Southernmost Murder (Maya’s Review)

Title: Southernmost Murder
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: January 9th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Mystery & Suspense
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Aubrey Grant lives in the tropical paradise of Old Town, Key West, has a cute cottage, a sweet moped, and a great job managing the historical property of a former sea captain. With his soon-to-be-boyfriend, hotshot FBI agent Jun Tanaka, visiting for a little R&R, not even Aubrey’s narcolepsy can put a damper on their vacation plans.

But a skeleton in a closet of the Smith Family Historical Home throws a wrench into the works. Despite Aubrey and Jun’s attempts to enjoy some time together, the skeleton’s identity drags them into a mystery with origins over a century in the past. They uncover a tale of long-lost treasure, the pirate king it belonged to, and a modern-day murderer who will stop at nothing to find the hidden riches. If a killer on the loose isn’t enough to keep Aubrey out of the mess, it seems even the restless spirit of Captain Smith is warning him away.

The unlikely partnership of a special agent and historian may be exactly what it takes to crack this mystery wide-open and finally put an old Key West tragedy to rest. But while Aubrey tracks down the X that marks the spot, one wrong move could be his last.

This one started absolutely great: it had snappy dialogue, scenes blended seamlessly one into another, interesting characters by which I don’t mean only main characters but others too.

To top it all off, descriptions were fantastic. Those were not picture like descriptions, focusing only on color and shapes. No, those brought forward sounds and people. I really liked this approach.

Aubrey has what ought to be safe and boring job, managing a historical house. Except that one day skeleton tumbles right out of the closet and then inconveniently vanishes when police shows up.

A fugitive skeleton! Did I mention house is supposed to be haunted?

Poor old Skelly turns to be just the beginning of strange happenings in the house. It’s lucky Aubrey’s sort of boyfriend is an FBI agent and used to dangerous situations.

The relationship also has an interesting premise. The guys started dating long-distance and this is the first time they met since then. Naturally, there is heightened sense of awareness they have of of each other but they also try to figure out how their relationship works when they are in the same place. Yummy.

It’s a fast paced and thrill filled story.

Pirates! Treasures! Forgotten history! Murder! Hot sex!

It has all that told in chirpy style which easily hooks the reader. I throughly enjoyed this one and can happily recommend it.

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