What Darkness Brings: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery
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What Darkness Brings: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery (Sebastian St. Cyr #8)

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The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian's former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder. "Regency England, September 1812: " After a long night spent dealing with the tragic death of a former military c...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by New American Library
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Donna
The idea of a murder mystery rooted in the history of the Hope Diamond is great, and I love Sebastian and Hero's little steps towards building a stronger relationship. The players in the mystery story make things feel overcomplicated and too many of them are connected with Sebastian's past (view spoiler), which makes everything feel far too coincidental. I'm mostly happy to edge past tha...more
Courtney
I think this, along with Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Murder Mystery series is the best historical mystery series available, bar none (and I think I've read them all-Anne Perry, Rhys Bowen, Jacqueline Winspear).

I discovered this series last January and quickly glommed up the entire list. The mystery is always interesting and there's a lot of family drama surrounding Sebastian, the women in his life, and his father. I don't want to spoil things, but this was a great installment with a great myst...more
Veronica
Four and a half stars

This series has always woven actual events from the time period into the story, incorporating it into the mystery du jour in unusual and interesting ways. I can't tell you how many times these books have sent me to my nearest internet capable device to Google something or another. It's part of the fun and this book is no exception. This time around the murder involves a rather nasty man and the infamous Hope Diamond which, according to reports, actually did surface in London...more
Audrey
It's always a pleasure to read a book as prettily crafted as this lime-and-black hardcover. The dust jacket is equally attractive, and made me feel quite edgy while reading on the bus. A clever cover is what sells a book, and the jacket artist deserves a cake for this pretty little number!

Harris's latest Sebastian St. Cyr mystery was richly detailed and well-crafted. Jewel thieves, Prinny, mixing of London's poor and wealthy, hookers, fashion, private gentleman's clubs, street sweeps and the see...more
Keri
Awesome read! Can't ever get enough of Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries. This book picks up after Sebastian and Hero have been married for six weeks. Just when Sebastian thinks that he is going to sink into wedding bliss with his pregnant wife Hero and just be happy, he is abruptly brought to reality when his past lover, Kat Bolen's gay husband is accused of murdering a scuzzy diamond merchant.

Sebastian feels that he can solve the murder in a timely manner, but once he starts digging he finds that a...more
Jennifer
After a somewhat off-topic outing in her last novel, Harris decides to finally throw the readers a bone and move along the character relationships that drive this series just as much as its frequently macabre murders. Unfortunately, that does mean she's falling back once more on the heavy coincidence of everyone closely connected to Sebastien St. Cyr just happening to be directly involved with the mystery... but what the hell. I'm willing to buy 19th century London as the world's largest small t...more
Dianne
If you like fictional historical mysteries that actually weave fact in with the fiction, I think you’ll find What Darkness Brings by C. S. Harris to be a great read! Taking place in the early nineteenth century in England, aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero dig deep to find the truth regarding who murdered a notorious London diamond merchant, Benjamin Eisler. Russell Yates,the husband of Sebastian’s former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder, but swears he is...more
Yune
As I read mysteries mostly for the characters (a person must have a particularly interesting quality to go hunting for a murderer in non-modern times), you probably shouldn't judge this book's merit as a mystery by my review.

Disclaimer aside, I've been thoroughly enjoying the Sebastian St. Cyr series. Characters are hopelessly tangled with each other, and there are consequences for every relationship, whether warm or hostile. I was a little saddened not to see more of Jarvis (a delightful villai...more
LJ
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 di...more
Katherine
Oh, how I had missed Sebastian St. Cyr and his cast of supporting characters. C.S. Harris concocted an engaging mystery inspired by real people and theories surrounding the famous Hope Diamond. As always, Harris does a nice job of weaving together mystery, historical details, and character relationships. One of my favorite things about this series is that while each book has an individual mystery, there are stories and character development that span across multiple books. A great series for mys...more
Sarah
Mmm. Mmm. GOOD! It was wonderful to catch up with Sebastian and Hero in this, Harris' eighth historical mystery novel in the addictive Sebastian St. Cyr series. As always, the mystery was sinister and complex, teasingly holding the solution out of reach until the last pages. It was interesting that rather than choosing a specific historical event as she did in many of the other books, Harris set a single object at the center of this story: the gem which would famously come to be known the world...more
Sue
That it features a tidy mystery, with an unexpected conclusion, is enough of a reason to enjoy What Darkness Brings. But there is so much more.The characters are fascinating: St. Cyr with his feral yellow eyes and mysterious past, his wife Hero, who studies and pities children in poverty, and carries a handy little muff pistol she's not afraid of using, and Kat Boleyn, Irish actress and former love of St. Cyr, provide enough intrigue and mystery on their own. In addition there is a cast of lesse...more
Sophia
This was an interesting mystery in that it began right away being personal to Sebastian because it involves his former lover's husband. When a slimy evil moneylender and broker of valuable items is killed, Russell Yates is the chief suspect. Sebastian races against the clock to find out the truth. Many secrets are unearthed including the fact that Eisler is handling the sale of the infamous Hope Diamond. Sebastian with the help of the intrepid Hero follow the trail to where it leads and it ends...more
Nancy
There are several literary gifts I received from my mother and among them is a passion for E.F. Benson's Lucia novels and a very soft spot for Regency Romances. So, it was with great pleasure that I opened the mail to receive my First Reads advance reader's copy of C.S. Harris' Regency mystery.

