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What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr #1)

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In London, 1811, a young woman is brutally raped and murdered, her body left on the altar steps of an ancient church. The prime suspect: Sebastian St. Cyr, a brilliant young nobleman still haunted by his experiences in the Napoleonic Wars. Now he is running for his life, desperate to catch the killer and prove his innocence. Moving from Mayfair's glittering ballrooms to St...more
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Published November 1st 2005 by New American Library (first published 2005)
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Bruce
Faced with more than thirty-hours of travel time from Wisconsin to Papua New Guinea, I pondered what reading material to carry with me, first considering and rejecting a book of William Gass’s literary essays as requiring too much concentration and thought. Next I thought I might choose David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, a novel I read in 2004 when I concluded that it was a technical tour-de-force lacking substantive content. Recent reviews of the book by a number of readers whom I respect have made...more
Christa
I enjoy historical mysteries, and this is one of the better ones that I have read. The storyline was good, and the mystery kept me guessing. I really liked the main character, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. I am looking forward to reading the other three novels that are currently part of this series.

Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is a rather mysterious young nobleman with uncanny vision and hearing. Rumors have abounded about him since his return from the Napoleonic Wars. When a young...more
Katie aka Ms. Phoenix
This was a proper old school murder mystery and I loved every second of it! Move over Sherlock Holmes and meet Sebastian St. Cyr. 4 Stars!

I was imaging this book as I TV series and thought hmm how about Tom Hiddleston after chatting with Rachel Adien Turner's name came up and he is soooo much better.

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Sebastian St. Cyr has been accused of murdering a young actress Rachel York in a most vulgar way. He is an Alpha with extraordinary talents both in and out of the bedroom.

When I first read the sc...more
Melissa Proffitt
I'm still not sure how much I liked this book. The Regency London setting is very well evoked, as is the political setting of a government on the cusp of a Regency that may upset the balance of power between the Tories and the Whigs. If anything, the setting may be a little too good; maybe it's just that I've been reading a lot of the history of this place and time lately, but there were times when I felt Harris was putting in details just to show how much she knew about Regency London. The myst...more
Jacob Proffitt
This book worked quite well as an action/mystery hybrid set in Regency London (on the cusp of Regency, at any rate, as the Prince is made Regent near the end of the novel). Sebastian is an awesome protagonist in the competence-porn vein. There are politics, machinations, and murder with a hero motivated to get his hands dirty and dig to the bottom of some particularly gruesome murders.

This would have been a solid four stars if it weren't for the hero's motivations—or rather, lack thereof, outsid...more
Cris
Couldn't finish this book. It started off well, a solid crime, a touch of history. But then Harris wrote a scene that struck me as bad farce and I couldn't get back into the story. Eventually I gave up.

At about pg 40, (view spoiler)...more
Veronica
Three and a half stars

Boy, those anarchists certainly must have been a thorn in everyone's sides back in the day as this is the third historical mystery I've read that involved them as a main plot device. I feel the need to go brush up my world history now. In any event, this debut book by C.S. Harris, a female author, serves up an intriguing male protagonist in Sebastian St Cyr and an equally engaging murder mystery. The details of the murder/s are pretty horrendous and the chain of suspects le...more
SarahC
Apr 12, 2010 SarahC rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency historical mystery fans
I love historical mysteries, but even in my limited experience with them, I have become choosy. I don't mind trying series mysteries, but am also past the honeymoon with them too. Too many times, I don't feel I'm getting my money's worth from buying all the books throughout the series -- in other words maybe I feel I have read 3-volume's worth of actual story for every six volumes purchased.

But let me focus back to first of the latest series I am trying, What Angels Fear, a Sebastian St. Cyr mys...more
Dorie
Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is charged with murder when a young actress if found mutilated in an old church and a gun marked with his name is found on the body. Smelling a setup, Sebastian runs from the authorities and decides to find the killer himself. In the process he hooks up with another actress named Kat Boleyn, a woman he once loved who ended up breaking his heart. The story was really good and it was difficult to deduce the killer, but with good reason -- the author didn't share...more
Savindi
Cover Gushing Worthiness: I think the cover of What Angels Fear is hauntingly beautiful. There’s a certain darkness to it, which captures the mood of the book perfectly.

