Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #4)

Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #4)

by C. S. Harris

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Overview

Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, enlists Sebastian St. Cyr's help in investigating the brutal murders of eight prostitutes.

Following a trail of clues from London's seedy East End to the Mayfair mansions of a noble family, the two must race against time to stop a killer whose ominous plot threatens to shake the nation to its very core?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451225122
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Series , #4
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 17 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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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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Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
Good enough for me to want to read the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1812 the Magdalene House near Covent Gardens is run by the friends as a refuge for prostitutes who want to get out of that life. Hero Jarvis, daughter of an aristocrat who is the power behind the throne, interviews the residents so she can create a realistic reform bill to help these unfortunates. While there she meets Rose Jones, a highborn frightened teen who fears certain men are coming to kill her. They do and she dies in Hero¿s arms the other women are also killed leaving Hero the survivor. She vows to learn why. --- Hero seeks the help of Viscount Devlin, Sebastian St. Cyr, who still grieves the loss of his beloved Kat Boleyn and troubles with his father. Although hesitant, he is interested so he pushes aside the alcohol to forget what can never be. He intends to investigate by looking into Rose¿s background. Before Magdalene House she worked at a high price brothel when she ran away she took Hannah Green with her. As the sleuths come closer to the truth, the death count amongst prostitutes and others involved in the case mounts someone is killing to hide his identity. --- C.S. Harris is a brilliant historical storyteller who brings to life the darker side of Regency London inside an intriguing mystery. Sebastian in his fourth appearance (see WHY MERMAIDS SING, WHERE GODS DIE and WHAT ANGELS FEAR) is even more troubled than usual even as his sense of justice propels him to investigate regardless of the class of victims. With a great plausible late twist to top off this strong early nineteenth century whodunit, Ms. Harris is at her bleakest best as St. Cyr seems one step behind a killer apparently cleansing his prostate trail. --- Harriet Klausner
puddleshark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fourth in the Sebastian St Cyr mysteries. Lively regency London setting, excellent characterisation and a twisty complex plot. A real page turner. Would have been five stars, but one star deducted for the rather cliched & melodramatic romantic interlude.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sebastian St. Cyr is a dashing nineteenth-century nobleman with a dark past and the fourth mystery he investigates maintains the same interesting mix of characters, actions, and secrets that make for an engaging combination. Sebastian is called to investigate a fire which killed several prostitutes by Hero Jarvis, the independent and reform-minded daughter of Sebastian's sometime nemesis Lord Jarvis. Many of the same characters who have assisted Sebastian in the past return, although Kat plays a much smaller role, and the revelations of the last novel still hang over the characters.
FrenchMonkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series keeps getting better. I had to wait a long time to get my hands on the book. My library allows only 3 holds which I always manage to fill. I had to wait until it was on the shelf. It was like a Christmas treat when I found it shelved and waiting for me.In this book, St. Cyr is reeling after learning the love of his life, the woman he planned to defy convention to marry, is actually his sister. He's well into many months of drinking and trying not to feel when he is drawn into a new investigation by Hero Jarvis, the daughter of his archenemy. They both begin to investigate independently, simulataneously sharing information and keeping bits to themselves until they must ultimately investigate together or be killed. Now, I know. Without reading it, the whole setup sound incredibly lame, like the author couldn't think of anything better than the long-lost-sibling angle. Or the daugter-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend. I'm the first to put a book down forever for such offenses. But the whole thing (series and latest installment) is good, start to finish. I am looking forward to the next in the series, simply because of a little twist in the end.
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This series was recommended by a friend so I checked it out. Have read the first four in the series and have not been disappointed. The stories are well written and will hold your interest. The characters are complex and especially like the main character Sebastian St. Cyr. If you like a good mystery with a bit of romance .... I recommend this series.
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