Sebastian St. Cyr is everything a Regency romance reader looks for: a dark, dashing, invincible hero who is perfectly bred BUT with a touch of the rogue. Honestly, how can we resist such a fellow? So, Harr...more
Barbara
Well, the over-all story arc just keeps more and more twisted. To say more about the new twists would involve major spoilers for the book.

The actual murder that Devlin is investigating is twisty enough in its own right. The very dead diamond merchant was a very nasty man and the list of possible suspects is legion. Devlin only gets involved because the authorities arrest Russell Yates (husband of Devlin's former lover Kat). Yates was found standing over the body but proclaims his innocence, of c...more
Carole Roman
I think the CS Harris has done so much for the Regency romance genre. Her St. Cyr series has brought it new life, and interesting stories as well as characters. What Darkness Brings is a mere interlude to her series, though. We love your characters, we want more. We want more tension between Sebastian and his father, and Jarvis. Hero's budding romance with Sebastian was barely touched. Paul Gibson, a great character barely made an appearance. While the plot kept me up for the two nights I read,...more
Miki
Something has been bothering me about several of the series I like, and I've finally figured out what it is. Each one is being written as if it were a TV serial, with one quickly resolved plot, another, continuing sub-plot, and a cliff-hanger at the end of the season....-er, I mean book.

This is one of them. I really like the characters, but the plots have become increasingly drawn out, with a quick resolution at the end, and more teasers for the sub-plot. I keep expecting to read "Stay tuned for...more
May Mostly Romance
ไม่อาจปฏิเสธได้นะคะว่า ณ เวลานี้หนังสือชุดนี้คือเรื่องแนว Historical Mystery ที่เราชอบมากที่สุด (หนึ่งในหนังสือไม่กี่เรื่องที่เราลงทุนซื้อปกแข็ง) สำหรับเราแล้วทุกอย่างในเรื่องนี้ลงตัวมาก ๆ การผสมผสานประวัติศาสตร์เข้าไปในประเด็นสืบสวน แง่มุมต่าง ๆ ในสังคมยุครีเจนซี่ที่ถูกนำมาใช้ไม่ใช่เรื่องที่คุ้นเคย และนั่นมันยากมาก ๆ นะคะ เพราะเรื่องแนวรีเจนซีถูกเขียนถึงมาหลายร้อยหลายพันครั้ง ยังจะมีอะไรใหม่ให้นำมาเขียนกันอีก แต่ทุกเล่มในชุดนำเสนอสิ่งใหม่ ที่ทำให้เราเมื่ออ่านจบต้องเปิดคอมพิวเตอร์ (หรือมือถือในต...more
April
I read this right after WHEN MAIDENS MOURN and can barely wait for the next book... So I'm thinking I should treat myself to a re-read of this series all at one time, instead of with the gaps and waiting between each read. I was skeptical, thinking that the author couldn't possibly keep up the quality of the books for so long, but I am happy to report that the series seems to be going strong.

I hope that new readers will start reading the series from the beginning. I think they could stand alone,...more
Michele bookloverforever
st. cyr rides to his former lover's rescue but deepens his relationship with his very remarkable wife, Hero who is the daughter of his bitterest enemy. Really good story, plenty of intrigue, Hero deserves a medal for patience, St.Cyr starts to move on from that ill fated love affair with that former lover. Looking forward to the next in this series. and if Ms.Harris chooses to write a separate series with Hero, St.Cyr's wife as the central character, will buy that one too.
Diane S.
3.5 The story-lines are always good in this series, the atmosphere true to the time period. Yet it is the characters that keep one reading this series and the complicated relationships between them all. Did miss Lord Jarvis in this one as he only made a token appearance and I do so like the interplay between him and Sebastian. I am liking Hero, more and more but Kat and her connection to Sebastian breaks my heart. Another wonderful outing.
Linda
Every time I read the latest Sebastian St. Cyr mystery I think it can't be better than the last one but every time I am proved wrong. I loved everything about this latest book - fantastic plot, riveting, and I so enjoy the continuing story of Sebastian and Hero. I can now happily resume my life - while reading a Sebastian St. Cyr book friends and family know not to disturb, ring or email me :)
Michelle
Wow. I love the fact Harris gives the reader a full on solid mystery that comes together well. What makes this series my favorite is how Harris gives just little hints and snippets of things yet to be discovered in Sebastin's life. Things are not what they seem to be. His past is more than what he remembers. It's torture to wait a year till the next one.
Kate
Sebastian is pulled into the web of intrigue surrounding his former lover's husband, who is found standing over a dead diamond merchant. As Sebastian begins to try and untangle the crime, it seems almost everyone the man met had reason to want to kill him, making Sebastian's queries difficult and sending him in circles around London trying to track down the truth.

Nice development of the themes between Sebastian and his ladies. The mystery itself was a bit disappointing for me, trying to bring t...more
Brackman1066
I love this series--Sebastian and Hero's exchanges are getting funnier and funnier, and I very much like that the author is letting them run with that instead of dwelling too much on angst.
Astrid
Ah the wait until the next one is released. Hero and Sebastian are sweet. Can't wait for it to continue!
Tina
Audiobook version. Yet another fantastic audio performance done by Davina Porter.
John Walker
Another knockout for C.S. Harris and her St. Cyr series. Can't wait for the next one.
Heidi
C.S. Harris mysteries are the best! What more can I say?
Cheryl
Not available until March 2013 but can't wait to read.
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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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