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The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter #1)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  1,068 Ratings  ·  267 Reviews
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 m
ebook, 216 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by DSP Publications
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
The readers of this book tend to be either in the love it or hate it camp. I'm mostly in the latter.

Look, it's no secret that this book is similar to the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon. There is even a dedication to Josh Lanyon before the start of the book. Whether C.S. Poe is simply inspired by Lanyon's work or Lanyon was a mentor to her, the influence is clear. There is also, obviously, a lot of influence from Poe's work. These details alone aren't a big deal, however, the rest of the s
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
I really, and I mean really, do not want to write these words, but this was a miss for me. I even listened to the sample before I requested it! I just knew this was going to be nothing but happy, happy, joy, joy. McClain does a fine job of narrating. He varied the voices and I could hear the passion he brought to this story.

I can't say whether or not reading this would've led to a different outcome or not, but my problems pretty much began and ended with Sebastian Snow. He's the narrator of thi
"The Mystery of Nevermore" is an homage to Josh Lanyon's wonderful Adrien English series, beginning with a dedication (For Josh, the Master of Mystery. You gave me the courage to find my voice again) and featuring Sebastian Snow, who runs an independent business selling books and antiques in an old building, has a medical condition (he can't see colors only shades of black and white), and lives in an apartment above the store. Calvin Winter is a closeted NYPD homicide detective in his 40's with ...more
C.S. Poe
Apr 02, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and Ginger Alert!!!

Before I get into the details of why I actually loved this book so much let's just take a moment to admire the pretty cover because it's a big chunk of the reason why I decided to check this book out. It's not over the top or incredibly colorful it's just quietly subtle and once you read the book you realize it's very appropriate to the story. So overall it's a cover that does it's job and a little extra. See tha
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and I'm glad this is a series so I can read more of Seb and Cal. They are one of my new favorite couples. Their romance was sweet and hot and the mystery was very good.

(view spoiler) It's the love story, though, that
Jenni Lea
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grl
Not bad

This was pretty danged enjoyable. I liked Sebastian quite a bit. Yes, he was a bit TSTL but I didn't mind. The storyline could be a bit tighter and some plot threads could stand to have a bit more resolution but overall it was a good story that kept my interest. I look forward to reading book two.
Being that this book is obviously Poe-ish, I expected something a little darker, a little more melancholy, a little more . . . emo. What I got was some seriously endearing characters with great banter, a fun, if not a little simple, mystery and the setup to what looks like a great series.

Sebastian Snow is an antique dealer at a crossroads with his live in and VERY in-the-closet, cop boyfriend. Sebastian isn’t one to hide and the imbalance in their relationship is taking its toll. The author did
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This book had good bones. It is basically a "cover" of the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon. It even has a forward where the author gives tribute to Lanyon. So, really, if you've read that series, you know pretty much how this is gonna go.

There were some subtle nuances that make Calvin very different from Jake Riordan. He is not the selfish asshole that Jake was. I actually liked him, a great deal. Already, in Book 1, he's giving and thoughtful, nothing I'd ever accuse Jake of being.

This aut
Let me just start by saying that this book was NOT bad, the humor was great, the smexy times HOT, the mystery kept me guessing somewhat and some of the characters were really FUN.
BUT the MC Sebastian... Jeebus christ, he was really freaking hard to like. Beware this review WILL contain some spoilers (not in regards to the mystery though!)

So Sebastian owns an antique book and trinket store. And he has a lot of knowledge of really freaking weird things, which was fun. He has been in a relationship
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
Unprofessional professional (view spoiler) and TSTL. Why do authors do this? WHY???

I was hopeful about this one too. *sigh*

And it's pretty much a ripoff of Adrien English. If I want to read Adrien English, I'll read Adrien English, not an "homage" to it.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
When I first read the blurb for this I instantly thought: Cut & Run

But I read a couple other reviews, they said it was good and I like a good mystery-romance so I gave it a try.

