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on 18 September 2015
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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on 25 August 2017
I say this about every story in this series that I've read. I never know what's going to happen next, and never know ' who's done it' until the story tells me. A truly excellent series.
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on 19 July 2017
excellent read read for next one.
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on 11 May 2013
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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on 26 June 2014
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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on 4 December 2014
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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VINE VOICEon 13 March 2013
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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on 15 March 2013
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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on 15 September 2015
I have now read all books in the series and have found them to be a really good read. You can usually work out the plot of most books way before the end but I must admit these do sometimes take you by surprise. Looking forward to the next book.
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on 18 April 2014
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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