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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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.
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
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