It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective Neil Millett. 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 by Mary
I hadn’t read this book before listening to the audiobook so I had no idea what was coming. It is a gruesome mystery based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe that kept me guessing to the end.
Sebastian Snow lives with a closeted Detective, Neil Millitt. Their relationship is floundering leading to constant bickering. The break in at his store involves Sebastian in a murder investigation lead by Detective Calvin Winters.
I like the way the story switches smoothy from the relationship/ romance side back to the murder mystery. Although Sebastian, for a very intelligent man, does seem a little scattered at times. But then again maybe falling in lust/love at the same time as someone is out to kill you does that to you!
The only niggle I had was that Sebastian’s relationship with Neil had barely ended before he started one with Calvin. I was surprised how quickly the romance between Sebastian and Calvin developed seemed almost too fast. Neil seemed to take the breakup very amicably even though the relationship was coming to an end. I thought there would have been more bitterness.
Derrick McClain’s narration is excellent. He has a beautiful voice, such a smooth sound. Between the cover picture and the accent and tone he chose for Sebastian I could visualise him. He manages to set just the right atmosphere making it a joy to listen to.
I am hooked on Snow and Winter series and now have book 2 to read, I can’t wait for it to come out in audio. Hopefully Derrick will still be the narrator I can’t imagine Sebastian or Calvin sounding any other way!
4.5 of 5 stars
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Review by Morgan
I have to admit that I am not a mystery fan and so my critique of this story is more heavily weighted on the “romance” side of things than the mystery. I think, like Mary, that the mystery was pretty engaging and that fans of Poe will probably love diving into this story for all it’s bloody goodness.
The fact that Neil is still part of Sebastian’s life at the beginning of the story made me a bit uncomfortable, and that, coupled with how – relatively – quickly he went from Calvin being a new lover to “in love” with Calvin – didn’t sit well with my sentimental heart. The initial love scene between them put a bad taste in my mouth for the rest of the story- unfortunately – and I never did warm to these two as a couple. I’m a sap and I just can’t help it!
In any case, I really enjoyed Derrick’s narration. He is so easy to listen to, the sound quality excellent and he has excellent timing- clearly understanding the importance as it applies to both humor and suspense. He shows a great breadth in characterization, too. He made both a convincing nerd in Sebastian and growly Alpha in Calvin – as well as some very creative secondary characters that included women! Well done!
So for the writing, mystery, romance – I’d give this a 3 of 5 stars and the narration 5 of 5 stars to round up to an overall experience of 4 of 5 stars
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