February 28, 2020
Cover art: Reese Dante
Genre: Amateur sleuth mystery, romance
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 sure does throw a wrench into the works. Its identity drags Aubrey and Jun 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. And 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 historian and special agent 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.
"Southernmost Murder has intrigue, romance, mystery, and obviously, murder. It is not an edge-of-your-seat read, but more like a contemporary Agatha Christie — if she had written gay fiction! I could not give this any less than 5 stars and cannot wait to read more by the author." - Joyfully Jay Reviews
"...fans of Poe’s writing are in for a treat, and fans of pirates, treasure-hunts, and mad-dashes through late-night streets after what may or may not be an angry ghost, should get a kick out of it as well. Read up, me hearties, yo ho!" - Love Bytes Reviews
"Southernmost Murder is a perfect mix of mystery, quirky characters, and romance." - Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
"I’ve really come to enjoy C.S. Poe’s writing style. The mystery is well built, the dialogue is snappy, the characters interesting and the sex scenes are hot." - Sinfully Gay Romance
"...Snappy dialogue, scenes blended seamlessly one into another, interesting characters by which I don’t mean only main characters but others too. To top it all off, descriptions were fantastic. Those were not picture like descriptions, focusing only on color and shapes. No, those brought forward sounds and people." - Gay Book Reviews