The gruesome murder of a young French physician draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his pregnant wife, Hero, into a dangerous, decades-old mystery as a wrenching piece of Sebastian' s past puts him to the ultimate test. Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London' s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high-stakes tangle of murder and revenge.
Although the woman, Alexi Sauvage, has no memory of the attack, Sebastian knows her all too well from an incident in his past - an act of wartime brutality and betrayal that nearly destroyed him. As the search for the killer leads Sebastian into a treacherous web of duplicity, he discovers that Pelletan was part of a secret delegation sent by Napoleon to investigate the possibility of peace with Britain. Despite his powerful father-in-law' s warnings, Sebastian plunges deep into the mystery of the " Lost Dauphin," the boy prince who disappeared in the darkest days of the French Revolution, and soon finds himself at lethal odds with the Dauphin' s sister - the imperious, ruthless daughter of Marie Antoinette - who is determined to retake the French crown at any cost.
With the murderer striking ever closer, Sebastian must battle new fears about Hero' s health and that of their soon-to-be born child. When he realizes the key to their survival may lie in the hands of an old enemy, he must finally face the truth about his own guilt in a past he has found too terrible to consider.
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Chronic multi-tasker; Audible feeds my addiction to well loved genres, and allows me to explore new, unexplored arenas
Harris and Porter are a solid team in creating the world of Sebastian St. Cyr. Each of the novels are done with depth of character, society, and environment. Davina is one of my favorite narrators. She opens the door to the novel, and becomes a guide to the listenener, without detracting from the author's work.
Hero St. Cyr's exploration of the society around her. Through Hero you get a deeper appreciation of the challenges faced by women and children of the time.
The novel blends so well from one chapter to the next, and Davina does such a wonderful job of narration, just can't choose.
I wish Audible would present more of the series... fingers crossed
Awesome addition to the series! I had read the previous books in this series and did not realize that the last few had an audio edition. I have been anticipating this book since the release of the last one. There was a lot of focus on Sebastien and Hero's relationship and of course the waiting for the birth of their baby. We see a lot of Paul in this story and Ms Harris has given him a nice surprise. Thankfully, nothing of Kat, other than a little mention, and little of Lord Jarvis.
Davina Porter is the narrator and does a superb job, as usual.
I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning. I really enjoy the pieces of history woven into the fictional tale. I look forward to the author's historical notes at the end of every book. Sebastian and Hero make a great team. She is his equal in many ways and that seems to make him a better person in the process. She certainly is no wallflower! I am glad too that Cat Boleyn was 'off-stage', finally. That story had run its course. While I'm sure it is not the last we'll see of her, Sebastian's superficial obsession was getting a bit dull.
My only gripe is that while I like Davina Porter, I don't think she does male voices particularly well. She makes Sebastian sound a bit of dandy and I don't think she can quite capture the timber of a man's voice. However, it is not enough of a distraction not to still enjoy the listen.
I've enjoyed all of this series. Just like a book you can't put down, these books I don't want to stop listening to. It's just like watching a good movie.
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.
Complicated plots and finely detailed characters are yet again the author's hallmark.
In the background is the aftermath of the French Terror.
As with different authors penning different stories, C. S. Harris' story line of Sebastian St. Cyr & his mission of solving murders, I'm enjoying how the characters are evolving.
In this book, Paul Gibson--because , finally he gets to have somebody to care about.....
Her narration of the story---voicing the different accents, gives it substance.....she fleshes out the characters that isn't possible just by reading it....the author can describe the thoughts or feelings of the characters but when you have the right narrator, the story takes on a life of it's own.....and Ms. Porter has that quality!
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.
I love everything about these books. I wish BBC would make a show from them. I love heroe she is awsome. I hope the French doctor gets 28th Gibson. Sebastian is awesome.
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I've listened to nearly all of the series now (only one remaining at present). I've enjoyed them. Davina Porter is, of course, excellent in all her narrations. This book is, if you also enjoy the series for what it is, particularly good.
I have a very enjoyable time listening to the intrigues in this series. Bk 9 in the series and I find it still very good! The plot is well written and the performance by Davina Porter is well done. Her voices for the different characters in the book is wonderful. I enjoyed every bit of the story and hope there will be more books to come in this series.
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