Sebastian St. Cyr's search for the killer of the controversial bishop of London leads him from the back alleys of Smithfield to the power corridors of Whitehall to the well-guarded secrets of his own family's past. Long-festering family secrets, treachery, and worse threaten Sebastian St. Cyr in Harris' addictive fifth Regency-era mystery starring the dashing soldier turned sleuth.
From the start, St. Cyr's mission is sensitive: finding out who killed the bishop of London, a leading candidate for archbishop of Canterbury, in the crypt of the same country church where the mummified body of another murder victim was discovered only hours earlier. It becomes downright dangerous once the charismatic viscount unearths the surprising connection between the men as well as the many powerful enemies with motives for their murder - including his own father.
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I'm so happy I stumbled upon this series. Unfortunately, Audible didn't initially have them all, so I read out of order. Each is an excellent stand alone 19th century mystery. However, the drama of the characters history is quite compelling, and that is somewhat spoiled when read out of order.
The narrator gives each character an individual voice. I forget I'm listening to a woman, she has the ability to make one see the characters.
Busy mom who loves that audible books allow me to read while cleaning or crocheting.
Loved it. Each book in this series keeps getting better. This narrator is my favourite!
Absolute bluestocking & love it!!
The characters are like old friends an the stories are captivating with twists and turns - I'm just glad the next book is already in my library - I am not patient enough to have to wait long after that cliffhanger ending!! So it's off to book 5 I go!!
I love the mixture of historical facts that swirl through the storyline. The various conclusions thtoughout keep you guessing til the end The characters are like old friends. I relisten to the series each time theres a new installment, and they cant come quick enough. Davina Porter is absolutely fantastic.
This series is the type of mystery novel I love best. It is definitely not a "cozy" mystery, but neither is it bogged down by procedural minutiae or ever-increasing levels of violence intended to shock jaded readers. While dark and occasionally gothic, it avoids crossing over into blood and gore horror. It's greatest strength is the sense of time and place, wrought with the aid of prodigious historical scholarship. History would be a much more intriguing subject in school if taught through the personal, human, lens employed by Harris. The way real people and events are woven throughout the series is impressive, always based upon real timelines and interests. The politics of the time offer insights into repercussions still felt today. The series also retains the reader's attention with complex, evolving characters, their psychologies enfolding across the novels as both the characters and the reader grasp hidden motivations, needs, and outlooks, becoming more self-aware and wise with time and maturity. In that sense, the series also offers an enlightening view of human nature. This is first rate literature all around, not just as a mystery novel.
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