I was disappointed.

I liked the idea of one of the MC ending a relationship and finding a new one. But the execution just kinda sucked. Sebastian is a pretty great character; owner of an antique oddities shop, color blind, a bit sarcastic, horribly dressed. Calvin however is too old at 42 to just drop to his knees for
Rhys Ford
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. CS Poe's Sebastian Snow is a fantastic, well-developed character with quirks and intriguing motivations. I enjoyed his "home base" as an Antique dealer and his developing relationship with Detective Calvin Winter is going to be fantastic to watch in upcoming books. They had a great dynamic with enough push-pull to make things interesting. I really enjoyed reading this. I'm also very much looking forward to seeing what else CS Poe will be bringing to us in the futur ...more
BWT (Belen)

"I was about to do something stupid..."

The narration was fine overall, and Derrick McClain does a good job with easily discernible character voices and infusing a nice amount of emotion where needed. However, unfortunately for me, the plot itself was annoying to the extreme and while sometimes great narration can save a story that has moments that annoy me, if anything, Derrick does such a great job bringing the characters to life that it tipped me even more over the edge.

Now, let me start off b
4.0 solid stars

This was my first book by C.S. Poe and l definitely be on the look out to read more. The writing was tight and the characters were engaging. Sebastian did a number of dumb things qualifying him to be TSTL but I still liked him. I felt bad for Neil even though he was a jerk and I adored Calvin even though he was unsuitable for the out-and-proud Sebastian for the same exact reason that Neil was. The mystery was a little simplistic BUT the who dunnit aspect had me guessing for most o
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
🎃 Halloween 2017 Reading Challenge 🎃 9/10: A romance involving murder.

No rating. For now.

Having not read (and not planning to read) the Adrien English series, I cannot say that this book is derivative. What can I say? Well...

Poe is undoubtedly skilled at her craft. Sebastian isn’t exactly, um, likable (more on that later) and the story unfolds solely from his perspective. But guess what? The writing is engaging, absorbing, even addictive at times. In fact, I may or may not have snapped at my hus
I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading this book. I guess I am a bit of a fan of amateur sleuthing. This reminded me slightly of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple - an old biddy who is nosy and persistent and always knows better except that Sebastian Snow is a young good-looking man and this is happening in the middle of New York and not in an English village.

Sebastian is an owner of antique shop of diverse curiosities, he is somewhat peculiar in the way he dresses and behaves but that is becaus
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥

∗∗Dear Author, I'm not trying to hurt your feelings with this review, but No!∗∗

I have so many issues with this story!!!! I can't even rate it. I'm not certain of what I feel besides the copious amounts of Adrien English & Jake Riordan similarities. I know people are going to say "But Tamika, there have been other books with book store owners, & closeted detectives", and my response will be "Sure they are". **Grins manically** BUT THE DETECTIVE DOESN'T GET TO SAY THE WORD BABY LIKE JAKE
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books, m-m-read
Fantastic start to a new series. This book started out just as Sebastian's four year long relationship with a deeply closeted cop was circling the bowl. Hiding who he was to be with Neil wore Seb down but finding a rotting heart under the floorboard of his shop revealed to Seb exactly how alone he was inside his relationship. As the mystery unfolded, Sebastian found comfort and chemistry in the unlikely place of another deeply closeted cop, Calvin.

While it seemed like Sebastian jumped from from
Serena Yates
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sebastian Snow, an antique dealer with enough curiosity for three men, and Calvin Winter, a tough homicide detective deeply in the closet, certainly make their entrance into the opening novel of this new series with a bang. While the mystery of small and large crimes that all seem to be related to Edgar Allan Poe’s various works is the primary focus of this book, the developing relationship between Sebastian and Calvin, as well as the issues both men battle in their lives, take center stage on n ...more
Leta Blake
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up.

