Author ~ C.S. Poe
Publisher ~ DSP Publications
Published ~ 30th August 2016
Genre ~ Mystery/Suspense M/M Romance
Snow & Winter: Book One
It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective, Neil Millett. When Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest.
He soon finds himself caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. To make matters worse, Sebastian’s sleuthing is causing his relationship with Neil to crumble, while at the same time he’s falling hard for the lead detective on the case, Calvin Winter. Sebastian and Calvin must work together to unravel the mystery behind the killings, despite the mounting danger and sexual tension, before Sebastian becomes the next victim.
In the end, Sebastian only wants to get out of this mess alive and live happily ever after with Calvin.
Freya’s Book Brief
Some of the main characters in this story include; Sebastian Snow – an antique dealer with a condition that only allow him to see the world in shades of gray and white. Neil, Sebastian’s partner - a detective so far in the closet one more step backward and he’d be in Narnia. Max Ridley – graduate shop assistant. Pop, Seb’s all around good guy and supportive dad. And, Calvin Winter, the nice looking, older, been there, seen it, done it, investigating detective. There are others who come to light as the story progresses.
In recent weeks Sebastian and Neil couldn’t say anything to each other without it turning into an argument. Then, Seb went to his shop and smelled something rotten. That was the start of an investigation that would have life altering effects on him. A series of murders with a link to the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. The amateur sleuth in Sebastian ignites, and he can’t help getting involved. What follows is a mystery involving murder, attempted murder, messages in various forms, drama, hot sex, some gruesome imagery, and frying pan to fire scenarios.
The Mystery of Nevermore is told from Seb’s POV. The editing is good, as is usual for DsP publications. The author not only writes a good picture but skilfully merged Seb’s life, relationship issues, and the case. Several viable suspects were provided, and the lines between the case and personal issues were nicely blurred in the right places. The story is engaging, and the final whodunit kept me guessing until almost the end.
The addition of Seb’s eyesight issues gave an interesting twist to a story that has similarities to the film, The Ninth Gate, without the devil worship. The cast has a good range of characters that wasn’t so big that I got lost.
The Mystery of Nevermore was a delight to read. A charming tale that was interesting, with deep enough sleuthing to be entertaining without the need for the brain of Sherlock Holmes.
Meet C.S. Poe
C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.
She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful, and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.
C.S. Poe can be followed on her website, which also has links to her Goodreads and social media pages. She can also be followed via her e-mail newsletter on the website.