Hello, everyone! I’m C.S. Poe! Welcome to Divine Magazine, where we begin the blog tour for my first release of 2018, Southernmost Murder. This is a standalone mystery-romance that takes place on the tropical island of Key West, and features historian, Aubrey Grant. Aubrey is a man of eclectic tastes and interests. One of which are scooters. Vespa models in particular. He’s well known in town for driving a Vespa LX 150, custom painted in a bright shade of pink.
Vespa is Italian for ‘wasp.’ The name comes from the unique shape of the body, from the thick rear, connected to the front by a narrow waist, with the steering rod resembling insect antennae. The scooter was manufactured by Piaggio in Italy, 1946. Post-World War 2, it addressed the country’s need for modern and affordable transportation for the masses.
The Vespa was easier to handle than a traditional motorcycle, and despite its strange appearance and color options, the company produced the scooters in large quantities. In 1947, Piaggio had sold over 2,500 Vespas, and by 1950, surpassed 60,000 sales.
Vespa recently celebrated its 70th anniversary and released the Primavera model.
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.
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“Left or right?” Jun asked at the next intersection.
“Left here,” I said. I sat up a bit and pointed to a cottage coming up. “That blue one is me. This is my parking spot too.”
Jun pulled up on the side of the road. “Where’s this pink Vespa I’ve heard so much about?” he asked, taking the keys from the ignition.
“Oh, the Princess?” I asked, smirking. “Backyard.”
Jun laughed as he climbed out of the driver’s seat and went around back to fetch his suitcase.
I got out and walked to the front door, unlocked it, and held it open. “Welcome to Chez Grant. Come for the home cooking—stay for the sweet ass.”
“Does everyone get that offer?” Jun asked as he stepped inside.
“Only crime-fighting linguists.”
“Sounds like a short list.”
I shut the door and turned to look up at him. “You’d be surprised. I think I can squeeze you in for brunches every other Wednesday. What do you say? Omelets from scratch, followed by your front and my back?”
Jun set his laptop bag beside the rolling suitcase and approached me. I backed up against the door and loved how he towered over me. I could feel the heat of his body and the tension rippling in his muscles. So much self-control. Maybe too much.
(1) box of key lime cookies & Southernmost Murder swag
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About the Author
C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited-edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.
She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued two cats—Milo and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.
C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers organization.
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