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Sebastian St. Cyr investigates the mysterious life and death of a nobleman convicted of murder in this enthralling new historical mystery from the USA Today best-selling author of Why Kill the Innocent....

It's June 1814, and the royal families of Austria, Russia, and the German states have gathered in London at the Prince Regent's invitation to celebrate the defeat of Napoleon and the restoration of monarchical control throughout Europe. But the festive atmosphere is marred one warm summer evening by the brutal murder of a disgraced British nobleman long thought dead. 

Eighteen years before, Nicholas Hayes, the third son of the late Earl of Seaford, was accused of killing a beautiful young French emigre and transported to Botany Bay for life. Even before his conviction, Hayes had been disowned by his father, and few in London were surprised when they heard the ne'er-do-well had died in disgrace in New South Wales. But those reports were obviously wrong. Recently Hayes returned to London with a mysterious young boy in tow - a child who vanishes shortly after Nicholas's body is discovered. 

Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is drawn into the investigation by his valet, Jules Calhoun, an old friend of the dead man. With Calhoun's help, Sebastian begins to piece together the shattered life of the late Earl's ill-fated youngest son. Why did Nicholas risk his life and freedom by returning to England? And why did he bring the now-missing young boy with him? Several nervous Londoners had reason to fear that Nicholas Hayes had returned to kill them. One of them might have decided to kill him first.

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I want to see more of Hero!

One of the things I really liked about this series was the relationship between Sebastian and Hero, his wife; and the part that Hero played in the plots. I'm missing the strong, smart,and courageous woman that has almost disappeared with the birth of their son. Tsk, tsk, I read for pleasure, not real life, sigh.

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This series always a special treat.

It goes without saying that Davina Porter could read the phone book and I would listen but C.S. HARRIS always gives her something worthwhile to narrate. This latest installment continues to provide interesting insight into Regency period England and how it shapes the lives of the complex characters she has developed throughout the series.

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Not what I expected

So, this book did not turn out to be what I had anticipated. I was all set to find out more about Sebastian's mysterious parentage but it never materialized. Instead what we got was a book of intrigue, surprise twist and a darn good mystery. This was indeed a worthy addition to the series. One thing in particular I liked about this book was seeing the bond between Sebastian and Hero grow even stronger. I also liked that Jarvis was not actually involved in any of the killings and that Sebastian was instead able to use him as a threat to others involved. A fantastic book with strong characters, an excellent plot and the right amount of mystery. Definitely looking forward to the next entry in this fabulous series

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Another fabulous story!

I adore this series, and this new title is another delicious addition to one of the very best mystery series ever! Sebastian St. Cyr and his amazing wife Hero feel stunningly contemporary without losing an ounce of their historical authenticity. How Dow C.S. Harris DO this? Time and again, she shines and mesmerizes, and I can hardly wait for her next installment. Add the brilliant talent of Davina Porter and you have a full court experience of excellence. Brava, Ms. Harris!

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Sebastian takes on the task of discovering who murdered a nobleman believed to be killed 18years earlier. This is a sad drama of how one man and one women's lives were horribly changed by some self serving men. It was a sorrowful tale, but justice is served in the end. If you love a complex mystery with engaging characters and a well paced story get this book. The narrator is exceptional.

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Another fantastic book by C.S. Harris!

I am a huge fan of C.S. Harris, I'll just say it up front. My husband and I have read and reread the Sebastian St. Cyr series over and over, So we waited with great anticipation for this latest installment - and it did not disappoint! Sebastian and Hero (Lord and Lady Devlin), and all the gang come together once again in the cause of justice. If you don't already know, Sebastian is Mr. Darcy meets James Bond. (Nice!) This installment is just as fast paced as the previous books - and so much fun! Harris is a clever writer, see if you can match wits with her! I hate it when a review spoils the fun with hints, so I won't give you any! The book version is great, and the Audio version is read by the fabulous Divina Porter - who is treat by herself. Enjoy!

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Always fun but this one is a bit dull

Hero is very much a part of this latest installment of the series. But Devlin’s challenges in this book are not as complex or as intriguing as previous books. But for a light fun read this series is always good.

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I LOVE This Series

Outstanding historical fiction, very well researched and told with terrifically crafted mysteries and great characters that includes London itself. Davina Porter is simply incredible in her voicing abilities. Start with the first one and set yourself up for months (if you're lucky) of delicious listening!

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yet another beautifully written book

loved it. loved the story and davina porters narration is some of the best I have ever heard. I look forward to more sebastian and hero adventures.

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I've listened to every book in this series, absolutely love them! Consistently wonderful and entertaining. Ms. Porter has an amazing way of transporting me into the stories... each book dripping with thoughtful and historical detail.

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