When Maidens Mourn (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #7)

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Regency England, August 1812: Sebastian St. Cyr?s plans to escape the heat of London for a honeymoon with his new bride, Hero Jarvis, are shattered when the murdered body of Hero?s good friend Gabrielle Tennyson is discovered drifting in a battered boat at the site of a long-vanished castle known as Camlet Moat. Missing and also presumed dead are Gabrielle?s two young cousins.  Still struggling to define the nature of their new marriage, Sebastian and Hero find themselves occasionally working at ...

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Regency England, August 1812: Sebastian St. Cyr’s plans to escape the heat of London for a honeymoon with his new bride, Hero Jarvis, are shattered when the murdered body of Hero’s good friend Gabrielle Tennyson is discovered drifting in a battered boat at the site of a long-vanished castle known as Camlet Moat. Missing and also presumed dead are Gabrielle’s two young cousins.  Still struggling to define the nature of their new marriage, Sebastian and Hero find themselves occasionally working at cross-purposes as their investigation uncovers dark secrets at the heart of the Tennyson family and an enigmatic young French lieutenant who is concealing mysteries of his own. Sebastian and Hero’s race to unmask a ruthless killer and unravel the puzzle of the missing children puts both their lives and their growing love for each other at risk as they’re threatened by powerful men in high places…and by a tall, dark stranger who may hold the key to Sebastian’s own parentage.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in August 1812, Harris’s intriguing seventh Regency whodunit featuring aristocratic sleuth Sebastian St. Cyr (after 2011’s Where Shadows Dance) marks a return to form. St. Cyr has just married Hero Jarvis, the fiercely capable daughter of his bitterest enemy, Charles, Lord Jarvis, a cousin of the Prince Regent and the power behind the throne. The stabbing murder of Hero’s antiquarian friend, Gabrielle Tennyson, who was studying excavations at Camlet Moat in Trent, disrupts the newlyweds’ honeymoon plans. That Camlet Moat and the legendary Camelot may be one and the same is a more-than-academic point at a time when radicals are “calling for King Arthur to return... and save Britain from the benighted rule of the House of Hanover.” The couple pursue their investigations separately, at the risk of their fragile new relationship. Established fans will best appreciate the personal convolutions, but newcomers will have no trouble keeping up. Agent: Helen Breitwieser, Cornerstone Literary. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Regency England comes alive in Harris's seventh Sebastian St. Cyr novel (Where Shadows Dance). Sebastian's honeymoon with Hero Jarvis is disrupted by ancient legends and a fresh corpse.
Kirkus Reviews
The search for Camelot disrupts a honeymoon in 1812. Four days into the pregnancy-driven marriage of Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and Hero Jarvis, daughter of his sworn enemy, Miss Gabrielle Tennyson, an antiquarian who insisted that Camelot was located on the tiny bit of land known as Camlet Moat, is found floating in the moat, stabbed to death. When Bow Street calls upon Sebastian to deal with the death, Hero, a friend of Gabrielle, decides to nose around too. The first order of business: find out what has become of the vanished cousins who were with Gabrielle, young masters George, 9, and Alfred, 3. While their father is organizing a search for the boys, Sebastian focuses on possible motives for Gabrielle's slaying. She had had a tiff with another antiquarian about King Arthur and the authenticity of a supposed relic, the Glastonbury cross. But Hero's father, Lord Jarvis, also arouses suspicion through his parliamentary ties and his plotting against Napoleonic spies trying to destabilize the monarchy, including one whose heart may have belonged to Gabrielle. Then an estate manager is shot dead in the moat and the lovelorn French lieutenant dies. Although Sebastian sorts through the various motives and culprits, he still can't find the two boys. Their fate can be determined only by a detailed inspection of the Tennyson lineage that finally leaves time for Sebastian and Hero to resume the more passionate aspects of their honeymoon. History buffs will have a heyday hobnobbing with the Tennysons, "discovering" Arthur's burial site, dabbling in Druid enlightenment and siding with the Brits over Napoleon. Romantics will pine once more over Sebastian (When Shadows Dance, 2011, etc.).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451414229
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 189,082
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

C. S. Harris is a historian who lives in New Orleans. Writing as Candice Proctor, she is also the author of seven award-winning historical romances. Under the name C. S. Graham, she coauthors contemporary thrillers with her husband, former intelligence officer Steven Harris. She has two daughters. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    This series just keeps getting better. The mystery is drawn up w

    This series just keeps getting better. The mystery is drawn up well, but it is the characters that keep you coming back.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    In my opinion, the series gets better with every book. The addi

