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When Maidens Mourn (Sebastian St. Cyr #7)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  2,426 ratings  ·  229 reviews
When Gabrielle Tennyson is murdered, aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new reluctant bride, the fiercely independent Hero Jarvis, find themselves involved in an intrigue concerning the myth of King Arthur, Camelot, and a future poet laureate...
ebook, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by New American Library
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Selena Paulsen
Oh, how I love Sebastian St. Cyr novels. The previous entry, "Where Shadows Dance" may be on my list of top 20 books ever. But, unfortunately, "When Maidens Mourn" won't make that list. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad novel, it's just not great either. The appeal of the St. Cyr series is threefold: gritty fascinating history, tangled dark mysteries, and subtle wrenching romance. So, let's take a look at each of those in this newest installment. History - once again, Harris creates a regency e ...more
So I enjoyed this book because Hero and Sebastian are together finally, and I hated that other chick character, so that's good. Also Lady of Shalott is one of my FAVORITE poems (Because of Anne of Green Gables, way meta here) so I loved the overall plot of this one, great murder mystery. Yes, there are some weird plot twists, and the arc of Hero/Sebastian felt a bit retarded, I wanted them to interact more rather than keep each other apart and restrained, but this is not a "vaginal Mystery" so m ...more

Mild spoilers ahead

I've now read six of the seven books in this series*, which is set in Regency London and features Peninsular War veteran Sebastian St Cyr, aka Viscount Devlin, and his wife, the feisty and feminist Hero Jarvis. Like lots of other crime fiction writers, Harris has a formula for these books and she pretty much sticks to it. Here's how it goes:

(a) Brief introduction;
(b) Murder is discovered;
(c) Sebastian (and Hero) become involved in investigation;
(d) Investigation proceeds, cons
Our story picks up a week into Devlin and Hero's uneasy marriage, when Devlin gets notice of a young noblewoman found dead in a boat not far from London. Come to find out it is a friend of Hero's. Once the investigation starts, it soon becomes apparent that many people wanted the young Miss dead. Was if for political gain a love not returned or to keep even deeper secrets. Hero and Devlin are soon enmeshed in trying to find out who killed her friend and what happened to her two nephews that she ...more
Four and a half stars

Time doesn't elapse very quickly between books in this series. I think the eight months between books three and four have been the longest stretch of time so far. This time we're dealing with the shortest time interval as only four days have passed since the end of the last book, an ending that saw Sebastian and Hero facing a new, scary, and exciting future.

The murder victim this time is/was a good friend of Hero's so it's a given that she and Sebastian will investigate. Whe
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A conversation between two sisters:

Noa: Will you be able to bring the new Sebastian St. Cyr book back with you from the states? I’m getting a review copy.
Big Sis: *Squee* Yes! This way I can read it first!
Noa: But I need to review it.
Big Sis: You’ll get to review it…I’ll get it to you ASAP…after I read it

Another conversation between two sisters:

Little Sis: Whatcha reading?
Noa: the new Sebastian St. Cyr, I’m reviewing it for Month of Love…
Little Sis: OMG! I’
The continuing character development and personal relationships arc in this installment of the series gets a solid A. The mystery gets a tepid C.

I'll start with what I liked first. I love Sebastian and Hero together. He has always been the elegant, dangerous, larger than life protagonist who dominates the attention so well in this series and that hasn't changed. I am firmly on Sebastian's side no matter what -- I root for him, I want him to bitch-slap his stupid sister, and I so much want him an
I took a year or two break from this series, not because I was getting bored or discouraged, but mostly just interested in other genres. But I think it was a good thing, because I've a renewed love for this series, finding all the the joy I had when first discovering these books.

Harris writes intense, suspenseful, labyrinthine mysteries that are further wrought with the emotional relationships and history of the various characters. This is both good and bad, primarily all good, but somewhat exha
First Sentence: Tessa Sawyer hummed a nervous tune beneath her breath as she pushed through the tangled brush and bracken edging the black waters of the ancient moat.

Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife, Hero Jarvis, married for proprietary due to her pregnancy. There is occasionally passion between them, but not yet trust. Will investigating the murder of Hero’s friend Gabrielle Tennyson and disappearance of two children begin to build that bridge? The people’s dislike of the Regency, and the co
Book seven in the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series in which a friend of Lord Devlin's (Sebastian) new wife is found murdered, floating in a boat in Camlet Moat. Like his wife, Gabrielle Tennyson was a strong-spirited, independent and educated woman who was doing an archaelogical dig at Camlet Moat, theorizing that it was the former site of King Arthur's famed Camelot centuries before. Was it this postulation that got her killed, or something to do with her personal life?

This is one of
I was unfamiliar with C.S. Harris prior to being sent this book to review. Thanks to Book of the MOnth Club for sending it to me. I am now going to go back and read all the ones preceding this as I found it wonderfully entertaining. It is not great literature, but it is a fun read. It's a mystery whose main character, Sebastian St. Cyr, is a viscount living in the early 19th century England. He somehow manages to get himself entangled in murder in each of Ms. Harris's books. Isn't that just the ...more
Susan Johnson
This is my first Sebastian St. Cyr novel and I am kicking myself for not reading this series earlier. The author really gives the feel for the time period and seems very authentic. In fact, one of the clues involved the victim not wearing her spencer. I have no idea what a spencer is but I liked that it was a clue. St. Cyr has just married the powereful Lord Jarvis' daughter, Hero, and they are just getting used to being together. They are both involved in this case and Hero is a formidable ally ...more
While investigating the murder of a historical researcher, Sebastian and Hero track the woman's killer through a maze of Arthurian legend, pagan religious belief, and political intrigue.

Unfortunately the resolution of the mystery doesn't pay off its premise, giving us a tacked on motive that makes no sense until the reveal. Every side plot is more detailed and interesting than the case turns out to be, so I left this book with a feeling of wasted potential.

Hero and Sebastian managed to be both c
A great Sebastian St. Cyr mystery. I always enojoy these books. Newlyweds Sebastian and Hero have to delay a trip to the country for their honeymoon when Hero's friend is murdered and her two young cousins are missing. Sebastian and Hero both conduct their inquiries to figure it out eventhough Hero doesn't give Sebastian all the details. Eventually they learn to work together to solve it.

It's nice seeing their evolving and unexpected relationship. I really like them together - Hero is a great m
Awesome entry in this wonderful series! It was another solid mystery but as always it's the solid characters that keep you coming back to this series. It's so satisfying to finally have Hero front and center where she belongs. The encounters between the newlyweds were beautifully written and Sebastian finally comes to a realization he's been needing to accept for quite some time... It will be a joy to see this relationship deepen further as the series continues, they truly make for wonderfully f ...more
May Mostly Romance
หนึ่งในหนังสือที่เราลงทุนซื้อในฉบับปกแข็งมาอ่านก็คือเรื่องนี้ค่ะ และมันไม่ใช่หนังสือโรแมนซ์

นั่นน่าจะบอกถึงความคลั่งไคล้ที่เรามีให้กับหนังสือชุดนี้เป็นอย่างดีนะคะ ในช่วงเวลาที่เราเกือบจะไม่ได้อ่านหนังสือแนวอื่นแล้ว หนังสือชุดนี้กลายเป็นหนังสือที่เรารักมาก ๆ และทำให้เราตั้งหน้าตั้งตารอคอยเล่มต่อไปในชุดชนิดที่แทบนับวันรอเลยล่ะ

เรื่องนี้เป็นเล่มที่เจ็ดในหนังสือแนวสืบสวนย้อนยุคที่ดำเนินเรื่องโดยเซบาสเตียน เซ็นต์เซอร์ ไวส์เคาท์เดฟลินผู้มีชาติกำเนิดสูงส่ง แต่กลับเลือกที่จะทำงานราวกับตำรวจ (ยังไม่มีตำร
Dorothy Love

Lately I've been on a historical mystery/suspense kick and the other day I came across a series by an author new to me, C S Harris. WHEN MAIDENS MOURN is part of the Sebastian St Cyr mysteries set in Regency England featuring the eponymous dashing nobleman-turned detective and his wife, Hero.

