The Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. Poe
Series: Snow & Winter, Book 1
Published by: DSP Publications on August 30, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
Antiques dealer Sebastian Snow never expected his world to turn upside down so quickly. After a heart is found beneath the floorboards of his shop, he finds himself a victim of a string of crimes straight out of Edgar Allan Poe stories. And Sebastian was lucky to not be the victim of one of the more violent crimes in the string of attacks.
The investigation puts a further strain on Sebastian’s relationship with closeted detective, Neil Millett. Sebastian has never liked being Neil’s secret, but when he needs to use Neil as his alibi, he realizes that Neil may never be willing to be open about what they mean to each other. And to compound things further, the lead investigator on Sebastian’s case, Calvin Winter, has caught more than Sebastian’s eye. But Sebastian’s not even sure he’s gay. And even if he is, could he be interested in someone as unassuming as Sebastian?
As the crime spree continues, Sebastian can’t help inserting himself into the investigation. And by doing so, he may not only be risking Calvin’s ire–he may be risking his life.
This story represents a rather fun way to integrate and reference other popular literary works without being a straight up adaptation. The references to Poe’s work are interesting, advance the plot, and hooked me as a reader. With each new twist in the case, I found myself reminiscing about the first time I’d read the referenced story or poem.
What’s also nice about the way this story is developed is that the story stands on its own. The characters and the plot aren’t dependent on understanding all of the references to Poe. They’re fully explained, keeping it accessible to those who may not be as familiar with his body of work. And the romantic subplots and overarching mystery are well worth reading in their own right.
This appears to be the first installment in a series, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more about Sebastian and Calvin in the future.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]