Sebastian Snow is a mildly successful antiques dealer in New York City. His main frustration in life is dealing with his extreme light sensitivity and his closeted boyfriend, who is a police officer. All that changes one morning when Sebastian opens his shop to discover a bad smell, which he finally figures out is coming from what appears to be a rotting heart under the floorboards. It’s the start of a mystery that turns Sebastian’s life upside down, and introduces him to Detective Duncan Winter.
“The Mystery of Nevermore” is the first book of the “Snow and Winter” series, which now stretches to five books. The story is well plotted, keeping you guessing until the very end. It’s all told from Sebastian’s point of view. He’s a very unassuming, self-effacing kind of guy, and with his condition, it’s quite understandable, but apparently he is quite a bit more attractive than he thinks.
We get to know Duncan through they eyes of Sebastian, and to the antique dealer, the detective is as much of a mystery as the question of who is murdering Sebastian’s colleagues. To say Duncan is “complicated” is putting it very mildly. Unlike the murders, the mystery of Duncan Winter isn’t completely resolved by the end of the book. The detective’s past will probably be revealed bit by bit over the course of the series.
I decided to pick up this series after seeing a rave review of the latest book. Based on this first volume, I will definitely be reading the next book, at the very least. I like the dynamic set up between Sebastian and Duncan, as well as some of the minor characters, like Sebastian’s father and his shop assistant, Max.
“The Mystery of Nevermore” is available from Amazon.