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The Mystery of the Moving Image

(Snow & Winter #3)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  776 ratings  ·  142 reviews
It’s summer in New York City, and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow is taking the next big step in his relationship with 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 K ...more
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Published February 15th 2020 by Emporium Press (first published September 11th 2018)
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Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, mystery, adult
Calvin and Sebastian return in this caper whereby trouble magnet extraordinaire Sebastian finds himself in yet another mystery courtesy of his Emporium. An anonymous sender couriers a kinetoscope (which is basically a peep hole movie watching device) which is apparently a big deal among antiques enthusiasts, who in this universe seem to be startlingly many.

The kinetoscope comes with a lot of issues because the Emporium gets broken into multiple times due to the footage inside the scope. The foot
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, military-crime
Absolutely loved it .. Snow & Winter are fabulous characters. Engaging, clever yet extremely vulnerable. This was another unique situation that poor Seb finds himself in.. but I can’t help think he’s a magnet to trouble ! Highly recommend this series if you enjoy a little “quirky “ with your mystery 😊 ...more
This series is addicting! I LOVE Sebastian and Calvin. They are so sweet and loving together, so scrumptious! There was so much going on with the historical murder, and putting names and events together was a little confusing for me but I just went with it. Sebastian can talk fast, lol! :D I wasn't too worried I couldn't follow along because I knew in the end I would learn all the facts about the past and present murders/break-ins and understand what happened, which I did. It was all about money ...more
I loved this book. Apart from getting to know more about Snow and Winter, the mystery was quite fascinating and I actually learned a lot of new information about the history of movie making. Who knew there was so much out there! That was amazing.

Lets get back to Seb and Calvin. I love those two. They are moving in together and so happy. Start of a new chapter in life is always a wonder but as usual Snow is in the midst of a mystery even though this time it's not even his fault. He seems to be th
Sebastian turns away from sleuthing, but a murder still falls in his lap. Finally, the man feels fear and for good reason. It seems that he is the very target of this delicious crime Pope rolled out for us starting with a rare Ediso Kinetoscope and a mysterious and valuable old film.

Fearful as he is, Sebastian can't quite mange to stay away from sleuthing, but he has his old ex watching his back along with his live-in boyfriend. Together, Neil, Sebastian and Calvin finally get to the bottom of t
This is another fun, fast-paced mystery that also moves forward the relationship between antique shop proprietor Sebastian Snow and NYPD detective Calvin Winter.

Once again Seb stumbles into trouble/has it foisted upon him. It's really splitting hairs at this point. But Seb is again at the center of a mystery that has people gunning for him. The whole crew is back again, Max with his humor, Pop with his wisdom and Neil, with a new outlook on things, but Calvin and Seb are the heart of things. Th
Rachel Emily
I think this one is my favorite of the series so far!

I just adore Sebastian and Calvin and how in tune to the other they are and how much they love each other. I love that despite all his snark and bravado, Sebastian does have his own worries, and I enjoyed him opening up to Calvin about it. His relationship with Calvin and his dad, and his friendship with Max and even Neil now, I just kinda love him.

Also, I really loved the mystery in this one - it kept me entertained and guessing! And I kind
Joyfully Jay
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

I love the Snow and Winter series! I’ve been happily reading/reviewing the books from the beginning. Sebastian and Calvin are two of the most memorable characters I’ve ever come across. They’re smart, funny, charming, and sexy. They’ve got a fiery chemistry that enhances the well-written and plotted mysteries the men solve (more or less) together. Book three is just as exciting as book one and two. No momentum is lost, and nothing has grown old or stale.

Here in th
Chris, the Dalek King
When a package arrives at his shop with no note or information as to its owner, Sebastian can’t help but feel a bit wary. Luckily for him, when the box is pried open there are no dead bodies in sight. Not even so much as a heart. Instead he and his assistant find a Kinetoscope–one of the earliest forms of cinema viewing made for a single person’s use. Unsure what to do with this mysterious gift he decides to keep it in the shop till he can hunt down the owner. He can’t resist giving the film sen ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There was more than just images moving in this one...

Ok before I get into this one, I'm just going to say if you haven't read the first two books you may want to stop here because some of the stuff that I'm going to mention happened in previous books and I admit I'm not up for spoiler tags, however, I don't plan on mentioning any major plot points and will keep it to smaller things.

It's Sebastian and Calvin!!!! I'm really, really loving these two and this book has cemented them with me. I wa
Serena Yates
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 ...more
I really really love this series. Sebastian is so smart and it's really not his fault people keep trying to kill him! The way Calvin is just so charmed and in love with him is adorable. The mystery is interesting. I'm wondering how much dramatic license was taken. The resolution I feel leaves me left wondering about things, what happens to the stolen films? Were they recovered? Does Sebastian have legal ownership? What about the found plans? What happens with them? But the ending? Made me so hap ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars

This is my favourite book in this series so far.
The mystery is well done and I really liked how Sebastian relied on Calvin and communicated with him ... not only regarding the mystery but also in regards to his feelings
For me the book would get another star if we got to see Calvin's POV. Not only because I am a fan of reading dual POVs but also because I think the book would profit from that.

