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Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr #3)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  3,886 ratings  ·  264 reviews
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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Mirah W
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
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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
K. Bird
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
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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
what in the ever loving hell. my head is still spinning with that reveal lol.

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
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
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
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
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
The third installment of the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries is as dark and intriguing as the first two with young Viscount Devlin coming into to his own as a reluctant 19th century sleuth. Though diving into these mysteries is scandalous and well beneath his station as a nobleman; you get the feeling that cutting against the grain of English Society is in no small measure why he has chosen to do it.
With his trusty teenage sidekick Tom, Devlin unravels the brutal murders of several young men who's b
I really enjoy this series. The atmosphere is dark and gritty. The murders and acts of violence are not glossed over, but laid bare as it should be in a murder mystery. I enjoy how Ms. Harris moves the story along quickly, with plenty of action and adventure. At the same time, she slowly reveals clues to maintain suspense.

The characters have developed significantly since the beginning of the series. ST Cyr does have the typical hero typecast: a tragic past he must overcome, an uncanny ability to
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Dawn Marie
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
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
#3 Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery set in 1811 London. Sebastian, aka Viscount Devlin, is asked by his constable friend to help him investigate what may be a serial killer, since he has assisted in such enquiries in the past. There have been two bodies of young men found with certain mutilations and items stuffed into their mouths that leads Henry Lovejoy to believe they were done by the same person.

When news comes to light of a third death with similar attributes that occurred a few month
Nov 11, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Mystery Fans
#3 Sebastian St. Cyr Historical Mystery series

London, 1811

Another winner by C.S. Harris. This time, Sebastian, aka Viscount Devlin, is asked by his police inspector friend to help in the investigation of deaths of the sons of prominent Englishmen.

A truly bizarre, very gruesome, & puzzling series of deaths, this is a real page turner. I read this excellent book in one evening - I had to know how it ended!

While this is a mystery and not a romance, Lord Devlin's deep love affair with the actre
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
Bodies of young aristocrats were being partially butchered and ceremoniously displayed in public’s view. Unable to make sense of this crimes, Westminster Chief Magistrate, Sir Henry Lovejoy enlisted the help of Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. Being an unconventional nobleman himself with a penchant for solving murders, Sebastian agreed and proceeded in discovering the murderer which made some London elites very uneasy.

Amidst all this, Sebastian’s personal life is in turmoil. He is vaguely aw
Marie Smith
I added to my "to read" list based on recommendation for those who have read " The Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #2)"

As with many a mystery story, there are plenty of contrived surprises. Overall, it is a fun read, albeit gruesome. The rating of 3 is for OVERreliance on shock/repulsion to make the story interesting (otherwise I'd give it a 4). I read some of the other reviews and it seems as if the first two books rated better, so maybe I'll give them a try.
Young men are being murdered and mutilated in London, and Sebastian St. Cyr ends up on the case. The victims are of different classes and circumstances, but searching for a link between them leads Sebastian to a secret that people would kill to protect.

I liked this more than the previous two, though it may be partly because the investigation touches on a subject that I'm really interested in. I enjoyed the action scenes, and the mystery moved along at a good pace. This story was wrapped up bette
Krista D
3.5 stars - I really enjoyed this one, mostly because it didn't revolve around Prinny.
Certainly the most haunting of the 3 mysteries so far. And yes these things did happen, leaving the survivors come to grips with how to live with themselves. I enjoyed how the characters developed, particularly Dr. Paul Gibson, who "decorates" his house with body parts (human and others). His housekeeper joins Sherlock's for patience in putting up with a decidedly unusual employer. Harris continues to describe vividly and believably the various areas of London, including the docks. I enjoyed Sir ...more
I enjoyed reading this book in the series. This is the 3rd Book in the series after What Angels Fear and When Gods Die

It is very clear that author C S Harris has meticulously planned the whole series. Sebastian St. Cyr is an Earl who starts with solving a case where he is implicated and is on the run. This is in the first book - What Angels Fear. As the first one, it took time to set the mood and introduce atmosphere, characters and their background in detail.

In the second book, When Gods Die,
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หลังจากแสดงฝีมือไขคดีทีซับซอนไดถึงสองคดี (ในเลมหนึง และสอง) เซบาสเตียนกไดรับคำเชิญจากเซอรเฮนรี เลิฟจอย (ซึงเปนคนทีตามจับเขาในเลมแรก What Angels Fear) ใหเขามารวมทีมไขคดีฆาตกรรมตอเนือง เมือลูกชายคนโตของชายหลายคนทีดูไมนาจะมีความเกียวของกันถูกฆาตายดวยวิธีการทีคลายคลึงกัน ความตายทีนาหวาดกลัวเมือชินสวนบางสวนของเหยือถูกแลออก

รองรอยเบาะแสนำเขากลับไปเผชิญหนากับศัตรูเกาอยางลอรดจารวิส และยิงเมือสืบเขาใกลความจริงมากขึน ดานมืดของมนุษยทีทำทุกอยางเพือเอาชีวิตรอดกยิงปรากฎเดนชัดขึ
Janet Mahlum
Part Lord Peter Wimsey, part Scarlet Pimpernel Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is once again involved in murder, investigating the strange murders of young men - their deaths linking them to John Donne's poem, Go and Catch a Falling Star, but their connection in life a mystery. The love of Sebastian's life, Kat Boleyn, may be fading out of his life, but we are left eagerly waiting to meet his new gentleman's gentleman, found for him by the lad he rescued in book 1. The new valet will not min ...more
Another fun book in the series. If I were to have a complaint about the book it would be on the foreshadowing of who the killer is. Let me give you a made up paragraph to use as an example.

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Lady Julia watches in the mirror as her maid Molly pins and adjusts her hat. Julia's mind was racing with all the events of the past week. She couldn't believe someone had murdered George. And it turned out that he had been blackmailing Sir Horace. And having an affair with Lady Grace which had enraged
Truth be told, I am beginning to feel like a broken record when it comes to my comments about this series. I like this series, I really like series; I spend most of my reviews reiterating this point of view. The crimes are darker and the landscapes of London the reader are exposed to are far grittier than the normal Regency era stories. As a viscount, Sebastian is occasionally present in the ballroom, but he takes more from the explorations of the backstreets to speak and to observe.

As of so fa
Ellery Adams
I didn't love this installment as much as the others. Some of the crimes were just plain gross (not that murders aren't) but there was a bit too much of the theatrical in this one. Still, I look forward to trying out Where Serpents Sleep next. I also wish Henry Lovejoy appeared more in each book. He is a splendid character.
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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 11 books)
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  • When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr #2)
  • 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)
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  • Why Kings Confess (Sebastian St. Cyr #9)
  • Who Buries the Dead (Sebastian St. Cyr #10)
  • When Falcons Fall (Sebastian St. Cyr, #11)
What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr, #1) When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr #2) Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr, #4) What Remains of Heaven (Sebastian St. Cyr, #5) Where Shadows Dance (Sebastian St. Cyr, #6)

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