Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #13)

Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #13)

by C. S. Harris

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Overview

A brutal murder draws nobleman Sebastian St. Cyr into the tangled web of the British royal court in this gripping historical mystery from the national bestselling author of Where the Dead Lie.

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose's ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane's murderer to escape justice.

Untangling the secrets of Jane's world leads Sebastian into a maze of dangerous treachery where each player has his or her own unsavory agenda and no one can be trusted. As the Thames freezes over and the people of London pour onto the ice for a Frost Fair, Sebastian and Hero find their investigation circling back to the palace and building to a chilling crescendo of deceit and death . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399585647
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Series , #13
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 35,014
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

C. S. Harris is the national bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series (Where the Dead Lie, When Falcons Fall, Who Buries the Dead, Why Kings Confess, What Darkness Brings); as C. S. Graham, a thriller series coauthored by former intelligence officer Steven Harris; and seven award-winning historical romances written under the name Candice Proctor.

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Why Kill the Innocent 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The latest in this wonderful historical mystery series is timely with its questions about the oppressive restrictions on women from those in the upper class to the starving poor. As always, the characters are real, the mystery perplexing and the resolution satisfying. Brava to Ms. Harris, Hero Devlin and her husband for a page turning read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve always looked forward to the new Sebastian and now Hero stories. This novel was different going deeper into the victim’s story and the inhumanity of the era, the almost complete neglect of the poor and the inhumane laws of the period. I must say I was a bit disappointed in Hero’s inaction for all her writings of society ‘s injustices I feel she failed to act when she had the potential resources to do so. If the author’s purpose was to reveal the cruelty of the era, she succeeded. Be prepared to be upset and angry but read this novel to understand and learn.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Wonderful stories plus a good dose of historical reality. It makes one despise the monarchy and fhe peerage even more! It's a shame that England continues to support the royal leaches. Glad we kicked their butts out of our country!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!!
JuliW More than 1 year ago
I discovered this series a bit late in the game, but I'm sure glad I did! Why Kill the Innocent is the 13th book in the Sebastian St Cyr series. I love the mix of historical fiction and mystery. This book kept my attention from beginning to end. Interesting mystery. Great suspense and fantastic characters. I will definitely be backtracking to read the rest of this series! I hope all the books are as interesting and enjoyable to read as this one! The basics: It's winter in London in 1814. Jane Ambrose is Princess Charlotte's music teacher. Jane is young, beautiful, a talented pianist...and dead. Sebastian St. Cyr's wife, Hero, finds her bloody, frozen body buried in snow. St. Cyr knows they need to investigate the murder fast before the Royals attempt to hush it up due to the tie with Princess Charlotte. Sebastian and Hero work together to discover the identity of the murderer. I absolutely loved the blend of historical fact and fiction in this book. I'm not sure if it differs from other books in this series, as this is the first one that I've read. But I was definitely sucked right into this story from the start. The plot proceeds at a perfect pace and there were plenty of surprises and suspects. So happy to have found this series! I'm going to start at the beginning and read every book! **I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Berkley Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sebastian usually has more fights, gets hurt, what happened? Also noticed there were less close scenes between he and Hero. Overall I enjoyed reading it but many others left me more anxious to finish the book quicker. So hen will the next one come out???
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the idea that a book was written about a piano teacher to the rich being found killed on the street during a snow storm. There had to be more, some twists and turns, some additional storylines but there wasn’t. Oh, there were a few twists that I didn’t see coming but for the most part the story was only about a piano teacher being murdered and following Sebastian St. Cyr work to solve it. It just seemed that the story went in circles. The same characters telling their story, adding more to the story each time they are asked about it. Each character has an excuse as to why they didn’t tell their story the other times they were asked but it just seemed weird. I had a hard time following who all the characters are, how they are related, and why they are relevant to the murder of Jane Ambrose. This is the first book in this series, the Sebastian St. Cyr, of 13 books that I have read and maybe that added to my confusion. Possibly the back stories of the characters would clear up who everyone was and how they were involved in Jane Ambrose’s murder. There is more to come in this series and I would consider reading another in hopes of better understanding the story.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Jane Ambrose is music instructor to Princess Charlotte, the presumptive heir (before Victoria) to the throne in England in London in 1814. The Regent of Charlotte is doing everything in his power to get the Princess engaged to royalty in Denmark so that he can continue his rule unopposed. Jane is a brilliant composer although as a woman she cannot publish her works under her own name. A tragedy, however, cuts short her life and it is Sebastian St. Cyr’s wife, Hero, who finds Jane’s broken body in the snowy streets of London. Certain clues, however, indicate that Jane was murdered elsewhere but the killer obviously dragged her body into the street thinking the awful snowstorm would hide her, allowing the murderer to escape any chance of arrest. The famous couple sets out to investigate the crime and all clues lead back very close to the seat of royalty. Hero also demonstrates a compassionate side in assisting the wives of men who have been impressed into the Royal Navy, leaving wives and children penniless and often homeless. It also turns out that Jane’s husband was a violent man who just might have discovered Jane knew a secret that would have necessitated him permanently silencing her. Jane’s brother is an enigmatic character who was formerly imprisoned for speaking out against government policies. He also has a huge secret which might be lethal but will actually be elicited as something even more amazing. This is a non-stop, page-flipping, wild and intriguing romp through London’s fashionable, aristocratic society as well as in the dregs of poverty on the “other” side of London. Murderers, however, are fierce but cowardly creatures who think too highly of themselves. Several more characters will die by the time Sebastian and Hero immediately after the famous winter Frost Fair have it all figured out, the reader never suspecting the “who done it” side of the mystery. This is a fine historical mystery that will delight all lovers of the genre and many more besides. Plan on staying up late as this is a novel one can’t put down until the last page is finished! Finely crafted, C. S. Harris; a real treat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again history unfolds throughout this lovely story. Rather slow moving for C.S., though.