Sebastian St. Cyr Series, No 7
C S Harris
2012 / ISBN-10: 0451235770
Historical Mystery /England-1812
by LJ Roberts
First Sentence: Tessa Sawyer hummed a nervous tune beneath
her breath as she pushed through the tangled brush and bracken edging
the black waters of the ancient moat.
Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife, Hero Jarvis, married for proprietary
due to her pregnancy. There is occasionally passion between them,
but not yet trust. Will investigating the murder of Hero's friend
Gabrielle Tennyson and disappearance of two children begin to build
that bridge? The people's dislike of the Regency, and the continuing
myth that King Arthur will return to reign in England lead the investigators
from the poorest to the wealthiest areas in search of a killer.
A well-done opening with lyrical, evocative descriptions quickly
turns brutal in this new entry to the St. Cyr series. Her inclusion
of poetry adds a sense of period and style to the story. She also
does a wonderful job of blending the historical information of different
The characters are certainly captivating although the author being
more clear as to Sebastian's age might explain the character better.
While he has been a soldier in war, there are times he seems quite
emotionally immature. The mystery regarding St. Cyr's heritage is
an intriguing thread that runs though the series and becomes even
more interesting here.
Harris writes with a wonderful style, able to convey the sense
of emotional undercurrents without elaborate description. The tentativeness
of the relationship between St. Cyr and Hero is very well done.
I also appreciated that while Hero is investigating the death of
her friend, it is in a manner appropriate to the period.
It is the relationships that provide the central theme of the
story and the mystery does, at times, become a bit overwhelmed by
them. So much so, in fact, that I had to go back and re-check the
ending as I had forgotten one of the critical plot points. That
said, however, the story does have a very good twist, effecting
more than the plot of this story alone, excellent drama and suspense,
and a very well-done ending.
Although I was somewhat disappointed in the previous book, When
Maidens Mourn, is a major step in bringing the series back to
what made it so appealing in the first place-great characters, wonderful
descriptions and quite a well-written plot. It is, however, definitely
a series to start from the beginning with What Angels Fear.
of other titles in the series
Angels Fear # 1
Gods Die # 2
Serpents Sleep # 4
Shadows Dance # 6
When Maidens Mourn #7 [review
Darkness Brings #8
Why Kings Confess # 9 [review