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  • Hardcover: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (3 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045123927X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451239273
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 786,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian's former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder. "Regency England, September 1812: " After a long night spent dealing with the tragic death of a former military comrade, a heart-sick Sebastian learns of a new calamity: Russell Yates, the dashing, one-time privateer who married Kat a year ago, has been found standing over the corpse of Benjamin Eisler, a wealthy gem dealer. Yates insists he is innocent, but he will surely hang unless Sebastian can unmask the real killer. For the sake of Kat, the woman he once loved and lost, Sebastian plunges into a treacherous circle of intrigue. Although Eisler's clients included the Prince Regent and the Emperor Napoleon, he was a despicable man with many enemies and a number of dangerous, well-kept secrets--including a passion for arcane texts and black magic. Central to the case is a magnificent blue diamond, believed to have once formed part of the French crown jewels, which disappeared on the night of Eisler's death. As Sebastian traces the diamond's ownership, he uncovers links that implicate an eccentric, powerful financier named Hope and stretch back into the darkest days of the French Revolution. When the killer grows ever more desperate and vicious, Sebastian finds his new marriage to Hero tested by the shadows of his first love, especially when he begins to suspect that Kat is keeping secrets of her own. And as matters rise to a crisis, Sebastian must face a bitter truth--that he has been less than open with the fearless woman who is now his wife.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: The man was so old his face sagged in crinkly, sallow folds and Jenny could see pink scalp through the thin white hair plastered by sweat to his head.

Friends of Sebastian St. Cyr need his help. One has recently been found dead, leaving behind a wife and child. The second is Russell Yates, husband to St. Cyr's great love, Kat. Yates is accused of having murdered Benjamin Eisler, a very wealthy dealer of gems, and of stealing an extremely rare and valuable blue diamond; the Hope diamond.

Harris has many great strengths as a writer, one of them being vivid and detailed descriptions that transport the reader into the Regency period. She provides a look at the lives of all economic strata, from the very wealthy to the very poor and orphaned, bringing both the period and the people to life.

The story is filled both with historical characters and events as well as bits of fascinating, and not always pleasant, details of life during this time. She even includes the growing fascination with the occult, but in a factual, academic manner.

The characters are appealing and interesting. Sebastian is even the dashing, brave protagonist with young Tom, his "tiger" (footman) at his side. I am glad that Sebastian is finally starting to mature in his relationship. Hero is independent, educated and appropriate in history's role of wealthy women who worked to bring about social change. Paul Gibson, the former regimental surgeon, is a character I find particularly intriguing, studying anatomy and forensics in an age when that was still very new and the former--procuring human bodies--illegal.

This is a series that is, in many ways, truly written as a series.
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By Teresa Brown on 26 Jun. 2014
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I discovered this series several years ago with the first 2 books (which seem to be all that are available still in Australia) and only recently purchased and read the rest. The series just gets better and better. The character developement is excellant and the stories are quite gritty and shows the extremes of living standards very well. I can't wait for 'Why Kings Confess' in paperback so I'll be getting the hard cover just so I can keep up.
Two tiny gripes, the fashion shown on some of the covers is incorrect and in Georgian England they ate biscuits NOT cookies!! That term is particularly American and I was surprised to see it used concidering all the research that obviously goes into these books.
Keep up the good work.
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I think C.S. Harris brings a new level of romance to regency books. I love the series. The characters are grittier and deeper than you normal regency fare. Though the book was a page turner and it did honestly feel like it was ripped from history, it characters seemed secondary to the story line, as if they were included but no important. Very little went on between Sebastian and his father. The tension between Jarvis and Sebastian wasn't there. The other books had more heat. Even Paul Gibson played a minor role. We love you CS Harris! We want more of your characters!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LEP VINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2013
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Another very enjoyable book in an excellant series. Daniel Eisler, a diamond seller, has been found murdered with Russell Yates, Kat Bolyn's husband, standing over the body. Sebastian is asked by his father to investigate the case and try and prove Yates innocent.

Soon Sebastian is up to his neck in possible suspects, as Eisler is a very nasty character indeed and has many enemies. A swindler and collector of secrets he then uses to blackmail the victim to do as he wants. He is also involved in black magic.

The more Sebastian digs, the more the case seems to be tied to a large blue diamond that Eisler was negotiating to sell to Prinney. The diamond is now missing and is wanted by both Prinney and Napoleon; the latter believes that it is part of the stolen French Crown Jewels and wants it back and his agents are searching for it.

Hero and Sebastian are growing closer and initially Sebastian is worried that his wife may be upset by him investigating that paticular case, however the sensible Hero helps him.

Very enjoyable and one of the best books of the series.
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