Edgar Allan Poe

The Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. Poe

mysteryRating: 3.75 stars
Contemporary; Mystery
Publication day:
 August 30, 2016
216 pages  
DSP Publications

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.

My View: The Mystery of Nevermore is a mystery novel with gay characters, not an MM romance. But the relationship between Sebastian and Calvin do have the starts of a love story. My only complaint would be about the way things ended between Sebastian and Neil. It colored my view of Sebastian, and therefore, his new relationship.

I have read most of the Edgar Allan Poe’s stories mentioned, but it’s not necessary to in order to follow the developments in this book. I enjoyed the way the author mixed all the works to create her own. One thing they differ is tone. Where E.A. Poe is dark and sad, C.S. Poe is light and fun. I think it needed more mystery or more romance, though; to bring the story to the next level.

The mystery has some twist and turns, but I think the antagonist stays on the sidelines too long. I wanted to see him/her take a more active part/mention in the story from the beginning, and not just in the last part.

The author did an excellent job with the setting descriptions, Sebastian’s condition, and creating likable characters. We get to experience all the places, and each character plays an important part in the story.

I’d love to see the next book in the series being told from Calvin’s POV, or at least, both of them; either way, I’d read it. This was my first story by this author, and I’m definitely reading more from her.

What I liked the most: The characterization of Sebastian’s condition.

I wanted more/less: More mystery or more romance.

Who should read it: Fans of mystery novels.

ARC provided by DSP Publications, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.