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

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

by C. S. Harris

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451414229
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Series , #7
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 79,686
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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"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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When Maidens Mourn 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 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.
Denise701 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read all of these, and I've enjoyed every one. I do look back on the first one with nostalgia (maybe that's normal for the first book in the series?). I enjoy the last two books very much because I grew to like Hero Jarvis as the series went on. I'm glad to see Sebastian with her--I don't know what more the author could have done with Kate (Sebastian's first love). It seems to me that Hero is much more potential in terms of solving mysteries. She's not afraid to go to unsavory places; she can gain access to a world that Sebastian cannot. She's clearly a loyal person, not only to her father but to Sebastian. Kate just couldn't be that. My one big hope is that there isn't some kind of silly showdown between Hero and Kate, or the inevitable (and predictable) scenes of jealousy, etc. (I pretty much hate those melodramatic turns in a novel--it was one of the reasons I couldn't go on with the Elizabeth George novels). These books are very tightly paced--they really move you through the mystery. I am glad to see both Sebastian and Hero working these cases using their own particular gifts.
Beamis12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another very good entry into this series. This story inspired by the poem "The lady Of Shalot", finds the newly married Hero and Sebastian, delaying their honeymoon due to the murder of one of Hero's friends. Includes issues of trust and a site that could have been the real Camelot. Loved it!
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now married, Sebastian St. Cyr takes on another murder investigation, this time a friend of his new wife's. Hero quickly become embroiled in the investigation as well, and the two clearly make a good team, even if they fail to completely share their findings with each other. An engaging mystery and a good addition to an excellent series. I eagerly await more in this series!
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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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