Posts labeled Mystery

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Review - The Mystery of the Bones by C.S. Poe

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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.

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Review - The Mystery of the Moving Image by C.S. Poe

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It’s a typical day at Sebastian’s antique shop when there’s a delivery that turns out to be a rare device from the earliest days of the film industry. At first, the only mystery is who sent the extremely valuable item, but this is Sebastian Snow, and nothing is every that simple. The questions pile up as fast as the dead bodies, which as usual doesn’t make Calvin’s life any easier.

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Review - Ted of the d'Ubervilles by Rob Rosen

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The author kindly provided an advanced review copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for this review. Ted has been living on the streets for six years, since he was orphaned at 17. He’s managed to survive without selling himself or getting hooked on drugs, but it’s a hard and lonely existence. One day when Ted gets a rare chance to check his email he finds a message from a lawyer telling him he may be heir to a fortune, if he can get to New York for the reading of a will.

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Review - The Mystery of the Curiosities by C.S. Poe

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Things are going rather well for Sebastian Snow. His relationship with detective Calvin Snow is gong along nicely, and the shop is doing well. Unfortunately, the calm is shattered, literally, when someone throws a brick through the front window of the Emporium. That begins a series of escalating events, which includes murders and bombings, that Sebastian can’t help but investigate, despite the warnings and pleadings of Calvin. In this second outing for “Snow and Winter”, the dynamic of the couple is now firmly in place, so it’s mostly all about the mystery.

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Review - The Voxlightner Scandal by Don Travis

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When a neighbor of BJ and Paul’s dies, Paul is sure it was no accident. After a call to his police friends, BJ is inclined to agree. The case seems to involve an old scandal that rocked Albuquerque, a scam that drew in most of the city’s elite, yet the case was never completely solved since two of the main players disappeared. As the two men look into the case, it quickly becomes clear that someone doesn’t like them digging up old dirt.

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Review - Tallowwood by N.R. Walker

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August Shaw works cold cases in a state police office just outside of Sydney. He works alone and that’s the way he wants it. August likes the idea of bringing closure to families that have lost someone. Only, there’s one case he hasn’t been able to crack: a string of murders of gay men going back nearly a decade. The deaths have mostly been ruled suicides, but they have too much in common for that to be the case, but August’s superiors refuse to see it and think he’s too emotionally involved.

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Review - The Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. Poe

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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.

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Review - Abaddon's Locusts by Don Travis

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Jasper “Jazz” Penrod is a highly attractive young man that helped BJ out in The Bisti Business. When Jazz’s brother Henry shows up on BJ’s doorstep to tell him the young man is missing, it plunges BJ into the nasty business of human sex trafficking and the privileged world of the super rich. It’s definitely a race against time to find Jazz before he is either shipped out of the country or disposed of when he’s no longer attractive to those holding him.

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Review - A Fall In Autumn by Michael G. Williams

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More than 9,000 years in the future, civilization is again in decline, having clawed back from a complete collapse of technology, the environment and society. Of the great flying cities that were originally built to lift people above a polluted world, only Autumn remains. The city is populated mostly by genetically enhanced humans, along with human-animal hybrids providing manual labor, and a very few “artisanal” humans — those born the traditional way of un-enhanced genetic stock.

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Review - Lock Nut by J.L. Merrow

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Psychic plumber Tom and private investigator Phil should be busy planning their big gay wedding, but a friend of a friend asks for their help finding her husband who disappeared a few weeks before. Then things get complicated, as they always do, when the pair find the missing man, and then he turns up dead. This fifth and presumably final book in the Plumber’s Mate series delivers another intriguing mystery along with the conclusion to the story arc of Tom and Phil, two very different men who somehow work well together, most of the time some of the time manage not to kill each other.