When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #2)

When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #2)

by C. S. Harris

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The young wife of an aging marquis is found murdered in the arms of the Prince Regent. Around her neck lies a necklace said to have been worn by Druid priestesses-that is, until it was lost at sea with its last owner, Sebastian St. Cyr's mother. Now Sebastian is lured into a dangerous investigation of the marchioness's death-and his mother's uncertain fate.

As he edges closer to the truth-and one murder follows another-he confronts a conspiracy that imperils those nearest him and threatens to bring down the monarchy.

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ISBN-13: 9781101211311
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2006
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 19,063
File size: 934 KB
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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When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Ashley_UNC More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. I picked up the first in the series, “What Angels Fear,” because I adore a good British period mystery. I love Lauren Willig, Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, but CS Harris’ books are different. The narrator and detective of her series is a man, and while this probably seems like a stupid thing to point out, it does significantly change the tone of the books. Historical mystery novels with female narrators tend to be heavy on romance, dress descriptions, and monologues about “why won’t the men around me take me seriously?” Don’t get me wrong – I love those books – but CS Harris’ series is different. Her protagonist spends less time in ballrooms and more time chasing suspects through the seedier parts of London, having fistfights with Bow Street Runners, and throwing would-be assassins into the Thames. In the opening of “When Gods Die,” George, the Prince Regent of England, is discovered holding the dead body of the beautiful young Marchioness of Anglessey. Sebastian St. Cyr is asked to investigate the murder, but he has no interest in helping the government protect George’s reputation. Sebastian does agree to help, however, when he sees the Marchioness’ dead body – she’s wearing a necklace that Sebastian last saw around his mother’s neck before she died in a boating accident seventeen years ago. I actually enjoyed this novel more than the first in the series, possibly because Harris could spend less time introducing characters and more time fleshing out plot details. I was glad to see the return of some familiar faces from the first book, and I liked the backstory Harris gave us on Tom, the reformed pickpocket that Sebastian hired as his tiger. This book was darker and grittier than my usual period choices, but I thought it was well worth the read.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
I love the main character in this series. The mystery and actions within the book however are predictable and follow the same pattern over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thrilling right to the end. Love Sebatistian's character and his love for Kat. Great story line and each book gets better with each page.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Brighton in June 1811, the Prince Regent hosts a fete at the Royal Pantheon when he finds the woman he planned to make his mistress dead with a dagger in her back. The Prince falls apart so it is up to LordJarvis to learn what happened. He asks Viscount Sebastian St. Cyr to find out who killed Marchioness Guinevere Anglessey. St. Cry declines until he sees the necklace the victim is wearing. --- The last time St. Cyr saw the necklace his mother wore it on the day she died at sea. The dagger belongs to Prinny, but Guinevere actually died from arsenic poisoning. Many English believe the Hanover dynasty is tainted with madness and assume the crazy Regent killed his latest whore some go so far as to believe the country would better off with a Stuart restoration. Civil war seems imminent as St. Cyr considers how Guinevere fit in a highly charged political picture as she didn¿t dabble in affairs of state only in affairs with heads of state and had no connection to the Stuarts except the necklace. --- C. S. Harris cleverly uses words to paint vivid colorful pictures of a decadent era symbolized by its hedonist prince and a country divided like a checkerboard in many chaotic ways. The hero is intent on solving the mystery of the necklace perhaps more than the homicide though he knows uncovering the killer might give him clues as to how Guinevere got his mother¿s death jewelry. The cast brings out the ambience of the era inside a realistic entertaining whodunit. --- Harriet Klausner
Kimaoverstreet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great fast, paced historical mystery! While When Gods Die would work as a stand-alone novel, it is best read after What Angels Fear, Harris' first Sebastian St. Cyr mystery. Rich in historical detail, Sebastian's adventure will keep you entertained and provide you with some great insight into Georgian England.
