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Knock Knock, there’s a #ManAtTheDoor by Desmond Ryan @RealDesmondRyan @BakerPromo #BlogTour

The weekend is here! That’s the perfect time for a new read!

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Title: Man at the Door (Mike O’Shea #3)
Author: Desmond P. Ryan
Date of publication: October 2019
Publisher: Copper Press Publishing
Format: Advanced Reader Copy
Pages: 243

Man At The Door, the third in Desmond P. Ryan’s Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, Detective Mike O’Shea solves a homicide, juggles an increasingly complex personal life, and continues to hunt for the cop-killer who has remained at large for the past thirteen years.

It all begins at 6:10 a.m. on a Friday morning when Glen Brebeuf calls demanding answers. He had reported his former lover, Elizabeth MacDonald, missing the previous day and Detective Mike O’Shea finds himself cleaning up the mess some rookie had made of the initial call.

Within hours, Mike takes over the investigation and is on the doorstep of the missing elderly woman’s home, determining that Elizabeth MacDonald—Sibby Mac to her friends—is not missing.

Sibby Mac has been murdered.

Along with Detective Ron Roberts and Detective Sergeant Amanda Black, Mike kicks the investigation into high gear. Very quickly, the ex-lover and a high-profile political figure become prime suspects, but, without a body, would there be enough evidence to charge either of them?

A day spent sifting through rancid garbage at one of the city dumps comes up empty for Mike and Ron, but a foul-smelling steamer trunk reported in another jurisdiction provides the eureka moment they need to proceed.

Meanwhile, Mike is doing double-duty, still investigating what he believes to be a link between the accused he has up in court now and his old partner’s killer.

And then there is his mother. Sensing that her son needs her, Mary-Margaret O’Shea has moved into Mike’s home—and his personal and professional life—pending further notice.

As the pieces of the Sibby Mac investigation start to fall into place, Mike follows up on a hunch and decides to take a detour on his way to work one morning. Using every trick in the book, he ends up saving a life, nearly ending another, and almost getting himself killed in the process.

Whether as a stand-alone or as your next step in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, Man At The Door will keep you reading far too late into the night following Detective Mike O’Shea through the twists and turns of a homicide investigation. Once you’re done, take a breath and get reading for Blind Spot, coming out in early 2020!


Mike O’Shea is a busy man. He must take care of his son, handle ‘light hours’ at work while recovering from a nasty head injury that has left him vulnerable, juggle court days in order to finally bring some justice in an old case… under the ever-watchful eye of his endearing mother, loyal partner Ron, and different but equally challenging colleagues Bridget and Amanda.

First good point: we get the aftermath of the previous book! It can be so frustrating when a series jumps from one point to another without giving the reader the chance to follow the main character in every aspect of their life. Here, we get Mike still bruised up and struggling with his brain injury, dealing with every day life and his job’s requirements. He might be on light duty but court cases don’t wait, and neither do killers… I find it really interesting that the author doesn’t solely focus on the action and thrills, and indeed, I felt Man at the Door was made richer by the bigger place the personal lives of each character was given.

Shadowing his health state, Mike’s investigation is slow and unpredictable. A man is worried about a friend, who seem to have disappeared. Curious details get revealed pretty early, making this case weird and quite foggy. Has Sibby Mac really vanished? Is she dead? What does her friend Glen really wants? And most of all, who is the man at the door? The missing lady is not your average woman, and Mike has no idea what he gets himself into when he follows-up the missing person report that had been left on the side. Elizabeth MacDonald was full of life, enjoying each day, and each opportunity. Did her way of living put her in danger? I loved that this character made me ponder on the way we think of women and their choices of life. Delivered in a clever way and supported by a strong writing, this investigation draws the reader in, like a multi-layered cake you can’t resist.

As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, Mike’s mom decides to move in to help his son! A blessing or a curse?? To say that Mama O’Shea has a big personality would be a euphemism! But she brings colors and turns usual regular and normal situations into scenes that make you chuckle and pity poor Mike!

On top of it all, Mike is still trying to get justice for the partner he lost, which sees him dealing with particularly challenging times and memories.

The author makes sure you don’t have time to check your phone. Man at the Door keeps you busy, navigating days of personal and professional tasks and issues in a very realistic and relatable way. This led me to feel a stronger connection to the characters, and a real urge to keep checking on O’Shea’s series! What’s not to love when the author’s background shines through and gives you such a taste of reality?

You can grab your copy now!

I’d like to thank Shell Baker for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and for providing me with a review copy of this novel. Follow the rest of the tour!

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For almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan began every day of his working life with either a victim waiting in a hospital emergency room, or a call to a street corner or a blood-soaked room where someone had been left for dead. Murder, assaults on a level that defied humanity, sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the individuals who were no more than objects to the offenders: all in a day’s work.

It was exhilarating, exhausting, and often heartbreaking.

As a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, Desmond P. Ryan wrote thousands of reports detailing the people, places, and events that led up to the moment he came along. He investigated the crimes and wrote synopses for guilty pleas detailing the circumstances that brought the accused individuals before the Courts. He also wrote a number of files to have individuals deemed either Not Criminally Responsible due to mental incapacity, or Dangerous Offenders to be held in custody indefinitely.

Now, as a retired investigator with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond P. Ryan writes crime fiction.

Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.

10 thoughts on “Knock Knock, there’s a #ManAtTheDoor by Desmond Ryan @RealDesmondRyan @BakerPromo #BlogTour”

  1. The best kind of crime writers come from years of experience in their work life.
    I like that there are layers to the book and it interests me how the author made you think about how women choose to live their lives.
    Amanda xx


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