Author ~ C.S. Poe
Publisher ~ DSP Publications
Published ~ 7th March 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter, is everything he’s ever wanted. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Sebastian’s only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It’s only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium’s window and leaves a peculiar note behind, that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.
Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin’s attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that’ll bring him closer to the killer, he’s led deeper into Calvin’s official cases.
It’s more than just Sebastian’s livelihood and relationship on the line—it’s his very life.
Freya’s Book Brief
Sebastian Snow is back with his antiques shop and ‘curiosity killed the cat’ streak to his personality. Calvin Winter, the detective that helped him in the previous book, is now his boyfriend. Max, the shop assistant, and Pop, Seb’s dad, are also along for this instalment.
Somebody with a penchant for bricks and P T Barnum knows exactly how to pique Seb’s curiosity. Broken windows and murder get Detective Winters involved. Then, while Calvin is on an emotional macho streak, Seb starts ‘researching’ bricks. This leads him into a mystery that could cost him his life. Sounds a bit weird? Noooo.
In three little words – I loved it.
Among many things, I loved the sarcasm that Seb often comes out with – it stroked my evil side. As for the mystery, it is well thought out, with plenty of suspects and a good combination of drama and humour. The only guaranteed reaction in this story is – Seb can’t help himself when there’s a clue to follow. It’s like catnip to him. It leads to frustration from those whose heart he holds.
Speaking of those who care - Detective Calvin Winter is drool worthy. He is macho, complicated, and loving. When Calvin and Seb are intimate, one may need a fan switched on.
I found it impossible not to get caught up in the mystery alongside Seb, and melt at, well, anything that Calvin does. The scene setting, turns of phrase, self-deprecation along with the drama (of which there is plenty), kept me turning the pages. For me, it had the right amount everything.
The Mystery Of The Curiosities was entertaining, engaging and highly readable.
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.
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.