Title: The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter, #1)
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: DSP Publications
Expected Publishing Date: August 30, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page Count: 216
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Having read a couple stories by the authors, I say this is better than her previous works; could be page length gave the story more meat to grip upon. Then let’s not forget the plucky and smartass Sebastian Snow, who – despite his quite acute deficiency and oft self doubt – trudged on through life. What can I say, I have soft spot for imperfect character!
However, as much as I loved the overall story, I also had mixed feeling about certain issues here. That what called cheating, or sleeping around when one had not officially ended a current relationship, no matter how bad a place the couple in. Not only that; cheating with the partner’s co-worker – so to speak, made the situation double ouch! That the characters doing it aware how poor they acted and tried to right the wrong… They just didn’t sit well with me.
Mystery-wise, this was quite a tame crime story – no disrespect to the victims, of course – but good introduction to Cal and Seb’s escapades. Even though personally I could do with more twist on the bad guy being …you know, cleverly bad.
Personal issue aside, I’d say this is a good start to a new series. As a couple, Cal and Seb still had obstacles to overcome; among which at least a certain closeted cop made a necessary step forward. Here’s hoping the next installment – which would be sometimes on February next year? – would bring more exciting adventure and clever mystery-solving of Snow and Winter (I loved the play of their names, by the way), and even better progress on their relationship.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.