Title: The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter, #1)
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: August 31, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/Murder Mystery
Page Count: 216
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.
This book had good bones. It is basically a “cover” of the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon. It even has a forward where the author gives tribute to Lanyon. So, really, if you’ve read that series, you know pretty much how this is gonna go.
There were some subtle nuances that make Calvin very different from Jake Riordan. He is not the selfish asshole that Jake was. I actually liked him, a great deal. Already, in Book 1, he’s giving and thoughtful, nothing I’d ever accuse Jake of being.
This author is talented, no doubt. I really liked CS Poe’s writing style. It was smooth, and I read it within one day. However, when I mentioned that Calvin was very different from Jake? Sebastian is not so different from Adrien. He was annoying with the back and forth. He wanted to stand up and demand better for himself, but he’s a doormat. And his reason? The same reason everyone in an abusive, or dysfunctional, or unhealthy relationship always gives. “I love him.” Gag. I don’t doubt that you do, but, come on! Seb needed to grow a pair and quit being a doormat. Add to that
Adrien Seb was in a relationship, albeit one that was dying, when he started it up with Jake Calvin, and he left a bad taste in my mouth all around. I just don’t like him.
This was also very insta-lovey without any real relationship development. The L word came out of left field for me.
The Edgar Allen Poe murder mystery “thing” has been done. And since it’s been “done” by my all-time favorite mm couple from the Cut & Run series, this wasn’t gonna be able to touch it. Not sure it’s this book’s fault, but it is what it is.
Bottom line, the writing was good, but because of the “cover” aspect of this book, it felt more like fan fic than gay fiction. I did enjoy it more than the Adrien English series, though, because JAKE. Couldn’t stand that fucker. Fans of that series will probably like this a lot.