Tag: Author: C.S. Harris


Review: the Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (Books 9 – 10)

Posted 15 July, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Another day, another batch of St. Cyr book reviews 😉 With this post I’ve more or less caught up with the series; there is of course the new book that came out this past spring but I’m in no rush to pick it up as it’s still in hardback. Anyway, without further ado…

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Why Kings Confess
By: C.S. Harris
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London’s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high-stakes tangle of murder and revenge. Although the woman, Alexi Sauvage, has no memory of the attack, Sebastian knows her all too well from an incident in his past—an act of wartime brutality and betrayal that nearly destroyed him.

As the search for the killer leads Sebastian into a treacherous web of duplicity, he discovers that Pelletan was part of a secret delegation sent by Napoleon to investigate the possibility of peace with Britain. Despite his powerful father-in-law’s warnings, Sebastian plunges deep into the mystery of the “Lost Dauphin”, the boy prince who disappeared in the darkest days of the French Revolution, and soon finds himself at lethal odds with the Dauphin’s sister—the imperious, ruthless daughter of Marie Antoinette—who is determined to retake the French crown at any cost.

With the murderer striking ever closer, Sebastian must battle new fears about Hero’s health and that of their soon-to-be born child. When he realizes the key to their survival may lie in the hands of an old enemy, he must finally face the truth about his own guilt in a past he has found too terrible to consider…

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Review: the Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (Books 7 – 8)

Posted 14 July, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Reading the next two installments in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series was a special treat for me because at the time I had just finished writing my final exam for my diploma programme (!!!) and after spending a good week reading nothing by prep guide questions and textbooks, I was ready to unwind with some leisure reading. I was initially going to go with the Julia Quinn novel sitting on my shelf, but then opted to continue with the St. Cyr books. Because let’s face it, this series is also pretty darn addictive 😉

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When Maidens Mourn
By: C.S. Harris
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

When Gabrielle Tennyson is murdered, aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new reluctant bride, the fiercely independent Hero Jarvis, find themselves involved in an intrigue concerning the myth of King Arthur, Camelot, and a future poet laureate…

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Review: the Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (Books 5 – 6)

Posted 13 July, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

I find myself blitzing through the St. Cyr mystery series once I hit my stride in my re-reads. Now that I’ve successfully re-read the books I’ve read previously and reacquainted myself with the characters, I’m now reading the next two installments that had been sitting on my shelf for a while now, waiting for their time to be read 🙂

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What Remains of Heaven
By: C.S. Harris
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

The latest request for help from Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin–from the Archbishop of Canterbury, no less–is undeniably intriguing: The bodies of two men have been found in an ancient crypt, their violent deaths separated by decades. One is the Bishop of London, the elderly Archbishop’s favored but controversial successor. The identity of the other seems lost in time, although his faded velvet attire marks him as gentleman of the eighteenth century.

To Sebastian’s consternation, the last person to see the Bishop alive was Miss Hero Jarvis, a woman whose already strained relationship with St. Cyr has been complicated by a brief, unexpectedly passionate encounter. It also soon becomes obvious that her powerful father has reasons of his own for wanting the Bishop out of the way. In an investigation that leads from the back alleys of Smithfield to the power corridors of whitehall, Sebastian amasses a list of suspects that ranges from some of the Prince Regent’s closest cronies to William Franklin, embittered son of famous American patriot Ben Franklin. Each step Sebastian takes toward the killer brings him closer to a devastating truth that could ultimately force him to question who–and what–he really is.

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Review: the Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (Books 3 – 4)

Posted 12 July, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

All righty, continuing along in my re-read of C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries (as at the time I was re-reading them, I had 2 of the following books in the series on the TBR pile) 🙂 I totally forgot how rather addictive these reads can be; like historical romance, it’s like once you start, you can’t stop reading until you finish the book :3 Anyway, the following two book reviews, covering books 3 and 4, contains some MAJOR spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the first two books; I tried to keep it general where I can, but some developments are difficult to avoid talking about 😛

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Why Mermaids Sing
By: C.S. Harris
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

Murder has jarred London’s elite. The sons of prominent families have been found at dawn in public places, partially butchered, with strange objects stuffed in their mouths. Once again, the local magistrate turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for help. Moving from the gritty world of London’s docks to the drawing rooms of Mayfair, Sebastian confronts his most puzzling—and disturbing—case yet.

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Review: the Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (Books 1 – 2)

Posted 11 July, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

I started reading some of C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr mystery novels years ago, back when my blog was in its early days, but I never really reviewed the books (Edit: correction, I actually did years ago, but pretty much reviewed books 1 to 4 in one go). Suffice to stay I really enjoyed them and recommended them to readers of historical fiction and mysteries; I even likened the lead character as a cross between James Bond and Mr. Darcy at times (which I quoted from another review, apparently; oops, not my words!). Caught your attention yet? Anyway, I picked up a few more of the novels some time ago and decided to revisit the earlier books and post some thoughts on them here 🙂

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What Angels Fear
By: C.S. Harris
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

It’s 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III’s England. Then a beautiful young woman is found raped and savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol discovered at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

Now a fugitive running for his life, Sebastian calls upon his skill as an agent during the war to catch the killer and prove his own innocence. In the process, he accumulates a band of unlikely allies, including the enigmatic beauty Kat Boleyn, who broke Sebastian’s heart years ago. In Sebastian’s world of intrigue and espionage, nothing is as it seems, yet the truth may hold the key to the future of the British monarchy, as well as to Sebastian’s own salvation…

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