What Remains of Heaven (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #5)

What Remains of Heaven (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #5)

by C. S. Harris

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Fifth in the critically acclaimed mystery series.

London 1812. When the controversial reform-minded Bishop of London is found bludgeoned to death in an ancient crypt beside the corpse of an unidentified man murdered decades before, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, reluctantly agrees to investigate. As his search for the killer leads him from the back alleys of Smithfield to the power corridors of Whitehall, Sebastian must confront the well-guarded secrets of his own family's past—and a devastating truth that could ultimately force him to question who—and what—he really is.

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ISBN-13: 9780451234377
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 74,573
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(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 Remains of Heaven (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
dtlyme More than 1 year ago
If you love history AND a good mystery - then this series is for you. Well researched and well written. Step back into Regency England and enjoy the unravelling of a good mystery!
KristinTX More than 1 year ago
Read the series from the beginning to get the most out it.
TCH More than 1 year ago
I love the whole series and this book wasn't as great as the pervious. I honestly dont like the whole Hero Jarvis idea but it makes a great read and I can not wait until the next book to come out. As one reviewer said Sebestian is a mix between Mr. Darcy and James Bond and it is true. I love all the story lines in all the books with the exception of the Hero plot. A must read in the series!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1812 Sebastian St, Cyr, Viscount Devlin is reestablishing a relationship with his father. Their rift was caused by a secret that came to light leading to the son ending his relationship with his beloved actress Kat Boleyn; whom he intended to marry. Now he wonders if his one night with Hero Jarvis, the daughter of his father's mortal enemy resulted in a child although she refuses to verify it one way or another. Escaping his female woes, Sebastian is asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to investigate the deaths of two men decades apart in an ancient crypt in a church. One of the victims is Sir Nigel, who vanished decades ago. The second corpse is the Bishop of London Francis Prescot, Sir Nigel's younger brother. Sebastian assumes the deaths are connected beyond the sibling link and believes the association harks back to the American Revolution. St. Cyr is taken aback when he finds a tie to his family. His father, Sir Nigel and Lord Jarvis went to the colonies to see if pursing the war would end up in England's triumph. Viscount Devlin is a brooding hero in the tradition of Lord Byron as he distrusts everyone starting with his father who has kept a seemingly zillion secrets from him. His investigative methods are similar to that of a twentieth century police detective as he follows clues to wherever they lead. C. S. Harris has written a wonderfully constructed Regency mystery filled with concealment, red herrings, and misunderstanding that keeps the lead protagonist going down wrong lanes, but never giving up. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and smartly written.
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wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sebastian St. Cyr, nobleman and investigator of murder, continues his unseemly habit - in the eyes of society - of looking into mysterious deaths in this novel. What Remains of Heaven opens with the discovery of a murder victim in a crypt that was sealed for thirty years and the subsequent murder of a bishop in the same crypt. As Sebastian delves into the murder, he discovers long covered secrets, a few of which are significant to his own past. What Remains of Heaven is an enjoyable read, and I find I like this series more with each installment. I look forward to reading the next book about Sebastian and his murder investigations.
mlanzotti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although perilously close to a romance, this historical mystery is saved by a firm grasp of history and good writing.
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
C.S. Harris is back on track with her latest Sebastian St.Cyr offering. As readers of the series know, most of the novels contain two major elements: the mystery, usually a death or two, to be solved within the pages of the novel, and the on-going complicated saga of Sebastian's life. Both are handled adroitly in "What Remains of Heaven." The murder element involves two corpses found in an ancient church crypt, both victims of violence; one belongs to the current Bishop of London, the other is a mysterious mummified gentleman with an Italian dagger protruding from his back. Are the deaths related? Is there one murderer or two? (I guessed one and missed on the other; Harris plays fair, the clues are there.) With regard to Sebastian's personal life, suffice it to say, his past is catching up with him in more ways than one. The sometimes soap opera-ish saga of his relationship with Kat, his father, and Miss Jarvis continues - much to this reader's satisfaction. Readers who haven't read the earlier books would be cheating themselves by starting with this one. By all means begin at the beginning and savor each one.
Kimaoverstreet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What Remains of Heaven is my favorite Sebastian St. Cyr book to date. Fast paced and full of historical details, this mystery weaves together multiple storylines seamlessly. As with most mystery series, the installments are best read in sequential order. I will definitely be looking forward to the next release:)
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Great series, totally into it!
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well written mystery series--
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While I like this series, I'm disappointed with the direction that its taking concerning the main character. You ewxpect the main character to have flaws and for there to be twists and turns, but I would prefer it if the theists and turns happened with the mystery and not with the main character. Personally, I feel that all of the drama surrounding him and his life is too much. I'm not intrigued or interested in any of it. At times, the character is throwing tantrums like a five year old and running around pouting. That's not behavior you would expect from the strong, intelligent main character. And some of it is just unbelievable. His family tells him things that can be disproven and then are shocked when he learns the truth. I feel as though all of the background noise takes away from the character and the central theme of the book, which is supposed to be the mystery. I feel like it gets lost and turns into an episode of a tv soap opera.
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LadyHester More than 1 year ago
Ever since the character I revile left these books, I enjoy them way more. The relationship between St. Cyr and Hero is FAR SUPERIOR! This author has some issues. She constantly places the same sentences in all of her books. When I read a series I don't want to be reminded a million times about things I already know!!!!!!! Quit copying and pasting from book to book!
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TalulaJM More than 1 year ago
While this may be the fifth book in the series, it is definitely one of my favorites. I have read it three times already! As one reviewer noted, it is good to start with the first book and go from there. Ms. Harris is wonderful She gives great descriptions of things so historical, like Gunter's Tea Room. The characters are unforgetable and I also enjoy the dialogue between Devlin and Hero. Hero is one of my favorite characters. She is always surprising and it is surprising that she surprises Devlin. These books are intriguing also, because all the characters have secrets. We still do not know what has happened to Devlin's mother; what about Tom; is Lord Jarvis going to have a cow??? And, Napoleon is still at war. The best thing about 2012 right now is the next book! A chapeau! Ms. Harris!!!