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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 The Two Talers, LLC (P)2015 Recorded Books

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  • Anne
  • MURFREESBORO, TN, United States
  • 09-26-16

Outstanding

Complicated plots and finely detailed characters are yet again the author's hallmark.

Another compelling mystery...

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  • Me
  • 01-10-16

Excellent story. Lots of twists!

Well written and organized storyline with twists and revelations. Narration: perfectly executed. Ready for next in the series.

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Worth the Read!

Loved it. Waiting for the next book. It is Amanda Quick meets Mary Higgins Clark. I love the characters.

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Complex plot and characters

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.

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Family secrets can lead to death.

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?

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 05-04-16

Love this series! !!

I would give this 10 out of 5 if I could. You won't be disappointed. Short review. ..going to next book. Woo-hoo

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Love this series

Anything Davina Porter narrates I will read. Bonus that this series is entertaining and makes me want to sit in traffic.

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Great book

Very much enjoyed this book, to the extent that I️ will get through the following few years. Story line along with characters are believeable"
Look forward to another installment"l7

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Book 4--intriguing St Cyr novel!

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

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Disappointing

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.