate of closing cases it’s means she can work alone beside having her dog Mug by her side and that’s because she has secret that only two people know she can talk to the dead. She didn’t had great childhood growing up her parents died and she lived with her grandmother who had abused her she got away from her when she was teenager by getting emancipation. When her C I really enjoy reading this book I love books that has supernatural elements in a mystery thriller. Detective Reid has a successful rate of closing cases it’s means she can work alone beside having her dog Mug by her side and that’s because she has secret that only two people know she can talk to the dead. She didn’t had great childhood growing up her parents died and she lived with her grandmother who had abused her she got away from her when she was teenager by getting emancipation. When her Captain dies who knew her secret and colleague of hers Boyle gets promoted he assigned her a rookie for her to train she not that happy about it because it means she has to do her work differently so secret won’t be expose. London always wanted to be detective and she excited to work with Reid a woman she idolized she wants to learn what made her success in solving cases. As Reid is reluctant to train her and London having a hard time breaking through the walls Reid has up they both caught by the attraction they have for each other. While working a case of a killer who tech savvy by stalking their victims first before killing them taunts Reid about knowing her secret. As they race to find the killer Reid fears her secret will be expose she soon realize she must trust the people she work with to have her back. I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. PS. London parents are trip to not believe their daughter after what happen to her and I really wish London could have confront them when they learn she was telling the truth.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Who knew a book about detective with special skills would be so fun to read. I really liked this story. The constant guessing , the dailog between both characters is really funny. I guess that's what you get when you out two smart people together. I liked the drama around the cases and constant chase....when you think you are behind but suddenly you are not. Of course I was happy with the ending. Exactly what I was looking for.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tinything

    You know it's a good book when you couldn't stop reading until you finish. On a working night 😒 or more like you lost track of time.😅 It quite gruesome, there were mentioned of rape and child abuses. But the mystery with paranormal just kept me hooked. And of course, the best ugliest dog! Though i didnt like Reid at first. When she had that senior-know-it-all-i'm-too-good-dont-want-rookie-with-me attitude toward London. But i do understand why she did that. I like How London can predict what Reid You know it's a good book when you couldn't stop reading until you finish. On a working night 😒 or more like you lost track of time.😅 It quite gruesome, there were mentioned of rape and child abuses. But the mystery with paranormal just kept me hooked. And of course, the best ugliest dog! Though i didnt like Reid at first. When she had that senior-know-it-all-i'm-too-good-dont-want-rookie-with-me attitude toward London. But i do understand why she did that. I like How London can predict what Reid was about to do and always catch up with her. I enjoyed when these 2 together. Great chemistry ane funny at the same time. Though I dont agree with what Cap did to himself. (view spoiler)[He should spend the time that he had left with his family. (hide spoiler)] All in all, beside what i just said above i enjoy everything in this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I was a bit hesitant because of the talking to the dead thing, but luckily it didn't bother me. It's a big part of the story, but certainly not the main point. Detective Reid Sylver has always been a loner, she has her dog and that's all she needs. She has the best track record of solving murder cases in the Boston PD, every case that lands on her desk gets solved. Her secret? She talks to the dead. Now she gets a rookie assigned to her, detective London Gold, she is young, eager, and smart. Lond I was a bit hesitant because of the talking to the dead thing, but luckily it didn't bother me. It's a big part of the story, but certainly not the main point. Detective Reid Sylver has always been a loner, she has her dog and that's all she needs. She has the best track record of solving murder cases in the Boston PD, every case that lands on her desk gets solved. Her secret? She talks to the dead. Now she gets a rookie assigned to her, detective London Gold, she is young, eager, and smart. London is remarkably resilient, Reid tries to dump her on multiple occasions but she doesn't really fall for her tricks. On their first run out together, Read sees a ghost who points her to her body. It's an older woman and she didn't see her killer. With London on her heels, Reid can't solve this case the same way she usually does. This case turns out to be personal, the killer is after Reid, not to kill necessarily, maybe for kinship. When visiting one of the neighbours of the murdered lady this person isn't nice to Reid because London told her Reid tried to ditch her (again). The killer overhears and murders this lady and drops her on Reid's porch. When the killer abducts Reid's dog Mug the story is accelerated as are the murders in gruesome detail. London and Reid really connect after the dognapping. Both women are aware of their attraction towards the other, but when there is this mich tension something needs to be said (and done), this I what London does. Now all they need is to get Mug back and apprehend the killer. The murders/ bodies are described in some gruesome detail, which suits the story perfectly. And yes, it is detailed (and nasty) to read, but it adds a certain depth to the story. Both London and Reid carry big secrets from their past, I think that is why they connect so well. I like that this is more of a thriller than a romance, the romance is there, but the most important is the police work. The story is well written and the built up to the final case is well done. The ending is a bit over the top for me, but I won't mention it in detail because I don't want to spoil it. I think it's too unrealistic. Also the title, I get it, it's sorta funny. But when they work at the BPD you'd think they'd be on the receiving end of more puns. *ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

