Can you believe we’re already looking toward the end of November? I mean— it’s Thanksgiving next week in the U.S.! Oh well, I might be behind in my production schedule, and looking down the barrel at 2018, but at least it is now the season of delicious food, and that makes me feel better. I made sure to grab plenty of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks this year (yes, I am that person) and now I get to pick up some of their holiday flavors! (Although I have to say, the peppermint doesn’t quite have the same zing to it when it’s 80 degrees outside and I’m wearing shorts and a tank top…)
And as for Thanksgiving, I’ll admit I’ve never been a turkey fan. I tend to make Cornish hen for dinner. (Also a practical choice because what am I going to do with that much turkey?) My must-have side dishes usually include mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, carrots, homemade rolls… oh guys, I’m so hungry right now…
And for dessert? Pie! Glorious, beautiful pie. I’ve never met a pie I didn’t like. Pumpkin, raspberry, cherry— when I was a kid, my mom would pick our rhubarb in the summer, freeze it, and wait half of the year to pull it out and make a pie with it. Talk about delayed gratification!
So what about you? Do you have any food traditions for Thanksgiving? Are you a pie person? Whatever your plans are for the holiday, be safe and have fun!
Aubrey Grant lives in the tropical paradise of Old Town, Key West, has a cute cottage, a sweet moped, and a great job managing the historical property of a former sea captain. With his soon-to-be-boyfriend, hotshot FBI agent Jun Tanaka, visiting for a little R&R, not even Aubrey’s narcolepsy can put a damper on their vacation plans.
But a skeleton in a closet of the Smith Family Historical Home throws a wrench into the works. Despite Aubrey and Jun’s attempts to enjoy some time together, the skeleton’s identity drags them into a mystery with origins over a century in the past. They uncover a tale of long-lost treasure, the pirate king it belonged to, and a modern-day murderer who will stop at nothing to find the hidden riches. If a killer on the loose isn’t enough to keep Aubrey out of the mess, it seems even the restless spirit of Captain Smith is warning him away.
The unlikely partnership of a special agent and historian may be exactly what it takes to crack this mystery wide-open and finally put an old Key West tragedy to rest. But while Aubrey tracks down the X that marks the spot, one wrong move could be his last.
C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
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 two cats—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.