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The author masterfully created a web that caught all echelons of British society -from the cockney lad to Prince Regent himself. I loved the attention to detail a Fantastic historical mystery! I loved the attention to detail and the level of historic research that went into this book, bringing the period to life. The mystery kept me turning the page, although given it's a long running series I was fairly comfortable that the hero, Sebastian Sr.

Cyr, would clear his name It is definitely not a "cozy" mystery, but neither is it bogged down by procedural minutiae or ever-increasing levels of violence intended to shock jaded readers. Was it a perfect book? No, it was not. I wish for a little more characterization of the hero and the important characters in his life. View all 37 comments. Mar 14, Carolyn rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , historical. When a young actress is found raped and murdered in a church with the note "St Cyr" in her appointment book and a pistol bearing the St Cyr crest near her body, young man about town, Sebastian St Cyr is immediately suspected of the crime.

He manages to escape arrest but instead of fleeing the country goes undercover in an attempt to find the real murderer and clear his name. This was an excellent fast paced historical mystery with an intrigue that uncovers spies and blackmailers in the hunt for the killer. Regency London springs from the pages, depicting the both the lives led by rich and titled and those in the seamier underside that Sebastian inhabits during his time on the run. This promises to be an excellent series with a handsome, swashbuckling hero in Sebastian.

Jan 21, Ian rated it it was amazing. A race through the start of the Regency period London to fined a murderer.

A page turner from start to finish. Nov 05, Felicia rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. Changing it up, I started reading this series, a Regency mystery series with a dashing protagonist. Definitely melodramatic, but I truly enjoyed the pace and the characters. I adore period mysteries, so this was a win for me! Mar 18, Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it Shelves: historical.

Pretty much already in love with Sebastian. On to book 2. Oct 14, Tracey rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-star , hist-myst , mystery. What Angels Fear opens with the murder of a young woman who turns out to be an actress-cum-prostitute Cyprian - I'd forgotten about that term. At the scene of the crime is found a dueling pistol with the name "St. Cyr" engraved on it - which obviously incriminates Sebastian St. Cyr, young nobleman and rake, who has been a sore disappointment to his father.

But Sebastian SSC didn't do it, and when the officious twits of the London police force come to arrest him, he is rather indignant, espec What Angels Fear opens with the murder of a young woman who turns out to be an actress-cum-prostitute Cyprian - I'd forgotten about that term. But Sebastian SSC didn't do it, and when the officious twits of the London police force come to arrest him, he is rather indignant, especially when the Beau Brummel-wannabe sergeant mouths off to him. SSC puts the latter in his place, which may have been a bit of a tactical error given the circumstances - and given that the sergeant has a knife and a temper.

In the end, the second constable stumbles onto the knife, the sergeant yells that SSC has killed him, and SSC runs for it. At that point his choices are: turn himself in and hope for the best although the case is strong against him, and whoever else could or would have stabbed the constable?

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In working to do so, SSC must turn to the woman who broke his heart several years ago, Kat Boleyn, and a doctor friend who provides valuable forensic information; he is also joined by a young boy who starts off trying to pick his pocket and, in the grand tradition of Regency and Victorian novels, becomes his ally.

And of course he's much cleverer than SSC was expecting; I swear I'm tempted to write a book about a street urchin being taken under someone's wing, someone who realizes the boy is at least as intelligent as anyone in society, and educating him and training him to "pass" - and maybe end up in Parliament. I'll call it "My Fair Laddie.

And I did think the killer was someone else; there were some lovely red herrings. There was political intrigue - the French, of course, and the mess surrounding the Madness of King George - which usually annoys me, but this was quite well done and well integrated into the plot: it's integral, and more cloak-and-dagger than oh-lord-not-another-worldwide-conspiracy.

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There was some truly wonderful period detail. And I loved the characters. The supporting cast could easily have been a cast of cliches, but Harris provided enough twists and quirks that those who peopled this novel came quite close to living and breathing. Cyr is not Mr. Darcy, nor Julian Kestrel, nor William Monk, nor yet Sherlock Holmes, or any of the other dandies or detectives or both of gaslit fame; he is himself, damaged by childhood tragedies, a cold father, and heartbreak and war horrors as an adult. I have to admit, I was still in Fantasy mode when I started this, and still thinking it was by the author of supernatural mysteries, so when the narrative started talking about how he could see almost perfectly well in the dark and hear what no one else could I kept expecting a paragraph along the lines of "He caught the scent of blood on the constable's coat, and turned his face away.

He had learned to manage his unholy hungers, but since the night he was bitten he lived in constant fear of losing control" Obviously I was wrong, and I'm glad of it. It was an odd experience, though I loved the book; it wasn't perfect - again, there was really only one way the climactic struggle could end - but it was close enough.

I enjoy historical mysteries, and this is one of the better ones that I have read. The storyline was good, and the mystery kept me guessing. I really liked the main character, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. I am looking forward to reading the other three novels that are currently part of this series.

Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries

Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is a rather mysterious young nobleman with uncanny vision and hearing. Rumors have abounded about him since his return from the Napoleonic Wars.


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W I enjoy historical mysteries, and this is one of the better ones that I have read. When a young actress is brutally murdered and a pistol engraved "St. Cyr" is found at the scene, Sebastian is immediately implicated. An arrest warrant is very quickly issued, and as Sebastian is arrested, an unfortunate accident occurs which appears to seal his guilt. Realizing that his situation is dire, Sebastian takes the opportunity to escape. He decides that the only way to clear his name is to conduct his own investigation. His background in military intelligence serves him well as he delves into the lives of the murdered actress and those who could have wished her harm.

Sebastian has allies on his quest for the truth as he seeks help from both a loyal surgeon and an actress he once loved. He also inadvertently acquires the loyalty and assistance of a young boy. As determined authorities search for Sebastian, he must sort through individuals and information to uncover the identity of the killer.

I thought that What Angels Fear was a very interesting and fast paced book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and had difficulty putting it down. This is the first book that I have read by C. Harris, but I am looking forward to reading more by this author. View all 6 comments.


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  • For instance - the 2 books I just read by Anne Cleeland got 5 stars for being weird and engrossing when I would have bet you money that nothing could distract me from the sounds of construction within my home. I think, frequently, that authors lack the skill to wrap their characters within a shroud of mystique. Oh, the author will tell you their hero ine is angsty and secretive and suffering stoically from injuries past inflicted. Meanwhile the same author vomits up painful, awkward, past incidents.

    I feel like I know Sebastian. I feel a need to learn more about Sebastian. As much as I look forward to getting to know him - I also admire him for those with whom he surrounds himself. Oddly enough someone in a book group recommend this series and added a huge spoiler to their recommendation. Sebastian is defying the odds. I don't even like mystery, but my timeline always had much to say about this series.

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    And I liked this. So engaging. Nicely character -driven. View all 5 comments. Sep 03, Lynne Davis rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this excellent historical mystery.


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