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Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr #3)

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Murder has jarred London’s elite. The sons of prominent families have been found at dawn in public places, partially butchered, with strange objects stuffed in their mouths. Once again, the local magistrate turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for help. Moving from the gritty world of London’s docks to the drawing rooms of Mayfair, Sebastian confronts his most puzz ...more
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Jonetta I wouldn't recommend it as part of the pleasure of the series is understanding the nuances of the characters' behaviors. There's lots of political…moreI wouldn't recommend it as part of the pleasure of the series is understanding the nuances of the characters' behaviors. There's lots of political intrigue that you'd miss by not at least reading the first book. (less)
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Third in historical mystery series is the best so far!

Wow, the Sebastian St. Cyr series keeps getting better and better! I can't wait to read them all !!!

Brief Overview:
* It's September 1811 in London and two sons of aristocrats have been murdered in a brutal fashion, left in a public place with objects inserted in their mouths
* Sebastian St. Cyr is called in once again to use his skills to help identify the serial killer
* Other murders occur that appear to be related
* Can Sebastian identify t
Mar 07, 2016 Jonetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonetta by: Lauren
Sebastian takes on another puzzling and gruesome case at the behest of Magistrate Lovejoy. Young men are being murdered, their bodies brutally treated with objects placed in their mouths. The case takes him down interesting and surprising paths.

This story is the best yet, written nimbly but without sacrificing the author's extraordinary skill in descriptively creating a strong sense of time, place and social atmosphere. I felt like I could see, feel and smell early 19th century London. The case
Mar 02, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book number 3 and this series keeps getting better and better. This one starts of interestingly enough and then just gains more and more momentum. I could not put it down. I thought I could predict the situation with Kat and I could not have been more wrong. What an eye opener!!! Sebastian grows more and more likable as does young Tom. The mystery is pretty intense and gruesome but really it took second place to the family dramas. I loved it all and want to start the next one right now!
Richard Derus
Feb 20, 2016 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: It's September 1811, and someone is killing the wealthy young sons of London's most prominent families. Partially butchered, with strange objects stuffed into their mouths, their bodies are found dumped in public places at dawn. When the grisly remains of Alfred, Lord Stanton's eldest son are discovered in the Old Palace Yard beside the House of Lords, the local magistrate turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for help.

Ranging from the gritty world o
❆ Crystal ❆
5 brilliant stars. This book was just amazing. The murder/mystery had a lot of twists. It kept me guessing the whole way through. I would have never in a million years guessed the villain.
Secrets were revealed and now there are more secrets to be reveled. The last few chapters felt like a run-away train and I was just hanging on while all of these life-changing events were happening one right after another. Of course I think Yates is "you know who." But, I'll just have to wait and see if I'm ri
Three books into this Regency mystery series and I'm hooked! Sebestian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is the dashing hero with a complex and mysterious past.....and with each installment, another layer of his backstory is revealed and long-held secrets begin to come to light. The plots are clever, fast-paced, and atmospheric -- from the palace of the Regent to the slums and gritty underbelly of London, St. Cyr is drawn in to help solve grisly cases of crime and murder. Rich period detail, intrigue, r ...more
Why Mermaids Sing
4 Stars

Local Magistrate Henry Lovejoy seeks the aid of Sebastian St. Cyr when the sons of several prominent families are found viciously butchered. Skilled at ferreting out the truth, Sebastian’s investigation exposes a deadly web of lies that someone is willing to kill to keep secret.

A rather straightforward serial killer mystery set in Regency England. Nevertheless, the aspects of the case make for gripping reading and the twists and turns in Sebastian’s personal life are ver
K. Lincoln
Jan 26, 2012 K. Lincoln rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came back to the Sebastian St. Cyr series after a year's time and found that I love it now just as much as I did when I first cracked open the pages of What Angels Fear (which I had started because I was going through Deanna Raybourn withdrawal.)

The third book in this series of Viscount St. Cyr's unorthodox investigation into murders that touch the nobility continues the delicious exploration of Sebastian's character amidst the themes of honor, self-sacrifice, and trust.

A killer is following t
Mirah W
Jul 28, 2011 Mirah W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am liking Harris a little more with each book. She seems to have created a more streamline approach to her writing as opposed to the ping pong match I experienced in the first book in this series. Sebastian is such a likeable character...he's flawed, haunted by what happened in the war, but at heart he is a caring person who wants justice in a world that he sees as being unfair (with rank and privilege). I love Sebastian's relationship with Lovejoy...they play off of each other well and I thin ...more
Three and a half stars

Ah, this was a tough one to rate for me. On the one hand, the murder mystery was interesting as this time around Sebastian finds himself on the hunt for a serial killer. The murders themselves are disturbing as is the story behind the killer's driving motivation. Secondary characters like Earl Hendon, Paul Gibson, and Lord Jarvis continue to add much appreciated flavor to the telling and Sebastian's interactions with them, however brief, usually give at least some clues to
Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
Another good one in this series. Davina Porter showcases her talented voice with all of the characters; keeping each one distinct and unique, but I'm constantly drawn to her ability to create an endearing little character with 11 year old Tom. He's all boy with lots of heart and enthusiasm and I love hearing "him" talk. I look forward to the zany things St. Cyr gets himself into; and with murder being the center theme, there always seem to be juicy little side stories along the way to make the b ...more
Dec 28, 2012 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The book before this one, Why Gods Die, bored me. Though well written, I didn't like it. I didn't even review it. I just moved on, hoping this book would redeem the series in my eyes.

