Title: Subway Slayings (Memento Mori #2)
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: Emporium Press
Release Date: October 28, 2022
Genre(s): M/M Crime Procedural
Page Count: 274
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
To say I love this book seems so .... trite. Subway Slayings gives us a complex mystery created in amazing detail and depth about a current murder in the NYC subway system tied to one of Larkin's cold cases. This book also provides more clues into Ira Doyle's background as well as Everett's. And the HSAM that resulted from Evie's injuries is detailed in such heartbreaking ways that it is sometimes more than one can bear.
In the midst of a fairly gripping murder mystery, it's the small moments that really capture the unique relationship between Doyle and Larkin.
"[Ira's] face had this way of lighting up whenever Larkin walked into a room, like the first rays of sunshine to reach over the horizon at dawn, that always made Larkin want to check over his shoulder, because no one had ever stared at him quite like that before."
And Doyle's realization that Larkin understands his love language:
"In the past, most guys have equated my need for touch with sex. Don't get me wrong, I love sex, but for me, touch isn't only about skin-on-skin. It's about the way someone smells. The way they sound. The way their smile makes me feel. When I listen to that voicemail [Larkin's first message to Doyle], I feel ... at home. You feel like home. And I think, if someone can make me that comfortable, they must understand my language pretty well too."
The central murder of this book in the series gets solved in a chaotic scene where I'm still not quite exactly certain what happened, but Poe leaves the over-arching mystery firmly intact (just who is sending those messages?) and leaves you pondering everything about the case. And in the same way, we are starting to solve the mystery of Doyle and Larkin but there is still a long way to go and much to ponder, and I am so looking forward to Broadway Butchery!
Oh, and Neil Millett. Yes, definitely, we need more Neil Millett. 5+ stars.
I received an ARC from the author, in exchange for an honest review.