Review:
What do you think an angel would fear? Love. I think an angel would fear falling in love with a mortal- someone who could be theirs for only a short time and them would slip away forever. – Kat Boleyn.


I admit it was the title and the cover that drew me to this book. Both the cover and the title are so chilling in my opin...more
Lisa
Pure escapism. Not extremely well-written, but I am a sucker for mysteries, especially when they are set in a foreign country. It is a weird mix of bodice-ripper and detective novel, though. I was kind of surprised by the sex scenes, they seemed unnecessary for the plot development. I guess it was to make sure you understood the relationship between two of the characters, but I think I got it before they rekindled their physical relationship. Maybe it was just meant to satisfy the usual audience...more
Searock
Meh. I liked the characters in this book and the author gave me some authentic sensory experiences of London which allowed me to become immersed in the setting. I am not a huge fan of mysteries though and I need a bit more than "light romance". Kat and Sebastian obviously have an intense romance, but we as readers are not privy to much of it. I may research which of these books is heaviest on the romance because I would read that. Otherwise, I won't be picking up another one.
Regan Walker
Suspenseful Regency Mystery with a Worthy Hero and an Intriguing Heroine—and Many Twists and Turns!

Having loved Candice Proctor’s historical romances (all keepers!), I thought to read her Regency mystery series featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. I was not disappointed. Like her other novels, these are masterfully written with vivid descriptions of Regency London, both the aristocracy and the underbelly of society. The mystery itself is absorbing, even riveting—and very hard to put dow...more
Angela
The blurb copy on What Angels Fear, the first of C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr series, says that if you are a fan of the Julian Kestrel series, then you'll like this one too. And it's really rather on the money. I do like me some Regency-era mystery, and like the redoubtable Julian Kestrel, Sebastian St. Cyr is a nobleman of dubious reputation and a mysterious history. He's got the obligatory relationship with a woman of equally dubious reputation, and the plucky young sidekick off the streets....more
LJ
WHAT ANGELS FEAR (Historical-England-1811) – Ex
Harris, C.S. – 1st in series
New American Library, 2005- US Hardcover – ISBN 0451216695

Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, escapes arrest for the brutal murder of an actress, former prostitute, in a church. His pistol was found at the murder scene and he refuses to provide himself an alibi. Against the backdrop of King George’s decent into madness, the coming Regency of the Prince of Wales and England’s continuing war with France, Sebastian realizes...more
Jamie
This is the first book of a murder mystery series set in Regency London, featuring a young nobleman forced to become a sleuth when he’s falsely accused of murder. You know, 'cause the only way he can clear his name is to find the real killer.

I enjoyed this. It’s darker and grittier than the cozy Julian Kestrel series, to which it has some similarities. This book has more historical scenery, but less humor. The troubled hero St. Cyr, a Napoleonic war veteran, isn’t as charming as Kestrel - he isn...more
Jordan
This was fun!

I was really into how well the author manages to take you along with the procedural of catching the murderer. It was a lot of fun, even if very grim.

The only thing I have is that Kat still feels very wooden and incomplete to me. So much "telling" with her and not anything shown, basically. Which doesn't endear me.
Marianne
Could not put this book down! I am definitely going to read more of this series. Intricate plot with lots of suspense. I liked the main characters too.
ladydusk
Library

I have a somewhat unsophisticated love for novels set in 1800s England and modern gothic romances. I blame it on my high school obsessed reading of Victoria Holt, Susan Howatch, and Phyllis Whitney. Mary Stewart came later, but is just as engrossing. Then Georgette Heyer and Joan Smith. My love of mysteries is older still, dating back to Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. When friends from the 52 books in 52 weeks group recommended CS Harris' Sebastian St Cyr novels, I found I couldn't get to...more
Felicia
Changing it up, I started reading this series, a Regency mystery series with a dashing protagonist. Definitely melodramatic, but I truly enjoyed the pace and the characters. I adore period mysteries, so this was a win for me!
Kit★
Woot! I have a copy at long last!
Kate Sherrod
First off: trigger warning: this book contains lots and lots of conversations about rape and necrophilia and violence against women in general. Not for everybody; barely for me.

