Reviewed by Ami
Title: Southernmost Murder
Author: C.S. Poe
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: For the most part, I really enjoyed this book…
First of all, Aubrey’s voice of narration is HIGHLY entertaining. I loved reading his thoughts and couldn’t help chuckling with some of the things that came out of his mouth. I loved that Aubrey was passionate about his job. I loved that he was still rather not so certain about Jun’s feeling for him.
And I KNOW for sure I have never read ANYONE with narcolepsy before in any books. This is a first for me, and that makes Southernmost Murder a memorable read.
The story is written solely from Aubrey’s perspective. I didn’t mind though… like I said, I was entertained. Jun seemed like a loyal wonderful boyfriend. Clearly, Jun loved Aubrey and has actually felt so for quite a while. Even before they were together.
The pirate part of this story was also good … and quite a bit heartbreaking there in the end.
Having said that, I did have initial expectations because this book is released by DSP Publications – which I assume will emphasize more on the mystery rather than the romance. I didn’t really feel that, sadly. Jun came to Key West for a holiday, to visit Aubrey, not in his capacity as FBI agent.
Sure, we had missing skeletons and later a dead body… but neither Aubrey nor Jun were ever involved in the active investigation. It was handled by the local PD. There was too much goody-goody of Aubrey and Jun rather than the investigation itself. I guess the mystery-fan in me was a bit disappointed. It was the characters that saved this book for me.
Lastly, despite having connection with C.S. Poe’s Winter and Snow series, rest assured that this can still be read as a stand alone. There are some references here and there about Aubrey’s friend, Sebastian Snow, or the case that brings Jun back to Aubrey’s life, but it’s not distracting. I have not read the Snow and Winter series and I followed the characters and plot just fine.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*