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on 2 August 2012
On every page of WHY MERMAIDS SING, C.S. Harris presents her readers with scenario after scenario that captures the imagination and keeps you riveted. Each of her characters, no matter how minor, adds yet another tantalizing layer to the tale and provides clues to aid in the solution of the multiple mysteries.

Sebastian St. Cyr (Lord Devlin) is a man on a mission. A man of unrelenting single-mindedness, Devlin ignores threats to life and limb in his pursuit of the truth. His assistance has been requested in the investigation being conducted into the brutal murders of several innocent young men. Devlin gradually uses his deductive powers to ferret out the connection between the victims and the motive behind their deaths.

A man of principal who is not easily dissuaded he is bent on solving the murders as well as overcoming the obstacles to his personal happiness. His all consuming desire to make actress Kat Boleyn his wife has been met with resistance by not only his family but by Kat herself and his search for his mother has, to date, been a failure.

Capturing the flavor and history of Regency-era London, this book attempts to have it all; Romance, mystery, accurate depiction of class divisions, and a number of plot twists and surprising revelations. It could just be too much of a good thing, but I, for one, cannot understand this supposidly intelligent man's tunnel vision when it comes to Kat. Perhaps I am not "romantic" enough.
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on 23 July 2014
I just began reading the St. Cyr Mystery collection a couple of weeks ago and I. Am. Dialed. Apparently, the author only churns out one book each year and although there are currently a total of 8 completed books, the next one isn't due to come out until March 2015. I am so hooked, last night I was trying to figure out how in the world, I could wait until March 2015. Ah well, I have no choice.

In "Why Mermaids Sing," Sebastian is called upon by local magistrate, Sir Henry Lovejoy, to assist in his investigation in what appears to be ritual killings of several young lords whose bodies are then dumped in very public areas. As Sebastian works his way through the clues and meets up with the various family members of the victims, he begins to see a common thread running through the families involved.

As is often the case in this set of books, there are subjects that are distasteful in nature - subjects we don't like to talk about or think about and yet, people are abused and murdered because of the darkness that resides in the hearts of humans. In this book, the reason behind the murders is indeed dark and dreadful.

On the personal front, Sebastian begins in earnest to interview for a valet. There's his every-present relationship with Kat Boleyn in which a huge revelation is made in this book. Some readers may be shocked by the reveal and dislike it. Others may see this as paving the way for a relationship in Sebastian's life that might actually be fulfilling.

We get small glimpses of Hero as more of her character, intelligence and ability to do some analyzing and sleuthing of her own is made known. One is made to wonder exactly what her part will be in the next few books - certainly, she is in Sebastian's life to stay and I for one, look forward to seeing this relationship make some headway.

What can I say? I am hook and Sebastian is my new hero in this genre.
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on 8 December 2013
After reading the first 2 novels, 'What Angels Fear' & 'When Gods Die' a few years ago, I've been wanting to get hold of more. Just bought the next 5 and am going through them when I get the chance to sit down and read (not as often as I'd like)
Engaging characters with great back stories and I love the period.
Nice to come across a writer not afraid to give us all the filth and degradation of the times along with the incredible privilege lived by the wealthy.
I look forward to reading the rest.
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on 10 February 2010
As usual, C.S. Harris does a great job of developing the characters and keeping the plot going at a great speed. St. Cyr is a great character, and the sense of time and place is fantastic. One of those books that you look forward to getting back to each evening.
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on 18 June 2008
First off loved this book. Loved the previous books - adore the characters and adore the way i want Lord devlin to be with Hero even though i love the kat sebastien relationship. Why did u do this miss harris.
Other than that a fab utterly fab mystery - just gory enough, if you like James Mcgee hawkwood mysteries u will love this.

Have already preordered the next one - bring on november
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