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Madison Square Murders
Memento Mori: Book One


Emporium Press
Date: September 28, 2021
Series: Memento Mori

Cover art: Reese Dante
Genre: Police procedural mystery, romance

Everett Larkin works for the Cold Case Squad: an elite—if understaffed and overworked—group of detectives who solve the forgotten deaths of New York City. Larkin is different from others, but his deduction skills are unmatched and his memory for minute details is unparalleled.

So when a spring thunderstorm uproots a tree in Madison Square Park, unearthing a crate with human remains inside, the best Cold Case detective is assigned the job. And when a death mask, like those prominent during the Victorian era, is found with the body, Larkin requests assistance from the Forensic Artists Unit and receives it in the form of Detective Ira Doyle, his polar opposite in every way.

Factual reasoning and facial reconstruction puts Larkin and Doyle on a trail of old homicide cases and a murderer obsessed with casting his victims’ likeness in death. Include some unapologetic flirting from Doyle, and this case just may end up killing Everett Larkin.

"The first book in C.S. Poe's Memento Mori series is an exquisitely crafted mystery ... with engaging characters, tight plotting, deep humanity, and beautiful writing." - Next Generation Indie Book Awards


"C.S. Poe has a masterful skill of combining meticulous research with witty humor. Then she adds in slow burning romance among these well crafted curmudgeonly characters that makes the reader fall into the story and never wanting to leave!" - Paranormal Romance Guild


"An excellently plotted police procedural with a Holmesian detective [and] m/m slow burn romance in which love and attraction are a benediction for our main character." - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"The murder / mystery is meticulously charted and researched and I especially love how Poe gives us strange and off-the-wall information that you don't even realize just how much you need to know." - Sinfully Good Gay Book Reviews

"...plenty of heartbreak; but the book is in fact very romantic in C.S. Poe’s signature twisted way." - Paranormal Romance Guild

"...what really puts this book into the DIK bracket is the characters, especially Larkin, who is a fantastic protagonist and unlike anyone I’ve ever read before." - All About Romance

"This book is in my top books so far this year." - Love Bytes Reviews

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