This installment was better. Definitely more interesting, but it wasn't interesting enough for me to read the series any further. While the love story takes an interesting turn in this book, reading Sebastien and Kat's scenes together was like watching paint dry. I am rarely this disconnected from characters. But I
Wow! What a shocking twist to this series! I am officially hooked! I would recommend that if you start this series to read them in order and don't read the blurbs. I clicked on one of the titles that I haven't read and it gave away a huge spoiler :(
This was such an amazing book. It's a little over 8 hours long and I listened to it in about 10 hours--I pretty much ignored my boyfriend and cats lol. The other books were good but this one has been the best so far. I was not expecting twists and turns of this caliber. I'm on to book 4.
Elis Madison
Dang, these books just keep getting better!!

Sebastian St. Cyr has been tapped to investigate the particularly gruesome murders of a number of young men who appear to have no connection. A ghoulish motive emerges, and while his final revelation seemed a bit of a leap to me, the pieces fit together nicely but in unexpected ways.

Add to that, a rather cruel twist (let's just say my brain was yelling, "WTH?! We did NOT just go there?!) in the overarching storyline left me with a lingering question: j
Jan 31, 2014 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
what in the ever loving hell. my head is still spinning with that reveal lol.

As with the other two books of the series, the plotting here is slightly all over the place. Once again Sebastian, Lord Devlin, is called in to involve himself in a murder. Two, in fact, as the horrifically mutilated body just discovered is the second such in a few months. He looks into the matter, trying to determine why two (or more) such dissimilar boys have been murdered in such a similar manner, all the while continuing to keep an eye on the matter of his mother which came up in the previou ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-fiction
I once heard the Sebastian St. Cyr series described as Mr. Darcy meets James Bond and I think that’s a very good description of the protagonist of the series. I’m also a fan of Regency era stories and mysteries, so this series was a natural pick for me. While the plot does meander a bit and some of the story elements are very eye rolling worthy, on the whole this is a fun, quick, bubble gum of a book; not much thinking required while reading but and a lot to enjoy. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series is the best of the three, so far. Someone is killing prominent young men who seem to have no connection between them or their families. Viscount Devlin (St. Cyr) is again asked, due to his position and skills learned in war, to help investigate. It is interesting reading about an investigation well before most forensics other than the most basic autopsy. Since most of the investigation involves just talking to people, it would be ...more
May 20, 2012 Mikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I hadn't already been determined to finish this series, this book would have firmly cemented me in. Holy crap, the revelations in this book. The main plot itself was harrowing enough in its content, let alone the way it was slowly revealed to the readers, but then I guess Harris threw up her hands and decided to throw all taboos to the wind.

To all appearances, anyway. I am almost positive that just as Kat's origins weren't what she thought, Sebastian's own will eventually be questioned. It's
Perhaps 4.5 stars.

This series definitely must be read in order, at least through Book #3, which this is.

Gruesome crimes; rude surprises.

Be Fisher
What a terrific series this is turning out to be ! A real page turner , never figured out who it was until the Author let me know ....loved it!
Sep 19, 2016 Caz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow.
Krista D
Jan 09, 2015 Krista D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - I really enjoyed this one, mostly because it didn't revolve around Prinny.
3 1/2 stars
Danielle Gonzalez
This is the 3rd book in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series, and it's my favorite so far. When the sons of two lords are found viciously murdered, the magistrate asks for Sebastian's help to find the killer. There is no apparent connection, until Sebastian digs deeper and discovers the horrifying secret that links the parents of the victims. Sebastian is dedicated to finding the truth, and not afraid to do anything to get it. I enjoy reading about his intellect and physical prowess as he works ...more
Riccarla Roman
Oct 30, 2011 Riccarla Roman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down. This is the second book of this series that I have read (chronologically it is the third book) Sebastian St. Cyr is a great hero - completely heroic yet flawed. This time the mystery is about young men whose murdered, mutilated bodies are showing up in public places. One of the bodies was found towards the end of the previous book. For a moment, I thought it had to with the case he was on, but when it wasn't mentioned again, I wondered if it would turn up later. I ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I started reading this book, I didn't want to put it down. "Why Mermaids Sing," the third of the Sebastian St. Cyr novels, is full of more twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster.

The sons of noblemen are being killed, their mutilated corpses left in very public places. The first case is actually mentioned in When Gods Die, but only in passing. Magistrate Lovejoy once again asks Sebastian's help in investigating the matter.

I'm a great reader of mysteries, and how Harris gets the
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