Book Review: Mystery of the Moving Image by C.S. Poe

The Mystery of the Moving Image by C.S. Poe is the third book in the Snow & Winter series and what a third instalment it is! Amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow and his quirkiness is fast taking a place among my favorite sleuths! On to the review.

The Mystery of the Moving Image takes us back to New York and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow and police detective Calvin Winter, who have recently moved in together in a nice new apartment, after Sebastian’s was destroyed in the previous book. It all starts nice and easy, until a package shows up with an old kinetoscope and not just any, but one in excellent condition, but containing a murderous mystery that will not be let Sebastian be, no matter how hard he tries.

The story in The Mystery of the Moving Image focuses on this new mystery that shows up on Sebastian’s doorstep that hits close to home the further it evolves, but also on the deepening relationship between Calvin and Sebastian. With every book a new layer is added to their romance along with a deeper understanding and just utter cuteness! Though there is no denying the both of them are also stubborn.

I really liked this new instalment. The mystery is unique and intriguing and most definitely not boring. While Sebastian is unique in his own way, he is a sleuth you have to like, but I think that is no problem at all. Also definitely not boring is how Sebastian and Calvin work together despite their own hobbles, such as Calvin’s PTSD and Sebastian’s in ability to leave a mystery alone.

The Mystery of the Moving Image can’t (and shouldn’t) be read on its own, but the other books in this series – and this one as well – are stories I can recommend reading!


The Mystery of the Moving Image Book Cover The Mystery of the Moving Image
Snow & Winter #3
C.S. Poe
Mystery, LGBTQ, romance
DSP Publications
September 11, 2018
A Copy was provided by the author

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.

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