Sebastian St. Cyr, No 7
C S Harris
March 6, 2012 / ISBN: 0451235770
Historical Mystery / 1812 / Regency England
by Brenda Weeaks
Mourn begins with Viscount Sebastian St. Cyr meeting Bow Street
Magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy at a murder scene. The two have a mutual
respect and work well together. The murder took place at Camlet
Moat, a reportedly haunted Moat, now reputed to be the original
Camelot, or at least the victim was trying to prove it was. Locals
say Camlet Moat is a place of magic and apparitions, including the
white lady and a Templar knight. Camlet Moat is often visited on
Lammas (an ancient pagan holy day) by young women.
is Gabrielle Tennyson. She was the 28yr old daughter of famous scholar.
Gabrielle had the reputation of an antiquary. She was also fiercely
independent and intelligent, and did not suffer fools lightly. She
was also a close friend of Hero Jarvis, the Viscount's new wife.
Missing are the two nephews who were staying with Gabrielle.
Adding to the
mystery is a conversation between Hero and her father, Lord Charles.
Lord Charles is Viscount Sebastian's greatest enemy. Even more false
leads abound as Hero and Sebastian take different paths to solve
the murder. Hero is hoping her path doesn't lead to Lord Charles'
door. The relationship of these newlyweds is quite unique. They
are a handsome, intellectual couple, but for now, the Viscount seems
to be the only one with integrity. The relationship runs hot and
cold, just a slight resemblance to a romance novel, but it doesn't
distract from the mystery.
I had yet to
experience this series until When Maidens Mourn. Now I
regret not picking it up sooner. The mystery is well-written - plenty
of cliffhanger moments. The storyline flows as characters interact.
The historical backdrop is ideal, of course, since the author has
a degree in Classics and a Ph.D. in European history. I found the
characters addictive, even Hero's evil father. The further I read
the deeper I sank into the 1812 atmosphere. Sebastian and Hero are
quite the interrogators. Every time they questioned a suspect or
witness I wanted to stick around and see his/her reaction after
a main character exited the scene. Harris' Regency world drew me
in that deep! Now I have to find the first six in series and play
of other titles in the series
Angels Fear # 1
Gods Die # 2
Serpents Sleep # 4
Shadows Dance # 6
When Maidens Mourn #7 [review
Why Kings Confess # 9 [review