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Where Shadows Dance (Sebastian St. Cyr #6)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,621 Ratings  ·  261 Reviews
Regency London: July 1812.How do you set about solving a murder no one can reveal has been committed?

That’s the challenge confronting C.S. Harris’s aristocratic soldier-turned-sleuth Sebastian St. Cyr when his friend, surgeon and “anatomist” Paul Gibson, illegally buys the cadaver of a young man from London’s infamous body snatchers.A rising star at the Foreign Office, Mr.
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by NAL (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 24, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical mystery fans
Shelves: mystery, historical
I'd planned to take my time with this book. Planned to take my time and read it slowly because I know it's likely to be awhile before we get the next installment.

I started it last night at about 10:00 and finished it at about 3:00am.

So much for my big plans, huh?

Once I started reading, I literally could not force myself to stop. For me, though, it wasn't so much the mystery that kept me reading as it was for the interaction between Sebastian and Hero. While the mysteries themselves are always so
Mar 21, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
I really wish that I could give this book more than three stars, because there are some really good things about it. The author clearly does research the period and it is interesting to have actual people and events woven into the narrative. I also like the two main characters, particularly Hero who is full of spunk.

However, Ms Harris' writing seems to bring out my inner pedant, which is something I find hugely frustrating when I read a novel. For example, a minor character towards the beginnin
Dec 23, 2015 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Four and a half stars

I may have a new favorite for the series here. Nope, no question about it, new favorite. Picking up roughly 2-3 weeks after the last book, we find that Gibson, Sebastian's anatomist/surgeon friend has inadvertently stumbled upon a murder of a governmental official. Of course, Sebastian can't help but get involved. Now I'm not going to lie, this mystery left me a bit confused. There was too much political stuff going on for me to feel like I ever had a good grasp on things, w
Where Shadows Dance
5 Stars

Sebastian St. Cyr comes to the aid of his friend, anatomist Paul Gibson, who has discovered that his newly acquired “speciman” is, in fact, a murder victim. As an employee of the Foreign Office, Alexander Ross’s death leads Sebastian to the upper echelons of the diplomatic corps with suspects from Turkey, Russia, Sweden, France and the United States. What would be important enough for these people to risk war in order to conceal?

The mystery returns once again to the pol
Apr 03, 2011 Aquavit rated it it was ok
The plot drug on. The descriptive phrases used for each major character get used over and over again. Hendon's blue eyes, Miss Jarvis's attitude and mode of dress, St. Cyr's yellow eyes, catlike reflexes, blar blar blar.

I have to stop buying these.
Jul 27, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, reviewed
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First Sentence: A cool wind gusted up, rustling the branches of the trees overhead and bringing with it the unmistakable clatter of wooden wheels approaching over cobblestones.

Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is surprised by an early morning visit from his friend Paul Gibson. Paul, surgeon who practices dissection and autopsies, received a body from the snatchers. The young man was said to have died of a heart attack but was murdered. Who better to turn then Devlin, an investigator with a sta
Mar 20, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
You know, I was all set to hate Hero and hate the fact that Sebastian wasn't with Kat, since they obviously belonged together. I kept waiting to see how the author was going to take care of the whole honor-bound marriage to Hero and get Sebastian and Kat together, even if she didn't finish that in this book. But now I wonder. I don't think Kat would ever let herself be talked into marriage with Sebastian, and the last scene in the book makes me start to be okay with this. I began liking Hero mor ...more
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Feb 03, 2013 Quinby6696 Frank rated it really liked it
Continuing my obsession with my now best friend, C.S. Harris, I like these mysteries better and better. Sebastian (spoiler alert) must now wed Hero Jarvis, daughter of his worst enemy, but, as always, Harris throws in her usual monkey wrenches. My daughter loves the books, but asked me if I had anything a bit lighter since they are so full of gore. I guess I'm just ghoulish -- doesn't bother me at all. I especially love Sebastian's friend, Paul Gibson, who does all the dissections. I'm beginning ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2011-reads
Quick read.

I only gave it three stars because honestly the murder mystery plot was a bit too byzantine even for those us who like a twisty tale. At the denouement I, shamefully, lost track of who killed who and why.

But on the upside I remain a Hero advocate. At one point in the book, Hero extricates herself very awesomely from a bit of trouble and it made me love her more.

For people who are Sebastian/Hero fans (as I am), this book will make you smile. Especially the very end.
Elis Madison
Anatomists in the Regency era didn't find it easy to study anatomy. Cadavers available for study were not exactly thick on the ground. Which is why Paul Gibson quite illegally pays grave robbers for his supply. The trouble begins when he requests a certain specific corpse, that of a young man said to have died of heart trouble. Only it turns out the young man was murdered.

It's not like Gibson can drop by a magistrate and expose the murder, so he enlists Sebastian St. Cyr to discreetly investigat
Apr 12, 2011 Donna rated it liked it
While preparing for a large change in his personal life, Sebastian St. Cyr investigates the murder of a diplomat who was thought to have died in his sleep.

I love Sebastian and Hero, which is good, because this one is mostly worth reading for their story. The mystery plot was dull and clumsy and not interesting enough to justify how complicated it was. I was disappointed to see Sebastian turn into one of those sleuths that merely wanders back and forth between suspects asking uncomfortable questi
Apr 22, 2015 Anusriya rated it really liked it
Much better than the previous book.loved Hero! :)
Feb 02, 2014 Jordan rated it really liked it
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Aug 23, 2015 Gina rated it it was amazing
I complete agree with all the other reviewers who say the mystery in this one was convoluted and hard to follow. You don't have to have a degree in European history with a graduate degree emphasis in 1800-1820's England to understand it, but it would help follow all the agents of Sweden, Russia, England, France, and America who make up the suspects in multiple murders. Do yourself a favor. Flip to the back and read the author's notes before reading the story. It will help.

