My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
This was a great and fun little whodunnit story, that keeps you engaged from the first page and onwards, until the very end.
Sebastian Snow is the owner of an antique shop, in an unhappy relationship with a closeted cop and suddenly finds himself involved in a murder case when a mysterious smell in his shop reveals a pig’s heart under the floor boards.
The attraction to the homicide detective investigating the case, Calvin Winter, is instant. And when Sebastian have to out his boyfriend, Neil, whilst being interrogated about his alibi for another open murder case, another nail is put in the coffin of sebastian’s dying relationship.
The characters are interesting and sympathetic, the mystery is fun and compelling, as well as littered with homage to Poe for fans of his work, and the eccentric cast of secondary characters, the closeted (ex)boyfriend, the happy go lucky shop assistant, the eccentric bookshop keeper, the retired american literature professor turned shelter pet volunteer father and the competing antique dealers keeps you entertained and guessing, whilst Sebastian plays amateur sleuth and tries to figure out his confusing love life at the same time.
This is the first book of a series, and I would definitely pick up another book about this couple. Warmly recommended read for a rainy day.