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Brighton, England, 1811. The beautiful wife of an aging Marquis is found dead in the arms of the Prince Regent. Draped around her neck lies an ancient necklace with mythic origins-and mysterious ties to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. Haunted by his past, Sebastian investigates both the Marchioness's death and his own possible connection to it-and discovers a complex p ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by NAL Hardcover (first published 2006)
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Apr 09, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Exciting historical mystery with a bit of romance and a lot of intrigue!

The second book of the Sebastian St. Cyr series was even better than the firstl! I can't wait to read them all !!!

* In 1811 London Prince Regent wakes up with a lady he had been pursuing dead (with a dagger in her back)
* The Prince's advisors need to find the killer quickly to squelch thoughts of any blame to the prince (view spoiler)
Feb 02, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
The second book in the series and it is shorter and tighter than the first one with less time spent on descriptions and introductions. As always I enjoyed every moment I spent in Regency England and I am starting to like Sebastian as a main character very much. It is fun trying to solve the murder but even more entertaining trying to work out Sebastian's own mystery. The amazing discoveries he makes in this book regarding his mother are obviously going somewhere that will not be especially good ...more
The story begins with what appears to be the murder of a young woman in Prince George's his presence. Sebastian decides to investigate after finding jewelry on the woman's body that has special meaning to him.

What makes this story fascinating is the high political intrigue woven into what first looks like a simple assignation gone wrong. Against the backdrop of Regency period history, the case takes on a vibrant life and the pace seems perfect. Sebastian's relationship with Kat cont
Richard Derus
Feb 18, 2016 Richard Derus rated it really liked it
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: Brighton, England, 1811. The beautiful wife of an aging Marquis is found dead in the arms of the Prince Regent. Draped around her neck lies an ancient necklace with mythic origins-and mysterious ties to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. Haunted by his past, Sebastian investigates both the Marchioness's death and his own possible connection to it-and discovers a complex pattern of lies and subterfuge. With the aid of his lover, Kat Boleyn, and a former stre
May 11, 2012 Mikki rated it really liked it
There are a lot of things I am really coming to like about this series. Obviously, I like Devlin, because why would I stick to a series revolving around a protagonist I couldn't stand? In a way he reminds me of Batman, sans the cool gadgets. In addition to all the sleuthing and action, he's got a junior sidekick in the form of Tom, the same air of menace in society due to his reputation, and, as we're beginning to learn in this book, something of a tragic past.

And he cares. He cares more than he
Jacob Proffitt
May 08, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, mystery
Much improved over the first, if only because Harris didn't need to rely so much on chance to involve her hero. And frankly, I really like that Sebastian decided to take a role in solving this murder/mystery for more altruistic reasons. I highly recommend reading the first one first as it sets up much of the milieu, but I think this one is much more indicative of how things will run from here. At least I hope so.

I'm still not happy with the central romance. I just don't buy Kat and while there's
❆ Crystal ❆
4 stars. I enjoyed this story very much. It is well written with a great story line and wonderful characters. I loved the Acknowledgement and the Author's Note.... very cool.
I look forward to the next book!
When Gods Die
4 Stars

When the Prince Regent is discovered with the body of a dead marchioness in his arms, Sebastian St. Cyr is lured into the investigation as the young woman is wearing a unique necklace that was thought lost at sea with his mother. As the case progresses and the body count rises, Sebastian uncovers a deadly conspiracy that may just bring down the monarchy...

An excellent sequel.

Harris once again demonstrates her skill at merging fact and fiction. She manages to capture the perv
Ashley Arthur
Sep 13, 2012 Ashley Arthur rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the second book in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. I picked up the first in the series, “What Angels Fear,” because I adore a good British period mystery. I love Lauren Willig, Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, but CS Harris’ books are different. The narrator and detective of her series is a man, and while this probably seems like a stupid thing to point out, it does significantly change the tone of the books. Historical mystery novels with female narrators tend to be heavy on roma ...more
Jamie Collins
A beautiful marchioness is found dead in the Prince Regent’s chambers at the Brighton Pavilion. Her death is declared to be suicide, but enquiring minds are curious about the dagger stuck in her back. Sebastian St. Cyr happens to be nearby, and takes an interest in the case because... well, because the author needed a murder mystery to write about.