When Hero's friend Gabrielle Tennyson is found murdered at Camlet Moat and her body in a boat reminiscent out of a scene of The Lady of Shallot, Sebastian and Hero set out to find the murderer and to disco
What's there to say, other than that I'm totally in love with this series! I was kinda hoping to finally give 5 stars to one of these books but I felt it wasn't quite there for me. I thought the mystery was a little boring but it was far less convoluted than the last book. And Hero! I'm such a Hero fangirl, she's just made of awesomness. I was hoping for a little more Hero/Sebastian but I know the buildup to their relationship is really the best part; all I have to say is I cannot wait for the n ...more
Ericka Scott
I've had this book pre-ordered for months. When it came in the mail, I dropped everything to read it. Finished it in *almost* one sitting (had to take a break to feed my family, darn them anyway). I admire the twists and turns of the plot, the surprise endings, the way the characters are growing and changing, while still staying true to the "people" I fell in love with in the first few books. All I can say is...Ms. Harris...WRITE FASTER! LOL.
Four days married, Sebastian is about to set out for a honeymoon when murder takes precedence. Miss Gabrielle Tennyson, a good friend to Hero and a scholar in her own right, was found stabbed in Camlet Moat, the site of a controversy surrounding its connection (or not) to Camelot and King Arthur's legend. Hero and Sebastian both pursue the truth, trying to stay loyal to others' confidences but not lose each other in the process.

The end of this book didn't ring as true for me; perhaps it is my m
This is one of my all time favorite series and I've been waiting for this book to come out.Sadly I was a little disappointed - I'm all about the characters so while the mystery was great I was sad for the little amount of time given to Devlin and Hero's relationship. I was hoping for alot more so while I did enjoy it, it wasn't quite what I had hoped for.
LaVerne St. George
This is the 7th book in the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series and early on, I realized that CS Harris would be an author whose words would flow like a river. The flow of her words draws the reader in and through the book as much as the story. As in the earlier books of the series, the mystery plays out on several levels. Each character has the chance of loosing his life, power, freedom, and/or love and it is the author's tight hold on the story and the details that bring all the variables into a ...more
Hunkered? Five times! Is this your favorite word Harris? -.-

Why is it that Sebastian always gets wounded, bruised up or injured every dang mystery and it always has to be done by pairs of scruffy men, either young or old?

Then, does Sebastian have to have a scene with Kat every now and again? I mean, is that even necessary just to make the reader realize that he's not over her yet, like, duh, seriously? It's like being forced to read a series of words that always has to mention what she wear and
Toni Osborne
Book 7, in the Sebastian St.Cyr Mytery series

This is my first experience reading this author, although I did so with the 7th installment I never felt lost or that I had missed anything of importance. I molded right into the story and enjoyed the mystery at its fullest. The series is set in Regency England at the beginning of 1800’s and features Sebastian St. Cyr, an aristocratic sleuth, now Viscount Devlin.

The 7th book brings Devlin and his new bride, Hero Jarvis, to put their honeymoon on hold
This is my first Sebastian St. Cyr book and I will most likely read another. Author does a good job giving the reader a sense of the what things were like in that time period. Just enough suspense to keep you reading too!

The hardest St. Cyr puzzle I've read so far... and very, very happy with the turn of events. :)
Loved loved loved this one.
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The more I read this series, the more enamored I become of its characters.

In this outing, Viscount Devlin (Sebastian St. Cyr) and his newly-wed wife, Hero, are preparing for their honeymoon. Their plans are disrupted by the murder of Hero's longtime friend, Gabrielle Tennyson ... and the disappearance of Gabrielle's nephews. Miss Tennyson is found floating in Camlet Moat ... in a boat, reminiscent of the legendary Lady of Shallott. This is an interesting coincidence to St. Cyr, as Miss Tennyson
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Candice Proctor, aka C.S. Harris and C.S. Graham, is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen novels including the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series written under the name C.S. Harris, the new C.S. Graham thriller series co-written with Steven Harris, and seven historical romances. She is also the author of a nonfiction historical study of the French Revolution. Her books ...more
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