Regardless I really like Sebastian. His character development is well done over the last three
This is honestly one of my favorite series that I'm reading right now. It's wonderful. I absolutely adore the characters. Weirdly enough, I'm not big on mystery in general (I can never figure out who done it, ever, even if it's obvious to people who are big on the mystery genre, so the fact that I don't know who did it in a given book means nothing).

Oddly enough, I have a horrible time remembering what happened in this series even though I adore it. It just doesn't seem to stick with me for some
The Mystery of the Moving Image is the third book in the Snow and Winter series. Although it could be read as a standalone, don't miss out on reading the first two books in this great series!

Calvin and Seb have just moved into an apartment together, Calvin is seeing a therapist and is dealing with his PTSD, they now have a puppy named Dillon, and Sebastian has just received a mysterious crate at Snow's Antiques Emporium, with a kinetoscope inside. This sets into motion a mystery involving a pre-
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s just been six months since the Mystery of the Curiosities, and Sebastian’s world is about to go topsy-turvy again. Sebastian is trying to settle into a new apartment with Calvin, Calvin is getting therapy for his PTSD, and they’re looking forward to some much-needed downtime. But that’s not in the cards. A mystery box arrives at the Emporium containing lost footage and a century old murder at the end. This raises more questions than answers and that’s one mystery Sebastian isn’t going to wa ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This went by so quickly that I was left with wanting more!

When Sebastian receives a package that has a kinetoscope and one film in, mysterious things start to happen. There was no return address and despite trying to find that, he got no results. And then there is the festival he is a sponsor to that they are still behind on transporting his stuff to the venue.

Sebastian and Calvin have just moved in on their new place and everything goes bad, which makes Sebastian’s insecurities pile up and wo
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poor Sebastian always finds himself in a mystery...and his curiosity won't let him ignore it.

Still loving Seb and Cal...the ending was really sweet.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review coming on release day, but the preview is - my favorite book in this series so far :)

Cross-posted on Amazon.

C.S. Poe is quickly becoming a favorite - and an autobuy for me. She can write funny, sarcastic, moving, suspenseful, romantic, erotic, normal, quirky - whatever the story calls for. In this installment of the Snow & Winter series, Sebastian cannot buy a break! After receiving an unexpected shipment of a Kinetoscope and a long thought lost movie, bad things keep happening. We see t
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-read, glbt, 2018
Like fine wine, this series gets better and better. This book has outshown the previous two books with a brilliant plot, weaving historical facts with present day. Loving Seb and Cal as always, but the side characters are showing more growth and depth. Love how Neil is being brought back into play giving more dynamics to the series, and Pop’s words of wisdom and support. Overall, excellent read!
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.
Apparantly it was a 200+ page book which read very quickly.
Loved the mystery, learnt alot about cinema history and love Seb.
I understand there is a book 4, can't wait for it.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great third entry in the Snow & Winter series.

C.S. Poe is a very strong writer... there is humor, intensity and vividness in her characters and settings. The mystery was good, the central relationship is moving along well, and the obvious homage to Josh Lanyon's Adrien English books is welcome.

Definitely recommended.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another informative and exciting book in this series

This series reminds me a lot of Linda Fairstein’s Alex Cooper series where sites in and around NYC serve as the basis for whatever crime the book is about and while reading we get a history lesson on that locale. In Poe’s books we’re also learning history though it’s more people/arts centric...Edgar Allen Poe, PT Barnum and in this book about early movie technology the man who invented the technology that Thomas Edison patented, a man named Dic
So I think this is my favorite of this series so far. Granted that might just be because the subject of the mystery this time was right up my alley. I'm a bit of a movie fanatic, I mean I work in the industry, so I really liked all the origination of film moments in this.

I really like the growth of Snow and Winter as a couple. Seb is finally starting to allow Calvin to see his insecurities as well. He has done a great job hiding it in the past, but this time he's finally starting to crack. This
Liz (Bugetta)
Another enjoyable addition to this series. This one focused more on Sebastian and this time he starts out trying not to get sucked into this mystery but of course that doesn't work. He also had a big breakthrough about his relationship with Cal and I was glad for that. The mystery itself was really interesting. I learned all about the first motion picture machine called a Kinetoscope and thought I figured out whodunnit but kept second guessing myself until the end. Sorry to hear there's only goi ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This time the set up for the case and the case itself has been really interesting to read about! I had my doubts until the end 😂

Our MCs Snow and winter are lovely in this obe, is so nice to see how they relationship became stronger every book!

My only downside , but this is personal preferences, I feel we has too much Neil! And this Neil was a lot changed from the 1st book one. I believe people can change... but... ugh I feel awkward when he was after Sebastian EVERY dangerous scene ;_; I don't l
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Heather C
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite in the series so far!
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pop some popcorn, grab a drink and your fave cuddly blanket because once you start reading, you aren't going to want to stop.

The mystery is top notch. I mean, where does C.S. find this stuff? And Max is great. Although finding out he can eat and pee at the same time is gross. While the mystery and sleuthing is playing out, we're really getting a deep dose of Seb. He's complicated and has been running on mental fumes for so long that he finally cracks instead of being a crack-up.

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C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and two-time EPIC award finalist, and a FAPA award-winning author of gay mystery, romance, and speculative fiction.
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

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