Author: C.S. Poe
Book: Southernmost Murder
Page/Word Count: 200 pages, 64K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
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. But while Aubrey tracks down the X that marks the spot, one wrong move could be his last.
4✨s – Aubrey, the manager of the Smith Family Historical Home, and Jun, his FBI almost-boyfriend, are looking forward to a relaxing vacation where they are hoping to solidify their relationship status. That is until Aubrey discovers a skeleton in the closet, unearthing a mystery and placing a target on his back. In order to discover who wants to hurt Aubrey, they must first solve the mystery of Captain Smith and only then can they really enjoy their time together.
There is an interesting cast of secondary characters from Aubrey’s co-workers to the police, to the board that funds the Historical house. Any of whom could be the culprit. I picked it early on, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story at all.
Aubrey’s narcolepsy was a seamless part of his character, much like hair and eye color, and was never used as a plot device. And Aubrey and Jun together were adorable. I would have like a little more relationship building, as it definitely played second fiddle to the mystery, but overall this was a cute little mystery in one of my favorite places.
About C.S. Poe:
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.
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