By: C.S. Poe
Blurb: Sebastian Snow didn’t think Christmas would bring a break in to Snow’s Antique Emporium and a handful of murders. With his boyfriend, Detective Neil Millett so far in the closet he has to pass Narnia their relationship was strained even before Sebastian found a heart under his floorboards. Thankfully, there may be help available in the form of one smoking hot detective by the name of Calvin Winter.
Ableism, Blood, Bullying, Death, Drug Use (Prescription), Emotional Abuse, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Homophobia, Infidelity, Internalized Homophobia, Murder, Off Screen Infidelity, On Screen Sex, Sexism, PTSD, Toxic Masculinity, Violent Imagery, War (mentioned)
Body Count: 3
- Series Name: Snow and Winter
- Book Number: 1 of 3
- Technical Genre: Gay and Lesbian, Mystery, Mystery, and Detective
- Theo Genre: Awesome, Mystery, SAGA Mystery
- Page count: 216 pages
- POV: 1st Person
- Publication information:
- Paperback page count: 216 pages
- Publisher: DSP Publications
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HM8F0OS
Other Fun Stuff:
To Read or Not To Read (Again):
Bedside Bookshelf Donated Furniture Support
Rating out of five: 4.5 out of 5
Representation and Sexism Tests:
- Bechdel–Wallace Test: FAIL
- Do two female characters talk about something than a male character? YES NO
- DuVernay Test: PASS
- Are there fully actualized characters of color? YES NO
- Ellen Willis Test: PASS
- Would two related characters still work to carry the story if their genders were reversed? YES NO
- Mako Mori Test: FAIL
- Is there a female character? YES NO
- Does she get her own arc? YES NO
- Does it do anything other than supporting a man’s story? YES NO
- Sexy Lamp Test: PASS
- Would the plot fall apart if the female character was replaced by a sexy looking lamp? Absolutely Maybe? No.
- Vito Russo Test: PASS
- Is there a character on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? YES NO
- Are they a character beyond their orientation? YES NO
- Do they affect the plot? YES NO
I literally needed to buy the next two in the series after reading this first one. I loved Sebastian and really jived with his struggle with the closeted significant other.
The book itself has great pacing, witty dialoge, and a great twist on the Poe-obsessed murderer.
Smutty moments/smut review: GOOD SMUT. 10/10 would read again.
Was it engaging?
Yes No At times Room for improvement Had to fight through it.