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What Darkness Brings (Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 3 Apr 2013

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Praise for the Sebastian St. Cyr Series

"Best historical thriller writer in the business! Sebastian St. Cyr is...uncannily clever, unwaveringly reserved, and irresistibly sexy. The entire series is simply elegant."--"New York Times "bestselling author Lisa Gardner

"Deftly combines political intrigue, cleverly concealed clues and vivid characters."--"Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review)

"A crescendo of suspense and surprise."--"Library Journal" (Starred Review)

"Thoroughly enjoyable...kept me enthralled."--Deanna Raybourn

"A ripping read...captivated me to the final page."--Will Thomas

"Harris crafts her story with the threat of danger, hints of humor, vivid sex scenes, and a conclusion that will make your pulse race."--"The New Orleans Times-Picayune"

"Harris delves deep into the mores of Regency England..."--"Kirkus Reviews "(Starred Review)

Praise for the Sebastian St. Cyr Series
"Best historical thriller writer in the business! Sebastian St. Cyr is...uncannily clever, unwaveringly reserved, and irresistibly sexy. The entire series is simply elegant."--"New York Times "bestselling author Lisa Gardner
"Deftly combines political intrigue, cleverly concealed clues and vivid characters."--"Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review)
"A crescendo of suspense and surprise."--"Library Journal" (Starred Review)
"Thoroughly enjoyable...kept me enthralled."--Deanna Raybourn
"A ripping read...captivated me to the final page."--Will Thomas
"Harris crafts her story with the threat of danger, hints of humor, vivid sex scenes, and a conclusion that will make your pulse race."--"The New Orleans Times-Picayune"
"Harris delves deep into the mores of Regency England..."--"Kirkus Reviews "(Starred Review)

Praise for the Sebastian St. Cyr Series
"Best historical thriller writer in the business! Sebastian St. Cyr is uncannily clever, unwaveringly reserved, and irresistibly sexy. The entire series is simply elegant. "New York Times "bestselling author Lisa Gardner
Deftly combines political intrigue, cleverly concealed clues and vivid characters. "Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review)
A crescendo of suspense and surprise. "Library Journal" (Starred Review)
Thoroughly enjoyable kept me enthralled. Deanna Raybourn
A ripping read...captivated me to the final page. Will Thomas
Harris crafts her story with the threat of danger, hints of humor, vivid sex scenes, and a conclusion that will make your pulse race. "The New Orleans Times-Picayune"
Harris delves deep into the mores of Regency England "Kirkus Reviews "(Starred Review)"

Praise for the Sebastian St. Cyr Series
"Best historical thriller writer in the business! Sebastian St. Cyr is...uncannily clever, unwaveringly reserved, and irresistibly sexy. The entire series is simply elegant."--New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner
"Deftly combines political intrigue, cleverly concealed clues and vivid characters."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A crescendo of suspense and surprise."--Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Thoroughly enjoyable...kept me enthralled."--Deanna Raybourn
"A ripping read...captivated me to the final page."--Will Thomas
"Harris crafts her story with the threat of danger, hints of humor, vivid sex scenes, and a conclusion that will make your pulse race."--The New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Harris delves deep into the mores of Regency England..."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

C.S. Harris has written more than a twenty novels, including the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series; the C.S. Graham thriller series, co-authored with former intelligence officer Steven Harris; and seven award-winning historical romances written under the name Candice Proctor. A respected scholar of nineteenth century Europe, she is also the author of a nonfiction historical study of the French Revolution. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and two daughters. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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I've read four of the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries - which says clearly that I enjoy them. However, I find it intensely frustrating that books 3, 4, 5 and 6 are still not available in Kindle format. As a consequence, I've read books 1 and 2 and books 7 and 8 which basically means that I've no idea how Sebastian came to marry Hero. Like many readers, I prefer to read a series in the right order so won't be buying any further installments until the missing books become available.
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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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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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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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