REVIEWED by Christie
TITLE: The Mystery of the Curiosities
SERIES: Snow & Winter, Book 2
AUTHOR: C. S. Poe
NARRATOR: Derrick McClain
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 7h 15m
RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2017
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.
Okay, so I very much wanted to read The Mystery of the Curiosities, and even had it on my “to read” list. But, as many of you can commiserate, said list is just over 300 titles long. So, when C. S. Poe announced that it will be on audiobook I did a little happy dance and waited (rather impatiently) for it to come out. Then, I saw that Derrick McClain was the narrator, and sure enough, my head practically exploded in anticipation. After listening to the audiobook, I can say with certainty that this has got to be one of my favorites of the year, both book and narration.
Sebastian Snow is finally with someone that appreciates him and will not hide their relationship, especially from his workplace. Homicide Detective Calvin Winter is one sexy, wonderful man, and is madly in love with Sebastian. Things are basically coming up roses (or, shall we say, carnations *badum-bum-tss*) for our two lovers, and the only thing Sebastian is worried about right now is Valentine’s Day which is just a scant few days away. Until someone throws a rock thru The Emporium’s window, and a new mystery begins. Soon, bodies are piling up, and Sebastian is pulled into yet another series of Calvin’s investigations. If he can’t find who the killer is, Sebastian could possibly be next.
The Mystery of the Curiosities was an excellently written, wonderfully narrated audiobook that will knock your socks right off. I love Sebastian and Calvin. Even when they’re stressed out and practically at each other’s throat, they still love each other and it shows thru in every interaction they have with one another. The mysteries that Sebastian has to solve are brilliant, intelligent, and… curious. I find myself wanting to know more about PT Barnum now because of this book. Derrick McClain’s expert narration makes The Mystery of the Curiosities even better. The way he tells the story adds life to the characters, and helps put the story into perspective in a way that you may not have seen (or heard of) before. Plus, his voice is dead sexy. What? Well, it is! If you like mysteries, or simply a well written/ narrated book, then look no further than C. S. Poe’s The Mystery of the Curiosities as narrated by Derrick McClain. It is excellent and definitely worth your time.