Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #4)

Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #4)

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by C. S. Harris
     
 

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Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, enlists Sebastian St. Cyr's help in investigating the brutal murders of eight prostitutes.

Following a trail of clues from London's seedy East End to the Mayfair mansions of a noble family, the two must race against time to stop a killer whose ominous plot threatens to shake the nation to its

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Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, enlists Sebastian St. Cyr's help in investigating the brutal murders of eight prostitutes.

Following a trail of clues from London's seedy East End to the Mayfair mansions of a noble family, the two must race against time to stop a killer whose ominous plot threatens to shake the nation to its very core?

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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)

Publishers Weekly

The savage murder of eight prostitutes at a London house of refuge provides Sebastian St. Cyr with yet another challenging puzzle in Harris's outstanding fourth mystery to feature the Regency-era gentleman sleuth. St. Cyr, who's been despondent ever since a stunning personal revelation toward the end of 2007's Why Mermaids Sing, is roused from his funk by Hero Jarvis, the fearless and independent daughter of his mortal enemy. Jarvis, who was doing research at the house of refuge at the time of the murders and barely survived the massacre herself, asks for St. Cyr's help in tracking down those responsible. The amateur detective finds no shortage of suspects, ranging from the pimp of some of the dead girls to Bow Street magistrate Sir William Hadley, who had patronized them. While the developing attraction between St. Cyr and Jarvis is a little too predictable, Harris does a nice job of weaving the many plot strands together while exploring the complex character of her protagonist. (Nov.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451226655
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Series:
Sebastian St. Cyr Series, #4
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
144,948
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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)

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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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Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
Good enough for me to want to read the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1812 the Magdalene House near Covent Gardens is run by the friends as a refuge for prostitutes who want to get out of that life. Hero Jarvis, daughter of an aristocrat who is the power behind the throne, interviews the residents so she can create a realistic reform bill to help these unfortunates. While there she meets Rose Jones, a highborn frightened teen who fears certain men are coming to kill her. They do and she dies in Hero¿s arms the other women are also killed leaving Hero the survivor. She vows to learn why. --- Hero seeks the help of Viscount Devlin, Sebastian St. Cyr, who still grieves the loss of his beloved Kat Boleyn and troubles with his father. Although hesitant, he is interested so he pushes aside the alcohol to forget what can never be. He intends to investigate by looking into Rose¿s background. Before Magdalene House she worked at a high price brothel when she ran away she took Hannah Green with her. As the sleuths come closer to the truth, the death count amongst prostitutes and others involved in the case mounts someone is killing to hide his identity. --- C.S. Harris is a brilliant historical storyteller who brings to life the darker side of Regency London inside an intriguing mystery. Sebastian in his fourth appearance (see WHY MERMAIDS SING, WHERE GODS DIE and WHAT ANGELS FEAR) is even more troubled than usual even as his sense of justice propels him to investigate regardless of the class of victims. With a great plausible late twist to top off this strong early nineteenth century whodunit, Ms. Harris is at her bleakest best as St. Cyr seems one step behind a killer apparently cleansing his prostate trail. --- Harriet Klausner
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This series was recommended by a friend so I checked it out. Have read the first four in the series and have not been disappointed. The stories are well written and will hold your interest. The characters are complex and especially like the main character Sebastian St. Cyr. If you like a good mystery with a bit of romance .... I recommend this series.
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LiteratiRhapsody More than 1 year ago
Ok so of the series thus far this book is my Fave. In my humble opinion he's never been better and I say that already having read the book that comes after this one which shall we say took a few steps back in Sebastian's character development. The story was good in this one, all of your favorite's make appearances, the intensity was there and all in all it was a good read. I'm not sure about the Hero Jarvis angle, don't know how I feel about that one yet but besides that I really enjoyed this book. C.S. Harris has a tendency to overwrite him thus neutering him and I felt she refrained, as best she could, from doing so in this book. I say that because in one aspect he's this intelligent, titled, skilled and dangerous gentleman but in the next breath she turns him into everyone's (namely his family & love interests) whipping boy which often gives me pause. However in this book I felt there was less of that which allowed me to really become immersed in the mystery because he wasn't manly man one minute then poor wussy face Sebastian the next. I'd say Sebastian was a lot more alfa this go round. So I definitely recommend this book you'll love it. Trust me it's an awesome read.
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