What Remains of Heaven (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #5)

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"Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to help in the investigation of two corpses found in an ancient crypt, their violent deaths separated by decades. One is the Bishop of London, the elderly Archbishop's favored but controversial successor. The identity of the other seems lost in time." Sebastian amasses a list of suspects that range from some of the Prince Regent's closest cronies to William Franklin, embittered son of famous American patriot Ben Franklin-and finds himself confronting the well-guarded

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Overview

"Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to help in the investigation of two corpses found in an ancient crypt, their violent deaths separated by decades. One is the Bishop of London, the elderly Archbishop's favored but controversial successor. The identity of the other seems lost in time." Sebastian amasses a list of suspects that range from some of the Prince Regent's closest cronies to William Franklin, embittered son of famous American patriot Ben Franklin-and finds himself confronting the well-guarded secrets of his own family's history. Now each step he takes toward the killer brings him closer to a devastating truth that could ultimately force him to question who-and what-he really is.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Long-festering family secrets, treachery and worse threaten Sebastian St. Cyr in Harris's addictive fifth Regency-era mystery starring the dashing soldier-turned-sleuth (after 2008's Where Serpents Sleep). From the start, St. Cyr's mission is sensitive: finding out who killed the bishop of London, a leading candidate for archbishop of Canterbury, in the crypt of the same country church where the mummified body of another murder victim was discovered only hours earlier. It becomes downright dangerous once the charismatic viscount unearths the surprising connection between the men as well as the many powerful enemies with motives for their murder—including his own father. Harris weaves palpable period detail and romantic subplots with such ease that her occasional descriptive laziness, such as repeats of “fiercely blue St. Cyr eyes,” grates inordinately. But it shouldn't keep you from being swept up by her seductive antihero at his swashbuckling best. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In his fifth outing (after Why Mermaids Sing), former spy Sebastian St. Cyr is asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to find who killed the Bishop of London, whose body was found in an ancient crypt along with a decades-old unidentified corpse. Along the way he gets a bit of help from Miss Hero Jarvis, meets Benjamin Franklin's embittered son, and learns more about his origins. VERDICT Harris combines all of the qualities of a solid Regency in the tradition of Georgette Heyer by pairing two strong characters trying to ignore their mutual attraction while solving a crime together. Anyone who likes Amanda Quick and/or is reading the reissued Heyer novels will love this series. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/09.]
Kirkus Reviews
Who killed the cleric in the crypt?When the 1812 renovations to St. Margaret's, Tanfield Hill, accidentally bash a hole through the sealed entry to its crypt, there are two ghastly surprises. The dead body of Bishop Prescott, staunch abolitionist and leading contender for the soon-to-be-vacated post of Archbishop of Canterbury, lies sprawled across yet another dead body, this one partially mummified with a jeweled, Italianate dagger in its back. Bow Street, recognizing a matter too delicate for its own clumsy hands, calls upon Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin (Where Serpents Sleep, 2008, etc.). Within the compass of a few short weeks the aristocratic sleuth is shot at, horsewhipped, attacked with a meat cleaver, half-drowned and forced to kill three men himself. Undeterred, he accepts the responsibilities of fatherhood that have been impending ever since his reckless night with stubborn feminist Hero Jarvis, whose father had good reason to want Prescott dead; uncovers enough illegitimacies to keep the Town atwitter for generations; suspects both his father and Hero's of treason in aid of the colonies; and finds time to visit a prescient nanny-turned-witch who has secrets to impart about his own parentage. The mystery includes a smattering of political and church intrigue among a welter of family ties so intricate that a scorecard might have helped.
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Praise for the Sebastian St. Cyr Series

"Best historical thriller writer in the business!  Sebastian St. Cyr is…uncannily clever, unwaveringly reserved, and irresistibly sexy.  The entire series is simply elegant.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner

“Deftly combines political intrigue, cleverly concealed clues and vivid characters.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A crescendo of suspense and surprise.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Thoroughly enjoyable…kept me enthralled.”—Deanna Raybourn

“A ripping read...captivated me to the final page.”—Will Thomas

“Harris crafts her story with the threat of danger, hints of humor, vivid sex scenes, and a conclusion that will make your pulse race.”—The New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Harris delves deep into the mores of Regency England…”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451234377
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Series, #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 117,232
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

C.S. Harris graduated with a degree in Classics before earning a Ph.D. in European history. A scholar of the French Revolution and 19th-century Europe, she has lived in Europe and various far-flung parts of the old British Empire. She now lives in New Orleans with her husband, a retired Army Intelligence Officer, and two daughters.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Sort of Addicting!

    Ever since the character I revile left these books, I enjoy them way more. The relationship between St. Cyr and Hero is FAR SUPERIOR! This author has some issues. She constantly places the same sentences in all of her books. When I read a series I don't want to be reminded a million times about things I already know!!!!!!! Quit copying and pasting from book to book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    Excellent series

    If you love history AND a good mystery - then this series is for you. Well researched and well written. Step back into Regency England and enjoy the unravelling of a good mystery!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    Love this series

    Read the series from the beginning to get the most out it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Recommended Highly

    I love the whole series and this book wasn't as great as the pervious. I honestly dont like the whole Hero Jarvis idea but it makes a great read and I can not wait until the next book to come out. As one reviewer said Sebestian is a mix between Mr. Darcy and James Bond and it is true. I love all the story lines in all the books with the exception of the Hero plot. A must read in the series!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    C. S. Harris has written a wonderfully constructed Regency mystery

    In 1812 Sebastian St, Cyr, Viscount Devlin is reestablishing a relationship with his father. Their rift was caused by a secret that came to light leading to the son ending his relationship with his beloved actress Kat Boleyn; whom he intended to marry. Now he wonders if his one night with Hero Jarvis, the daughter of his father's mortal enemy resulted in a child although she refuses to verify it one way or another.

