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When Gods Die: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery

When Gods Die: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery [Kindle Edition]

C.S. Harris
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The young wife of an aging marquis is found murdered in the arms of the Prince Regent. Around her neck lies a necklace said to have been worn by Druid priestesses-that is, until it was lost at sea with its last owner, Sebastian St. Cyr's mother. Now Sebastian is lured into a dangerous investigation of the marchioness's death-and his mother's uncertain fate.

As he edges closer to the truth-and one murder follows another-he confronts a conspiracy that imperils those nearest him and threatens to bring down the monarchy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451219686
  • Publisher: Signet (7 Nov 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000O76OD6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to 'What angels fear'. 26 Jan 2008
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June 1811 and the Prince Regent is found in a compromising position with the corpse of a murdered noblewoman. Sebastian St Cyr, a young man with a dark past and a dangerous reputation, is asked to undertake an investigation to clear the Prince Regent's name.

Don't expect a pastiche of Jane Austen - this is the Regency with more than a touch of Hollywood about it. Although the author has researched the politics and personalites of the era, the speech and thought patterns of the characters have a modern feel. Still, it's an entertaining, undemanding read, not too gory, and Sebastian St Cyr is an engaging hero.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Regency with a twist 16 Jan 2009
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I have been immersed in the Regency period since the 1970's. If Georgette Heyer created a Regency world all of her own then C S Harris has done the same. Both remained true to the basic mores of the society they portray but each have imprinted them with their own individual stamp.

I love both worlds. C S Harris is a gifted writer who creates believable characters. Sebastian St Cyr is a troubled human being with a tormented past who nevertheless tries his best to do the right thing, frequently endangering his life to bring about justice.

Each new book is eagerly awaited, cleverly crafted and thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend the whole series to you. If you want a Regency with a little twist then these are the books for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoying The St. Cyr Mystery Series 19 July 2014
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I'm really enjoying the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery Series. So far I don't like this series as well as the Captain Lacey Adventure Series by Ashley Gardner, but St. Cyr is certainly a much more youthful, sexy type of hero so that evens things out somewhat. I struggle with Sebastian's relationship with Cat suspecting it's never going to come about - too much going on in her life. I look forward to finding out exactly what the relationship with Hero will involve and how the author will figure out how to get Cat out of St. Cyr's system as he will obviously be moving on at some point to a different type of relationship. Obviously, the relationships are part of the background set against the mystery to be solved within the pages of each book. Very enjoyable reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Georgian mystery 29 Sep 2013
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An easy to read book that keeps your interest. I found some of the characters intriguing as they highlight some of the less glamourous side of Geargian society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars realistic entertaining whodunit 10 Nov 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
In Brighton in June 1811, the Prince Regent hosts a fete at the Royal Pantheon when he finds the woman he planned to make his mistress dead with a dagger in her back. The Prince falls apart so it is up to LordJarvis to learn what happened. He asks Viscount Sebastian St. Cyr to find out who killed Marchioness Guinevere Anglessey. St. Cry declines until he sees the necklace the victim is wearing.

The last time St. Cyr saw the necklace his mother wore it on the day she died at sea. The dagger belongs to Prinny, but Guinevere actually died from arsenic poisoning. Many English believe the Hanover dynasty is tainted with madness and assume the crazy Regent killed his latest whore; some go so far as to believe the country would better off with a Stuart restoration. Civil war seems imminent as St. Cyr considers how Guinevere fit in a highly charged political picture as she didn't dabble in affairs of state only in affairs with heads of state and had no connection to the Stuarts except the necklace.

C. S. Harris cleverly uses words to paint vivid colorful pictures of a decadent era symbolized by its hedonist prince and a country divided like a checkerboard in many chaotic ways. The hero is intent on solving the mystery of the necklace perhaps more than the homicide though he knows uncovering the killer might give him clues as to how Guinevere got his mother's death jewelry. The cast brings out the ambience of the era inside a realistic entertaining whodunit.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The weakest in the series by far 10 May 2010
By Mae Adamson - Published on
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I am reading the St. Cyr mysteries in reverse order. And a good thing, too. If I had read this one first, I probably wouldn't have hung around for the two or three that follow.