Super enjoyable, cozy, sexy read. Good for this time of year, set between beginning of December and Christmas. Flawed, fussy main character who makes some bad/dumb/questionably moral choices along the way, but I kinda love that sort of thing. Very much looking forward to the sequel.
Chris, the Dalek King
There are 101 things in life I simply don’t have the patience for, and finding someone else’s rotting heart in the floorboards of my shop just about tops the list.

Sebastian Snow is a man of very little mystery. He owns an antique shop and spends his days going thru and selling the various objects that people have left behind. But his rather simple life is rudely interrupted by the discovery of a rotting heart beneath his floorboards. It doesn’t take being the son of a retired Professor of Amer
Sep 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-like
The blurb sounded like something I’d really want to read, unless it was completely horribly written. And the reviews were glowing. So, I didn’t expect to dislike this book so much and for so many reasons.
One thing, being inspired by Adrien English series is fine. But shouldn’t it be, like, a starting point for writing your own book? Why to borrow whole scenes? (view spoiler)
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I normally don't leave bad reviews, but I have to say this read like a simpler take on Josh Lanyon's Adrian English mysteries.

Book store owner - Antique store owner
Heart condition - Eye condition
People dying left and right - People dying left and right
Amateur detective - Amateur detective
Closeted cop - Closeted cop

This just felt like a condensed version of the first 4 Adrian English Lanyon series. If you've never read this series, then read on since you won't feel cheated.

Update: It seems I mi
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sebastian Snow, an antiques dealer, discovers a macabre item under the floor boards in his store. In trying to uncover the mystery, he loses his relationship with his closeted detective lover. As he proceeds with his sleuthing, he finds that murders and strange happenings are connected to a book of poems by Edgar Allen Poe .

Calvin Winter, a homicide detective, is finding the murder case he is assigned to confusing, made more so by Sebastian Snow. Is he a suspect or a victim? Calvin has many clu
Did you forget to take the trash out, or is that a decomposing heart beneath the floorboards?

Fantastic pacing! I really liked this book. I liked reading it. I liked not knowing what was going to happen next. That was fun for me.

The perp I pegged, but I still wondered if I had the right of it.

True, there are similarities to Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English Mysteries, but there are enough differences to make this book stand out on its own. (Although the character of Neil seemed too similar to Lanyon’
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-mystery

4.5* Mystery Romance novels are my favorite genre, so yes, I loved this one!
Is classy, very tipycal structure and perhaps I would like to see some more posible suspects because to tell the true, the final resolution is pretty ovbious ~
BUT anyway, we have A LOT of amazing characters that give weight and interest to the story!

Annie ~ From Top to Bottom Reviews
Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews.

4.5 stars


With the first sentence of this book the mystery part is set in motion. When Sebastian opens his store one morning there’s a really strong smell of something decaying somewhere. Eventually he finds the source, a heart. When he reports it to the police a special unit arrives, and with them is Calvin Winter. Sebastian gets suspicious that the police wou
Joyfully Jay
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
Updated for audiobook review:
Read Jay’s review audiobook review in its entirety here.

A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Ok. The Mystery of Nevermore is a really good book. I enjoyed it. However, there is a lot going on. You have to be very alert as you read it. I loved how the murders were tied into Poe stories and poems. Of course, his work is very dark and brooding, and it’s not full of wine, roses, and pretty subject matter. Even so, I love his work, and now, I love the work of C.S. Poe. She has
I think that it should be possible to do an "homage" to a favorite author/series, without cribbing whole characterizations and plot points from said series. I enjoyed this, but I would have liked it far more if I hadn't already read the Adrien English series, because this book is basically AE-lite. Both MCs run a quirky little shop, both MCs have an illness that effects their everyday life, both MCs are involved with closeted cops, even the mysteries were similar. The things that were lacking, t ...more
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C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and EPIC award finalist author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited-edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.

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“Mr. Snow.'
'Detective Winter.'
'Do you give all of the men in your life a murder case for Christmas, or just the really special ones?”
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