Otherwise, I just love
Richard Stueber
Jul 20, 2015 Richard Stueber rated it it was amazing
In 1812 Our Hero Sebastian St. Cyr has got a lot on his mind. He has found out that his supposed father, Lord Alistair St. Cyr, is not really his father, though he is accepted by him as his heir. Also he is preparing to marry Hero Jarvis, the daughter of his enemy Charles Lord Jarvis, principal adviser to the Regent of England, the future George IV. Due to an emergency love-making during a critical situation Hero is pregnant by Sebastian.
Meanwhile there are quite a number of murders going on amo

I looked forward to this new episode of the Sebastian St. Cyr adventures and was not disappointed in spite of what seemed unnecessarily convoluted plot. As always, Ms. Harris delivered an enjoyable read and, though I'm not terribly familiar with the time period, one that seems historically accurate. I've always liked the fact that the author adds a historical note at the end of the story stating what is actual historical fact and what she has invented. In one episode, Sebastian takes Hero to on
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Jun 23, 2014 May Mostly Romance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, mystery
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คงตองบอกวา เราแทบจะถลาไปหยิบเลมนีมาอานทันทีทีอาน What Remains of Heaven จบเลยละคะ และไมใชเพราะพลอตสืบสวนหรอกนะคะทีทำใหเรารูสึกอยากอานขนาดนัน เพราะสวนสืบสวนในเรืองชุดนี จะจบไปแตละเลมโดยไมไดมีความสัมพันธกัน แตสวนความสัมพันธทีเราพูดหลายครังวา นำเนาเหลือเกินของเซบาสเตียนตางหากทีเปนตัวเรียกแขก เพราะแมจะพูดวานำเนานะคะ แตนีกคือสิงทีทำใหหนังสือ และละครหลายเรืองฮิตติดลมบน เรากเปนหน
Jun 01, 2014 Liane rated it it was ok
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Pamela Aidan
Sep 18, 2015 Pamela Aidan rated it liked it
Entry 6 in the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries was not as satisfying as it's predecessors, I must confess. I still thoroughly enjoy the characters, especially the increasing reveal of Hero Jarvis as a strong-willed quandry in Sebastian's life. Hero is, thankfully, not shrill, silly, or bull-headed like so many "strong-willed" heroines in Regency era stories, but a woman of intellect and circumspection with a large degree of "bottom," as they would say back then. Now that she and Sebastian are joined ...more
Betty Strohecker
Sep 09, 2015 Betty Strohecker rated it it was amazing
This was a great book, full of mystery and suspense just as all of the St. Cyr books are. When Paul Gibson arranges for resurrectionists to bring him a body of a young man who died of natural causes, he is in for a surprise. Expecting to use the body for research into heart attacks in the young, Gibson discovers the young man was murdered by a stiletto puncture at the base of his brain. He calls Sebastian for help because he is not supposed to have the body, and therefore can't know a murder was ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
This time, Sebastian sets out to solve a murder of a young, healthy man who worked in the foreign office and whose death was explained as a weak heart. Only, his anatomist friend Paul Gibson knows the real cause of death was a stiletto strike thanks to his illegal postmortem. Sebastian undertakes the case and finds the blame being passed between the representatives of Sweden, France, Turkey, and Russia as England is still entrenched in the Napoleonic Wars and fearful that the newly formed United ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it
The stories just get more and more interesting, not in the least because of certain changing life events for Sebastian. In this installment of the series, the author places our protagonist and his regular cast of characters in the midst of a historical event....the declaration of war by America on Britain.

When Sebastian's friend, Dr Gibson discovers that a cadaver he purchased didn't die of a heart attack but was murdered, he gets Sebastian to investigate ... quietly if possible given that he p
Dec 30, 2015 Patsyann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Christopher Taylor
Nov 04, 2015 Christopher Taylor rated it really liked it
This mystery starts out with a quandary: the autopsy which discovers a murder is performed by a doctor who pays "ressurectionists" or grave robbers for bodies to work on, since it is very frowned on by society and even illegal to cut up a corpse to study it. How can he report the killing, if he will be mobbed by angry people and even imprisoned for the act?

This is an early Lord St Cyr mystery, and unlike later book the author has not apparently fallen in love with her main character, so there ar
Oct 07, 2011 Evie53 rated it really liked it
Another great murder to solve - several in fact and more in the fascinating relationship between Sebastian and Hero. Can't wait for the next installment! Read this in one sitting.
Jun 25, 2013 Astrid rated it really liked it
Sebastian is a league of his own. This series has a quality to it that is hard to describe. Just love it. And it keeps getting better.
Jun 29, 2015 George rated it it was amazing
#6 in the Viscount Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series set in Regency London: July 1812. How do you set about solving a murder no one can reveal has been committed? This is the question St. Cyr is given by his surgeon friend to answer and the quest to answer it is the focus of this mystery which swirls around British foreign policy involving France (Napoleonic War), Sweden, Russia, Turkey with the breaking our of war with America.

St. Cyr is relentless in his quest for justice as he moves among high
Alissa Mccarthy
Oct 21, 2015 Alissa Mccarthy rated it really liked it
Two books in and I am thoroughly invested in this series. Interestingly, I listened to the first two as Audible books, but there is a gap in the Audible collection so I read this the old-fashioned way. Like Rowling, Harris gets better and better with each book. 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 ...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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