Book Reviews

The Mystery of the Moving Image (Snow & Winter 3) by C.S. Poe at DSP Publications

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Officers of the Law / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-September-2018

Book Blurb

It’s summer in New York City, and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow is taking the next big step in his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter: they’re moving in together. What should have been a wonderful week of playing house and celebrating Calvin’s birthday comes to an abrupt end when a mysterious package arrives at the Emporium.


Inside is a Thomas Edison Kinetoscope, a movie viewer from the nineteenth century, invented by the grandfather of modern cinema, W. K. L. Dickson. And along with it, footage of a murder that took place over a hundred years ago.


Sebastian resists the urge to start sleuthing, even if the culprit is long dead and there’s no apparent danger. But break-ins at the Emporium, a robbery, and dead bodies aren’t as easy to ignore, and Sebastian soon realizes that the century-old murder will lead him to a modern-day killer.


However, even with Sebastian’s vast knowledge of Victorian America and his unrelenting perseverance in the face of danger, this may be the one mystery he won’t survive.


Book Review

In yet another crafty mystery in the ‘Snow and Winter’ series, antiques dealer Sebastian Snow and his now-official boyfriend, Detective Calvin Winter, face a riddle that takes both of them (and a few others) to solve. They are confronted with historical secrets, artifacts from the end of the 19th century, criminals from the past as well as the present, murder, subterfuge, and the usual chaos that seems to follow them whatever they do. The twists and turns never let up, and while Sebastian thinks he knows who is behind it all, this is one case where even he is surprised. The relationship between Sebastian and Calvin has grown in leaps and bounds since book one, and is central to how they deal with the various messes as well as what they learn from this case. As I have come to expect, the balance between murder investigation and personal feelings is very well done and both kept me on the edge of my seat.

Sebastian has barely gotten used to the fact that he and Calvin are moving in together, when an unexpected delivery of a Thomas Edison Kinetoscope, a movie viewer from the nineteenth century, disrupts their lives. But what really gets him going, and Calvin involved, is the footage that comes with it – and shows a murder. Sebastian can barely resist the urge to start researching what happened, but before he can take more than a breath, things go totally out of control. His life is threatened more than once, and even he has to admit he is scared, not something that he finds easy to do. It’s a testament to how much he trusts Calvin that he shows him this “weakness” and things get even better between them because of it.

Calvin is his usual stoic, excessively calm and competent self – except for a few slips when things get too wild and Sebastian is clearly in danger. Calvin asks the right questions and does what he can to protect Sebastian – a full-time job if I ever saw one! He is supportive, loving and super sexy. But above all he is finally working on dealing with the PTSD that is an unwelcome leftover from his time in the military.

I just can’t get enough of Sebastian and Calvin! Every novel shows them growing as individuals, growing as a couple, and their sense of humor is a great coping mechanism. They are sweet yet very sexy together, their banter and various “discussions” are hilarious, and watching them “fight” is as much fun as watching them… do other things. The secondary characters are perfect as well, from Calvin’s cigarillo-smoking female partner to Sebastian’s wonderfully supportive father, and Max, who works in Sebastian’s shop and loves helping out, I was entertained throughout. Long live quirkiness!

If you like mysteries with a high level of suspense and more than murder going on, if multilayered characters with flaws are your thing, and if you’re looking for a captivating read that will pull you in from page one, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. The ending is out-of-this-world perfect!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 214 pages/64257 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-September-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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