Stewartry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed the first book in this series. With full awareness that some of the plotting left something to be desired, and that parts of it weren't the most original, I really enjoyed it ¿ writing and characters that held the attention and did interesting things. And When Gods Die followed suit. I hoped, actually, that the plotting might be a bit stronger, but that isn't really the case, sad to say: it's a bit all over the place. When the Prince Regent is discovered clutching a very beautiful, very young, very strangely clad, very dead woman in his arms in the Yellow Closet of the Pavilion at Brighton one festive evening, Sebastian St. Cyr, Lord Devlin (alternatively called Sebastian and Devlin, though not iirc St. Cyr), is called in to investigate. I liked the manner of this calling in: you investigated that other thing recently, now the Lord Chamberlain would like you to find out who killed this woman. Sebastian's response that he only investigated the other matter because his neck was at risk is waved aside ¿ and the insistence that he detect again is reinforced by the revelation that the dead woman was found wearing ¿ in addition to a green dress which came nowhere near fitting her ¿ a necklace that belonged to Sebastian's mother. Once again it's a personal matter, and he has no choice. I still like the characters , but this time out I find myself often becoming frustrated by them. No major spoilers here, I promise, but: it drove me distracted that it took days for anyone to consider the dress that so clearly did not belong to the dead woman. The description of it ¿ as a well-made, expensive garment obviously made specifically for some one woman ¿ immediately told me that Sebastian needed to determine who made it and for what specific woman, and trace how it got to the Pavilion on a dead woman's body. This did happen, but not for chapters. Keeping in mind that Sebastian is not a professional detective, and that he is no Sherlock Holmes, still I found his modus operandi frustrating. He turns up a piece of information involving X, and hares off to talk to X, who gives him a tidbit concerning Y, and off Sebastian goes to confront Y, who drops Z's name ¿ and so on. It's purely reactive. Which I suppose is pretty realistic, but just seems ¿ inept. One other thing that bothered me inordinately was that necklace. It's important, for reasons I won't spoil. But over and over (and over) Sebastian is discovered by the narrator standing staring down at the necklace in his hand. He has very good reasons to be a bit obsessive about it ¿ but for his lover to twice wake up and see him standing naked with his back to her gazing at the necklace is completely unnecessary déjà vu. I still think the series is worth pursuing. I just hope that as it continues Sebastian shows improvement at his new job.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good follow-up to What Angels Fear. Sebastian St. Cyr's second murder investigation continues his adventures with his mistress Kate and the street urchin Tom. Sebastian's childhood and his mother's fate are also explored, giving this mystery additional depth. Overall, a good mystery and an enjoyable read.
hannajohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun mystery set in early 1800's England. Protagonist and his immediate friends are interesting (even though they feel a bit like 20th century characters in thought and action). Expect to read more in this series.
cameling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best Sebastian St Cyr mysteries I've read in the series. Lots of suspense, and Sebastian gets into more scrapes while trying to understand the reason for a beautiful young lady's murder and of course who murdered her. There's enough in the cast of would-be murderers to keep one guessing right till the end of the story. In addition, there seems, in this mystery, to be a link to Sebastian's mother that distracts him.
runaway84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first installment, I thought. Although, unlike the first book, Sebastian did have a lot more freedom, seeing as how he wasn't running from the law.The fact that throughout the book Sebastian was being followed kept my interest. The thought that there was someone hiding behind a bush or in a dark alley ready to off at any minute him was pretty exciting.They were a lot of action, chases and close get-aways to keep my attention peeked throughout the book.Questions were left unanswered, but seeing as how this is a series, no doubt those we come afloat later.The repeatedness of certain facts drove me a bit batty, but that's my only real complaint with this installment.
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is there a genre called 'light historical fiction'? There should be. 'When Gods Die' is fast paced, literate, and historically accurate enough to satisfy. All in all, a quick, easy read.
robertsljr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Sentence: He knew she¿d come to him.Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton when he, and may other party goers, enter a room to find Prince George with a dead woman in his arms. The woman is Guinevere Anglessey, the very young wife of a wealthy, elderly Marquis. She has a dagger in her back, but there¿s no blood, and a necklace once belonging to St. Cyr¿s presumed-dead mother around her throat. St. Cyr is determined to find Guin¿s killer and from wince came the necklace even though it costs him his fine wardrobe and possibly his life.Harris has done it again. She has created a captivating story filled with historical details and events, and excellent sense of place, although she¿s made the Thames much too clean and there some conversations and attitudes highly unlikely to have been realistic for the time and that make it obvious the author is a woman. But, in the light of great characters, strong relationships, an exciting plot with good action and a subtle balance of humor and emotion, I can forgive the faults. Overall, I loved the book and have added Harris to my must-read list.
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This is the second in the series. I have read the first one, and will definately continue to read the following books. If you love Tasha Alexander and Charles Finch novels, be prepared to enjoy this series as well. C.S. Harris, please keep up the great writing! I'm so glad I found this series. Have just ordered the third book.
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