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When Maidens Mourn (Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (Hardcover)) [Hardcover]

C S Harris
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  • Hardcover: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Obsidian Mysteries; 1 edition (6 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235770
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: Tessa Sawyer hummed a nervous tune beneath her breath as she pushed through the tangled brush and bracken edging the black waters of the ancient moat.

Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife, Hero Jarvis, married for proprietary due to her pregnancy. There is occasionally passion between them, but not yet trust. Will investigating the murder of Hero's friend Gabrielle Tennyson and disappearance of two children begin to build that bridge? The people's dislike of the Regency, and the continuing myth that King Arthur will return to reign in England lead the investigators from the poorest to the wealthiest areas in search of a killer.

A well-done opening with lyrical, evocative descriptions quickly turns brutal in this new entry to the St. Cyr series. Her inclusion of poetry adds a sense of period and style to the story. She also does a wonderful job of blending the historical information of different periods.

The characters are certainly captivating although the author being more clear as to Sebastian's age might explain the character better. While he has been a soldier in war, there are times he seems quite emotionally immature. The mystery regarding St. Cyr's heritage is an intriguing thread that runs though the series and becomes even more interesting here. I am sorry that the series has become almost more romantic suspense and emotion-driven and suspenseful mystery.

Harris writes with a wonderful style, able to convey the sense of emotional undercurrents without elaborate description. The tentativeness of the relationship between St. Cyr and Hero is very well done. I also appreciated that while Hero is investigating the death of her friend, it is in a manner appropriate to the period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 30 Mar 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book 7, in the Sebastian St.Cyr Mytery series

This is my first experience reading this author, although I did so with the 7th installment I never felt lost or that I had missed anything of importance. I molded right into the story and enjoyed the mystery at its fullest. The series is set in Regency England at the beginning of 1800’s and features Sebastian St. Cyr, an aristocratic sleuth, now Viscount Devlin.

The 7th book brings Devlin and his new bride, Hero Jarvis, to put their honeymoon on hold to investigate to the best of their own abilities the mystery behind the death of Hero’s friend, Gabrielle Tennyson, whose body was found floating in a boat in Camlet Moat. We follow them as they search Inns and many grimy black alleys, meet panoply of individuals and in rural London how they dealt with Celtic paganism so revered by most.

This is a fast moving story with many red-herrings. The plot is a strong one and offers intriguing characters. There are more layers added when Sebastian and Hero struggle to unmask the true murderer, one among a mass of suspects. To stitch everything together are political intrigues, family secrets and Napoleonic plots, some are facts and some fiction. This is a well written story in tone and places with numerous dialogues and a little romance to please the reader. I like Sebastian he is definitely not the brightest detective around in fact quite clumsy but he is fun to follow. As for the other characters they are so numerous I easily lost track of some.

Although I did enjoy this book I question if it is worth back reading the installments I skipped or simply continue from here……
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5.0 out of 5 stars LONDON'S CAMELOT 22 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Interesting. Camlet moat does actually exist. I wrote a book about its many mysteries.
London's Camelot and the secrets of the grail.(you'll find it on Amazon). ASIN:095159673X London's Camelot and the Secrets of the Grail.
Must get a copy of this new mystery and would love to know how CS Harris came tp know about Camlet.
Did she find my book by chance or does she have connections in North London where mysterious
Camlet holds its secrets.
I'll post a proper review when I have bought my copy of her book.
And if any readers are in north london, do visit Camlet moat. It is a magical spot in the northern woods of Trent Park.
chris street
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Great Author 19 Aug 2013
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I have really been enjoying this series and friends and family both male and female have read this series and are hooked. Just enough romance to make it believable but full of suspense.
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