    Escaping his female woes, Sebastian is asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to investigate the deaths of two men decades apart in an ancient crypt in a church. One of the victims is Sir Nigel, who vanished decades ago. The second corpse is the Bishop of London Francis Prescot, Sir Nigel's younger brother. Sebastian assumes the deaths are connected beyond the sibling link and believes the association harks back to the American Revolution. St. Cyr is taken aback when he finds a tie to his family. His father, Sir Nigel and Lord Jarvis went to the colonies to see if pursing the war would end up in England's triumph.

    Viscount Devlin is a brooding hero in the tradition of Lord Byron as he distrusts everyone starting with his father who has kept a seemingly zillion secrets from him. His investigative methods are similar to that of a twentieth century police detective as he follows clues to wherever they lead. C. S. Harris has written a wonderfully constructed Regency mystery filled with concealment, red herrings, and misunderstanding that keeps the lead protagonist going down wrong lanes, but never giving up.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Great series, totally into it!


    Great series, totally into it!

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    Have not read this book, but if it continues to enthrall me into

    Have not read this book, but if it continues to enthrall me into the Sebastian st. cyr. series, then I am hooked. Will recommend the series t one and all!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    well written mystery series--

    well written mystery series--

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    It's Good, But.....

    While I like this series, I'm disappointed with the direction that its taking concerning the main character. You ewxpect the main character to have flaws and for there to be twists and turns, but I would prefer it if the theists and turns happened with the mystery and not with the main character. Personally, I feel that all of the drama surrounding him and his life is too much. I'm not intrigued or interested in any of it. At times, the character is throwing tantrums like a five year old and running around pouting. That's not behavior you would expect from the strong, intelligent main character. And some of it is just unbelievable. His family tells him things that can be disproven and then are shocked when he learns the truth. I feel as though all of the background noise takes away from the character and the central theme of the book, which is supposed to be the mystery. I feel like it gets lost and turns into an episode of a tv soap opera.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Highly recommended - well written historical mystery!

    While this may be the fifth book in the series, it is definitely one of my favorites. I have read it three times already! As one reviewer noted, it is good to start with the first book and go from there. Ms. Harris is wonderful She gives great descriptions of things so historical, like Gunter's Tea Room. The characters are unforgetable and I also enjoy the dialogue between Devlin and Hero. Hero is one of my favorite characters. She is always surprising and it is surprising that she surprises Devlin. These books are intriguing also, because all the characters have secrets. We still do not know what has happened to Devlin's mother; what about Tom; is Lord Jarvis going to have a cow???
    And, Napoleon is still at war. The best thing about 2012 right now is the next book! A chapeau! Ms. Harris!!!

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

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    Fantastic Series

    I would suggest starting with book one so you don't spoil the plot and character development that occurs throughout the books. I had started this series on book three by mistake and could barely wait to return home from my vacation so I could pick up the rest in the series! The lead, Devlin, is a very charming and loveable character. It is so important to not only like the lead character but to want to read more about him. C. S. Harris does an amazing job breathing life into each character-even the minor ones. The murder and mysteries are almost like a backdrop to the characters' lives and this is done flawlessly. The mystery is solved as the characters live their lives. I have too much praise to give this series. I highly recommend each book to anyone who enjoys a mystery set in the 1800s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Keep them coming

    I am in love with these books. The mystery, the intrigue, and the complicated love...keep them coming! Sebastian is my favorite male character is awhile. He has brains, brawns, and a complicated nature. I'm not sure I like the Lady Jarvis story line yet but I can not wait to see where it leads. My only complaint is that I have to wait to read the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2010

    A great read

    I really cant wait for the next book. I love the character of Lord Devlin and also Hero Jarvis - who is smart, brave, determined, and clever. And who is not perfect but has all the qualities of someone who can stand up to someone like Devlin. Its a great match. Kat in some ways is just a female Devlin. I started with the 4th book, then the 5th and now reading from the beginning. I hope book 6 is out very soon - for one cant wait to see how things turn out.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

    Pass On By

    Ok lady's & gents the verdict for this edition of the Sebastian St. Cryr series is two thumbs down. Ok well it wasn't that bad, how about one thumb up and one thumb down. This one however just dragged on and on a bit. It was slow and annoying. I mean the plot was rather obvious but beyond that she's back to turning Sebastian into Wussy-Man again. And sorry but I'm not at all feeling the Hero Jarvis angle. I didn't buy them hookin up in the first place but I tried to give it a chance and well no, not buying it. If C.S. Harris is going to saddle him w/her then she's got a lot of work to do because thus far it's a sad sad pairing and is it me or is she deteremined to heap a truck load of suffering on the man. Anywho we'll wait for the next installment w/hopes that C.S. Harris will redeem herself. Read the previous book if you want a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

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    Great addition to the series!

    A Wonderful addition to the series! A good mystery! Looking forward to the next book!

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