Title: The Mystery of the Curiosities
Author: C.S. POE
Series: Snow and Winter #2
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: 03-07-2017
Genre(s): M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance
Page Count: 200
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter, is everything he’s ever wanted. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Sebastian’s only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It’s only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium’s window and leaves a peculiar note behind, that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.
Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin’s attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that’ll bring him closer to the killer, he’s led deeper into Calvin’s official cases.
It’s more than just Sebastian’s livelihood and relationship on the line—it’s his very life.
This book follows on 2 months after the first book finished. The first book was set around Christmas and this one centres around Valentines Day. Sebastian Snow owns an antiques emporium which he runs with his assistant Max and his boyfriend Calvin Winter is an NYPD homicide detective. This story all starts with a brick with a note attached being thrown through Sebastian’s store window and his inability not to get involved in the ensuing homicide case. Sebastian’s obsession with mystery books leads him to try and solve the case on his own subsequently creating more stress for Calvin who Sebastian suspects already suffers from PTSD.
I really enjoyed the first book and this one did not disappoint. I enjoyed reading about Sebastian and Calvin navigating through their relationship and their baggage, particularly Sebastian’s achromatopsia and Calvin’s PTSD. They are both really sweet and I felt my self rooting for them and their relationship all the way through, their romance is both realistic and believable. Secondary characters in this book such as Sebastian’s ex boyfriend Neil, his assistant Max and his Dad are all well developed and contribute to the overall story. I hope the next book covers more of the issues surrounding Calvin and his family which is touched on briefly in this book.
I really enjoy romance mystery stories but I particularly love the ones like this one where I got to 80% through and still hadn’t figured out the murderer. I look forward to the next instalment of Snow and Winter!