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In the latest mystery from the national best-selling author of When Falcons Fall, the gruesome murder of a young boy takes Sebastian St. Cyr from the gritty streets of London to the glittering pleasure haunts of the aristocracy....

London, 1813. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is no stranger to the dark side of the city, but he's never seen anything like this: the brutalized body of a 15-year-old boy dumped into a makeshift grave on the grounds of an abandoned factory. One of London's many homeless children, Benji Thatcher was abducted and tortured before his murder - and his younger sister is still missing. Few in authority care about a street urchin's fate, but Sebastian refuses to let this killer go unpunished. Uncovering a disturbing pattern of missing children, Sebastian is drawn into a shadowy, sadistic world. As he follows a grim trail that leads from the writings of the debauched Marquis de Sade to the city's most notorious brothels, he comes to a horrifying realization: Someone from society's upper echelon is preying upon the city's most vulnerable. And though dark, powerful forces are moving against him, Sebastian will risk his reputation and his life to keep more innocents from harm....

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  • Cheryl
  • EATON, CO, United States
  • 04-13-17

Best in the series

While I have enjoyed the entire St. Cyr series, this book is the best! Ms Harris does an amazing job of showing many sides of her complex characters, St. Cyr is the concerned and loving husband, father, and uncle, and also the relentless, angry, bull-headed detective trying to find who is torturing and murdering the most vulnerable of London's poor. Hero's interviews with the poor orphans is a fine way of building sympathy for the plight of the abandoned children, and it makes the rest of the mystery even more believable and sad., And we gain more insights into Hendon's feelings about St. Cyr.

Don't start here - you really need all the carefully built background from the previous books to appreciate this one, but don't miss Where The Dead Lie. Masterful storytelling!

***SPOILER ALLERT!!!!!*****
I think Hero's mother was poisoned by the fair of appearance, but evil evil beneath the surface. new cousin, who will also be found guilty of her husbands' murders. Just sayin'.

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 04-22-17

It was a wild ride.....

The opening chapter starts in a shocking, visceral fashion and the story continues to move with the momentum of a freight train. The characters are like friends to us now and I feel personally invested in each of their outcomes. Porter anchors the book with her superb narration, breathing reality into each scene, pulling every ounce of emotion and tension from words on a page....she takes that extra step to make this experience alive and real. I have been in London 1813 and am all the better for it. I have been.....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Addition to this Series!

I love this series and hate to have to wait so long between them. I found this to be one of the best I have read. I used to sometimes get confused with some of the earlier box

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Wonderful combo: CS Harris & Divina Porter

Exciting, Interesting, characters one loves and is interested in following. Harris has an insightful way of explaining emotions thru body language. A difficult perception when taking in person.
The comments at the end that explain the historical ties are greatly appreciated.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The best in the series so far

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This book is not only a great mystery, but also a look at complicated personal relationships.

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

Davina gave Sebastian and Hero great voices. Both their fathers are so different.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Unfortunately, the book is over 10 hours and if you have a life "this ain't happening!"

Any additional comments?

Wow! I loved this mystery. The plot and writing style were great. This is the 12th book in the series and the best. Besides the mystery, the personal story was fantastic. Devlin's relationships with his wife and son, his father, father-in-law, his tiger, and his sister and niece were riveting.

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The best one

This is a fabulous series and this last book the best one yet. I love how the author teaches us so much period history in the middle of
a marvelous mystery. I can't wait for the next one!

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Great series with my favorite Narrator

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Davina Porter has such a talent for voices and accents. She can bring the characters to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another hit

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

As usual, Davina Porter did a great job with the characters voices. Makes one feel inside the action.

Any additional comments?

Even though I did like the novel, I feel that I was left "hanging " in the end. I sure hope this will be solved in the next installment. I don't mind personal cliff hangers, but I like the mystery completely solved and explained by the end of each book.

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Can't wait for the next in the series!

Please tell me there will be another!! I have enjoyed these adventures very much. Character development, plot, historical accuracy are all included

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Fantastic series!

I hope one day PBS adds Lord Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin to their Masterpiece Mystery series. He would fit in perfectly next to Poirot, Holmes, Morse and Marple as the intelligent, tenacious, compassionate solver of murder mysteries of early 19th century Britain. C.S. Harris is a truly gifted writer. I enjoyed each book immensely and I've read them all.

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