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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellant series, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the stronger books in the series; a very good enjoyable read., 11 May 2013
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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. Although, in the end, the main mystery is solved, we are left some left unsolved and many threads to carry forward into subsequent books. This is not at all a negative, but lends to the appeal and fun of reading the series.

"What Darkness Brings" has all the elements that make a really good story; great characters and dialogue--if a bit modern at times--a very strong sense of time and place, plenty of intrigue, excitement, red herrings, romance and conflict. Ms. Harris is also a very visual writer, particularly in the action scenes. I'd consider this to be one of the stronger books in the series. It was definitely a very good enjoyable read.

WHAT DARKNESS BRINGS (Hist Mys-Sebastian St. Cyr-England-1812) - VG
Harris, C.S.
Obsidian, 2013
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars irresistable, 15 Mar 2013
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C.S.Harris new book is as awful as usual: You try to read it slowly to enjoy it as long as possible but as it is so intriguing and tense you cannot stop reading on and then it is suddenly finished ! I cannot believe, after such a long time waiting for it to be published, I have already finished reading it! So where is the next one :-) ? Harris is surely a professionel in describing a tense and historically correct atmosphere, invent interesting, deeply settled caracters and doesn't even forget to emphasize a colourful contrast between the elegant regency upper class and the desastrous social circumstances of the poor working and living behind the scenes for them that time.
A brilliant book, as ususal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read by C S Harris, 18 April 2014
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I enjoy a deeper read with a 'historic voice' - Harris does this well. Good atmosphere created with plenty of mystery. Love this series.
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