Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: DSP Publications
Length: 216 Pages
At a Glance: The Mystery of Nevermore is my first time reading C.S. Poe, and I have to say it was fun to revisit the writings of Edgar Allan.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: It’s Christmas, and all Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with CSU detective, Neil Millett. But 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.
Review: Sebastian Snow is an expert antique collector and is the owner of Snow’s Antique Emporium. He’s a lover of books, especially mysteries—and not only has to deal with a heart under his floorboard but affairs of the heart too. He’s been in a relationship with Neil for four years, but at thirty-seven, Neil’s not willing to come out of the closet. Neil seems to want things that Sebastian doesn’t, and Sebastian is feeling out of sorts with this long-term relationship, realizing he has to come to a decision if he really wants to be himself—even if he has to be alone.
Nothing holds Sebastian back; he’s out and proud, though he has achromatopsia which prevents him from seeing in color, only varying shades of gray. He also has light sensitivity but glasses, contacts and sunglasses help with his vision. His achromatopsia has chased off a couple of potential boyfriends, but Sebastian never uses this as a crutch; he negotiates the affliction and forges onward.
Calvin Winter is a NYPD detective. He served in the military right after the police academy, and suffers from PTSD. And, at forty-two, is still in the closet. He’s tough and stern, except when he’s alone with Sebastian—the attraction between them is something they can’t deny, no matter how hard they try.
After Sebastian wins a bid on an estate, he finds himself in the midst of Poe-like murders. He discovers that along with the winning estate bid he became the owner of a unique book—a thirteenth copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tamerlane, and though he’s been warned by Calvin not to get involved, he can’t resist trying to figure out what’s going on.
The Mystery of Nevermore is my first time reading C.S. Poe, and I have to say it was fun to revisit the writings of Edgar Allan. William Snow, Sebastian’s father, is a great addition to this story. He’s a retired literary professor and lives with the lovable Maggie. William has a warm and wonderful relationship with Sebastian and is always there with his wisdom. The clues in this mystery surround the classic Poe stories The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, and The Raven. I really loved Sebastian’s character and wonder what kind of trouble the author will have him getting into next.
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