Title: The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter #1)
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Page Count: 216
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
“The Mystery of Nevermore” is an homage to Josh Lanyon’s wonderful Adrien English series, beginning with a dedication (For Josh, the Master of Mystery. You gave me the courage to find my voice again) and featuring Sebastian Snow, who runs an independent business selling books and antiques in an old building, has a medical condition (he can’t see colors only shades of black and white), and lives in an apartment above the store. Calvin Winter is a closeted NYPD homicide detective in his 40’s with a difficult past and the two are brought together by a murder/mystery influenced by the works of Edgar Allen Poe.
This book has an embarrassment of riches – an engaging plot that will hold your interest to the final page, two intriguing main characters with a sizzling sexual chemistry, a top-notch mystery with plenty of red herrings, wonderfully developed secondary characters (especially Sebastian’s father) – and best of all, it is the first book in a series, with the second book scheduled for February, 2017.
C.S. Poe does a beautiful job of introducing us to Sebastian Snow and Calvin Winter. Sebastian is at the end of a four-year relationship with Neil, a closeted cop, and has vowed to never date another closet case. However, Sebastian is drawn to Calvin from almost their first encounter and asks him:
“How deep in the closet are you?” He blinked and raised an eyebrow. “Come again?” “I mean, are you hanging out with the shoes, or are you so far in the back, you’re with your tuxedo from junior prom and you stink of moth balls?”
Calvin Winter is so deep in the closet that “I’m in the back with the prom tux. […] I’m … so far lost in the back I can’t … find the door” and yet the book ends with intriguing possibilities.
I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and hope the Snow & Winter series will have many more books to come. Read this book if you are looking for an intelligent M/M mystery series!