It’s summer in New York City, and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow is taking the next big step in his relationship with homicide detective, Calvin Winter: they’re moving in together. What should have been a wonderful week of playing house and celebrating Calvin’s birthday comes to an abrupt end when a mysterious package arrives at the Emporium. Inside is a Thomas Edison Kinetoscope, a movie viewer from the nineteenth century, invented by the grandfather of modern cinema, W. K. L. Dickson. And along with it, footage of a murder that took place over a hundred years ago.
Sebastian resists the urge to start sleuthing, even if the culprit is long dead and there’s no apparent danger. But break-ins at the Emporium, a robbery, and dead bodies aren’t as easy to ignore, and Sebastian soon realizes that the century-old murder will lead him to a modern-day killer.
Even with Sebastian’s vast knowledge of Victorian America and his unrelenting perseverance in the face of danger, this may be the one mystery he won’t survive.
Book #: 3
Series: Snow & Winter
Author: C.S. Poe
Narrator: Wyatt Baker
Length: 6 hours, 35 minutes
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Amateur sleuth mystery, romance
Release: June 16, 2020
I gush about C.S. Poe‘s writing every time I read her books…because each and every one is worth it. This author speaks to me in ways that many others do not. Her brand of quirky characters are the people I want to get to know in RL. Sebastian Snow is one of those people. I loved reading the book, so when the audio came up…well, that was an easy decision, especially because I had listened to books 1 and 2 on audio. That is actually how I first was introduced to Snow and Winter, through the audio, which I absolutely loved.
However, big change for book 3, a new narrator for the book, and just like Sebastian would have been were he in my shoes, I was very nervous. How does an author take over a wildly popular series narration in the middle, and make it work? In addition, I am in the middle of another wildly popular series that Wyatt Baker narrated, Seven of Spades series by Cordelia Kingsbridge (highly recommend, btw!). I did not think there was any way I was going to be able to separate Sebastian and Calvin from the other series.
I was so wrong! Wyatt Baker did a masterful job! He was able to set the tone for Sebastian’s grumpiness, Calvin’s sweetness when it comes to his boyfriend, Max’s snark and even Seb’s Dad. I was as immersed in the audiobook, as I was when I read the ebook when it was first published. The story itself is engrossing, I absolutely love the author’s research, minute details, and the way she creates a mystery. Then with the incredible story, Wyatt Baker’s narration just created a bigger world for me to get lost in.
Seb, as always, gets himself into a fix that is a bit challenging to get out of. People around him die, and a mystery is solved, even though Sebastian is not supposed to be sleuthing. All around a very good time! Calvin isn’t quite as prominent in this book, as in the other books, and in fact, Neil plays a bit more critical a role, but in the end, the entire team works it all out, and everyone has their happy ending…or at least one to come at a later time. 😉
I highly recommend this entire series. In ebook, on Audible…really any way you can get it.
Story: 4.5 pieces of eye candy
Narration: 4.5 pieces of eye candy
C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and two-time EPIC award finalist, and a FAPA award-winning author of gay mystery, romance, and speculative fiction.
She resides in New York City, but has also called Key West and Ibaraki, Japan, home in the past. She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued two cats—Milo and Kasper do their best to distract her from work on a daily basis.
C.S. is an alumna of the School of Visual Arts.
Her debut novel, The Mystery of Nevermore, was published 2016.