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What Darkness Brings (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 co
ebook, 368 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by New American Library
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Aug 02, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great mystery based on real historical events with a few fictional murders thrown in to provide excitement! Really though the main interest in this series is the development of the main characters and their relationships. Sebastian and Hero get closer and closer despite everything and then there are all the other great characters around them. There are only a few books left to go so I am really hoping we get to meet Sebastian's mother and / or father very soon too. Looking forward to the ...more
Aug 08, 2016 Jonetta rated it really liked it
When a renowned gem dealer is found dead in his home with the supposed murderer standing over his body, Sebastian is asked to help investigate. Russell Yates has been accused of the crime and he's facing execution in days. Of course, he cries foul.

This was one of the most complicated mysteries with a host of suspects given the victim was despised by everyone who knew him. The missing diamond had its own murky history, adding another element of intrigue. While it was sometimes difficult to keep
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
What Darkness Brings
4 Stars

At the request of his estranged father, Sebastian St. Cyr looks into the death of a wealthy jeweler when Kat Boleyn's new husband, Russell Yates, is arrested for the crime. Sebastian soon learns that the victim was keeping some dark and dangerous secrets and had numerous powerful enemies many of whom were interested in locating an infamous missing blue diamond. As he closes in on the killer, Sebastian must also confront the shadows of his relationship with Kat and deci
Mar 14, 2013 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mar 07, 2013 Yune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mar 10, 2013 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jun 15, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Jul 05, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. They are set in the Regency period in England and are very well researched. In this book, Sebastian solves a murder involving the husband of his former lover. Part of the mystery is the fate of the French royal jewels and the Hope diamond,
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Apr 26, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elis Madison
When a usurer, collector, and general all-around son of a b is killed in his home, Sebastian St. Cyr's former lover's husband is accused, and Seb is tapped to investigate. It seems that the man had in his possession a very large blue diamond that was once among the crown jewels of France. Lots of people want to get their hands on that diamond, and as mentioned above, the murder couldn't have happened to a nicer guy, so the list of suspects is long and includes a fellow named Hope (yes, it's THAT ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Sep 15, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 8 of this series features a mystery surrounding the Hope diamond. Well done mystery, and I especially liked the history lesson provided in an appendix. Hero and Sebastian's relationship progresses, and he finally trusts her enough to tell her his family's tawdry secrets. Both Kat and Lord Jarvis interfere. I like Lord Jarvis since I know his motives are pure, including the love for his daughter Hero, even if his methods are evil. Kat...well...I'm ready for Hero to just shoot her and be done ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 31, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian and hero get involved with the disappearance of a large blue diamond originating from the French royal jewels, and of course there is the usual cast of characters and great detail. These books are great fun, easy reads, good characters, nice tidbits of regency history and thoroughly enjoyable escapes. A bit overdone on the tension between the two protagonists, but this seems to be resolving. Love Jarvis, but am always a sucker for the bad boy.
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
Valerie Campbell Ackroyd
The plot is quite convoluted at first although it smoothes out in the last 15 pages. Not sure I liked the solution but it made sense. The story surrounds what eventually become known as the Hope Diamond. Harris as usual uses a lot of "facts" in her story which I like. I gave it 4 stars because once again she has made me enjoy History. On to the next; hope to finish that one before Saturday when I get to meet her at a signing in Tucson.
Barb in Maryland
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
Carole Roman
May 20, 2013 Carole Roman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2015 Miki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historic, romance
C.S. Harris is the queen of the very strong finish. I was having a bit of trouble with the first 40% of the book. I felt like there was quite a bit of information dump/overload and the perspectives were changing rapidly. I wasn't connecting. Characters were not connecting either...rather like dumping marbles out of a bag. I would LOVE a few more pages dedicated to the domesticity of the St. Cyr household. I understand that Hero and Sebastian are not a typical domestic all.

Still, a gr
Someone has killed an elderly yet dastardly diamond dealer and the newly married Sebastian St. Cyr heads off to find out who it is. But at the same time, Russell Yates who is married to Sebastian's former love, Kat Boleyn, is accused of the murder and going to hang. How ironic for Sebastian, yet he's says he loves his bride, Hero. So who knows? Lots of suspects. Good book and I enjoyed it on audio, narrated to perfection by Davina Porter, but the story itself was not as riveting as previous book ...more
May 21, 2013 Sharyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story continues! This is a series that must be read in order, there is so much back story and more to come. "What darkness brings" by C.S. Harris, number 8 in the St.Cyr mystery series has a great mystery all tied together within the story of Sebastian, Hero and Cat. A diamond merchant is killed and there are many suspects, but I did not guess the ending. I highly recommend this series, which takes place in Regency England, with Prinny and French spies, and tangled personal lives. Can't wait ...more
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“Do you think I don't worry about you?"
"That's not—"
"Not the same? Because you are a man and I am a woman?"
"No. Because it's one thing for me to make the choice to put my own life in danger and something else entirely when my actions endanger someone else."
She touched her fingers to his lips. "I knew what I was letting myself in for when I married you, Devlin."
He smiled against her hand. "I'm not sure I did.”
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