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It’s summer in New York City, and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow is taking the next big step in his relationship with homicide detective, Calvin Winter: They’re moving in together. What should have been a wonderful week of playing house and celebrating Calvin’s birthday comes to an abrupt end when a mysterious package arrives at the Emporium. Inside is a Thomas Edison Kinetoscope, a movie viewer from the 19th century, invented by the grandfather of modern cinema, W. K. L. Dickson. And along with it, footage of a murder that took place over a hundred years ago. 

Sebastian resists the urge to start sleuthing, even if the culprit is long dead and there’s no apparent danger. But break-ins at the Emporium, a robbery, and dead bodies aren’t as easy to ignore, and Sebastian soon realizes that the century-old murder will lead him to a modern-day killer. 

Even with Sebastian’s vast knowledge of Victorian America and his unrelenting perseverance in the face of danger, this may be the one mystery he won’t survive.

©2020 C.S. Poe (P)2020 C.S. Poe

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  • Lorita
  • 29-08-2020

You’ ve totally screwed me...(WHY?!!!?)

I was totally hooked up until you switched character readers. Now I can’t get into the third book. With that change I can’t even give a thought the content on the story line. Please, get my original readers back.

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  • Terry Mac
  • 05-08-2020

Disappointing narrator

As usual, C.S. Poe storyline is entertaining and interaction between characters totally believable.

The narrator's voice choices missed the mark. It sounded as if Sebastisn had a lisp in the early chapters! Voice changes between Sebastian and Neil characters were hard to distinguish.

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  • SassiKassi
  • 29-07-2020

Disappointed

I absolutely love this series and this book. It’s a fun story to read and I was hyped to get to listen to it, even though the narrator had changed. I’ve listened to other series with a change in narrator and there wasn’t a problem there. The problem here is that this narrator doesn’t have a distinct voice for any of the characters. Not only can I not distinguish the character’s voices, I can’t even tell male from female. I am really struggling to finish it.
I’m sorry CS. I’ll just have to continue this series on my iPad. I miss Derrick!

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  • Anita
  • 21-02-2021

The narrator sounds angry

The new narrator just sounds angry as if he’s shouting the story. His characterizations really miss the mark and make the story very difficult to listen to.

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  • Beach reader
  • 29-08-2020

Cal & Seb

I adore this series - Calvin Winters and Sebastian Show are two of my favorite characters. As usual Sebastian accidentally falls into a mystery that pulls his boyfriend into. Not only is Cal involved, but is ex, Neil, is sucked in as well. I love how meticulously the Snow & Winter books are researched. The author always manages to sneak a history lesson wrapped inside a great story. My only complaint is the narrator. I just wasn't feeling his vocalizations of the characters, particularly Calvin.

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  • Zara
  • 20-06-2020

Love it.

I absolutely loved this. All these books are masterpieces,so well written and details and characters makes them feel so real.
Amazing narration, loved it. Very enjoyable and highly recommendable.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 22-07-2020

Great story

The concept is interesting and well written. The characters are likeable but the narration is a little to aggressive.

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  • International Customer
  • 25-08-2020

Great story!

I loved the story. It had an interesting plot, and great charachters. The book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, but to get fully understand the background I would recomend to read all the books.The narrating was nice, but not full score on that part for me. The narrator was a bit to far from how I imagine the charachters.

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  • ceejay
  • 10-08-2020

Excellent story, not keen on the narrator

The story is very good, a murder mystery that drops a dead body in fairly early and introduces some fascinating history of cinema and the Kinetoscope . A past murder is captured on that old film and is tied into a modern murder and shenanikins. Sebastian sets out to prove the two events separated by lots of years are connected, much to his boyfirend Calvin's annoyance and fears for Sebastian's safety. Sebastian and Calvin have moved in together and are navigating that change in their relationship, not helped by old flames popping up and and Calvin is troubled by his PTSD and Sebastain by fears of being inadequate.
So far, so good, and there were lots of clues for the eagle eyed listener/reader to pick up and almost shout at the protagonists to take notice of. The plot dropped in several potential suspects and often went down a blind alley and I enjoyed the reveal at the end.
However, I couldn't get on with the narrator at all. His voice was hard all the way through, there was not enough differentiation between characters and he read it all as if in some hard assed film noir style. There was no softening of his voice for the more tender scenes and I just couldn't gel with him at all. In fact I gave up before the end with a couple of chapters to go and finished off the story by reading the book.

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  • Meph666
  • 27-07-2020

Another great mystery for Seb and Calvin

This third book in the Snow & Winter series has another enjoyable plot and good character/relationship development throughout the story.
I really liked the mystery that was pushed on Snow as he’s repeatedly gifted with or led to items or occasionally even a murder. The author keeps the MC’s and readers alike guessing as to the culprit of the case, really drawing you in with the details of such wonderful items of historical value such as the Kinetoscope. These of course grab hold of Sebastian’s attention with his thoughts then working on figuring out the who, how and why of the case whilst being dragged deeper into something that even has him in danger several times. I loved the detail that goes into the knowledge and research of these items as along with enjoying story, I felt as though I was learning something too. There are several possibilities as to the culprit but thinks quickly take a dark and dangerous turn for all involved. I was a lot happier with this book as to Sebastian’s actual involvement of the case. He spends less time acting the sleuth and trying to keep out of the way as opposed to how he was in the previous books.
The relationship between Sebastian and Calvin continues to move forward as they take the step to move in together. As a couple they mesh really well and balance each other out, providing the support each man needs through the harder times with Sebastian being involved in several cases recently and Calvin dealing with his PTSD which comes up in his professional and personal life. Their close friends and family are again a big part of their community and support, especially with the dangerous situations that Sebastian finds himself in. Though they don’t really spend that much time together, they really make the most of what they do have together whether it’s lunch at a diner or just grabbing some sleep together. Whenever they get intimate moments, you can really sense to love and trust that they have with each other. Opposite this, we see more of Sebastian’s ex, Neil. After the events at the ned of book two is nice to read the two men weirdly getting along and you hope, maybe one day, can move to being friends. In this book, Neil does his best to help keep Sebastian safe, really endearing him to the readers, I think.
I’d definitely recommend this book and the series. I think it’s gotten better as it’s gone on with character development and strong bonds forming as well as strengthening plots that draw you in right from the start. Sebastian’s friend and assistant, Max, even tags along for the first time and sees how Sebastian is when he’s on the trail of a mystery. I look forward to more from the couple and another interesting plot for Sebastian and Calvin to dive into.
I don’t know if it’s because I was used to Derrick McClain narrating the previous two books, but I didn’t enjoy Wyatt’s narration as much. He is a very good narrator and still draws you into the story, providing good voices for the characters but he has a bit of a harder edge to his voice than Derrick does. It takes a moment to get used to the main characters as they obviously have different voices but I was still able to enjoy the story overall.

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