Southernmost Murder (Belen’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: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

Sigh. I loved Aubrey and Jun and just how well C.S. Poe makes them come to life.

Note: I hadn’t read Poe’s Snow and Winter series before I read Southernmost Murder, and didn’t have any trouble following along with the plot or characters.

Aubrey’s narcolepsy was particularly interesting, especially the way that it was explained organically and not like a dry medical text, and I really love the wonderful way Jun was with Aubrey about his condition – it was heart-melting for me.

What I was certain of at least was that, after the Mattocalypse, I appreciated men like Jun more.
Men like Jun, who treated me nice, who wasn’t afraid to say he loved me, and practically worshiped the ground I tripped on. I dug that—being treated like a real boyfriend and not a fucktoy. I could definitely see us committed for the long haul. No matter where I lived or where in the world he was working, coming home to Jun was something I think I’d wanted for a long time.

I loved the plot, with the exception of a couple of bone-headed moves by Aubrey. The sexual chemistry between Jun and Aubrey was HOT, and I was completely taken in by the mystery. I honestly didn’t see the “bad guy” coming!

I really hope this won’t be the only book featuring these characters. The only thing I would have liked better is if it had been a dual, instead of single, POV. I would have loved getting Jun’s side of things. But other that, I loved it.

Great book – totally would recommend – and makes me push up the author’s other works much higher on my TBR pile.

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