Title: The Mystery of the Bones (Snow and Winter #4)
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Genre(s): Mystery, Murder Mystery, Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Larissa
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
It’s been a full year since the mystery that brought antique shop owner and part-time amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow together with NYPD homicide detective Calvin Winter. Patience, sanity, and their very lives have been put to the test, but love has persevered. Although Sebastian is now New York City’s best-known busybody, he’s done solving crimes and wants nothing more than to plan a romantic budget wedding.
Then Snow’s Antique Emporium receives a decapitated human head in the mail and the holidays are gory once again. Sebastian patently disregards the mystery of a lifetime because he is done with death and danger—but the killer escalates. Before Sebastian knows it, his closest friends and family are dragged into a series of horrific murders with antiquated clues hinting to the infamous Victorian American Bones Wars.
The clock is ticking to recover a long-lost artifact linked to paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope and to capture a murderer. But it’s not Sebastian who may become the next target—it’s Calvin.
Mystery of the Bones is the fourth book (and I believe the final book) in the Snow & Winter and continues the relationship between Sebastian and Calvin and Sebastian is once again drawn (unwittingly) into a mystery, one that hits close to home.
C.S. Poe is known to write unique mysteries and The Mystery of the Bones is no exception to that. She draws upon little known history and weaves into the story.
I love the little world the author has created. Sebastian, who is an antiques dealer who also has to have the last word and is a walking encyclopedia of facts and history. Calvin who is a down to earth NYPD homicide detective who grounds Sebastian and understands him in a way very few others do. Sebastian’s father and their friends complete the circle.
Contrary to the previous instalments, Sebastian is done with mysteries, even when one lands on his doorstep and even when he seems to be able to connect the pieces of the puzzle. Until he has no choice. I liked this turn of events and how the story was set up. It’s a good mystery with solid writing. You cannot help but love Sebastian and his need to understand everything and his grumpiness and the world. The mystery draws you in. Once I started reading The Mystery of the Bones it was hard to stop and even I got grumpy when there was a disruption.
The story is evenly placed, right until the end. Like with the previous books, once the mystery is solved, so is the story. While I love the Snow & Winter series, it would have been nice to see a proper ending for Sebastian and Calvin.
The Mystery of the Bones is not a story you can read by itself. While the mystery is new, the previous books have too many pieces of the whole story.
To conclude, The Mystery of the Bones is a very good continuation of the Snow & Winter series with a unique mystery that will immediately draw you into the story.