Where Shadows Dance (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #6)

Where Shadows Dance (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #6)

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by C. S. Harris
     
 

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The “rich period detail [and] riveting action”* C.S. Harris delivers in her Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series reaches new heights as the aristocratic sleuth navigates dangerous political waters to bring a murderer to justice…

 

Regency London: July 1812. How do you set about solving a murder no one can reveal

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The “rich period detail [and] riveting action”* C.S. Harris delivers in her Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series reaches new heights as the aristocratic sleuth navigates dangerous political waters to bring a murderer to justice…

 

Regency London: July 1812. How do you set about solving a murder no one can reveal has been committed?

That’s the challenge confronting C.S. Harris’s aristocratic soldier-turned-sleuth Sebastian St. Cyr when his friend, surgeon and “anatomist” Paul Gibson, illegally buys the cadaver of a young man from London’s infamous body snatchers. A rising star at the Foreign Office, Mr. Alexander Ross was reported to have died of a weak heart. But when Gibson discovers a stiletto wound at the base of Ross’s skull, he can turn only to Sebastian for help in catching the killer.

Described by all who knew him as an amiable young man, Ross at first seems an unlikely candidate for murder. But as Sebastian’s search takes him from the Queen’s drawing rooms in St. James’s Palace to the embassies of Russia, the United States, and the Turkish Empire, he plunges into a dangerous shadow land of diplomatic maneuvering and international intrigue, where truth is an elusive commodity and nothing is as it seems.

Meanwhile, Sebastian must confront the turmoil of his personal life. Hero Jarvis, daughter of his powerful nemesis Lord Jarvis, finally agrees to become his wife. But as their wedding approaches, Sebastian can’t escape the growing realization that not only Lord Jarvis but Hero herself knows far more about the events surrounding Ross’s death than they would have him believe.

Then a second body is found, badly decomposed but bearing the same fatal stiletto wound. And Sebastian must race to unmask a ruthless killer who is now threatening the life of his reluctant bride and their unborn child.

* The New Orleans Times-Picayune

 

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Publishers Weekly
An overly convoluted plot mars this otherwise solid historical set in 1812, Harris's sixth featuring aristocratic London detective Sebastian St. Cyr (after 2009's What Remains of Heaven). When surgeon Paul Gibson finds a cadaver that he bought for anatomical study with a stab wound at the base of the skull, Gibson brings the matter to St. Cyr's attention. The corpse is identified as that of Alexander Ross, who worked for the Foreign Office. Several other murders follow, at least some of which may be linked with the political turmoil roiling the Continent in the wake of Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Meanwhile, Hero Jarvis, the independent daughter of St. Cyr's archenemy, accepts his marriage proposal, but this dramatic personal development compensates only in part for the failure of the disparate narrative threads to come together neatly enough. Series fans will hope the intriguing lead character will return to form in the next installment. (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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451233950
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Sebastian St. Cyr Series, #6
Edition description:
Reprint Other
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
142,617
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(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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