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.
It’s no secret, I kind of have a crush on Sebastian Snow. In my family, sarcasm is our second language, so if an author can create that kind of character…well maybe my crush is on the author as much as the character. 😉 I highlighted more passages in this book than I have in years, and I’m not sorry about that in the least. The snark was strong with this one.
Small spoiler: This book is a little different than the previous three in that Seb was absolutely determined to keep his snooping to a minimum, or even zero, and yet he is forced into doing it in order to save Calvin’s life.
Seb’s knowledge and fascination with the Victorian era (another reason I love him, always my favorite time in history) is what gets him into the situation he is in. Side note: I have always wanted to look up the books’ events in history (E.g. Bone Wars), but what if they were not real events? I did look up Bone Wars and it was real, including the Cope-Marsh rivalry, so I can only assume CS Poe does an incredible amount of research on each book to find just the perfect situation to draw Sebastian Snow into the mystery.
In this book, we don’t see a lot of Calvin, but the reader definitely feels the emotions between Snow and Winter throughout. Their reunion will bring tears to your eyes. I’m definitely not ready to let go of these two characters.
There was one piece in the book that wasn’t solved to my satisfaction (I was hoping to see it in an epilogue, etc), however, I can only hope that we will see that resolution in a future book? Is it too much to ask? J Also, let’s not forget Max. Oh, and Neil…so many places this series could go, if the author wants to take it there. But always, always, we need Sebastian Snow’s snark.
Picking one line that was my favorite was hard, and I’m not sure I can even call any my favorite, (it’s like your children) but here is one that I loved:
“Do you know the deceased, Mr. Snow?”
I stared at her, at Rossi, then back at her again. “Do I—know—the head? We’re not acquainted, no.”
Another winner for me. 4.5 pieces of eye candy