Where Shadows Dance (Sebastian St. Cyr, #6)
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The “rich period detail [and] riveting action”* C.S. Harris delivers in her Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series reaches new heights as the aristocratic sleuth navigates dangerous political waters to bring a murderer to justice…
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 ari...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by NAL Hardcover (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kim
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...more
Jennifer
Mar 24, 2011 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: historical mystery fans
Shelves: historical, mystery
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...more
LJ
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...more
Aquavit
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.
Sarah
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Veronica
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...more
Jordan
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Katie
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
Donna
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...more
Quinby6696 Frank
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
Tina
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.
Kate
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
Astrid
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.
Pat
I enjoyed the premise of the book--21st century forensic concepts practiced by a 18th/19th century characters. But the title says more than the book--the characters were like paper dolls, tissue paper dolls. And we're supposed to believe that the main character and his fiancee were capable of killing bad guys. I found it difficult. Too many villains and a tissue thin plot. I couldn't remember the ending and then I reread the last few chapters only to realize I had finished the book and couldn't...more
Cornerofmadness
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Riccarla Roman
Another Sebastian St. Cyr book! (If you could see me now, I am doing my best Regency happy dance). I don't even care what he's doing - he's back.

Actually, it's a good thing that he is so charming because this mystery was the most intricate one yet. As he prepares for his upcoming wedding, he gets summoned by his physician friend Paul Gibson. Paul had had a body dug up, a young man who worked for the British government. He supposedly died in his sleep, but the stiletto wound at the base of his ne...more
Sharon
This is the sixth of the Sebastian St. Cyr novels, the which I am reading in order.

In this outing, St. Cyr is preparing to marry Hero Jarvis. His friend, surgeon Paul Gibson, has paid Jumpin' Jack (the local "resurrection man") to bring him a body to dissect; he's been told a young man died of a heart attack. Well, it turns out that the young man is a murder victim -- so Gibson brings his friend St. Cyr into the mix.

Of course, things immediately become complicated. The victim works for the Forei...more
Lola
While I struggled with the murder plot and all the political powers, I understood the gist of it. The Americans declaring war, traitor(s) and multiple murders, all these while arranging a wedding. This time I enjoyed the mystery and guessing who the murderer(s) is. C.S Harris kept throwing me off with red herrings and other possibilities but it was wrapped up nicely. In the midst of this, Sebastian knows Hero and her father know more about the crime. I especially loved reading from Hero's point...more
A.
Series: 6th in Sebastian St. Cyr Regency Mysteries
Main Character: Sebastian St. Cyr (Viscount Devlin) a veteran of the Peninsula wars with Napoleon and a nobleman with an ingrained sense of justice.

Setting: 1812 London England
Obtained Through: Publisher for an honest review

Sebastian's friend, Paul Gibson, is an anatomist who gets dead bodies to learn from as a surgeon. He specifically wants the body of a young man who was reported to die from a heart problem so he can further his knowledge of su...more
Hafiza
I loved this book.

The mystery was not as engrossing as in the previous book, predominantly because it was a political murder. There were so many plot threads that at one point my eyes crossed. It was hard for me to be that interestered in the murder mystery, because I really read this series for Sebastien and Hero.

Nonetheless, the best part of the mystery part was that Hero was involved in helping Sebastien track the culprits. She proved herself his equal in everyway.

Now the romantic triangle: I...more
Irishgirl1247
I really like this series. I was a little doubtfull about this one in the beginning and even sometimes in the middle. Mainly because the crazy political schemes almost overwhelm sometimes, but I think the author did a good job of not letting them get out of hand. I also found this one was a slightly different kind of silly then usual. The suspects were a very eclectic group and all the posibilities almost reminded me of Clue the movie. Well what if it was the swede at docks.. or the frenk book d...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
The Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries are some of my favorites and I have been waiting for almost a year for Where Shadows Dance to be released. It was worth the wait. C.S. Harris has used the history of the time to write an outstanding mystery and I think Where Shadows Dance is one the best books of the series. England in 1812 is dealing with problems with France, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The events during this time are the backdrop for the story in Where Shadows Dance.

Sebastian St. Cry...more
Linda O
Mar 17, 2011 Linda O rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Mystery Series lovers. Those who like to develop a relationship with the main character(s).
Pub. March 2011 342 pages. Most recent addition to the series of Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries, which I am always looking forward to. I like the writer's style, the main plot being interwoven with other, continuing but enriching subplots. Currently on Pg. 212, I'm forming a loose idea of what's behind the double murders, but Harris gives us numerous possibilities.

Sebastian's love life becomes more complicated that ever, in that he has offered marriage to Hero Jarvis, the daughter of him most power...more
Searock
:) This series remains a favorite and this book is one of the best. The recurring characters are all wonderful. There's humor and witty banter and historical shenanigans and lots of action. The romance has some complexity and is quite angsty and compelling (hooray for some glimmers of hope on that front). The romance, although not a major focus, is my favorite part and *possible spoiler* I felt thrilled when Sebastian realized some new feelings for Hero during a critical time in this story. I al...more
Cheryl A
I discovered this series a couple of months ago and have been reading them (in order, of course!) quite quickly. I have enjoyed the mysteries in which Devlin find himself involved - his sense of justice and finding honor for victims of untimely deaths create a plausible premise for the activities of a titled gentleman of means. The ongoing thread of his parentage and relationship with his father add to the suspense.

Having said that, I found this installment a bit lacking on the "hook" factor. Wh...more
Susan
I really enjoyed this entry into a series that is getting better and better; the only reason I didn't give 5 stars was because I felt the ending felt rushed and bogged down in almost incomprehensible diplomatic intrigues and alliances. A young diplomat dies of natural causes in his sleep, but a secret autopsy (carried out by St. Cyr's surgeon friend Paul Gibson) reveals that a stiletto driven through the base of the man's skull was the actual cause of death. St. Cyr agrees to investigate, but fo...more
laninaki
There were a loooooot of dead people to keep track of in Where Shadows Dance. I was almost tempted to make a chart, just to keep track of them all. Four murders directly related to the mystery, and then the three men that Hero kills defending herself (p.s. - go Hero! She totally kicked butt!!) got to be a bit bulky. I got a little lost in the politics of it and had to take a moment to reorient myself.

There aren't many appearances made by Kat Boleyn (yay!). I don't know why I don't like her, but...more
Molly Hall
Foreign spies and international political intrigue seem to be the running theme in my reading at the moment. It wasn't intentional, they just happened to be what I reached for. Fortunately, I haven't been disappointed. And the latest that I've closed the back cover on is no exception.

Where Shadows Dance is the sixth installment in C.S. Harris' remarkable Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. Set in Regency London, the series follows aristocratic soldier-turned-sleuth St. Cyr, better known among nobl...more
Christy B
Book six in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series.

Another winner; this series shows no signs of slowing down, and there has yet to be a book that I was disappointed in.

The story moved swiftly, there were no slagging moments. Fast-paced action, interesting characters, great dialog, just like the previous installments.

Since we're far into the series, I can't say a whole lot because there will be spoilers for other books, but I can talk about the mystery aspect of the book: Just a few days after th...more
Shauna
Pay no attention to the cover design. This book is indeed a Sebastian St. Cyr mystery set in 1812, despite the much later dress depicted on the cover. The cover artist deserves a one-start rating for this cover. It would have taken him or her only a minute to Google "1812 English women clothing" and find hundreds of accurate depictions to model the clothing on.

As for the story within the book, I really like Hero Jarvis, so I was pleased she got more page space in this book and we learned more a...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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