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Where Shadows Dance | [C. S. Harris]

Where Shadows Dance

Drawing upon her background in ancient history and her experiences on archaeological digs, author C.S. Harris crafts authentic, compelling novels that appear regularly on best-seller lists and have won numerous awards. In 1812, surgeon Paul Gibson discovers a stiletto wound in the base of a corpse’s skull and immediately contacts Sebastian St. Cyr. And when another body turns up with the same injury, the lives of St. Cyr’s family are threatened if he doesn’t back off. Now, the pressure’s on to find the culprit before anyone else gets killed.
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Drawing upon her background in ancient history and her experiences on archaeological digs, author C.S. Harris crafts authentic, compelling novels that appear regularly on best-seller lists and have won numerous awards. In 1812, surgeon Paul Gibson discovers a stiletto wound in the base of a corpse’s skull and immediately contacts Sebastian St. Cyr. And when another body turns up with the same injury, the lives of St. Cyr’s family are threatened if he doesn’t back off. Now, the pressure’s on to find the culprit before anyone else gets killed.

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    myNameHere Newcastle, WA, United States 09-21-11
    myNameHere Newcastle, WA, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Mystery with a little romance"

    I love this series. It combines great plot lines and mysteries that keep you guessing with some wonderful characters that I have grown quite attached to. Sebastian St. Cyr, the lead man, not only solves murder mysteries, but has many of his own mysteries to untangle in his own life. The characters have taken on a life of their own and I can't wait for the next installment in the series. The narrator has a wonderful English accent that blends well with the storyline and characters as well. Highly recommend - but try to read the first books in the series prior to this one.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Book fan Seattle, WA 09-21-11
    Book fan Seattle, WA 09-21-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Mystery with a little romance"

    I love this series. It combines great plot lines and mysteries that keep you guessing with some wonderful characters that I have grown quite attached to. Sebastian St. Cyr, the lead man, not only solves murder mysteries, but has many of his own mysteries to untangle in his own life. The characters have taken on a life of their own and I can't wait for the next installment in the series. The narrator has a wonderful English accent that blends well with the storyline and characters as well. Highly recommend - but try to read the first books in the series prior to this one.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gash Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-01-13
    Gash Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2006

    I'm retired and having fun watching birds, playing pennywhistle, cooking great meals, reading and listening to books. Ahhh... life is good!

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    "Warning: Starts towards the end of a series"

    I really liked this book. I started it, heard something really intriguing which was a spoiler alert for previous books, and I decided to set it aside and start with the first book in the series. Unfortunately Audible only offers the last three in the series of eight books. I downloaded the first 5 books to Kindle and read them in order before going back to listen to this book. And I am so glad I did. I love this series. It has interesting individual mysteries, which are completed within each book while gradually unraveling the personal history of St. Cyr across the series. Davina Porter reads well, as always. She has particular musical quirks of intonation that don't work for every book, but I didn't find them off-putting. St. Cyr is an engaging and likable main character and I'm certainly hooked on the series. I'll definitely order the other two titles offered by Audible and hope someday the previous books will be available.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 05-10-12
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2008

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    "An Oustanding Series"

    Sebastian St. Cyr's mysteries are outstanding. I love the Regency setting which is so skillfully brought to life by C.S Harris. The aura of mystery around the parentage of Sebastian adds to the story. We never really get the full facts of his parentage and the author only reveals a little in each novel. It is too bad that Audible does not have the whole series available.

    This particular mystery is concerned with the political deals and the origin of the War of 1812 in the US. It concerns the plot of financial backing of various factions which result in murder and a little graverobbing to establish the muder.

    As always this is a lively read and should not be overlooked by lovers of historical mysteries and lovers of G. Heyer.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "the series continues to entertain"
    What did you love best about Where Shadows Dance?

    The consistency of characters. Do not have to read the books in a particular sequence.


    What other book might you compare Where Shadows Dance to and why?

    Any of the other of the books in the series


    Which character ??? as performed by Davina Porter ??? was your favorite?

    Jarvis - so typical of the arrogance of the time.


    Who was the most memorable character of Where Shadows Dance and why?

    The Irish Doctor who was making scientific progress in his biologic endeavors to understand forensics.


    Any additional comments?

    a fast and easy read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 04-19-12
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 04-19-12 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "not cookie-cutter crumbly"

    This mystery-procedural is mostly solid listening, but with a few incredible scenes-- still with a better than average plot for the genre. The Regency rather than Victorian setting is a welcome change, too. There is some very nice historical detail but it's combined with quite a bit of psychological anachronism and, more unfortunately, the usual "quizzing glass" and "chit just out of the schoolroom" cliches. I'd download more from the series for easy listening - but feel no haste to burn off a credit for another right away,

    Although there is some minor melodramatic derring-do and almost a formula bodice ripping scene, happpily it's closer to a cozy than a thriller or a Harlequin (no bodices are actually harmed in that manner in the production).

    I love Davina Porter's narration ??? but I think a male narrator or a fresh voice would have been better for this listen.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 07-15-13
    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a senior citizen who loves a good mystery, but I object to books with profanity and explicit sexual situations.

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    "I plan to listen to more from this author"

    As an Anne Perry fan - especially the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series - I was very comfortable with this book. Ms. Porter uses her "Thomas Pitt" voice for the protagonist in this book, Sebastian St. Cyr. Like the Anne Perry novels, this is also historical fiction, taking place in 1812. For those interested, this book contains no "F" bombs, and the only romance scene is at the end with Sebastian and his new wife, but it is not objectionable, IMO.
    I am a huge fan of Davina Porter, and she has done her usual fantastic job here.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KIM 08-18-14
    KIM 08-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    What made the experience of listening to Where Shadows Dance the most enjoyable?

    Having Davina Porter tell the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where Shadows Dance?

    The line from the grave snatcher.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end when they get together.


    Who was the most memorable character of Where Shadows Dance and why?

    The one legged Irishman.


    Any additional comments?

    This was great and I've already started the next one. Keep them coming Please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-30-13
    Nancy SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2011

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    "boring historical romance"

    The idea behind this series is terrific. Free thinking woman meet atypical royal in early 1800s coupled with very competent historical research. Unfortunately when you take this conceit and marry to the romance novel pot boiler plot you get this book. I tried another in the series and so wanted it to work I tried another. All the characters "swallow hard" before uttering every fifth line of dialogue. The sure sign of terrible writing. If you like romance novels you might like this so don't let me deter you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Johnstown, PA, United States 05-08-12
    Jill Johnstown, PA, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable read"
    What made the experience of listening to Where Shadows Dance the most enjoyable?

    Good expression in the reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enjoyed all of them- some were witty, some charming, some unpleasant, but all of interest.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    see comment above


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    intrigue at every turn


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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