Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: DSP Publications
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Aubrey Grant lives in the tropical paradise of Old Town, Key West, has a cute cottage, a sweet moped, and a great job managing the historical property of a former sea captain. With his soon-to-be-boyfriend, hotshot FBI agent Jun Tanaka, visiting for a little R&R, not even Aubrey’s narcolepsy can put a damper on their vacation plans.
But a skeleton in a closet of the Smith Family Historical Home throws a wrench into the works. Despite Aubrey and Jun’s attempts to enjoy some time together, the skeleton’s identity drags them into a mystery with origins over a century in the past. They uncover a tale of long-lost treasure, the pirate king it belonged to, and a modern-day murderer who will stop at nothing to find the hidden riches. If a killer on the loose isn’t enough to keep Aubrey out of the mess, it seems even the restless spirit of Captain Smith is warning him away.
The unlikely partnership of a special agent and historian may be exactly what it takes to crack this mystery wide-open and finally put an old Key West tragedy to rest. But while Aubrey tracks down the X that marks the spot, one wrong move could be his last.
Review: This was a fun read. I do enjoy a good murder mystery. If you like the Snow & Winter series you should like this one. It’s based in the same world but a different location. There’s even a cameo by way of phone calls. Snow and Aubrey are friends. Makes sense they both get mixed up in murder mysteries. Southernmost Murder is based in Key West. Aubrey manages a historical house. While doing a wall paper renovation in one of the closets he finds a skeleton. Of course this freaks him out. To make matters worse when the police show up the skeleton is gone. They doubt his story not only because the lack of body but his condition of narcolepsy. Aubrey’s new maybe boyfriend is coming for a long visit. Jun is an FBI agent. He tries to keep Aubrey out of the trouble stirring but it’s inevitable. Together they solve not only the murders piling up around them but a mystery of what happened to Captain Smith a century ago.
I loved all the pirate stuff in this book. Treasure hunting and piecing together things kept me turning the pages. The author completely captured the charm and quirkiness of the locals. I appreciate this because too often these things become information dumps. I also had no clue who the bad guys were. I was clueless until the end. There’s also a little action. Lots of laughs and steamy moments.
I liked the couple but I couldn’t help but feel like I was missing something. Like there was some other story I should have read first. Jun’s former partner was dating Aubrey and he didn’t treat him well. This is how they met. At some point Jun decided he was in love with Aubrey. How they got to the point where this story takes place I don’t know. I couldn’t seem to get put it all together and settle in like I’d have liked to. While I adored the couple they drop the “L” word very quick. It’s not really insta love because they’ve known each other for awhile but for me as the reader it felt that way because I didn’t get all that back story. It could just be me. Or I missed something? It’s possible! Either way I liked the book and am looking forward to more stories from this world. I read everything this author writes. If you like a murder mystery with fun characters you’ll want to pick this one up.