Title: The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter #1)
Author: C.S. Poe and Derrick McClain (Narrator)
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: March 30th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Murder/Mystery, Suspense
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 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.
“I was about to do something stupid…”
The narration was fine overall, and Derrick McClain does a good job with easily discernible character voices and infusing a nice amount of emotion where needed. However, unfortunately for me, the plot itself was annoying to the extreme and while sometimes great narration can save a story that has moments that annoy me, if anything, Derrick does such a great job bringing the characters to life that it tipped me even more over the edge.
Now, let me start off by saying I was grateful when a friend pointed out before I started this that there is on-page cheating in this story. One of my personal no-no’s is cheating. I absolutely hate cheating, but I hate being blindsided by it in a “romance” even more. So, I knew going in that there would be some moments I wouldn’t like, but I was prepared for them.
And honestly? I really thought it would be the cheating that got me, but maybe it was because I was prepared for it that I didn’t lose my mind about it. Instead, it was the poor impulse control and damaged decision making skills that eventually did me in.
Told entirely from the first person POV of antique dealer Sebastian Snow, he consistently makes the worst decision possible, even after thinking it through. Literally…Every. Single. Time.
I honestly don’t think he even once made a safe, sane, or rational decision. Not once. It’s an almost 8 hour audio – and I spent nearly all of it exclaiming, “Seriously? Seriously!?! That’s what you’re going to do?!”
I’m not going to lie…I was really hoping for some redemption for Sebastian, but no. In the end, all this was for me was exhausting.
The Mystery of Nevermore also contains another huge pet peeve of mine…”unbelievable healing”.
- At one point Sebastian is smashed over the head and gets a severe concussion. But within hours – and while he’s in the hospital – Calvin gets him off giving him a huge orgasm. Which seems far-fetched in the extreme with someone with a postconcussive syndrome or traumatic brain injury (TBI). But within a day or two Sebastian is running around and trying to investigate all over again. Which, what? The after-effects of concussions can include symptoms that may continue for weeks, months, or a year or more after the initial injury, so a character bouncing back immediately really annoys me.
Really the only things I liked about this story was Sebastian’s relationship with his father and Derrick McClain’s narration. I’m sorry, but this was a miss for me, maybe YMMV.
Recommended for those that like a mystery and don’t have a problem with a particularly TSTL character, cheating, or requiring a little more suspension of disbelief than usual.