Fourth in the "moody and atmospheric" historical mystery series starring "a troubled but compelling antihero" (Booklist).
London, 1812. The brutal slaughter of eight young prostitutes in a house of refuge near Covent Garden leaves only one survivor - and one witness: Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the prince regent's cousin, Lord Jarvis. When the Machiavellian power broker quashes any official inquiry that might reveal his daughter's unorthodox presence, Hero launches an investigation of her own and turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, viscount Devlin, for help.
Working in an uneasy alliance, Hero and Sebastian follow a trail of clues leading from the seedy brothels and docksides of London's East End to the Mayfair mansions of a noble family with dark secrets to hide. Risking both their lives and their reputations, the two must race against time to stop a killer whose ominous plot threatens to shake the nation to its very core.
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I love Elizabeth Peters, Diane Mott Davidson, Amanda Quick and Jude Deveroux. I Love Barbara Rosenblat. She has made me a Audio Reader. I also like Lisa Scottaline, and Linda Fairstein. I wish Barbara Rosenblat could read for everybody. She is wonderful.
Loved it. Waiting for the next book. It is Amanda Quick meets Mary Higgins Clark. I love the characters.
Hero, the daughter of Sebastian ' s enemy involves him in finding out why a peer's daughter turned to prostitution and ended up dying in her arms. Sebastian's probing leads him to dark family secrets and an even darker plot for murder. Can Hero and Sebastian find justice for the dead and prevent further deaths?
I would give this 10 out of 5 if I could. You won't be disappointed. Short review. ..going to next book. Woo-hoo
Grey Cats Mom
Anything Davina Porter narrates I will read. Bonus that this series is entertaining and makes me want to sit in traffic.
Incest is the subplot going on that triggers the death main plot of the Prime Minister in 1812 timeframe. Sebastian St Cyr finds himself involved at all levels of espionage and murder in this novel. I enjoyed listening to this novel!
A Colorado Reader and Listener
Complicated plots and finely detailed characters are yet again the author's hallmark.
Another compelling mystery...
I'm completely hooked on this series ...the complexity of the murder mystery is augmented by fantastic characters and the ongoing relationship issues of the central characters. Ms. Porter does an excellent job of narrating and the only complaint is have is that Miss Jarvis' voice sounds far too old for a 25 year old woman. Still, very engrossing and a wonderful way to pass the time on my commute.
This seemed like a transitional installment of a series. It did not do well as a stand alone novel. I certainly am not interested in reading more of this series.
Set in Regency England, “Where Serpents Sleep” details Sebastion St. Cyr’s investigation of a prostitute’s murder with the aid of his nemesis’ daughter, Hero Jarvis. As the two discover shocking information about the victim’s family, her history, and her associates, they uncover ugly truths that eventually lead them to the identity of the killer and an explanation of the reason the victim turned to prostitution.
Although “Where Serpents Sleep” is apparently the fourth book in the Sebastion St. Cyr series, it’s the first one I’ve read and I found it compelling. C.S. Harris uses her knowledge of the setting, Regency London, to great effect. Although it’s not particularly unique (handsome, well-connected, wealthy “enquiry agent” and strong-willed, intelligent, and unconventional female assistant/love interest work together and develop a mutual respect as they uncover the motives behind a series of dastardly murders), the formulaic characters are likeable and the mystery behind the murder is intriguing and a bit more complex than the typical Regency Era mystery novel. My only criticism is the implausibility of the explanation behind Sebastion’s break up with his former love interest, Kat. I haven’t read the first books in the series, so perhaps this explanation fits well with the overall story arc.
Overall, I enjoyed this mystery novel and look forward to reading more books in this series.
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