This is another one I poached off my mother's wish list when I got her an ebook reader for her birthday/Mother's Day. She has good taste in diversions, my mother, so when she wishes for a book it's usually something I'm gonna wind up wanting to read, too.

What Angels Fear, the first of a nine-books-and-probably-counting my...more
Riccarla Roman
I'd already read the other Sebastiam St. Cyr books before I got this, the first book in the series. I wanted to see how it all started.

When one reads the first book after reading the later books, it's a little awkward because you read information that you already know Some of the shock value is gone because this case was referred to in the other books. Still, it gave me the chance to see how it all started.

It all started with the murder of a young actress in a church. Sebastien St. Cyr was helpi...more
Kate
I really liked it! And it was amazing for an author's first novel!

I would have given it five stars, but it was difficult for me to follow at points. I felt like there were too many characters, and the short chapters jumping between characters could be confusing. I am still confused over the name of that male actor and the name of that doctor (getting them mixed up). I had to reread paragraphs and sections several times because the descriptions were shaky and vague. (view spoiler)...more
Denise
I just haven't been able to find anything lately in the "romance" genre that hasn't been done before. I think I have read it all :) I seem to be looking for something new, and have been trying the mystery series that have been out. The only problem I am having, as much as I want to deny it, without the main focus on romance it just feels empty to me.
This book, the hero, Sebastian, (as sooo many of my book boyfriends are named) was my perfect book boyfriend. Dark and tortured soul, due to war...more
Ruth
Sebastian St. Cyr, the Viscount Devlin, returns from a stint in the Napoleonic Wars to a politically volatile England. With George III sinking further into madness and the establishment of a regency led by the pleasure-loving Prince of Wales on the horizon, fiercely opposing political forces jockey for position and power, with nothing less than the future of England and her position abroad at stake. When Rachel York, a popular actress, is found viciously raped and murdered on the altar steps of...more
Rachel
(2.5 Stars Rounding Up)
Is it bad that at the 90% mark of the story I started hoping the protagonist’s love interest would get brutally murdered by the bad guy?

This is a book that was clearly planned, researched, developed and thought out. It’s got twists a plenty and I liked the writing, especially at first. My problem was that it was all sooooo obvious. Everything unfolded exactly as I expected too. I saw the twists coming. I knew who the villain was the first time he stepped onto the stage (an...more
Keri
What a great mystery! I was trying to guess who it was right up until the end. I had never read Candice Proctor writing as C. S. Harris, but she did a really great job. If you are looking for a break from romance, but want a historical setting, then this book might be for you.

Sebastian is now between a rock and a hard place. He is running for his life, as he has been accused of a horrible crime that ended the life of a promiscuous actress. Everybody is on his side, encourages him to leave the co...more
Marguerite Kaye
Books often make me think of songs, and all during this one The Jam's Butterfly Collector haunted me - so much so that I had to download the track, since it's a little-known b-side that I only have on vinyl.

This series was recommended to me when I was looking for Historical with a twist, and it's certainly that. I love crime too, so this combined another of my favourite elements. Ms Harris gives us the antithesis of the Regency world, a London more akin to the dank and slimy city we associate w...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
What Angels Fear opens with the murder of a young woman who turns out to be an actress-cum-prostitute (Cyprian - I'd forgotten about that term). At the scene of the crime is found a dueling pistol with the name "St. Cyr" engraved on it - which obviously incriminates Sebastian St. Cyr, young nobleman and rake, who has been a sore disappointment to his father. But Sebastian (SSC) didn't do it, and when the officious twits of the London police force come to arrest him, he is rather indignant, espec...more
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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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