It’s been a full year since the mystery that brought antique shop owner and part-time amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow together with NYPD homicide detective Calvin Winter. Patience, sanity, and their very lives have been put to the test, but love has persevered. Although Sebastian is now New York City’s best known busybody, he’s done solving crimes and wants nothing more than to plan a romantic budget wedding. Then Snow’s Antique Emporium receives a decapitated human head in the mail and the holidays are gory once again. Sebastian patently disregards the mystery of a lifetime because he is done with death and danger—but the killer escalates. Before Sebastian knows it, his closest friends and family are dragged into a series of horrific murders with antiquated clues hinting to the infamous Victorian American Bones Wars. The clock is ticking to recover a long-lost artifact linked to paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope and to capture a murderer. But it’s not Sebastian who may become the next target—it’s Calvin.
About the Author
C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and EPIC award finalist author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books. She has called many places home in her lifetime, including New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers organization.
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The Mystery of the Bones based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I was kind of late to the party last year when I first stumbled upon Snow & Winter but I loved it immediately, the blending of contemporary, history, humor, murder, and of course romance made the whole thing just an all around bundle of joy. Well the newest series entry, The Mystery of the Bones is no less brilliant. And, as an added plus it's been a year from the setting of the first entry, The Mystery of Nevermore, so that means it's Christmastime(or nearly) which puts this in my holiday shelf as well(nothing like murder and mayhem to add to the holiday cheer I always say). In Bones we see Snow and Winter nearing their one year anniversary of meeting and once again a suspicious smell get's Sebastian's employee and friend, Max, questioning its origin. Funny enough a package has just arrived and when opened they find the smell and a head, that's right I said a head, and the hunt for answers begins. I love how Snow, well perhaps "learned his lesson" in regards to sleuthing is a bit inaccurate he has learned there is a difference between nosiness and sleuthing. HOWEVER, this time around he's pulled into the sleuthing by those who have warned him against it in the past. I won't say more to the plot because I don't do spoilers and frankly it is just too darn delicious not to discover the story yourself. Calvin and Snow are happily if not frustratingly planning a wedding and try as Snow does to stick to it circumstances have other plans. There's no doubt of their love for each other but what I enjoyed in Bones was the push and pull, snarky friendships Snow has come into with his ex, Neil and Calvin's partner, Quinn. Those sniping scenes just round out the romantic suspense of The Mystery of the Bones to create an entertaining journey from beginning to end. The fact that I can add it to my holiday shelf just an added bonus that makes it all the better. I can't wait to see what danger Snow and Winter find themselves in next.
An engaging mystery, cool historical details, and a swoon-y romance. This is (apparently) the last book in the series, and it goes out on a high note. Definitely recommended, but the books should be read in order. --lyradora