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Who Buries the Dead Audiobook

Who Buries the Dead: Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 10

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The grisly murder of a West Indies slave owner and the reappearance of a dangerous enemy from Sebastian St. Cyr's past combine to put C. S. Harris's "troubled but compelling antihero" (Booklist) to the ultimate test in this taut, thrilling mystery. London, 1813. 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. Equally troubling, the victim's kinship to the current Home Secretary draws the notice of Sebastian’s powerful father-in-law, Lord Jarvis, who will exploit any means to pursue his own clandestine ends.

Working in concert with his fiercely independent wife, Hero, Sebastian finds his inquiries taking him from the wretched back alleys of Fish Street Hill to the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair as he amasses a list of suspects who range from an eccentric Chelsea curiosity collector to the brother of an unassuming but brilliantly observant spinster named Jane Austen. But as one brutal murder follows another, it is the connection between the victims and ruthless former army officer Sinclair, Lord Oliphant, that dramatically raises the stakes. Once, Oliphant nearly destroyed Sebastian in a horrific wartime act of carnage and betrayal. Now the vindictive former colonel might well pose a threat not only to Sebastian but to everything - and everyone - Sebastian holds most dear.

©2015 The Two Talers, Inc. (P)2015 Recorded Books

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    G. Plude 05-10-15
    G. Plude 05-10-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Another Excellent Book in a Favorite Series"

    I really enjoy these books; the time period & interwoven historical details add a lot of depth and interest in the plot. I am very glad that Cat seems to be out of the picture, finally, that obsession had dragged on a bit long. Now it is time to settle the matter of Sebastian's relationship with is father. When is someone going to wake him up to the idea that biology is not what makes a 'father'?

    One note on the narration. The narration, for me, is just okay. I cannot entirely warm up to Davina Porter's reading.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 04-19-15
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    A story told by the best narrator. Within minutes you are sucked in and living the story.
    This book has cost me a couple of nights sleep because I could not put it away.

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    Keenan Loubser 03-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"

    Wonderful series. I wish audible had them all! Davinia Porter is one of my favourite narrators.

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    "When will Audible have all of the series?"

    I love this series. I wish Audible also had books 3,4,&5. Having to read out of order reveals too much!

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    sslarigo Austin, TX 07-26-15
    sslarigo Austin, TX 07-26-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Story just keeps getting better."
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Great character development and lots of twists and turns. I didn't guess the main culprit until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Audible would fill in the missing volumes so that we can listen to the entire series.

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    Panthea14 Australia 07-15-15
    Panthea14 Australia 07-15-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Best St. Cyr"

    Best St. Cyr mystery so far. Portrayal by the narrator brings the characters to life

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    Fran Foster 06-21-15
    Fran Foster 06-21-15
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    "Sensational !!!"

    Absolutely love this series - Sebastian and Hero are such a great couple and the addition of Ms. Jane Austen into the plot was a stroke of genius !! Davina Porter is the perfect reader - she doesn't "narrate" - she becomes the character and here as always, was wonderful !!

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    Kathleen Marshfield, WI, United States 04-25-15
    Kathleen Marshfield, WI, United States 04-25-15

    Hello from the Heart Land, Central Wisconsin. I've loved audio books for 28 yrs. Keep hands free for cooking, hobbies & more. 

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    "I was all set to enjoy this book..."

    The narrator was very pleasing, telling this tale of mystery and alleged intrigue set in the time of Jane Austin, a minor character in the plot. Murder, beheading old and new, incl. discovery of misplaced body of King Henry 8th and Queen Jane Smr. Sadly, the read could not keep my attention. Listened to parts over and again. Almost didn't finish it. I usually love books of this era, esp. well done historical fiction. Oh, this was so slow going and painful for me. I
    suggest you pass on this one.

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    Glenda 05-20-17
    Glenda 05-20-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Not unbiased as usual."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Harris is normally fairly accurate in her depiction of historical facts. Of course some of her facts are "fudged" a bit to fit the story line and I totally understand that. In this book I she made the mistake of doing surface research in regards to religious facts. Miscegenation by biblical standards has to do with people marrying outside of the Jewish religion (Deuteronomy 7:3-4). This verse makes it clear. God had no problem with marrying of a different race, the most prominent example (Numbers 12) when Aaron (the priest) and Miriam his wife, spoke against Moses wife the Cushite (African) and God strikes Miriam with leprosy because of it. Slave owners twisted the true meaning of Biblical miscegenation and whites continue to perpetuate the misuse of the word. The Mennonites, German Baptist and Quakers (Abolitionists) argued this, and many other points against slavery. Also, what was considered horrific slavery in the Bible was the Jewish enslavement in Egypt but even there Jews weren't denied ownership of property or livestock. The slavery that Jews practiced only allowed for seven years "enslavement", with strict laws governing treatment, and an option of leaving after that time period. (Exodus 21). Having said all this, being a black person, I am totally against slavery but Harris writing of this story made it appear that racism and slavery was and is sanctioned by the Bible and that just isn't true.


    If you’ve listened to books by C. S. Harris before, how does this one compare?

    I am use to Harris having a more balanced view in her other books. I think it was possible to write about the horrific practice of slavery without blaming it on religion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love any scene that Hero is in.


    Was Who Buries the Dead worth the listening time?

    It was worth listen to and I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't felt like she was picking on people of faith.


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    Dorothy 04-08-17
    Dorothy 04-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful history"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've learned much about the history of those times. The author has created interesting characters and added just enough humor and suspense necessary to keep one interested. Definitely will read more from this author.

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