Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: DSP Publications
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: 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 Edison Kinetoscope, a movie viewer from the nineteenth century, invented by the grandfather of modern cinema, W. K. L. Dickson. And along with it, footage of a murder that took place over a hundred years ago.
Sebastian resists the urge to start sleuthing, even if the culprit is long dead and there’s no apparent danger. But break-ins at the Emporium, a robbery, and dead bodies aren’t as easy to ignore, and Sebastian soon realizes that the century-old murder will lead him to a modern-day killer.
However, even with Sebastian’s vast knowledge of Victorian America and his unrelenting perseverance in the face of danger, this may be the one mystery he won’t survive.
Review: This series has been a lot of fun. Sebastian has a special gift of getting into trouble. Once again Sebastian finds himself mixed up in a murder mystery. This one begins when a Kinetoscope is delivered to his door. Sebastian doesn’t know who sent it. He plays a long lost movie on it. One that ends in murder. Not long after strange things start to happen. Sebastian finds himself once again in danger.
Despite being annoyed at Sebastian a few times in this book I liked this story. I can’t imagine being so unaware when people are attacking and trying to kill me. Sebastian just can’t help solving the mystery. Which to be honest in this book was pretty compelling. Despite those moments of frustration this was a pretty good read. I liked the growth in Sebastian and Calvin’s relationship. They just moved in together and love each other but they still don’t open up about everything. Calvin is still dealing with his PTSD. Seb is battling his insecurities. At the end of this book I feel like they’re stronger together.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the ex boyfriend’s coming back into Sebastian and Calvin’s lives. Lee I’m not a huge fan of but I did like Neil. The sassy banter between Seb and Neil was fun. Neil is there for Seb when he needs him and helps him solve the mystery.
Just like the other books this was a fun intriguing read. I liked the mix of historical and current mysteries. The characters are entertaining. If you’re a fan of this series then this you’ll want to pick this one up for sure.