  28. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Corgel

    This was just a really great thriller with a little romance and supernatural stuff thrown in. You have your curmudgeonly older cop in Reid Sylver. She's a loner with good reasons - mostly its because she can see dead people and they help her find their killers. But there are darker, more personal reasons that she only lets her dog, Mug be her partner. Of course with the arrival of the beautiful, smart Gold (first name London) as a trainee under Reid, she knows she's in for some trouble. Then the This was just a really great thriller with a little romance and supernatural stuff thrown in. You have your curmudgeonly older cop in Reid Sylver. She's a loner with good reasons - mostly its because she can see dead people and they help her find their killers. But there are darker, more personal reasons that she only lets her dog, Mug be her partner. Of course with the arrival of the beautiful, smart Gold (first name London) as a trainee under Reid, she knows she's in for some trouble. Then there's a new killer that shows a fixation on Reid and may know all her secrets... I really enjoyed this one, even with a couple of nitpicky things that would have annoyed me more in a book that was not as good as this one. I liked that it had no problem setting up Reid and London somewhat adversarial, especially since Reid is such a loner. London is interesting to me, she seems very socially competent, but has a pretty direct way of speaking. I wish that we had more access to what was going on in her head rather than the mostly short sequences that marked the start of new chapters. Also, Reid is a little on the childish side, but that could be chalked up to her being a hermit. Their relationship accelerated a little fast for me, but I get it - they were hunting down a smart killer and they were both letting themselves be more open than usual. I think without the circumstances, it wouldn't have worked out as well. The cat and mouse game between our leads and the killer was one of the better ones I have seen in lesfic thrillers - I enjoyed the inclusion of the ghosts especially since they were more like messengers or clue givers. Reid and London had to do most of the heavy lifting. The serial killer was menacing and almost sympathetic enough to feel sorry for him if he weren't such a monster. Oh, and I appreciated that the book didn't shy away from how bad this man was - there are some pretty gruesome scenes that edge more towards horror, but it got the point across as to how depraved this person was. Overall this is a wonderful book, and I am happy that it went a lot darker than what I thought it would. With its fast pacing and engaging characters, you really can't go wrong with this one. Many thanks to BSB and Netgalley for providing the ARC for this review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    D.M. Mulvaney

    Reid Sylver Is a seasoned homicide detective with the recent loss of her confidante and mentor to death and is at a cross roads in her life because he was the only one who held her secret of being able to communicate with the dead. Because of this skill, she has a 100% case resolve rate and prefers her life to consist of work with and her dog, Mug. Instead of working alone she is assigned a detective in training: London Gold. London has long wanted to work with Reid, but Reid makes it difficult Reid Sylver Is a seasoned homicide detective with the recent loss of her confidante and mentor to death and is at a cross roads in her life because he was the only one who held her secret of being able to communicate with the dead. Because of this skill, she has a 100% case resolve rate and prefers her life to consist of work with and her dog, Mug. Instead of working alone she is assigned a detective in training: London Gold. London has long wanted to work with Reid, but Reid makes it difficult for her until she shows she can hold her own. I thought of the TV show Psych multiple times as I read. I realized it was less about the content and more about the pithy comebacks and wits of the characters. Part of the reason that Sylver and Gold work well together is their ability to banter and the author writes fun dialogue. The other reason Psych came to mind is the convenience of information falling into just the right place at just the right time. It makes the story move forward quickly and serves the purpose of allowing the tension to be in a suspense plot rather than just between the two leads. The issue I had with this is that there was so much banter and joking at pivotal moments, it made the romance feel inauthentic and casual rather than what I read this genre for: tension and progression. Having to match wittiness with so many scene partners (other detectives, people under investigation, nuns - yes, I meant to write nuns) detracts from the story. The tension and progression would build in a more satisfying way if the author did 25% less wit and replaced that with some tension and progression in the relationship between the two characters. There was a lot that the characters had thrown at them, but it didn’t stick to them and that’s part of the magic of an easy read. Toning back some of the core issues of the characters would help as well to explore just one aspect of them rather than all aspects of them. There is also some casual mentions of horrible animal cruelty that knocked me out of the story for a bit and it was retold twice. In the framework of the story, I understand the idea behind it, but it didn’t serve the story. It just made me sad and felt unnecessary. I would have liked to have been asked to stretch a bit more by the author. I like a book to make me reach for it a little instead of just wrapping it up and handing it to me, both in terms of the suspense plot and the building of the relationship. Michelle Larkin is a strong author and I do think there are some really good stories with a bit more depth that could be told from her unique and quick-wit perspective. It is an easy read with some fun moments. I was given an advanced copy of this book with an agreement that I would do an honest review. The publisher is Bold Strokes Books and the service used was netgalley.com.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Fun police procedural with a bit of the paranormal thrown in Boston Homicide Detective Reid Sylver has been solving cases - 100% of them - for twenty years. She works alone except for her rescue dog Mug. Almost no one knows about her tragic past or the reason she's able to solve all her cases. Then events change at her police station and she has to work with a human partner for the first time - rookie Homicide Detective London Gold - and she has to figure out a way to do that while keeping her sec Fun police procedural with a bit of the paranormal thrown in Boston Homicide Detective Reid Sylver has been solving cases - 100% of them - for twenty years. She works alone except for her rescue dog Mug. Almost no one knows about her tragic past or the reason she's able to solve all her cases. Then events change at her police station and she has to work with a human partner for the first time - rookie Homicide Detective London Gold - and she has to figure out a way to do that while keeping her secrets. This was an engaging story about two opposites working together. There's a hunt for a serial killer, funny moments, sad moments, and definite chemistry between the two women. Be warned that there are some trigger moments in the book involving physical and sexual abuse. And this IS a serial killer story so there are some gruesome parts also. This was a fast read and I enjoyed it. I received this book from Bold Stroke Books through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.

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