What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #1)

What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #1)

by C. S. Harris

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ISBN-13: 9780451219718
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2006
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 67,158
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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"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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What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Debbie-J-1970 More than 1 year ago
Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, escapes arrest for the brutal murder of an actress, former prostitute, in a church. His pistol was found at the murder scene and he refuses to provide himself an alibi. Against the backdrop of King George's decent into madness, the coming Regency of the Prince of Wales and England's continuing war with France, Sebastian realizes his only hope is to find the true killer. What an exciting book! St. Cyr, a classic hero with a past, is aided by a wonderful sidekick, the young street urchin Tom. The characters are fully developed, appealing and human. Harris is truly able to convey St. Cyr's frustration and the anger and jealousy of another character. The period details are exacting and the dialogue appropriate to the characters with some of the exchanges between St. Cyr and Tom being particularly enjoyable and touching. The story is engrossing with humor, great action sequences, a bit of sex, and red herrings along the way to a dramatic climax. This is an excellent beginning and I look forward to more in the series. I highly recommend it.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
I am hooked on this series. The mystery was not horribly difficult to figure out and some of the writing was predictable. However, the characters were entertaining and the action was exciting. Sebastian St. Cyr is not your typical detective. A nobleman framed for murder he is on the run throughout the book. He must use his wits and the help of unlikely friends to clear his name.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1811 London, Rachel York believes she has found sanctuary in the fourteenth century constructed Lady Chapel of the 800 years old St. Matthew of Field. However, she soon learns her mistake as an assailant brutally rapes and murder her on alter steps. --- Amidst the bloody body is found a fancy dueling pistol that belongs to Viscount Sebastian St. Cyr, who suffers from combat fatigue. He is not just the prime suspect, he is the only one. Knowing only he wants to prove his innocence and expose the person who framed him, he flees into the night before he can sent to Newgate. He begins making inquires with the help of people he would never have met before going on the lam and from someone from his past, but the proof he slowly accumulates points to the fact that Rachel is more than just a victim and all leads end with an unknown untouchable with regal connections. --- WHAT ANGELS FEAR is a fantastic action-packed Regency amateur sleuth tale that starts at a frenzied pace and never slows down until the climax yet in spite of the daring deeds of the hero and dastardly deeds of the villain, Sebastian is a fully developed character. Readers will understand the problems he confronts from his war experience and his previously broken heart, but appreciate his antics starting with a duel in which he shoots his cheating opponent in the arse as he sets out to prove his innocence while others want him incarcerated or dead. This strong historical who-done-it stars a likable protagonist. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story flys along! It is a great series - I have pre-ordered the newest book to be released in March and I can't wait for it to get to my Nook!
Honukai More than 1 year ago
The plots are complex, you may suspect the bad guy(s) but don't be surprised if your choice is way off base. Time line runs from the late 1790s to the early 1800s, with back stories adding to the complexity of the overall plot. Characters become real to the reader and the settings are historically accurate, all though Harris takes an occasional liberty to move things around for continuity. It is more fun if you read the series (5 at the moment) in order but not necessary. Enjoy them, I did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.S. Harris knows history, and really knows how to make a fun and exciting mystery in a historical setting. I picked up this book before a 9 hour flight, and could not put it down the whole way. The subject matter is intriguing and both the wit and emotion are exceptional from the characters.
Whisperlynn More than 1 year ago
A delicious blend of characters and a swift, witty prose highlight this English thriller.  Ends of chapters made me gasp out loud, I couldn't turn pages fast enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great historical mystery - interesting characters, well-researched,fun reading. Look forward to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I will read the next book. I have shared how good the book is with two friends and both loved it also.
mommer More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. I have read the series and made this purchase as a gift for a friend, to introduce her to the characters. I'm sure she'll enjoy the series as much as I have.
Storeetllr on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A historical mystery romance set in London in 1811, this was a very readable first novel. The setting was evocative, the dialogue natural, and the action compelling; I would have liked a little more in the way of settings, descriptions, and character development. Otherwise, I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is incredibly fun. The murder mysteries are sometimes easy to figure out, but the interactions of the characters are amusing and it's fun to learn how people lived and what they wore in 1812 London.
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Well written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great series. Good character development and a good story line.