    In my opinion, the series gets better with every book. The addition of
    Hero Jarvis has been fantastic. I look forward to the next book and
    uncovering the mystery of Sebastian's parentage as well as the
    developing relationship between the newlyweds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Artemis

    Hather more huntresses.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Excellent Read

    I love the entire Sebastian St. Cyr series. C. S. Harris writes engaging novels with a good mix of mystery, suspense, history, and dynamic characters. I'm always looking forward to the next book in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    My Favorite Kind of Historical Mystery! Ms. Harris does so much

    My Favorite Kind of Historical Mystery!
    Ms. Harris does so much research and writes such interesting characters, there are many layers to the books and this one is definitely a treat. I am forever fascinated by the details of the dresses, hats, fabrics, types of professions, as well as the descriptions on real places and people that are woven into the story. In this one, we meet relatives on Alfred, Lord Tennyson. As for the main characters. here we have the newly wedded couple, who have so much in common, but really don't know it yet. It is so fun watching them get from point A to point C. Hero is such a wonderful, smart character.Writing her as the daughter of the most powerful man in England and making her the wife of the main character, who is complex himself, but whose worst enemy is her father, makes the tension in the story brilliant. In most mysteries, I can usually guess what will happen next and who did it. These novels are very different. New characters are introduced and I have yet to guess the outcome. Will we meet James Knox again? What is happening with Sofie Hendon? Will the baby be a boy or girl? I totally agree with the reviewer that stated these novels just get better and better. However, I don't get the profanity mentioned from the last reviewer; I did not catch any profanity; if you want it, watch TV. Also, this is early 19th century England; no one is going to talk the way we talk today. Gor!.... Now, I need to do some more research on some ot the things mentioned in the book. Hmmmm....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    Be forwarned-excessive profanity!!! I waited with great anticipa

    Be forwarned-excessive profanity!!! I waited with great anticipation for this to come out and in some ways I was dilighted with the book but I was also highly dissappointed. For the story I would give it 4-5 stars. Loved how things are turning out for Sebastian and Hero. Also, enjoy the romantic moments because they are not too detailed but you can really feel the passion between the character. But I honestly had to give it a low mark because of the profanity. I noticed some in the last book but the author has gone to far this time. It doesn't make the story better but just a detraction. I find it hard to believe that British aristocracy would use such language especially since I have friends from England and they never use such language. I sincerely hope that she will go back to her original format or I am through reading her books!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    Well done C.S. Harris, and welcome back Sebastina et all. Harris

    Well done C.S. Harris, and welcome back Sebastina et all. Harris once again, masterfully combines the who-done-it with the intricacies of the life of Lord Devlin... and oh what a great life he leads! The addition of Hero Jarvis Devlin was a masterstroke. Well researched and wonderfully written, these books just get better and better. I recommend them to anyone looking for an escape into the past. I have read them several times, not for the mystery but for the characters... they have become friends. I look forward to the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Tacooo Belle

    Hiya titanic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Love the series--but this isn't the best installment

    LOVE Sebastian and Hero--I found this series about two years ago and have just fallen in love with him, as a character. The gradual (sometimes too gradual) development of his relationship with Hero is a real joy. BUT "Maidens" is not the best part of the series--this one is rather slow, although the Arthurian-angle is one of my favorite subjects. Part of the problem is that for the bulk of the book Sebastian and Hero are basically at odds--too much distance (emotional and otherwise) between them. These novels work best when the lovers are "together"--if even sparring in their typical smart, sexually-charged, way. These newlyweds are trying to find their footing, but here's hoping Harris lets them settle into the passionate, tense relationship that works so well and stops all the "we want each other; we don't trust each other; is Sebastian even in love?" nonsense. The tendency to allow Hero to be a ruthless killer is really fun (she is smart and fiercely independent, which is great)--the woman can wield a weapon--but I hope it does not become predictable or ridiculous. And it's time to get rid of Kat--she was great before Hero became a dominant force; now she's just a distraction. It's time to move her along.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    This is a great series. You really need to start with the first

    This is a great series. You really need to start with the first book to understand the nuances behind the actions. You fall in love with the characters - their flaws and strengths. You admire their courage, their honor and you dispair of their failings of understandings. You cheer when they take a step forward. You weep for the lies told and believed.
    I like the way that Sebastian and Hero start learning and accepting each other and start to realize that they have feelings. I always keep an eye out for the next installment. It is very well worth the time to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Great addition to the Sebastian St. Cyr series

    I really enjoy this series, and this book is a great addition. It's fast-paced and clever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Issue with book pages missing

    So far, a really good read but starting on page 189 the page formatting is broken. Can't advance by normal page turns and putting in each page through 192 there are sections missing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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