This wasn’t a bad read, but I wasn’t as engaged by this book as by the first one. St. Cyr didn’t seem to have much personality. He does have a lot of
Persis Menon
Apr 23, 2015 Persis Menon rated it it was amazing
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Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
Apr 26, 2016 Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Book 2 did not let me down. Ms Porter kept me on the edge of my seat. I get a kick out of Tom and St Cyr and I'm beginning to enjoy the budding relationship between Lovejoy and St Cyr. It is a lot of fun trying to figure out whodunnit. There are plenty of obvious villans to blame the murder on, and those who would benefit from murdering the poor young beautiful pregnant woman that is married to the rich titled man 45 years older then her, but we can tell none of the obvious ones are guilty. It w ...more
Jennifer Sowle
May 17, 2015 Jennifer Sowle rated it really liked it
I have a confession to make: sometimes I’m in the mood to read thrilling historical murder mysteries with dashes of breathless romance and even more dashes of handsome, rugged heroes. This series, featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, definitely fits into my “guilty fun” reading. Everyone should have guilty fun reads once in a while, right? The first novel in the series, What Angels Fear, was overly long and perhaps a bit too breathless, but I am well pleased with this second offering. This book is a sho ...more
Three and a half stars

I'm really starting to get into this series. I felt that the pacing was better in this book and the actual mystery didn't seem so convoluted. I really like Sebastian and I'm feeling more and more drawn into the mystery of his mother and his family. The drama unfolding there is what is starting to hook me. From what I've seen with these first two books, I'd definitely say that this is a mystery first and foremost, with a romantic element in the background. That suits me just
Jul 07, 2015 Gina rated it liked it
Second in the Sebastian St. Cyr, aka Viscount Devlin, mystery series set in 1800's England. Someone tries to frame the Prince Regent for murder, and Sebastian attempts to solve the crime. I didn't get who the murderer was until the very end, but I think that is more because it ended up being a outlier choice rather than an integrated character in the story. Still an overall enjoyable read despite a few pacing flaws. I plan on reading the next in the series. I don't think this would work well as ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Anusriya rated it it was amazing
There's something about Miss Harris's writing that you just can't stop reading her's like an just want more..Right now I am going through a similar already having severe withdrawal and am in just the second book..The story again, was slow but strong.What I love about this series is the gradual development of the personal lives mixed up with the mystery parts..After reading about a hundred books about Duke and Duchess ,Earl,Viscount etc..I am getting to see his ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Jordan rated it really liked it
Elis Madison
This second in the St. Cyr series is one of the better mysteries I've read. The story opens with the Prince Regent being discovered with a dead woman, a woman he's known to have pursued. As the scandal threatens the house of of Hanover, Sebastian is asked to look into the murder. Only nobody is telling him the full truth.

Add to the mystery, the dead woman was wearing a necklace that Seb knows his dead mother was wearing on the day her ship went down in the Channel.

The eventual disposition of th
Apr 07, 2016 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
I quite enjoyed this story. Sebastian St Cyr's crime solving is wonderfully paced and by the end of the story all the strands come together. C.S. Harris is able to bring early 19th century London to life.
Terri Lynn
I am crazy about this historical mystery series about aristocrats and the poor in Regency England. This book was even better than the first and I am working my way through. In this story, mad King George (yes, THAT George) is so mad his son the Prince, a sleazy character, is found in his room during a party holding a dead Frenchwoman (who is married and pregnant) more undressed than dressed who has a dagger stuck into her- yet died earlier of poisoning. Sebastian (Lord Devlin) is asked to try to ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Tasula rated it liked it
This was a pleasant read- a Viscount in 1811 London (Sebastian St. Cyr) is asked to help clear Prince George of the murder of a beautiful young Marchioness. He agrees to this because when she died she was wearing a necklace that belonged to Sebastian's mother, which she was wearing when she left on a tragic boat trip that ended in her death. He enlists the help of his lover (Actress Kat), tiger (Tom, sort of a boy of all work), doctor/pathologist (Paul Gibson) to investigate and solve the crime. ...more
Ann Sloan
Aug 16, 2014 Ann Sloan rated it it was ok
I’ve identified two elements about this series that prevent me from embracing it fully (or even partially!).

Number One: no humor. Loren Estleman’s Amos Walker series, one of my favorites, gives me at least one big laugh per book. Chandler and Hammett have sly, subtle humor. Donald Westlake is hysterical. Heck, Shakespeare is famous for his comic relief. Mystery writers should understand the value of humor.

