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

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

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by C. S. Harris
     
 

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When Gabrielle Tennyson is murdered, aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new reluctant bride, the fiercely independent Hero Jarvis, find themselves involved in an intrigue concerning the myth of King Arthur, Camelot, and a future poet laureate...

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When Gabrielle Tennyson is murdered, aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new reluctant bride, the fiercely independent Hero Jarvis, find themselves involved in an intrigue concerning the myth of King Arthur, Camelot, and a future poet laureate...

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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.)
From the Publisher
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)

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.).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101565827
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Sebastian St. Cyr Series , #7
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
31,970
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
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)

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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When Maidens Mourn 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
TalulaJM More than 1 year ago
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....
AJAZ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better. The mystery is drawn up well, but it is the characters that keep you coming back.
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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.
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series, and this book is a great addition. It's fast-paced and clever.
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