Snow & Winter: Book One
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.
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I totally fell in love with these characters. Sebastian the geeky antiques collector with a penchant for mystery novels and completely oblivious to how attractive he is no matter how he tries to hide it under his layers of grey. And Calvin? Well, he’s everything that Neil isn’t, isn’t he? Calvin gave me a few “what the hell?” moments as the story progressed but I couldn’t help but root for these two.
“I stared at the floor. “Tear up the planks! Here, here!—It is the beating of his hideous heart!” “What is that?” “Poe,” I replied. “God, you’re so weird, Seb,” Max muttered. “What else am I supposed to say?” I asked, pointing at the rotting flesh. “It’s a heart.” “Who did you kill?” “I’ll call the cops.””
A great mystery story with a good dollop of romance thrown in for good measure. “If I wasn’t careful, I was going to fall in love with this little domestic moment. I’d always wanted this. Maybe it was stupid, but sharing the chores and cooking together, spending time with someone in a comfortable, understanding silence—that was what I wanted in life.”
The ending with the great whodunnit reveal made me think of the Cluedo game. I have to admit for most of the story I didn’t even try to work out who the murderer was instead too swept up in the telling of the story. I loved the ending and can’t wait to read the next two books in the series.