Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read the previous books in the series, there are some potential spoilers about how they turned out in this review.
It’s been a year since antique dealer Sebastian met police detective Calvin in the series of crimes recounted in The Mystery of Nevermore. After the last mystery gets him shot, Sebastian has vowed to leave the detective work to Calvin and focus on planning their upcoming wedding. That promise gets difficult to keep when a severed head is delivered to the shop, the opening clue in a mystery the sender wants Sebastian to solve. When he resists, the stakes get higher. Can Sebastian hold it together long enough to solve the mystery when the lives of those he loves is on the line?
This final outing of the series promises a Big Important Mystery, and it delivers. The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been, and the clues even more obtuse. As with every book in the series, there are lots of red herrings and false leads, and of course the actual culprit is a complete surprise. As convoluted as all the clues are, they all seem to tie together well in the end.
The characters of Sebastian and Calvin are well established by this point, and they remain true to the pictures you’ve probably already formed about them in this book. Calvin actually seems to take something of a back seat in this installment, although his role in the overall story is key. But in this volume we get a lot more of Calvin’s partner Quinn as well as Sebastian’s ex Neil.
This has been a good series, yet I think it’s good that it’s ending. The quirky nature of the mysteries, and the way they come about, has made for some great stories, but it’s not a framework that would support an extended series. It’s always best to end a series before the characters become cartoons of themselves or the plots become too much of a stretch to be believable.
“The Mystery of the Bones” is available from Amazon.