Number Two: too much personal information. Again, I cite Chandler and Hammett. I just saw t
Mar 20, 2014 Ioana rated it did not like it
Negative 5 Stars: These books are awful in every respect except their plots, which are not bad (some may even be said to be quite exciting). I usually love a fun, non-literature "pulp" mystery or spy novel, everything from Agatha Christie to Forsyth, but I have never, before C.S. Harris, read a book I detested so much that I cared naught for the plot.

First, the use of language is not just mundane, it's degenerate (I actually felt LESS literate after reading these). There is literature, in which
Jan 03, 2011 Pamela rated it liked it
This is the second installment in C.S. Harris's series of Regency-era mysteries featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, the Viscount Devlin. George, Prince of Wales (aka Prinny) has just assumed the Regency and already fears for his throne. The portly, pampered, extravagant prince is vastly unpopular with the people and his cause is not helped when the beautiful Marchioness of Anglessy is found dead in his arms, with a dagger that once belonged to Bonnie Prince Charlie in her back, in the Royal Pavilion in ...more
Mar 06, 2012 Yune rated it really liked it
Why aren't there more works of Regency-era suspense? There's something seductive about the careful forms observed by the aristocracy while darker things circle beneath this polished veneer. Although I confess I wasn't quite as taken by the first one, this one's got me firmly hooked on the series, and I count myself lucky to be just on the second one, with several more to go.

One of the things I look for in a murder mystery is how much I end up learning about the murder victim as a person rather t
Aug 11, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it
WHEN GODS DIE (Historical Mystery-England-1811) – VG
Harris, C.S – 2nd in series
New American Library, 2006- US Hardcover – ISBN: 0451219686
First Sentence: He knew she’d come to him.
*** Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton when he, and other party goers, enter a room to find Prince George with a dead woman in his arms. The woman is Guinevere Anglessey, the very young wife of a wealthy, elderly Marquis. She has a dagger in her back, but there’s no blood, and a ne
Dec 29, 2010 Keri rated it really liked it
The Prince Regent is completely surprised that the woman that he just propositioned is not sitting there in a provocative pose, she is sitting there with a knife in her back...dead. Of course since this is a delicate matter with the Prince, Sebastian St. Cyr is called in to solve the crime.

Sebastian eagerly takes on the case, because on the neck of the dead woman is a necklace that was on his mother's neck the day she was lost at sea 17 years ago. How can the two cases be linked together?

But o
Apr 23, 2010 Abby rated it really liked it
Brief Summary:

The Prince Regent is discovered clutching the lifeless body of a murdered marchioness. Further complicating matters, the necklace around the dead woman's neck was last worn by Sebastian St. Cyr's mother, who died more than 10 years earlier. Personal intrigue draws Sebastian into investigating the murder of the marchioness but investigation quickly turns to political intrigue and rebellion.

Why I picked it up:
After reading the first in the series, I couldn't wait to get more Sebastia
Sep 19, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, historical
Viscount Devlin is once again tapped to use his unique sleuthing abilities to discover who has murdered the Marchioness of Anglessey. Is it the Prince Regent, who is caught with her body nearly in her arms? Or is it one of the prince’s political enemies who seeks to discredit him and put another claimant on the throne? Or is it the lady’s husband, jealous because she took a younger lover? Or maybe it’s the lover, whom she cast aside?

Lots of suspects abound in this intriguing mystery set in 1800
May 17, 2015 Hapzydeco rated it really liked it
The second novel by C.S. Harris in her Sebastian St. Cyr series continues the mystery of Sebastian’s world. While we learn more about the characters it is really Harris’s weaving in the attitude’s of the times that makes her writing stand out.
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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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Sebastian St. Cyr (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr, #1)
  • Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr, #3)
  • Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr, #4)
  • What Remains of Heaven (Sebastian St. Cyr, #5)
  • Where Shadows Dance (Sebastian St. Cyr, #6)
  • When Maidens Mourn (Sebastian St. Cyr, #7)
  • What Darkness Brings (Sebastian St. Cyr, #8)
  • Why Kings Confess (Sebastian St. Cyr #9)
  • Who Buries the Dead (Sebastian St. Cyr #10)
  • When Falcons Fall (Sebastian St. Cyr, #11)

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He was like a god to her. What happens when your god dies? Sebastian wondered. When someone is your sun and moon and stars, and then you discover something, something that reveals a hitherto unknown weakness so fundamental, so shattering that it destroys not only your trust in the other person, but your respect, too.
Some people never recover from that kind of disillusionment.”
“She had been born with a different name, to a woman with laughing eyes and warmly whispered words of love who’d died degraded and afraid on a misty Irish morning.” 1 likes
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