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The Mystery of the Moving Image

(Snow & Winter #3)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  183 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
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 Edis
ebook, 214 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by DSP Publications
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C.S. Poe
Jun 15, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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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 was
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-crime, mm
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 😊
Serena Yates
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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 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 s
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.

Everyone says the
Mia Sciberras
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this is the best offering in the series yet! Sebastian Snow and his boyfriend Calvin Winter have just moved in together as the story begins. At work, Sebastian receives an unexpected, anonymous package with a Kinetoscope and a reel of rare film showing a murder. Of course this sets off events and he just can’t help trying to solve a hundred-plus years old murder. At least this time he mostly tries to heed Calvin’s warnings, with a couple of exceptions that seemed safe enough at the time. ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sebastian and Calvin continue to delight me! I love that despite Calvin's frustrations and concern for Seb's safety, that they are finding an unrecognized rhythm in their sleuthing. I love Max and Seb's dad. They add some really nice touches of reality to balance the sleuthing. I love the growth Cal and Seb show in their relationship in this book. They have become a solid team united against all odds. I love this series!!!
3.75 stars
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I requested and was given an advance copy of this novel for an honest review.

Book three of the Snow & Winter mystery series, The Mystery of the Moving Image, is one for the books. If the history books were correct. And if there was film to back it up. Wait! There is film to back it up! Or there WAS film to back it up...

It all starts with Sebastian Snow, the owner and proprietor of The Antique Emporium, waiting for the courier to pick up antiques for a large antiques exhibition he paid god mo
Kendra Patterson
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third installment of Sebastian Snow (Antique dealer) and Calvin Winters (Homicide Detective) six months into their relationship and they've moved in together. In this book the mysteries revolve around the Edison invention of the Kinetoscope (a movie viewer from the 19th century) and W.K.L. Dickson (the inventor of the Kinetoscope and the grandfather of modern cinema). In the beginning Sebastian receives a delivery with the Kinetoscope inside. He wasn't expecting it and it doesn't hav ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Sebastian Snow receives one of the most unigue items he probably has ever seen, a working kenitiscope with a film reel he is completely confused as there is no information who sent it or why. Upon viewing the film he sees something he never thought possible, footage of a live murder from over 100 years ago. Can Calvin help him solve the century old murder and will solving Seb's case lead to solving the murders happening since receiving the film?

I didn't think it possible but I loved The Mys
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Totally Off-the-Wall as Usual

This series is so off-the-wall in its plotlines and love bites and paranoia and weird violent turns that sometimes you have to wonder what C.S. Poe is smoking.

Whatever it is, ma'am, send it along.

Nerd antiques shop owner and color-blind (important) Sebastian and his current boyfriend, the tall ginger NYPD detective Calvin are finally moving to an apartment where they can at least try to become permanently attached. That circumstances that only Sebastian can get invol
3.5 Stars

The boys are back in “The Mystery of the Moving Image” the third entry to “Snow & Winter” series. Sebastian is as prickly and snarky as ever, Calvin is practically a putty in his hands, and their circle of nearest and dearest are supportive per usual. Since Sebastian seemed to attract more hassles in this chapter of Snow and Winter adventures, he needs all the support available.

This character-driven story kindles all short of emotions that had me laugh, smile, sniffle, rage, and si
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gromance
A very welcome return to the world of Sebastian and Calvin, though I have to admit I'm partial to Sebby. I love them both, but Seb is such an amazing character, so well-drawn and realistic that it seems almost inevitable for Calvin to play second fiddle. That this does not happen is testament to the author's skills. Featuring the same wonderful support cast as the previous books, with the addition of Dillon, the story is as intriguing as the first two books yet possibly even more complicated. I ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was excited when I realized book 3 in this series was being released, and preordered the book. I was then lucky enough to be given the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This allowed me to then purchase another book (Southernmost Murder) by the same author! When someone is that good of a writer, you try to read all the books. :)

This book is fun and engaging. Besides the two main characters, Snow and Winter, being really likable, I totally love the history that Seb gets carried away
Susan Wilson
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know you love a book when...

You can't stop flipping pages until you've read all the "This is a work of fiction..." stuff and you still keep tapping the right side of your Kindle , trying to find more. I loved the first two books in the series and couldn't wait for this one. I was not disappointed.
The heat generated by these two should melt the Snow and transform the Winter into spring, but thank the book gods, it doesn't. Hot sex, intriguing mystery, main characters in jeopardy -- it's all t
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Going into this story, I had no idea how a century old murder could tie in with modern day killings. Fortunately for me the author had no such problem. We are back with Sebastian and Calvin, where by all accounts life should be pretty tame after all they've been through recently. And to give him credit, Sebastian seems to be trying to stay away from trouble, but he must be a slow moving target because once again, trouble comes to him. This time it's in the form of an antique individual movie vie ...more
Amanda Viecelli
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally more Sebastian and Calvin! I loved being back in the Snow & Winter world with this third installment in this series. Sebastian is back with all his curmudgeonly ways and his sexy ginger detective boyfriend, and what else would he be doing but getting himself into trouble at every turn? Okay, in all fairness, trouble just seems to find Seb, but we all know better by now - he basically thrives on it. Poor Calvin, though - it has to be trying to love and protect someone who seems to be ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was excellent. I think I liked it even more than the previous 2 and it might have something to do with a certain Neil. I've been fond of the character from the start, and I love seeing how his relationship with Seb turns into friendship.
Seb is still the same danger magnet, but I felt like he was slightly more careful with himself this time around. He didn't go looking for trouble, troubles kept finding him. And I liked the premise of the mystery. I like history, and this was the most histor
I'm getting fed up with Sebastian lying to Calvin all the time. Maybe it's time for Seb to realize that Cal is not actually going to keep Seb out of the investigations. Not completely. There was a scene where I really think Seb should have asked Cal to go with him. It seems like something they could have done together instead of Seb lying (or withholding information or whatever). Again. All he does is lie and hide things. Why?

I still gave this five stars because I still really enjoyed it but if
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, this is Ms Poe's best book to date.
One of the most enjoyable things about her books is how I never know who the killer is until it is finally revealed in the book. And it is not forced by any means.
As for Sebastian and Calvin, well...theyre one of my favorite couples. I can identify with Sebastian's insecurities, which is why he's such a likeable character. And Calvin is not perfect either, which we have seen in previous books within this series.
And frankly, the sex scenes are jus
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful addition to the series. Sebastian has moved in with his boyfriend, business at the shop is good and no one has tried to kill him in months! In other words, it’s too good to last. When an early film turns up with a hundred-year-old murder on it, Seb’s life is once again thrown into chaos.
This was a cracking story, sitting nicely between a murder mystery and a romance with the best of both worlds intertwined. We see Calvin and Sebastian grow into their relationship and navigate l
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the third book of the Snow & Winter series antique store owner Sebastian Snow and NYPD detective Calvin Winter are moving in together, their life is supposed to be settled, but of course this isn’t that simple this time either.

Seb received a kinetoscope from a mysterious sender with a film that shows a recording of a century old murder. Seb’s curiosity is picked, and it sets off events which led to solve old and new murders and mysteries. Put in some trouble with exes and you get an intri
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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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