Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #3)

Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #3)

by C. S. Harris

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Murder has jarred London’s elite. The sons of prominent families have been found at dawn in public places, partially butchered, with strange objects stuffed in their mouths. Once again, the local magistrate turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for help. Moving from the gritty world of London’s docks to the drawing rooms of Mayfair, Sebastian confronts his most puzzling—and disturbing—case yet.

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ISBN-13: 9780451225337
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 87,565
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(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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Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
AlbertG More than 1 year ago
The third installment of the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries is as dark and intriguing as the first two with young Viscount Devlin coming into to his own as a reluctant 19th century sleuth. Though diving into these mysteries is scandalous and well beneath his station as a nobleman; you get the feeling that cutting against the grain of English Society is in no small measure why he has chosen to do it. With his trusty teenage sidekick Tom, Devlin unravels the brutal murders of several young men who's butchered corpses frighten and appall English upper crust Society. It is also the machinations of the affluent society that Devlin must navigate through as he sorts out the truths from the secrets from the lies that hide a scandal that rivals the dead bodies piling up. Add into the mix intrigue and forbidden love and in the all you have an enjoyable read that moves at startling speed until you are taken in so far that you can't wait to find out who the murderer is or how Devlin will bring him to justice. Or if there is really an justice as all.
FrenchMonkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really love this series of books. It's set in early 19th century London. There are shades of Sherlock Holmes in St. Cyr but he's not annoyingly omniscient or condesending, two reasons I can never make it all the way through a Connan Doyle book. In this book, the pace is perfect; it's fast without being unrealistic given the setting. In this book, St. Cyr solves a mystery and finds out something shocking about Kat Boleyn (great name, by the way), the woman he loves and plans to marry despite the consequences. He also tangles with his arch enemy, Lord Jarvis, who has a close personal connection with the crimes St. Cyr is investigating.
runaway84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best book of the series, so far. No doubt.The mystery was absolutely enthralling and very clever. Young men across the city are turning up dead, murdered, in brutal ways. That is one thing they all have in common, another is the connection of their fathers. A connection of a secret that has been hidden for years. What kind of secret would men keep, while their sons are turning up brutally murdered? The conclusion is one that is unfathomable and totally outrageous.The other plus to this installment is the unmasking of the many layers of Sebastian St. Cyr. We start to see what the effects of war can really bring about in a person. With his actions and reactions, we start to see a darker persona.My rule with a mystery series is that I have to have all the books when I start, or at least have the rest of them on the way to me. I do NOT have the fourth book yet and I have to say, I'm losing my mind a bit, here.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good continuation of the Sebastian St. Cyr series. The mystery is good and new revelations about the central characters come to light, with enough left unanswered to interest the reader in a sequel. Why Mermaids Sing centers on the brutal murders of seemingly unconnected victims, a case Sebastian is called into by his friend Sir Henry Lovejoy. Sebastian soon uncovers relationships between the victims' fathers and a disastrous sea voyage years before. Overall, this mystery novel makes a fun and engaging read. Sebastian, Kat, and Tom are fun characters and I look forward to encountering them again and again in future novels.
Stewartry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As with the other two books of the series, the plotting here is slightly all over the place. Once again Sebastian, Lord Devlin, is called in to involve himself in a murder. Two, in fact, as the horrifically mutilated body just discovered is the second such in a few months. He looks into the matter, trying to determine why two (or more) such dissimilar boys have been murdered in such a similar manner, all the while continuing to keep an eye on the matter of his mother which came up in the previous book. In his personal life, he continues to try to convince or coerce or cozen his mistress into marrying him, while she continues to keep a secret from him which she believes will change his feelings for her forever. Peripheral to the pursuit of the investigation, a piece of information comes out that turns Sebastian's own life and world inside out: it's a complete game-changer. The detecting seems a bit more inspired in this book: Sebastian makes an intuitive leap that is helpful in determining what ties the murders together. He still physically chases after clues from place A to B to C to D, but either C.S. Harris is learning better how to put a mystery together or Sebastian is learning better how to unravel one. It would be a really wonderful thing if it was the latter, and done on purpose. I still enjoyed the characters, and enjoyed the plot enough to blink at the flaws ¿ like, for example, the - to me -shaky connection between the murders and between the connection and the murderer. There are aspects of the story and some of the characters I wish had been explored more deeply: Sebastian's extraordinary senses and how they mark him; Kat's world and her ability to assist in detection; Sebastian's tiger Tom's past and its impact on his present. All in all, though, it is a dependably enjoyable series, as long as I'm willing to cut it a fair amount of slack.
ktleyed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 3 in the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series, this is the best one so far. Sebastian is investigating the grisly murders of the son's of some prominent men. The bodies are butchered and left in public in the most ghastly manner. As it turns out, all of the fathers are connected because they were all shipwrecked together on a boat and turned to cannibalism to survive. Whoever the murderer is, he knows and is seeking revenge. Great twisty turny story though I am deeply saddened for Sebastian over some devastating news he receives towards the end of the book. I really enjoyed this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one!
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VTReaderDD More than 1 year ago
The whole series by C.S. Harris of Sebastian St. Cyr books are a great historical novel read. The characters are believable people and blend of historical persons with the invented characters provides a level of realism. Sebastian St Cyr is the Stone Barington of the early 19th century.
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TalulaJM More than 1 year ago
After reading the first two books in the series and liked the characters and especially, the historical references. However, this third book had a couple of real surprises! I don't want to spoil this for anyone, but when I read one of these surprises I literally jumped out of my seat. I am enjoying getting to know Sebastian and the other characters in more depth. Also, I never get tired of the details, the description of the clothing, the places, and all the history woven into the story. It is a real treat to read a novel by a historian, who really knows the period, places, and her characters.