The story was surprisingly repetitive and tiresome. Dear Ms Harris, we know Devlin and Kat are lovers. It is completely unnecesary-and down right ANNOYING-that their almost every encounter ends in sex or pleas for an acceptance of a marriage proposal. They are star-crossed and can never be together. The reader is bored by it, but gets it. And yes, yes-we KNOW that Devlin had strange yellow-almost feral eyyes. I lost count of the times the writer discribed the protagonist's peepers. We KNOOOOOWWW that Devlin is smarter, better, faster than the rest because Harris tells us this over and over and over again.

The mystery itself was convoluted and strangely simplistic. Its a good thing that Devlin cared so much about the murder, because this reader sure didn't. There were just too many characters and goings on that contributed to the lack of cohesiveness that chacterized this book. It seemed that the writer added the cast of characters to make a boring set-up more interesting. It didn't work.

The writer spent so much time waxing poetic about Devlin and building up the cast of characters that she neglected the actual mystery-which was not that hard to figure out.

Jarvis,his daugher Hero and Tom the tiger were the most intriguing characters in the book but were terribly under utilized.

Over all, this book was just o.k. Not as good as the rest, but not bad enough to make me abandon the series. I hope for better next time.
30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strike Two-- Takes the Historical Out of Historical Mystery 28 Sep 2009
By Sires - Published on
I started to sit down and write a long diatribe about all of the historical errors in this book-- errors of history, not just anachronisms. Then I decided that I would just bore anyone who read that wall of words. So this is the short version.

If you don't mind the fact that the author writes a Note at the end to mention that she made up Ann of Savoy and fails to mention that she also made up a lot of other stuff including the fear of a curse against England because George III went mad, then you might be all right with this book.

She does get the Jacobite heir at the time wrong-- it was Charles Emanuel, King of Sardinia (Savoy was a Duchy which became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia in the 17th century), not his brother Victor Emanuel. Charles had abdicated Sardinia but kept the personal title of King some years before the last legitimate Stuart died and the right passed to him by both descent and the will of Henry, Cardinal called Duke of York.

To be fair, the PC attitudes that other people complain about are not out of period. This was a time when people where examining what liberty and rights of man (and even women) meant.

However, the idea that the hero could recognize an accent as from the south in the USA based on his father having spent time in Georgia "in his youth" is entirely too much for me to swallow.

So no, this isn't a very good HISTORICAL mystery. Nor is it terribly good mystery.

If the reader is interested in a contemporary mystery that also works in the death of the Duke of Cumberland's valet, I would suggest Kingdom of Lies by Lee Wood. I recommend the Audible download.

And in case anyone cares (or is still reading), there was an alliance between Goditha Price and James, Duke of York, as mentioned in the Author's Note, but without children-- the Stuarts weren't shy about claiming their children by mistresses so there's is no conspiracy there. Goditha died young, unmarried and childless before James took the throne as James II. The records that remain of her (Pepys, MEMOIRS OF THE COMTE DE GRAMONT. and the Earl of Rochester) are not kind.

I think that making up half royal children for Americans to claim descent from is almost a cottage industry.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Historical Mystery 31 Jan 2010
By Charles Gramlich - Published on
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An excellent book. This is the second in the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series. Each of the first two books featured most prominently a different strength. In book 1, "What Angels Fear," the setting and atmosphere of the work were just oustanding. In this book I really began to fall in love with the characters. Well differentiated, with fascinating backstories. And in addition to the specific mystery of the book, there's an overarching mystery and story that really makes you want to keep going in the series. I highly recommend this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy follow-up 16 Sep 2013
By Veronica L. Gonzalez - Published on
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I'm really starting to get into this series. I felt that the pacing was better in this book and the actual mystery didn't seem so convoluted. I really like Sebastian and I'm feeling more and more drawn into the mystery of his mother and his family. The drama unfolding there is what is starting to hook me. From what I've seen with these first two books, I'd definitely say that this is a mystery first and foremost, with a romantic element in the background. That suits me just fine because the romance between Sebastian and Kat in this series doesn't ignite anything in me at all and is, in fact, what is keeping this from being a five star series for me. I usually need a romance, however big or small, to latch onto in order to get (and stay) invested over the long haul but this is one of those few exceptions where the other elements of the story, as well as all the non-romantic relationships, are enough to get me on board.
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