As you can probably guess from the title, this month’s blog won’t be a continuation of The Murder Collection.
Is it just me, or has 2017 had a lot of… ‘wow, I didn’t plan for this to happen,’ moments? The latest being Hurricane Irma. If you didn’t know, I currently reside in Key West. Or did. On September 7, there was a mandatory evacuation of the island. On September 17, they finally opened Key West back up to residents and business owners only— you can imagine the traffic going south on a single lane bridge.
The catch is, there’s still a lot of damage control being done after Irma swept through. There is limited food, supplies, gas… over half of the island still does not have electricity or cell service. The water is not drinkable, and has designated on times, due to a break in the line that needs repair. So despite being open to residents once more, the city is sort of urging folks to either wait, or come prepared.
Thanks to NOAA satellite imagery, I was able to pull up a picture taken of the house, and it’s in fact standing where it was left! That’s great news! The downside is it has been confirmed my house has zero utilities, so I cannot return home. That’s a bummer. I mean, I was once a Girl Scout and all, but no AC in Key West with 90+ degree temperatures? My cats will not approve.
But keeping a positive outlook is important! My kitties are safe, we’re in a hotel, finally have some decent Wi-Fi so I can work, and GRL is fast approaching! I hope those of you who may have been in Irma’s path as well are doing all right.
In lighter, more exciting news, I have a Facebook Group! C.S. Poe’s Curious & Mysterious, check it out. Also, until September 22, paperbacks of my Snow & Winter series are 30% off with DSP Publications! And if you’re attending GRL, use code GRL2017 for free shipping directly to the event.
The Mystery of the Curiosities (audiobook)
Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective Calvin Winter is everything he’s ever wanted. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Sebastian’s only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It’s only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium’s window and leaves a peculiar note behind that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.
Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin’s attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that brings him closer to the killer, he’s led deeper into Calvin’s official cases.
It’s more than just Sebastian’s livelihood and relationship on the line – it’s his very life.
She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.
She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful, and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.
C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization.