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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2016 C S Poe (P)2017 DSP Publications
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4 out of 5 stars
By Morgan A Skye on 04-20-17

I'm not a mystery fan - but this was very good!

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Texan2 on 04-04-17

Fantastic!

A brilliantly funny, marvelous mystery. Derrick McClain gives a masterful performance. A magical listening experience.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Fairy on 07-28-17

Good story

I was listening to this when I had a bad migraine and it was good enough to keep me distracted from the pain. With other similar books, this is not the only murder mystery romance with a cop and an antique book seller I have read🙊, the romance was lacking but this one was better, more believable.

My only issue was that I guessed most of the "mystery" before it happened. I wont put spoilers here, but as they uncovered each revelation I had already noticed and was not surprised at all so I feel I spent most of the book waiting for them to see the obvious.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ReaderLoves on 07-17-17

Awesome

This story is beautiful and romantic and erotic. Love Calvin and Sebastian together. And the narration is flawless.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mitchell on 09-05-17

A major disappointment

I'm really into murder mystery novels but find them very biased towards hetero characters. So I looked about and thought the premise of this novel was a bit amusing and the lgbt protagonist a welcome change. Within one chapter I was done with this book.

The main character is utterly painful and emotionally vapid. To quote Henry Higgins, Sebastian Snow is an "exasperating, irritating,
vacillating, calculating, agitating, 
maddening and infuriating". By chapter three I wanted him dead on the floor with a raven croaking "never more" over him. His interactions with the two love interests are totally underdeveloped and purely there to provide smut material; which is fine if this book was advertised as such. The manner at which Snow and Winter hookup is clumsy and poorly written. It's as though the author took a beat-sex experience amd then twisted it into some kind of perverse courtship, completely ignoring several stepping stones in character development to reach an outcome.

What frustrated me the most with this story is that the mystery is sacrificed for romance/smut that isn't even good. I will definitely not be looking out for this author again.


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