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When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #2)

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    This is the second book in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series.

    This is the second book in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. I picked up the first in the series, “What Angels Fear,” because I adore a good British period mystery. I love Lauren Willig, Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, but CS Harris’ books are different. The narrator and detective of her series is a man, and while this probably seems like a stupid thing to point out, it does significantly change the tone of the books. Historical mystery novels with female narrators tend to be heavy on romance, dress descriptions, and monologues about “why won’t the men around me take me seriously?” Don’t get me wrong – I love those books – but CS Harris’ series is different. Her protagonist spends less time in ballrooms and more time chasing suspects through the seedier parts of London, having fistfights with Bow Street Runners, and throwing would-be assassins into the Thames.

    In the opening of “When Gods Die,” George, the Prince Regent of England, is discovered holding the dead body of the beautiful young Marchioness of Anglessey. Sebastian St. Cyr is asked to investigate the murder, but he has no interest in helping the government protect George’s reputation. Sebastian does agree to help, however, when he sees the Marchioness’ dead body – she’s wearing a necklace that Sebastian last saw around his mother’s neck before she died in a boating accident seventeen years ago.

    I actually enjoyed this novel more than the first in the series, possibly because Harris could spend less time introducing characters and more time fleshing out plot details. I was glad to see the return of some familiar faces from the first book, and I liked the backstory Harris gave us on Tom, the reformed pickpocket that Sebastian hired as his tiger. This book was darker and grittier than my usual period choices, but I thought it was well worth the read.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    A Decent Follow Up

    I love the main character in this series. The mystery and actions within the book however are predictable and follow the same pattern over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Perfect second book

    Thrilling right to the end. Love Sebatistian's character and his love for Kat. Great story line and each book gets better with each page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Great Mystery!

    This is the second in the series. I have read the first one, and will definately continue to read the following books. If you love Tasha Alexander and Charles Finch novels, be prepared to enjoy this series as well. C.S. Harris, please keep up the great writing! I'm so glad I found this series. Have just ordered the third book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In Brighton in June 1811, the Prince Regent hosts a fete at the Royal Pantheon when he finds the woman he planned to make his mistress dead with a dagger in her back. The Prince falls apart so it is up to LordJarvis to learn what happened. He asks Viscount Sebastian St. Cyr to find out who killed Marchioness Guinevere Anglessey. St. Cry declines until he sees the necklace the victim is wearing. --- The last time St. Cyr saw the necklace his mother wore it on the day she died at sea. The dagger belongs to Prinny, but Guinevere actually died from arsenic poisoning. Many English believe the Hanover dynasty is tainted with madness and assume the crazy Regent killed his latest whore some go so far as to believe the country would better off with a Stuart restoration. Civil war seems imminent as St. Cyr considers how Guinevere fit in a highly charged political picture as she didn¿t dabble in affairs of state only in affairs with heads of state and had no connection to the Stuarts except the necklace. --- C. S. Harris cleverly uses words to paint vivid colorful pictures of a decadent era symbolized by its hedonist prince and a country divided like a checkerboard in many chaotic ways. The hero is intent on solving the mystery of the necklace perhaps more than the homicide though he knows uncovering the killer might give him clues as to how Guinevere got his mother¿s death jewelry. The cast brings out the ambience of the era inside a realistic entertaining whodunit. --- Harriet Klausner

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