Review by Gloria Lakritz
PRG Sr Reviewer and Review Chair
I hate to bore you with this funky opening in my review that is mentioning a new author to me. I had to explain that I had the pleasure of meeting Carroll Poe about 10 minutes after arriving at the Dreamspinner Conference in Orlando. Rhys Ford pulled me up to an adorable young girl, ‘ she just ‘had’ to introduce me to…’, to tell me ‘ I will adore her books’… I found from conversation over lunch that Ms. Poe’s books were just what I love to read and noted to self…never argue with Ms. Ford!.
I purchased both titles in this series upon returning home. I opened my kindle and I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. Where do I begin? Storyline? Check, characters? Check, mystery? Check, humor? Check, romance? Check check ! I am gushing I think; Sorry, I will continue.
The scene is set Christmas time in NYC. (my town? check) We meet Sebastian Snow an antique dealer living with his ‘in the closet’ partner of 4 years Police Detective Neil Millet. The story is from Seb’s POV. He is smart, and strong and self- effacing and funny and snarky. He is an old man in a 33-year-old body. If you have read JCP’s PSY-Cop very Victor Bayne.
Sebastian gets embroiled in a mystery with lots o blood and death surrounding him. There is a kiiller using Edgar Allen Poe type clues to send deadly messages. Neil is on the case and asks Seb to stay out of it. This becomes hard to do when Seb meets drop dead handsome, strong, assured, ex -military cop (also closeted) Calvin Winter. Now All Bets Are Off.
The attraction between Sebastian and Calvin sizzle off the pages. The author writes an interesting mystery, (yes I guessed the killer) an interesting love story, great empathy for a military hero with a wonderful scene of PTSD nightmares. Can’t do spoilers, so I will take my leave.. I am excited to begin my next adventure with Sebastian and Calvin The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter Book 2) Stay tuned for my review!!!!