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  • When Falcons Fall

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573

Ayleswick-on-Teme, 1813. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, has come to this seemingly peaceful Shropshire village to honor a slain friend and on a quest to learn more about his own ancestry. But when the body of a lovely widow is found on the banks of the River Teme, a bottle of laudanum at her side, the village's inexperienced new magistrate turns to St. Cyr for help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By ukpauline on 03-11-16

love this series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

sometimes I find the storyline a bit convoluted. it isn't always easy to follow, but I tend to listen sporadically and on my way to other things. it is a very enjoyable series though. I like the characters a lot

  • Who Buries the Dead

  • Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 10
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

The vicious decapitation of Stanley Preston, a wealthy, socially ambitious plantation owner, at Bloody Bridge draws Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, into a macabre and increasingly perilous investigation. The discovery near the body of an aged lead coffin strap bearing the inscription King Charles, 1648 suggests a link between this killing and the beheading of the deposed seventeenth-century Stuart monarch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Anne on 09-26-16

another great one

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I have read all of the books in the series. I love the series great characters. Really interesting historical references. I love that the author is so knowledgeable about this period of English History

  • Why Kings Confess

  • A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harris and Porter are a winning combination

  • By lisa on 06-23-14

A Dethroned Princess, A Murdered Doctor And More

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

this author never fails to build Intrigue with in fascinating historical references. Luv the characters, the story, and the narrator is superb. I can't wait to listen to the next one in the series.

  • Back in Society: A Regency Romance

  • The Poor Relation, Book 6
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

Life is finally looking up for the poor relations. The Prince of Wales’ coat of arms gleams over the hotel entrance. All but one of the rooms are filled by the open-handed Prince Hugo and his entourage. They have finally reached a position comfortable enough to allow them to consider offers to buy the hotel. The poor relations’ hard-earned success, however, is in stark contrast to the plight of their latest guest, Lady Jane Fremney. The slight, beautiful youngest daughter of the Earl of Durby has been cast out of her family for refusing to marry the man her father has chosen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All is well that ends well

  • By Marie on 05-07-13

Sad To See This Series End<br />

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I loved this series. Such wonderful characters. It made me happy to peer into Regency England and the stories of these unlikely hoteliers.

  • When Maidens Mourn

  • A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, Book 7
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

Best-selling author C.S. Harris has received numerous awards for her historical fiction. Set in Regency England, this seventh series installment finds aristocratic investigator St. Cyr and his reluctant bride, Hero Jarvis, entangled in a dangerous mystery involving the myth of King Arthur and Camelot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History, romance, intriguing story and characters

  • By Book fan on 03-18-12

favorite historical murder mystery

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

the author always weaves in some interesting piece of history into her books. This one included the Arthurian Legends and Camelot. really enjoyed the character and relationship development in this episode.

  • Where Shadows Dance

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery with a little romance

  • By Book fan on 09-21-11

murder mystery, romance, and political intrigue

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I love this series. the characters are memorable. The narrator makes it come alive. it is a bit addictive

  • What Remains of Heaven

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful! Best if read in order

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-25-16

I always wanted to time travel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

These books make me feel like I am traveling back in time to 1812 England. The twisting plot is sometimes hard to follow but I love the characters and Davina Porter, the narrator is superb.

  • What Angels Fear

  • Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 1
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,832

It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man - Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Addictive Series

  • By Bibliophile1963 on 10-17-16

Chose this because I love the narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I was looking for a new book and decided to search under Davina Porter, the narrator. She is so fantastic. I chose this book because it was historical fiction and because I knew Davina Porter would tell it well. It was quite good

  • Our Lady of Pain

  • By: Marion Chesney
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Lady Rose Summer, the wayward Edwardian debutante who keeps getting mixed up in disreputable adventures, would swear she is not a jealous woman. After all, she knows her engagement to private detective Captain Harry Cathcart is only a ploy to keep her parents from shipping her off to India. But then Harry's latest client, Dolores Duval--a vision of curves with a seductive French accent--starts appearing everywhere at his side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4 stars if you're a fan of the series

  • By connie on 02-03-11

love this author

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Chesney really knows how to weave a tale. I love Divina Porter performance. She really makes it come to life.

  • The Little French Bistro

  • A Novel
  • By: Nina George
  • Narrated by: Emma Bering
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After 41 years she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne leaves her life behind and sets out for the Brittany coast. There she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals who surprise her with their warm welcome and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life's small moments.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Michael on 08-16-17

A meanduring plot but overall a nice story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-18

The reader was quite good and brought all the characters to life. The weaving of Druids & fantasy and white witchcraft with in the plot made it less enjoyable for me, but I think others might find that part compelling.