January 9, 2018
Cover art: Reese Dante
Genre: Mystery, contemporary romance
2018 Members' Choice Awards Nominee in:
January 2018 Book of the Week with Love Bytes Reviews
January 2018 Recommended Read with Gay Book Reviews
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 throws a wrench into the works. Despite Aubrey and Jun’s attempts to enjoy some time together, the skeleton’s identity drags them 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. 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 special agent and historian 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.
Praise for Southernmost Murder!
"This is a splendid little cozy mystery, one that I honestly, couldn’t put down." - Gay Book Reviews
"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
"The murder mystery is really well-done and kept my interest every page of the way, and I was really surprised at the reveal." - Gay Book 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
"I was really entertained by the plot and characters, and I get the feeling that readers will just adore Aubrey and Jun, and beg for more." - The Novel Approach
"Great book – totally would recommend – and makes me push up the author’s other works much higher on my TBR pile." - Gay Book Reviews
"...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
"...If you're looking for a great read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, run and get Southernmost Murder ASAP!" - Diverse Reader
"I read everything this author writes. If you like a murder mystery with fun characters you’ll want to pick this one up." - It's About the Book
"This story was heartwarming, and sexy, and scary and mysterious... Name it, it was all there." - Gloria Lakritz of Paranormal Romance Guild
"Aubrey and Jun were perfect for each other. They balance each other very well. Aubrey had "in your face" style of humor, whereas Jun's was nice and subtle." - The Romance Reviews
"Aubrey’s voice of narration is HIGHLY entertaining. I loved reading his thoughts and couldn’t help chuckling with some of the things that came out of his mouth." - The Blogger Girls
Featured Bestseller with DSP Publications and Amazon.
January 2018 Favorite Book with Joyfully Jay
January 2018 Favorite Cover with Joyfully Jay
2018 Best Cover Art with Joyfully Jay Reviews
January 2018 Top Reads with Diverse Reader
Best of 2018 with Diverse Reader
Best of 2018 with Love Bytes Reviews
2018 Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer's Choice Awards 2nd Place in Best LGBT Mystery novel